Beijing 24 Taiji, Chen Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, Health Qigong classes / lessons / courses for beginners & experienced adults in Surrey & Hampshire, covering Aldershot, Farnham, Farnborough, Mytchett, Frimley, Camberley, Hawley, Fleet, Hook, Sandhurst, Bracknell areas
We last updated our website on
Monday 30th July 2018
Our next planned closures are
WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY EVENING classes
Friday eves are cancelled until 7th September. Friday students can come on Wednesdays instead at Alderwood School GU12 4AS in the Assembly Hall on 8th & 15th August ONLY, no class on 1st August
We move back to our normal Wednesday and Friday classes at The Kiln from 5th September
THURSDAY EVENING CLASSES
6.30-7.30pm Tai Chi class will be held in the Sports Hall on 2nd August only
7.45-8.45pm Qigong class is cancelled on 2nd August
These classes return to normal on 9th & 16th August, then we are off for 2 weeks, returning on 6th September
SUMMER BREAK - no classes at any venue from 20th- 31st August inclusive
AUTUMN 2018 TIMETABLE
After the Summer Break, classes restart on 3rd September
There will only be four classes open to new beginners as our timetable is already very busy
Mondays 12-1pm Hawley
Mondays 6.30-7.30 Mytchett Canal Centre
Tuesdays 11.15-12.15 Mytchett Community Centre
Thursdays 7.45-8.45 Aldershot Alderwood senior school
All classes are pay when you come, £7, Enrolling now
Our website has now been updated to show only the Autumn 2018 timetable, in preparation for the new term
Introducing Surrey & Hants
"Tai Chi Qigong Sanctuary" classes
"This class is the only thing that keeps me sane"
" This is the first time in 3 days that i'm without my headache"
"Im sleeping better than I have in years"
"I always feel so happy and relaxed after the classes"
- Some of the things our students have told us recently
Try it yourself - Pay weekly, £7
Our evening Tai Chi Qigong classes mainly attract people who work during the day, or parents / grandparetns who look after the little ones. Stressed people looking for an exercise class where they can unwind and restore. So we listened to your feedback and now employ various therapeutic methods to create a state of wellbeing from the moment you walk in:
Coloured lights, Candles, Aromatherapy and sound therapy - including the use of Isochronic beats - frequencies of sound within the music we play - which safely and gently 'nudge' the mind out of the adrenaline soaked Beta mode into the relaxing, restorative, creative Low Alpha & Theta brainwave patterns, where the body and mind can repair. Learn techniques to boost Oxytocin and Serotonin release so you feel calmer, happier and sleep better
Look out for evening classes marked * Tai Chi Qigong Sanctuary
please contact us before coming along to obtain the car park barrier entry code
DAYTIME students are invited to join us for a half hour meditation class at the canal Visitors Centre on Fridays, 10.30-11am starting on 7th September, £3
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Master Wang Haijun will be teaching six Seminars in 2018 at Surrey & Hants Tai Chi
Friday 23 February 2.00- 3.30pm Beginners
Friday 23 February 6.30-9.30pm Improvers 74 form*
Friday 15 June 2.00-3.30pm Beginners
Friday 15 June 6.30-9.30pm Improvers 74 form*
Friday 21 September 2.00-3.30pm Beginners
Friday 21 September 6.30-9.30pm Improvers 74 form*
* Students working on the 18 form are invited to join us for the first hour and a half for foundation exercises and beginning of form
The dates are confirmed but seminar start / end times may move half an hour either way nearer the time once venues have been confirmed. Seminars will take place in the Mytcheett/ Farnborough / Aldershot areas
Master Wang Haijun taught two seminars
at Surrey & Hants Tai Chi on
FRIDAY 22nd September 2017
Tai Chi Energy Cultivation and Health Nurturing Exercises
Master Wang Haijun taught some Chen Taiji life nurturing energy exercises (qigong) to help relax body and mind and to cultivate a strong reserve of energy at the Lower Dantien and to develop a clear calm mind, Although Chen Style Tai Chi is fundamentally a Martial Art, it is not limited to self defence - in fact more people in the West practice Taiji movements for health keeping than for Martial Arts.
We practiced joint loosening, 'Qi Shi' - Tai Chi opening form (to find the feelings of heavy relaxed and extended), vertical rotationnn of the lower dantien, 'Dao Juan Hong' - rolling the upper arms and 'Yun Shou' - cloud hands. Master Wang streseed how important it is to find the feelings of heavy loose and extended. The seminar ended with a short period of Zhaang Zhuan - Pole Standing (The Chen Taiji method of standing meditation, or Nei Gong - internal 'work'.
Chen Taijiquan Foundation Exercises & Laojia Yi Lu section 1
We began with joint loosening and silk reeling exercises before moving on with Laojia Yi Lu corrections /new movements in section 1, finishing at Fist under elbow- Zhou Di Kan Quan. Master Wang was generous with his hands on corrections to help students find the feeling of the correct posture alignments.
