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Tai Chi Foundations Course 2019:

Feedback from a participant: "Thanks for the last three Sundays! I really enjoyed the learning experience and the camaraderie of the group. Thanks also to Damiano, Sheila, Robert and Declan for their patience and willingness to share their knowledge and experience with us novices."

Well done to everyone who participated in our first three day Tai Chi Foundations Course. Three consecutive Sundays is no small commitment when the forces of work, family and life in general are trying to divide us between them..

We covered alot of material, but remeber this is only the first step. We have to practice to get benefit.

You've put in the big effort to dig your well, now you must draw the water up, else you go thirsty!
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Tai Chi Foundations Course 2019:

Feedback from a participant: Thanks for the last three Sundays!  I really enjoyed the learning experience and the camaraderie of the group. Thanks also to Damiano, Sheila, Robert and Declan for their patience and willingness to share their knowledge and experience with us novices.

Well done to everyone who participated in our first three day Tai Chi Foundations Course. Three consecutive Sundays is no small commitment when the forces of work, family and life in general are trying to divide us between them..

We covered alot of material, but remeber this is only the first step. We have to practice to get benefit. 

Youve put in the big effort to dig your well, now you must draw the water up, else you go thirsty!Image attachment

Tai chi is a marathon not a sprint, take the most efficient route...2019 Master Ding Open Residential Retreat

This year the two Master Ding's Open Residential Retreat at Princess Helena College, Preston, Hertfordshire, UK will be held on the following dates:

Sat, 17th – 24th August or
14th – 21st December 2019

These specially organised residential retreats are open to all levels of Tai Chi styles practitioners (i.e. complete beginners to advanced levels) and also other styles of martial arts practitioners.

A rare opportunity to study under Master Ding - a chance not to be missed by any one seeking to further their understanding and improve their standards in this fascinating ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi Chuan. As is said in the Tai Chi classics,

“The subtlety of Tai Chi Chuan is such that a small error in the beginning will take you a long way from the end goal”.

In addition, the week will enable you to take time out of your normal busy routine to relax, energise and bring about the harmony and balance to the mind, body and spirit. There will undoubtedly be lots of fun and a chance to meet and make new friends with the same interest.

Feel free to circulate this information to your relatives and friends who may be interested. Once again, do not forget, that these Open Retreats are suitable for complete beginners (with no knowledge of Tai Chi Chuan) to experienced practitioners of any styles of Tai Chi Chuan and also other external styles of martial arts. All are welcome.

Book your place now to get your discounted course fee!

Do contact us for more details:
info@masterdingacademy.com
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That just makes my day...

"Hi Ross,

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.

Thanks again!

James."

All that in just a few months, lets see how far we can go....
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That just makes my day...

Hi Ross,

Just a brief note to thank you for all the instruction and guidance as I try to learn to practice Tai Chi.  Ive suffered from a back problem for more years than I care to remember with consequent mobility and flexibility issues.  Ive 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.

Thanks again!

James.

All that in just a few months, lets see how far we can go....Image attachment

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.

Ross
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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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