Hamid and I have been streaming both Qigong and Form Practice sessions on Zoom for a while now, for the benefit of our existing students, family and friends. If you have attended Taichi or Qigong classes with either of us in the past and wish to attend a Zoom session (and aren’t already doing so), … More Zoom and YouTube
Following Government recommendations, and common sense, I shall be discontinuing all teaching activities during the COVID-19 crisis. I urge all my students to keep up their practice – perhaps with the help of the videos Hamid and I have made available. I’ll be available electronically for anyone who wants to get in touch.
I’ve just added a link to a video you may like. An old friend and tai chi colleague, now living and teaching in Newcastle, has been studying with Master Joe Lok for some time. In the video she is performing his Open Door Five Qigong, a version of which I am also introducing into my … More New Qigong Video
The WhatsApp group I’ve previously mentions is now a joint effort between myself and Hamid, and so is the South London T’ai Chi and Taichi Clapham WhatsApp Group. It has tips, videos, audio, links, news, musings and fun things about T’ai Chi. If you have access to WhatsApp, and are interested, please email contact either … More More About the WhatsApp Group and Videos
I’ve uploaded a video of me performing the Cheng Man-Ching short form. I’m not making it public, but I’ll send you the link should you email me. – Henry
As someone who has reached a ‘certain age,’ I can attest to some common changes that come with ageing, among which is a worsening sense of balance. This can arise from a number of causes, including your vision, failure of nerve signals from the inner ear and foot problems. The consequences of balance problems can … More Tai Chi, Foot Health and Falls
I’ve been introducing the second set of Shibashi exercises. Master Wing Cheung has kindly permitted his written description of the exercises to be shared freely with ‘those in need and those you love.’ Here’s the link.
There is a Form based on the ‘Thirteen Postures,’ and a number of videos on YouTube showing people demonstrating that form. As I plan to introduce that form in class, I’m including here links to a couple of them: There are significant differences in the way the different players perform the forms, but both provide … More A Form for the Thirteen Postures
I’ve been thinking about the terminology around the ’13’ things in tai chi, variously called ‘postures,’ ‘energies,’ ‘principles,’ ‘gates,’ ‘stances,’ ‘movements,’ ‘techniques,’ ‘kinetic movements,’ ‘tactics,’ ‘powers,’ … Sometimes, in the literature, they mean the same thing, and sometimes different things.
The Sunday Times this weekend profiled headspace.com, a mindfulness / mediation app from what seems to be a fast-growing company. I quite like some of the meditation / relaxation exercises I’ve used over the years – generally progressive relaxation exercises.