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London Workshop – Internal Essentials

Fansong Gong and Standing Meditation are the fundamental building blocks for good training in Internal Arts – I’ve previously written a number of articles about their many merits, both for those interested in IMA and anyone into any kind of … Continue reading

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Why Tai Chi?

When someone asks me what Internal Arts training can do for them I usually have to pause before I give an answer; there are just so many potential benefits that it would take quite some time for me to outline … Continue reading

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The Art of Standing Still – Part 1

As a family we love walking. We are fortunate to live in the heart of the South Downs National Park and as such there are many varied and beautiful routes that stem right from our doorstep. It is common on … Continue reading

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The Art of Standing Still – Part 2

A diffuse awareness of everything In my garden there is a wonderful vantage point where I can see almost everything contained within it. If I stay there for a while and watch quietly it is possible to rest into a certain … Continue reading

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Basic movement patterns and body coherence

When I was a college student I used to give guitar lessons. It was a great way to earn money without being too time consuming and I soon realised that I really liked the teaching process, not to mention the … Continue reading

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Guest post by Antonia Stringer

I don’t often read fiction books however on the run up to our recent retreat in Morocco I read an excellent and very funny book. It is titled ‘this book will save your life’ by the author A.M. Homes. The … Continue reading

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Taiji Almighty – Training with Chen Bing

First published in Winter 2013 edition of Tai Chi and Oriental Arts Magazine “First, you have to find your body.” Calm and cool Chen Bing looks at each of us in turn. After patiently watching us carefully demonstrate the opening … Continue reading

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It’s not what you do…

 It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it – that’s what gets results. Exercise is a bit like food, we are what we eat and we are how we use our bodies. So it is well … Continue reading

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An Interview with Chen Bing

‘After ten years of training Laojia all day, everyday, it only took me 2 and ½ hours to learn Xinjia’ says Chen Bing smiling at us. ‘It’s easy!’ he adds, ‘once you know the basics’. Everyone groans, because inevitably this … Continue reading

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An Interview with Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang

First published in 2015 in Tai Chi and Oriental Arts Magazine Last year I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang. After having trained with Master Chen for the last 14 years I have found his … Continue reading

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