Surrey and Hants Tai Chi Club Ethos
Written by our Founder & Instructor, Cherry Collins
In just seven years, the practice of Taiji and Qigong changed my life.
It had such an impact on me that I quit my regular 9-5 job to become a Tai Chi 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 residential training camps each year in UK, Europe and China and I spend many hours each month as a student myself, in classes with Top level Chinese Tai Chi and Qigong Masters. 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 or qigong 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 learning Taiji & Qigong affordable and fair:
We will operate a 3 weekly pay in advance system for our 2020 Beginners classes:
Your first 3 week payment of £20 will be due by bank transfer when you ask us to keep a place for you. This payment confirms we have kept you a place in the class of your choice and covers the first three consecutive weeks of classes. Thereafter just pay £20 in cash, every 3 weeks in class. There are no refunds for missed classes, because we hold the space in the class just for you each week, whether you attend or not. Of course, you are free to choose not to renew at any time if you want to stop attending as there is no membership contract. If you wish to restart you may have to go onto a waiting list until someone else drops out if your previous place has been taken by a new joiner.
If you have a planned holiday of 2 weeks or more, just let us know with at least 10 days notice and we will carry your class credits over. This can be done twice a year (two holidays of 2-3 weeks each)
We stop classes at Easter and Christmas and in the summer holidays we operate a 'pay on the weeks you attend' system as we know you might have childminding duties to perform.
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.
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 /mind and spirit.
The Lotus Blossom is generally regarded as a symbol of enlightenment. the lotus begins its life in the muck and decaying matter at the bottom of a lake and yet it emerges as a spotless flower. This demonstrates how we can be surrounded by things which may taint our character or distract us from our chosen path, but if we persist and simply grow a little each day, just like the Lotus, we can rise and blossom