2017 Newsletters

Taiji: basic movement patterns and body coherence - 21st November Newsletter 21st November 2017: Taiji: basic movement patterns and body coherence
This is an excellent piece by Sam Moor – really well written and easy to read – covers so much of what I try to get across to students. Read more …
Classes and events over the Christmas period - 9th November Newsletter 9th November 2017: Classes and Events over the Christmas period
A list of classes cancelled over Christmas and New Year, along with information on other events being held over this period. Read more …
Chen Taijiquan's Integrated Curriculum - 3rd November Newsletter 3rd November 2017: Chen Taijiquan’s Integrated Curriculum by David Gaffney
A great insight into Chen Tai Chi by a very experienced martial artist with long term connections to the school at the Chen Village. Read more …
Tai Chi and Alexander Technique Seminar at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, 12th November 2017 4th October 2017: Tai Chi and Alexander Technique Seminar at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living on the 12th November 2017
Widely experienced Alexander teacher Judy Hammond and long-term Tai Chi instructor Ian Deavin have created a program of physical and mental exercises suitable for both complete beginners or for more experienced exercisers. Read more …
Tai Chi and Alexander Technique Seminar at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, 16th July 2017 13th June 2017: Tai Chi and Alexander Technique Seminar at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living on the 16th July 2017
Widely experienced Alexander teacher Judy Hammond and long-term Tai Chi instructor Ian Deavin have created a program of physical and mental exercises suitable for both complete beginners or for more experienced exercisers. Read more …
On the development of Natural Movement, 6th June 2017 Newsletter 6th June 2017: On the development of Natural Movement
In Tai Chi we talk about natural movement and tend to think of it in quite specific, almost jargon, terms – as the movement which develops when the body is relaxed and moving from the centre. Read more …
First Shefford Tai Chi Festival - successful and fun!, 4th May 2017 Newsletter 4th May 2017: First Shefford Tai Chi Festival – successful and fun!
The last Saturday in April is designated by the World Health Organisation as World Tai Chi and Chi Kung Day – so this year we decided to have a festival of Tai Chi and related arts at the Community Hall in Shefford. And it was BRILLIANT! Read more …
An external view of the internal art of Tai Chi, 4th April 2017 Newsletter 4th April 2017: An external view of the internal art of Tai Chi
(working from the outside in)
Try standing in front of a mirror with your arms lightly out and palms up. Then open the hands as far as you can. Relax and let them spring back – can you feel the spring in your hands? That is an internal feeling. Read more …
Attending martial classes for beginners, 7th March 2017 Newsletter 7th March 2017: Attending martial arts classes for beginners
Do not over exert – adapt the exercises to suit your capability. If the instructor says he/she is going to demonstrate, move to a position where you can see what you need to.  Read more …
A match made in heaven: healthy movement from Tai Chi and Alexander Technique, 22nd February 2017 Newsletter 22nd February 2017: A Match Made in Heaven: Healthy Movement from Tai Chi & Alexander Technique by Ian Deavin & Judy Hammond
Over my many years of studying and teaching Tai Chi I have recognised that much of individual movement stems from habit – we learn to walk at around 1 year old and then pay it little attention to it until some 60 or so years later when, having accumulated many random poor habits of posture and movement, we notice a certain lessening of physical ability and vulnerability of balance usually coupled with physical and emotional tensions. Read more …
Tai Chi and Alexander Technique Seminar at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, 5th March 2017 7th February 2017: Tai Chi and Alexander Technique Seminar at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living on the 5th March 2017
Widely experienced Alexander teacher Judy Hammond and long-term Tai Chi instructor Ian Deavin have created a program of physical and mental exercises suitable for both complete beginners or for more experienced exercisers. Read more …
Standing, walking, running - all the same, 10th January 2017 Newsletter 10th January 2017: Standing, walking, running – all the same
It is interesting that as we work with Tai Chi movement we start to find more and more similarities, so, for example, when I am doing Chi Kung I find quiet continuous movement. In walking I find calmness and in my daily jogging I find calmness also. Read more …