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Wu Shi Taiji Quan and Qi Gong

 

Wu Style Taiji Quan

 

Taiji (Tai Chi) Quan can be translated as supreme ultimate boxing or Yin Yang boxing. Taiji Quan is a sophisticated martial art, a wonderful health practice, a moving meditation and physical poetry in motion, and is therefore also a form of Qi Gong.

It is truly restorative, nourishing and healing, and for me it is a way of life. 

In China it is common place to see groups gathering in the parks in the early morning to socialize and practice many martial arts and wellbeing exercises, including Taiji Quan and Qi Gong. I often practice and teach Taiji Quan outdoors (especially during the summer) and it really is wonderful practicing in the early morning outdoors in nature.

I have studied Taiji Quan for 0ver 15 years, originally studying Yang Style and moving to the Wu Style I now study over 6 years ago. The Wu Style is a smaller frame than Yang and for me fits well with my Chinese Medicine background. My Shifu Michael Acton studied under Master Li Li Quan in Shanghai and is a 5th Generation lineage holder of the Southern (Shanghai) Wu Style Taiji Quan.

Michael is the founder and Chairman of the Wu Shi Taiji and Qi Gong Association in London, which is a Community Amateur Sports Club, of which I am a teaching member.

 

 Qi Gong

Qi Gong is less widely known and understood than Taiji (or Tai Chi) in the west, but is an integral part of Chinese Medicine. Qi Gong can be used as a daily practice to enhance health, wellbeing and vitality. Qi Gong can be translated as 'Energy' - Qi, which can be absorbed, cultivated and nourished and 'Work' or 'Achievement' - Gong, which is movement, stretching or holding postures. Qi Gong is based on patterns of movement and stillness which invigorate and rejuvenate and can offer calmness, peace of mind and relaxation.

There are many hundreds, if not thousands, of Qi Gong forms and I have seen and studied many of them over the years, but it is important to understand the complexities of the movement and the reasons behind them, rather than just 'doing' physical movements. Therefore it is important to find a good teacher who can impart Qi Gong in a simple but evolving way, so that you learn the different levels and development over time. 

I currently teach a 5 Element, Water Dragon or Eternal Spring Qi Gong set depending on the needs of the individual, but the Eternal Spring is the main dynamic Qi Gong set we teach as an association.

 

Teaching

I currently teach beginners and intermediate Wu Style Taiji Quan and Qi Gong on a 1-2-1 basis, either online (via Zoom) or outdoor in Rochford area (whilst Covid restrictions are in place).

I was running a beginners Taiji class in Rochford before lockdown and I am hoping to start group classes once again when circumstances allow.

 

 

If you are interested in finding out more about Wu Shi Taiji Quan & Qi Gong Association, or if you would like to start training, then please feel free to contact me.