An Interview with Master Chen Bing

Extracted from an interview with Chen Bing, conducted by China’s World Martial Arts Union and translated by Davidine Sim.
“From a personal point of view Taijiquan offers a means of growing into a more wholesome person. An individual’s training experience, hard practice, relentless perseverance and consistence cultivates the spirit and tempers the will.  The reward of acquiring gongfu and enlightenment through the sacrifice of toil, that “heaven rewards the diligent”.  The quan theories also teaches me the laws of nature and the universe. It enables me to better understand society, the world, the natural world, the universe, thus it enlightens and augments my mind and improves my wisdom.”

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Guidance for your Practice

GUIDANCE FOR YOUR PRACTICE
(Reproduced from a “Chinese Whispers” Post on Facebook) 

It is easy for beginners of Taijiquan to exhibit two extremes: one extreme is to be stiff and inflexible, the other extreme is to be flaccid and weak. Neither of those conform to the essence of Taijiquan, in that movement and form are “light but not floating”, “heavy but not stiff”, fulfilling the underlying Taijiquan principle of duality, of equal display of softness and hardness; expounding the popular Taijiquan adage “mutual manifestation of pliant softness and heavy strength”.

Taijiquan cannot be achieved through envy or subterfuge. It takes its natural course, following the gradual order of Yin-Yang changes and the philosophy of the ”middle path”. The small dao enables a healthy body; the medium dao enables self-defence capabilities; the high dao disciplines the temperament and cultivates the moral character.

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Gong xi fa cai – wishing you a Happy New Year (Mandarin style)!!

Chinese New Year falls on 28 January 2017, heralding the Year of the Rooster.

Year of birth: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029, 2041, 2053

People born under the fire rooster are said to be trustworthy and have a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work. They are also supposed to be popular, talkative and loyal – however they can also be a little sensitive, stressed and moody!

 

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Tuesday evenings; extra sessions continue

Change of Format for Tuesday evenings:
From Tuesday 3
rd January 2017 students will have the opportunity to train for a further 1/2 an hour (between 8.00pm-8.30pm) and focus on either Tai Chi Swords/Fan or Push Hands practice.  The cost will be an additional £1.50.

The programme will be as follows:

3rd Jan – Tai Chi Swords and Fan

10th Jan – Push Hands

17th Jan – Tai Chi Swords and Fan

17th Jan – Push Hands

24th Jan – Tai Chi Swords and Fan

7th Feb – Push Hands

14th Feb – Tai Chi Swords and Fan

21st Feb – Push Hands

28th Feb – Tai Chi Swords and Fan

7th March – Push Hands

14th Mar – Tai Chi Swords and Fan

21st Mar – Push Hands

28th Mar – Tai Chi Swords and Fan

4th April – Push Hands

11th Apr – Tai Chi Swords and Fan

18th Apr – Push Hands

This is available to all students, regardless of experience.

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New format for Tuesday evenings

Classes resume this week (w/c 24th October) and we’re changing the format of the Tuesday evening classes held at the St Thomas Centre, Exeter.

From Tuesday 25th October students will have the opportunity to train for a further 1/2 an hour (between 8.00pm-8.30pm) and focus on either Weapons or Push Hands practice.  The cost will be an additional £1.50.

The programme will be as follows:
25th Oct – Push Hands
1st Nov – Weapons
8th Nov – Push Hands
15th Nov – Weapons
22nd Nov – Push Hands
29th Nov – Weapons
6th Dec – Push Hands
13th Dec – Weapons
20th Dec – Push Hands

This is available to all students, regardless of experience.

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Staff Away Day – Bramblehaies Surgery, Cullompton

We were delighted to be invited back to an Away Day for Doctors and Staff of Bramblehaies Surgery.  We held a session for them in 2014 and they invited us back again in September.

The session concentrated on relaxing and stretching exercises as well as Tree Qi Gong, a wonderful partner exercise.  It helped to break down barriers between different levels of staff and brought the team together before they went back to their business agenda.

Staff at Bramblehaies Surgery on their Away Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doctors & Staff of Bramblehaies Surgery

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Charity Walk for Children in Need 9.10.16

Spectacular weather in Exeter today for our Charity Ramble along the Canal.  So pleased that so many students, friends and family joined in.  It was a very sociable event, a cup of coffee and Qi Gong at the Double Locks before strolling back to the Quay.  Many thanks everyone.  We look set to raise about £300!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tai Chi Holiday Portugal April 2017

Come and join us for six fabulous days of Tai Chi training in the sunny Algarve; 22nd-29th April 2017.  Flights with Flybe from Exeter Airport have already gone on-line so contact us asap to book your place.  Full information pack available on request.  This will be our fourth trip to the wonderful resort of Praia da Rocha and it looks set to be another winner!

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Sword Form Workshops

The Saturday Workshops from September onwards will concentrate on empty hand forms in the morning and Sword Forms in the afternoon; both Jian and Sabre.  We have spare swords available for anyone wishing to start learning the sword forms but recommend that you purchase your own early on to enable you to practice at home.

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Tom & Helen Holiday – July 2016

We’re away w/c 18th July – so no classes on 19th or 20th.  Classes will resume as normal on 26th.

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