Welcome to this blog, here we will put all sorts of (hopefully useful) information about Tai Chi and maybe some other subjects too.

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May all your training be fabulous.

Robert Agar-Hutton
Chief Instructor

Wing Chun - Chunfest

Spent the day at 'Chunfest' a get-together of mainly Wing Chun students and instructors although some were Tai Chi people too.

The day was spent playing at Chi Sao (Sticky Hands) a competitive drill where you touch hands (wrists, arms) with the other player and try to control them, off-balance them or strike them - it is similar to but different from the Tai Chi practice of Push Hands.

Despite the sun and the heat (and the fact that I did not take enough to drink) I had a fantastic day and learned a lot - I know I say this over and over (and over) again - but all martial arts training will help you with your Tai Chi ... if you understand how to let it do that.

Silat - something different

Silat is the name given to a group of martial arts from Indonesia and Malaysia - Sunday 1st July, I spent the day with Glenn Lobo, who is an excellent Silat instructor and some of his students learning some Silat basics. Why? Because I want to add new skills and because it was fun.

I suggest that you never miss the chance to learn new skills, whether it's computer programming, kite making, or learning about the Peloponnesian wars - All knowledge is good.

And FUN - I've mentioned fun before and will probably do so many more times - having fun is one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself young and fit.

The power of practice

June 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2018 - I spent three days in the New Forest with a group of excellent Tai Chi instructors and students learning new things - what it was that I learned may be the subject for a future blog post but what I want to discuss here is why I went to learn something new...

You see the power in Tai Chi comes from DOING IT and the more you do it the better the rewards.

Practice something that you already know and hopefully you keep your body healthy and you let your mind increase its awareness of the moves and deepen your ability to concentrate and relax whilst doing it.

Learn something NEW and keep your brain healthy and your mind interested and alert - keeping you young.

That's the power of practice.

Why practice Tai Chi?

There are lots of practical reasons to practice Tai Chi - You can do it for physical health, for relaxation, for self defence, for... yadda, yadda, yadda ...

But, I'd like to mention something that I think often gets overlooked, it's enjoyable... You know, something that you can do without it doing any harm to anyone, and it's easy, and it can be done anywhere and (virtually) anytime. You don't need a lot of space, it doesn't make any noise, you can be wearing pretty much anything, you can do it for a few minutes or a few hours. It's YOUR decision what you do - it's your time to do something that is pleasant and makes you feel good.

Now, yes of course it will be relaxing and it will have the well-known health benefits so you get all of that too. But concentrate on the fact that you are simply doing something that you enjoy without any particular purpose and that is ABSOLUTELY your right.

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