Personal Trainer, 3rd Dan Tang Soo Tao black belt and Tai Chi practicioner Stephen Ramsdale has a wealth of experience in the fitness industry that he uses to benefit his clients and readers. Based in Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Stephen runs a training studio from the Brittania Garage on Caloundra's Bulcock Street.
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Meng Xianming demonstrates the 27 Forms of Yang Tai Chi
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Video of 4th Generation Yang Tai Chi Master Niu Chunming practising Tai Chi.
There will be a grading in Caloundra on Staurday morning 22 June. Commencing at 11 am the testing should be completed between 12 and 12:30.
Anyone wishing to stay on for lunch after let me know ASAP and I will organise something depending on numbers.
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On the last Saturday of April at 10:00 am local time, the world is invited to join in on mass Tai Chi and Ch Gung teach-ins and exhibitions held in over 70 nations. This event brings people together in celebration of personal and global health and healing. It's motto is "one World...One Breath"
Mark your calendar for April 26 2014. More details to come about participating in the event in Caloundra.
Background Information available at www.worldtaichiday.org
Rene De Greef was initiated as a 7th Generation Yang Tai Chi Disciple along with three more of Master Li's students. The initiation is very formal and based in ancient Chinese culture. A cup of tea is offered to the Sifu, and by accepting the tea, the Sifu accepts the student as a Disciple.
After the ceremony there were demonstrations of the short form, sword form and pushing hands. Gifts were exchanged between the Australian discilples and the chinese disciples and we had opportunity to chat via interpreters. Having met our new brothers and sisters we said our goodbyes and and begin our journey home.
Our last training session this morning was conducted by Meng Xianming, Sifu to Master Paul Li and lineage holder of Niu Chunming Tai Chi. It started with an assessment of progress with demonstrations of the short form and sword form and pushing hands, then developed into a workshop on rooting to the ground and projecting Chi.
Pushing hands with Meng was interesting, as he moved little but controlled everything. A different feel to all the other Masters i encountered this week.
Later we went to lunch which was a feast sampling the traditional cuisine of Hangzhou.
A master caligrapher, Yu Zhi Hua, gave us a demonstration of his art today. Some examples of the phrases he used in producing his beautiful works were "When the family is home all is well", "neutralise stiffness with softness" and "with Tai Chi make friends".
The final tutorial of push hands with Master Yen was an extension of what we had done previously to include stepping forward and backward and to the side. A second exercise of pull down, split, elbow strike and shoulder charge was added to the ward off, press, roll back, and push exercise.