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CIA residential weekend
Students and tutors of the Taijiquan and Qigong training courses in the beautiful grounds of the Epsom College.
This was the third visit from Master Chen Xiaowang to our Association. We had organized seminars on a range of topics: Yin-Yang Qigong, Laojia Form, Chan Si Gong, Two-person Spear, Spear shaking and Qinna (joint-locks) - see pictures from some of them below. The seminars were well attended and on several occasions Master Chen performed impromptu demonstrations (Spear form, Pao Chui form and others).
Master Chen leading the Laojia class
Taiji Spear demo
Chan Si Gong master-class
Yin Yang Qigong
Some people need all the correction they can get!
Two-person spear practice
Fun was had by all during the Qinna workshop!
This was the second visit from Chen Yingjun, son of Master Chen Xiaowang, to our Association. Last year he taught the Chen Taiji Sword form. This year Chen Yingjun taught Chen Taiji Sabre form. All those that attended had managed to learn the whole form - well done! As we did with the sword last year, we shall teach the sabre form next year on the third Friday of each month starting in April 2002.
This course will take 6 sessions and is suitably for those who couldn't attend Chen Yingjun's seminar and would like to learn the form or for those that know the form and would like to get corrections. This form is very useful in training the correct dantian rotations that are necessary for a correct Taiji movement. This is due to the 'slashing' motion of the sabre being controlled from the centre.
The first thing that struck me as I drove into the Epsom College grounds was the lovely surroundings. Beautiful trees and stretches of well groomed lawn, together with this fantastic old building that was to be our home for the next couple of days.
The 'school' dining room was regimentally lined with long benches and looked like something from Tom Brown's school days. But it certainly wasn't gruel we were fed - the food wasn't bad at all (school dinners just aren't what they used to be!).
Eva had drawn-up a punishing schedule, starting before breakfast and finishing at 10 o'clock in the evening with meditation (there was lots of snoring on both nights). Karel said that he would start his training at 5 o'clock each morning and that anyone was welcome to join him. On both mornings a few of us looked for him, but unfortunately we were unable to find him - the grounds were very large and we must have just missed him! Maybe next time Karel?
It's not often you get the opportunity to focus on your Tai Chi for several days at a time. And it was great to be able to eat, sleep, and breathe Tai Chi for two whole days. There was lots of discussion on teaching styles and techniques and training tips, as well as alternative therapies and reading material.