I first attended a Tai Chi class when I was 17 years old, and from that very first lesson I knew I was hooked. There was something about these slow and gentle movements which made me feel like I was walking on air.
Ever since then I have been actively studying Tai Chi with a variety of teachers, each with their own particular character and emphasis, whether it be for health and well-being or self-defence.
My approach to Tai Chi has been and continues to be an on-going evolutionary process, as I believe it is for all who genuinely study, research and practice this wonderful and multi-faceted art. As such, the main form that I teach is the 42 Step Combined Form, which I originally learned from Wushu champion Lin Qiu Ping, who was at that time, three times World Tai Chi champion and eight times Chinese champion.
As my particular interest in the martial aspects of the training grew, I began to seek out and train with a variety of instructors and Masters from both the Chinese, Filipino and Indonesian martial-arts, and this experience has constantly fed back into my Tai Chi and Qigong practice. This feedback continues all the time as my Tai Chi practice develops alongside my studies with my teachers, Sifu Nathan Menaged and Paul Andrews (Nathan’s UK representative).
I have taught Tai Chi to a wide variety of people of all ages, and find it to be not only a wonderful method of therapeutic exercise, but also a very effective method of self-defence. Although I teach the 42 step form, my personal expression of the form differs from the way it is performed for Wushu tournaments, and rather focusses on smaller spirals, less exaggerated stances, the coordination of breath and movement, and the understanding of martial application.