Tai Chi donated to The Museum of Curiosity by Benjamin Zephaniah

I love Radio4! Just been listening to The Museum of Curiosity (Series 13 Episode 1) in which Benjamin Zephaniah gave an impassioned case for donating Tai Chi. It was great even though some of what he said was disputable!

Yang based styles, for example, are not always slow. Yes, the hand form is mostly done in a slow and controlled manner but some moves, such as Double Hand Sweep Lotus Leg, are quick and besides I do the whole form much quicker on a chilly winter morning than a warm summer’s evening!

As for it not being an effective martial art and “you would be better off doing Kick Boxing or Karate”, that may be true of his Chen style but my Sifu Dan Docherty, his Sifu Chen Tin-hung and several elder brothers in Tai Chi have demonstrated that a full system of Wudang, Practical Tai Chi Chuan is. (N.B. WPTCC is in the Yang/Wu family lineage NOT Chen family despite the name – see ‘The Complete Tai Chi Tutor’ by Dan Docherty for detailed lineages etc.)

Also listened to Start the Week with Andrew Marr interviewing Yuval Noah Harari, the author of Sapiens and Homo Deus. Well worth a listen though  they don’t mention Tai Chi!

Tai Chi in the Park is Blooming

Great to see so many new faces at Tai Chi in the Park this evening. Hope you all enjoyed it.

We covered: Stances, Seven Stars & Four directions Pushing Hands, the first twelve moves of the Short Square Form, Wave Hands in Clouds. I also explained that there are 5 elements in the Wudang System: Hand Forms, Weapon Forms, Pushing Hands, Self Defence Applications and Nei Gong.

If you go to my teacher Peter Ballam’s site through the Links page above you will find video’s of all the Forms and Pushing Hands. If you want to find out more about Tai Chi and the Wudang Style in particular then visit my Sifu Dan Docherty’s site.

I should have mentioned that we shall be at WISHFEST with an information desk in the Health & Wellbeing Area again this year. There will also be a demo at 4pm (England will hopefully be in the World Cup final not the third place play-off!) which you are welcome to join in. If not, I hope to see you all again next Monday.

Welcome to Wish Wudang Tai Chi Club Website and Blog

This little site has information about Tai Chi,  the classes in Hove that I teach and a blog. I see no point in reproducing what you can find elsewhere on the web so I have included a page of links to relevant sites.

The blog will be mainly about tai chi and what is happening at the Wish Wudang Tai Chi Club in particular but I may publish wider musings if I take to this blogging lark…

Great workshop with Dan Docherty

Had a really good workshop with Dan in Horsham today. Lots of applications as usual then Short Form Mirror followed by a choice of spear or sabre.

We worked through applications illustrating the eight ways of using the sabre Pi – chop, Ci – stab, Tan – slash up to groin, Tuo – push up with both hands, Ti – divert up, Liao – stir and slash, Chen – press down and Lu – divert to the side. They are often used together as in Ti Pi which is an upward diversion to a stab followed by a chop to the attacker’s arm.

We ended with the Brush Knee sequence that takes you round in a full circle. It is beginning to make sense until I try to do it on my own.

Thanks Dan and thanks for the Song coin. If I keep coming perhaps I’ll earn a whole string!

Workshop with Dan in Horsham

Dan Docherty, head of our Wudang style, is holding a workshop at Forest School Gym, Comptons Lane, Horsham this Saturday 2nd December 2017.

If you are doing Nei Gung refresher then start at 1.00pm main workshop is 2.00 – 5.00pm

Cost has been kept down for many years, but now need to increase so it has been reviewed and will now be £13 for refresher and £37.00 for workshop.

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