The Chinese Internal Arts
issue 24 Spring 1999
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Members of the Chinese Internal Arts Association could be seen in the Princes Square in Bracknell this Easter limbering up as a preparation for a direct assault on the shops. Purchases of at least two bottles of mineral water and one printer cartridge boosted the local economy.

Inside This Issue
* Foreword
* Regular events
* Picture Gallery
* Master Chen's visit to Reading
* Qigong Course
* Battle Hospital Project

Saying of the month:
Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
Chinese proverb.

Picture Gallery
Demonstration at Princess Square, Bracknell

A small group of CIAA members enchanted Bracknell shoppers during an Easter break with relaxing demonstrations of Taiji Form, pushing hands, sword displays etc.

In the middle of the demonstration, a flock of White Cranes descended and Spread their Wings

Some participants found the exercises rather tiring

Men and women practising in harmony[description censored by editor's wife]

Grandmaster Chen's visit to Reading

The 19th generation inheritor of Chen Style, Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang

Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang was born in 1946 in the Chenjiagou Village in Henan Province. He was taught Taijiquan by his father, Chen Zhaoxu, and his uncles, Chen Zhaopi and Chen Zhaokui. In the early eighties, he won gold medals in many national tournaments in China and won a gold medal in the national Taijiquan competition three times in a row. In 1984, in recognition of his achievements, he was given the title Grand Champion for life. In the early nineties he moved to Australia with his family and started to spread Chen style Taijiquan throughout the world, travelling often up to ten months in a year. He often visits Japan, USA, and many countries in Europe, teaching Chan Si Jing, Chen style Taijiquan and pushing hands.

Chen style Taijiquan consists of two routines that contain a wide range of movements - slow and fast, soft and hard - and the martial aspects are more recognisable than in the other styles. The First Set is slower and is the origin of the all the other forms of Taijiquan - Yang, Woo, Wu and Sun being the other major styles. The Second Set, called Paoqui (Cannon Fist), is faster and contains more of the explosive moves.

Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang is the undisputed head of the Chen style. His seminars are always popular, as Chen Xiaowang is not only a great practitioner of the Chen style Taijiquan but also a wonderful teacher, taking great care to teach the correct principles of the art. His seminars have become famous for the amount of corrections he gives to his students. He doesn't concentrate just on correcting the look of postures but has an amazing ability to correct the inside of the body and create the right 'qi' feeling. This is invaluable both to beginners and experienced Taijiquan practitioners. Here is an excellent opportunity to work with the top Taijiquan Master.

Master Chen Xiaowang will come and visit our Club in Reading on 11th, 12th and 13th June. We have scheduled three separate workshops:

Battle Hospital Project

Our Battle Hospital programme is very successful, with about five patients attending each week (maximum is six). The patients are enjoying the sessions of Taiji and Qigong based exercises and diligently practise every day. In April 1999 we started to train more members of the multidisciplinary team to supervise patients in their practice. We have devised exercise sheets for the patients and produced an information book for new patients to look at. The pictures below are taken from the book.

Dawn Hatton teaching "Floating Arms" exercise

Eva teaching "Holding a Ball" exercise

Carol Thatcher and patients practising "Opening and Closing Hands like a Fan"