Surrey and Hants Tai Chi Club Ethos
Written by our Founder & Instructor, Cherry Collins
In just seven years, the practice of Taiji and Qigong has changed my life.
It had such an impact on me that I quit my regular job to become a teacher so that I could share what I have discovered and encourage others to find the same joy and freedom. My personal ethos is also my club ethos:
改善 Gai Shan: Continual Ongoing Personal Development.
Now, I know that sounds like a biggie, but I have found that if we apply ourselves to make a little progress each day we will soon see results. Anyone joining my classes will be encouraged to believe in their ability to learn and to take baby steps, lots of them! Not to look at the mountain ahead, but just to take the first step, and then just take the one after that. Improvement comes every time we apply our mind in an intelligent way to whatever it is we are doing - it shouldn't be a struggle or a chore :)
Our Mission Statement:
To teach faithfully and correctly and to proactively promote the Art:
I continue to update my own training with 2 or 3 residential training camps each year in UK, Europe and China and I spend 10 hours in classes per month with China's three-times National Champion. I also devote time each day to my personal practice, reading and study so that I continually develop my own skill.
To encourage and help others reach their full potential:
Throughout your taiji journey i'll be on hand to encourage you and explain in as much detail as you need and if there's a question I can't answer i'll find out :)
To make Taiji & Qigong accessible to everyone:
Our classes are pay as you go and very affordable
Prticipating children are welcome in my class if accompanied throughout by a guardian
There is no upper age limit, but please read about the various classes we offer to pick one that suits your ability
Philosophy behind our logo:
The Wuji circle has much meaning: Wuji, directly translates as 'without extremes, or a point of singularity'. It is represented by a simple circle enclosing 'The Void' of Wuji - the origin of the universe.
As human beings we feel unrest because we are removed from our point of origin. We struggle through life searching for 'something' - a new car, a new job etc, when what we really need is to drop all these material things and return to our 'source' in order to reconnect with our true nature. Through our practice of Tai Chi and Qigong we can experience Wuji as a profound state of mental and physical relaxation where the mind, body and spirit are integrated as one. There we can know the bliss of a mind undisturbed by ignorance, desire or aversion - the 'three poisons' which keep us in the dark. To experience Wuji is to feel the energy of the universe within you - a returning to origin and absolute contentment.
Gai Shan (the Chinese characters in our logo) is the Eastern philosophy of changing something for the better. As my club and personal motto I take it to mean continual ongoing personal development, or transformation, where Tai Chi and Qigong meditation are the vehicles we use to develop a better body /health , a better mind/ ethics and so nourish and refine our spirit. Brining about a change in the world starts with the transformation of ourselves as individuals.
The Lotus Blossom is generally regarded as a symbol of purity and enlightenment. It begins its life in the muck and decaying matter at the bottom of a lake and yet it emerges as a pure white spotless flower, bringing joy to everyone who encounters it. This demonstrates how we can be surrounded by things which may taint our character or distract us from our practice, but if we persist and simply grow a little each day, like the Lotus, we can rise above these contaminants and distractions and see our character and Tai Chi blossom.