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Class training 

At the Cardiff class you’ll be more than welcome. We are a friendly bunch and even though the atmosphere is one of serious study it is with laughter and a ‘light heart’. 

Classes for 2022

 

TAIJIQUAN: EVERY TUESDAY

Oasis Cardiff, 69B Splott Road, Cardiff CF24 2BW

6.00pm - 7.30pm - Beginners Taijiquan class.  

7.45pm - 9.45pm - Taijiquan class. 

 

NEI GONG & QI GONG: THURSDAY ONCE A MONTH

(Starts on August 4th)

Cardiff Sports Clinic, 61 Whitchurch Road, Gabalfa, Cardiff. CF14 3JP.

7.00pm - 9.00pm - Nei Gong / Qi Gong class. 

 

At present this is a monthly class (the first Thursday in every month), combined with a follow up zoom class in the same month. The plan is to increase it to twice a month in the venue. Please bring a meditation style cushion to sit on as we’ll be doing a combination of standing and sitting practice. Practice is on the following dates:

 

August 4th (at venue) & August 18th (on zoom)

September 1st (at venue) & September 22nd (on zoom)

October 6th (at venue) & October 20th (on zoom)

November 3rd (at venue) & November 17th (on zoom)

December 1st (at venue) & December 15th (on zoom)

 

ONLINE TAIJIQUAN ZOOM CLASSES

Taijiquan every Saturday morning from 10.00am - 11.30am.

 

Please contact me for more information on cost, availability and zoom invitations.

 

PLEASE NOTE: There are no classes on the following dates in JULY:

 

Saturday 16 Taijiquan zoom class 

Tuesday 19 Taijiquan class

Saturday 23 Taijiquan zoom class

Tuesday 26 Taijiquan class

Saturday 30 Taijiquan zoom class

In the Taijiquan zoom class, we’ll be looking at the ‘principles of the style’ of Yang Taijiquan. Taijiquan is not just the form, it’s an important part but the real transformational work is via practices that develop the key qualities that should be contained in the form. That said, I’ll still be looking at the form, but of course people haven’t got the room at home to do lots of movement, so we’ll break it down into small sections. 

With all my classes, I don’t ask for the month in advance like some classes do. I recognise that with all the best intentions, other commitments will crop up from time to time and you won’t be able to make it to class, so asking you to pay an advanced monthly payment that’s non-refundable if you miss a lesson has never been my policy. If the ethos of the school is for you, then all I ask is your continued commitment to attend.

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Private online teaching

If you want to study but don’t want to come to the classes or can’t make it that night or live at a distance, I can offer private teaching via zoom. Obviously my time is limited, but I will consider it. 

I can find a venue at a reasonable cost if you definitely want teaching in person. However, since the Pandemic, I’ve had to teach classes online, and I’ve started teaching a few private classes via this format which works rather well. Private tuition doesn’t have to be each week. It could range from once a week to once a month, allowing time for ’homework’ in-between.

If you are interested then get in touch via the contact page and I can look at my schedule and send you details of my costs.

Day courses

I will be holding day courses in Taijiquan and Nei Gong/Qi Gong over the year (on weekends) at various venues around the Cardiff area. Having a whole day to practise adds a different dynamic to your training. Please check on the Lotus Nei Gong Cardiff Facebook page for news and updates.

THE SYLLABUS

Taijiquan

Taijiquan 37 sequence
Ding Shi (standing postures)

Taiji stepping and grounding

Wu Song Shen Fa ( five loosening exercises)

Zhan Zhuang (standing posture)

Ba Men (eight gates)

Quan Fa (martial drills)

Tui Shou (push Hands)

Qi Gong

Tu Na (breath work)

Yi Gong (mind work)

Ji Ben Qi Gong (fundamental energy exercises)

Wu Xing Qi Gong (five elemental energy exercises)

Song & Ting (release or letting go skill and absorption or listening skill)

Hun Yuan Qi Gong (primordial circle energy exercises)

 

Dao Yin

Wu Dao Yin (five pushing and guiding exercises)

Long Dao Yin (dragon pushing and guiding exercises)

 

Other

Stretching and conditioning exercises

Meditation

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Lotus Nei Gong Cardiff Facebook page

Push hands practice

I will be holding practice sessions over the year in push hands at various locations. Tui Shou is a must for the serious study of Taijiquan. Please check on the Lotus Nei Gong Cardiff Facebook page for news and updates.

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BEFORE YOU START

If you have any injuries or medical issues that you think could be a problem, please check with your GP first or let me know, ideally before you start. Nei Gong and some Qi Gong work can carry a very slight risk to some people due to the energetic changes that take place, especially if you go deeper into the process. So to be over cautious I don't teach the following people in the list below. If you are affected by any of these issues, then Taijiquan would be much better choice for you. Have chat with me first. 

  • If you have a Lymphoma type Cancer. 

  • Under 18 years of age: there's a lot of emotional development going on during childhood and teenage years and we don't want to cause the natural development to be hindered in any way.

  • Pregnant women: again there is a great deal of change going on in a woman's body and we don't want to alter any natural development taking place at this time. 

  • People with a history of a serious mental illness: (such as Schizophrenia) working with the mind in Nei Gong may have a detrimental effect on someone who has a serious mental illness. I'm not talking about anxiety or stress related issues, but illnesses such as schizophrenia or psychotic disorders.