Tai Chi Ch'uan is an ancient Chinese system often referred to as a type of "moving meditation". The Tai Chi Form - a sequence of connected, flowing and normally slow-moving postures that most people first think of when they hear "Tai Chi" is only one part of this Internal Art.
Originally a martial art, Tai Chi is now only most commonly known and taught as a health exercise, for two main reasons:
1 - the health benefits are immense, and many people recognise that being healthy is of the upmost importance, and
2 - there are not many people who are able to teach the martial side. This is primarily because:
(i) gaining access to the knowledge of how to train the martial side of Tai Chi is difficult
(ii) the amount of time and energy required to become proficient at the art is beyond what most people are will to commit to.
The exact birth of Tai Chi Ch'uan is shrouded in mystery and debate, with most scholars dating it back at least a couple hundred of years, however we know the philosophy is based on Yin/Yang theory. Yin and Yang are complimentary opposites; inter-dependent, inter-connected and inter-related. Everything in a dualistic reality can be described in terms of Yin and Yang.
By the study of this theory, one aims to achieve more balance and harmony in their lives, becoming more efficient in their actions... achieving more by doing less.
Tai Chi simultaneously trains the mind, body and spirit, bringing strength and vitality to the practitioner and enabling them to know themselves on a deeper level.
Nick teaches the both the martial and civil sides of Tai Chi Ch'uan, with the vast majority of his training having been focused on the Yang style.
"I came across Nick when I was researching for teachers and practitioners who applied internal martial arts training to the art of fighting. Internal work takes time to grow and to manifest in the body. In the years of my training, I have not found anyone quite like Nick; he is a unique individual and I will be continuing my journey of discovery under his guidance in the coming years as and when I can train with him."
David Greeves - Martial Arts choreographer and movement coach