My Journey to Tai Chi began in 2002 when I joined the Fujian White Crane Martial Arts club. It was shortly after starting that my instructor Neil Johnson recommended I do the soft style Tai Chi called Shuang Yang. When Neil left the Fujian Club in 2006 I joined his new club and trained with them until the end of 2016. During this time I gained my Tai Chi instructors grading and began teaching in 2010.
While still with the club I went to China in 2008 and 2012 and studied under Master Zei Pei Linn who is in direct lineage to Master Chen Yijiu. In 2011 he came to the UK where I was also privileged to be taught by him.
From the very first I was best suited to Tai Chi and although I enjoy other martial arts my interest and focus has always been on the Tai Chi. The impact that Tai Chi has had on me at both a physical and mental level has been remarkable. The philosophy of softness, gentleness and the idea of letting go your attachments in favour of flow and smoothness has shaped how my life has developed over the last 15 years.
As I continue to travel the Ta Chi journey, I am studying with Iain Armstrong of the Nam Yang Pugilistic Association, who traces his Shuang Yang lineage back to the Shaolin Temple in Quan Zhou. The lineage is as follows:
Xiao Dan Qing. Shaolin Temple. Quan Zhou. Fukien.
Miao Sian Meng. Shaolin Temple. Quan Zhou. Fukien.
Ang Lian Huat. Nam Yang Pugilistic Association.
Tan Soh Tin. Nam Yang Pugilistic Association.
Iain Armstrong. Nam Yang Pugilistic Association
To further my knowledge and understanding of the ideas and principles of Tai Chi I am also studying the traditional Chen and Yang styles with Master Shousheng(Luke) Zhang who is a part of the sixth generation of yang family teachers.
My purpose is to continually learn and discover as much as possible about these soft gentle arts so I can share it with students and together we can create better understanding, harmony and sanctuary, of which there is a very great need in this modern world.
I first encountered Tai chi when as a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor I travelled all over the world and, used to watch with fascination, different forms of Qi Gong and Tai Chi being practised in the parks in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
I had the opportunity to do one term of Dao Yin and then one term of Tai Chi in Jersey 2005 and this only served to increase my fascination. So when I saw a poster advertising Tai Chi in Dorking, the time was right in my life to fully embark on the Tai Chi journey.
As a dance student I studied all forms of dance, anatomy and did dance teaching exams at college 1988-91 and to me Tai chi is an extension of this and more. The combination of the physical and mental aspects as well as the attention to detailed exact movement are fascinating to me. As I continue on the Tai Chi journey I look forward to my understanding becoming deeper as more and more is revealed through the practice over time and sharing it with students.