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Just a brief note to thank you for all the instruction and guidance as I try to learn to practice Tai Chi. I've suffered from a back problem for more years than I care to remember with consequent mobility and flexibility issues. I've found that since I started attending your classes, those mobility and flexibility issues have eased considerably. In fact my sports physiotherapist commented to me at a recent session that my range of motion has noticeably improved in recent times. I put that down solely to the work you have done with me over the last few months.
All that in just a few months, lets see how far we can go.... ... See MoreSee Less
Just a reminder that we’re two weeks away from our next open workshop, topic: Chi Kung in our Tai Chi practice.
The workshop will be running in the Donahies School Hall, Saturday 11th May, 10am – 4pm
Chi Kung is the first of our three Pillar Practices, it’s mentioned time and again by Sifu as the single most important aspect of our practice. Many of us have heard him say:
More Chi Kung!
Through the practice of Chi Kung we ‘develop our engine’. The engine that will drive our practice by simultaneously developing the internal principles of stillness in body and mind, rooting of the structure and the raw materials for the expression of power.
If Chi Kung is like the engine of a car, then Tai Chi form is like the body. A car with no engine might look pretty in the driveway but is effectively useless. It is the unseen engine with gives the car life and allows it to do what it needs to do, ie move!
We will spend the day focussing on Chi Kung 1, this is the set we practice at the beginning of all classes. For those new to the set we will be covering the 8 postures and the basic principles within. We will be introducing simple exercises to develop alignment and intention to maximise the benefit we gain from our practice. For those familiar with Chi Kung, we’ll be taking next steps to deepen and refine our understanding. For advanced students, as always, the question isn’t, ‘can I do it?’, it’s, ‘how well can I do it?’
This Friday, (May 3rd), is the last day to take advantage of the early bird rate, see me in class or contact me directly.
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We’ve had our week, seven days of tai chi morning, noon and night.
One of this year’s new Instructor Retreat attendees said to me, ‘this isn’t a retreat, it’s more like a boot camp!’.
True, but the hours we spend turbocharge our progress by combining many hours of practice under the watchful eye of our Sifu with a high level of accomplishment of all our training partners. The tuition is as good as it gets and the feedback from our colleagues helps light the way on our path.
As always, everyone working together, growing together.
So now take your chance, while it’s fresh, see what you can steal…
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Master Ding Academy Instructor retreat photo before the retreat is even concluded.
Never seen even before levels of efficiency!
Classes resuming next week as normal..2019 Master Ding Academy Instructors Retreat group photo. What a fantastic experience to be learning Tai Chi from dawn until dusk (and beyond) with these lovely people ... See MoreSee Less
It’s that time of year, all MDA instructors and senior students from across Europe gather for our annual Instructor Retreat in Hertfordshire in the UK.
Over the past 15 years the Princess Helena College has become our second home, we gather to meet old friends, make new friends and of course train.
Master Ding has often told the story of his time with Grand Master Ip in Hong Kong. ‘Always teach your students as best you can’ GM Ip would say, ‘when your students get better, you get better’.
It’s this philosophy which we carry forward today, we gather to train to be the best we can be, so that we can teach our students to the same level…
We’ll see you all after Easter, see if you can find out what we learned!
Classes resume April 23rd.
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