SHTC 'beginners' group, who studied the 18 form last academic year, had just been promoted to 'improvers' and began learning Laojia Yi Lu at the start of this month. Their promotion enabled them to attend the whole 3 hour evening session and I was very pleased with the effort they put in. "Smiling faces and sore legs"
It was lovely to welcome students from other Chen Taiji schools to join us this time. It was good to meet you and hope to train with you again in 2018
2018 dates are now confirmed as: 23 Feb, 15 June and 21 Sept
May 2017 Seminars
We had the privilege of hosting Master Wang for two seminars on his last visit. For the first time he offered a softer, less martial, class for our students which was particularly geared towards retired people and those wishing to explore the inner arts of mindfulness and deep relaxation without learning a complicated form. Our first seminar of it's kind was a great success, with very positive feedback and big smiles from the daytime group. As usual, Master Wang won everyone over with his warm approach to teaching and his genuine love for his Art and he even gave the group a demonstration of his form at the end of the seminar
The emphasis of Master Wangs teaching in the daytime class was to relax and to be slow & mindful in the exercises which he taught to the group
Pic below - daytime seminar group with Master Wang
May 2017 Evening Seminar
The evening seminar was geared to a mix of experience levels: For the first half of the evening, students who are working on the 18 Form were able to join the more experienced Laojia students for joint loosening, silk reeling and the beginning of the 18 form, which meant a wider range of students were able to train with Master Wang this time.
90 minutes later, after a group photo, the 'beginners' went home and the Laojia group continued with some more advanced silk reeling exercises and the Laojia Form, this time covering from the punch in Section 1 and learning to the penultimate movement of that section.
The emphasis in the evening class was on being heavy and loose in the movements and to extend to open the joints to stretch the tendons promoting the flow of Qi energy and to find the feeling of peng.
As we had a large venue this time, some students from Howard Tripp's school in Winchester and Darren Plumb's school in Guildford were able to join us. Howard and Darren are both long-term students of Master Wang at his London classes.
Below: Evening Seminar group pic
Autumn 2016 Seminar
The evening started with joint loosening and foundation Silk Reeling exercises. We then practiced the 18 form a couple of times - once following Master Wang and once for him to watch and evaluate. After this he split the class into two groups and one group very slowly practiced the first few movements whilst Master Wang gave precise hands- on posture correctiions to many of the students. This was repeated with the other half of the class practicing whilst the first group watched and listened. Then we all came back together for more 'follow me' form practice with Master Wang. The time flew by and soon it was time for a short but well earned tea break and then back to work again. A wide range of students were in attendance - some who only finished the 18 form the previous week and othhers who have attended all of Master Wang's Farnborough Seminars and have since, started training with him in London too.
Master Wang said that there are several very important things to find in our practice
The first thing is that we must RELAX so the body can become LOOSE. This starts in the mind - relax and loosen from the inside out, Shifu said. If there is tensionor stress in the mind the body will be stiff and we cannot find looseness. Pay attention to the mind first. In Yu Bei - preparing form, the body is still but the mind is in the process of calming down. We must always do this before we start the first movement. Master Wang said that stiffness in the body makes the internal 'Qi' energy get stuck - a type of internal energy suicide. This results in poor health. Master Wang said that if your Qi energy flows freely you can sort out anything in life.
Secondly, and linked to looseness, we must be SOFT in our movements. Not too stiff and not too floppy- using just the right amount of effort - use the mind to guide the energy and movement, dont use hard muscle strength or force. Find the right feeling in the postures from softness, not from hardness.This will also prromote good blood flow. Shifu told us that when everything in the body is connected then the blood is strong and the Qi flows strongly. When we develop softness it leads to another requirement -our structure becomes SOLID and HEAVY, the energy can sink past the hips and knees and reach the feet which builds our energetic rooting. Master Wang reminded us that we have to 'go through the training' - this means put in the time on a daily basis to try to find what the teacher says in our bodies, it means aching tired legs - but this is a good sign that the muscles are becoming stronger. The stronger the muscles are the more they can support the body in a relaxed position- we won't have to grip and tighten the muscles to support the posture anymore. This is a PROCESS and takes time and repeated training. Your teacher can't give it to you - only you can build it by going through the training, he said.
Additionally, keep the chest sunk in and lightly push out / expand the back . Sticking out the chest makes the Qi get stuck in the chest and it doesn't descend - we will never build our root until we can sink the Qi to the feet. We start by keeping the chest soft, so Qi can flow down Ren Mai to Dantian. From there it goes down the legs to the feet.
Master Wang also told us we must keep the head erect- lightly stretching the back of the neck and pulling the chin in a little. Imagining a plate on the crown of the head - we dont want the plate to fall off. Also keep shoulders and hips level. Shoulders stay down even when we raise the arms - use minimum strength and dont lift the shoulders.
January 2016 Master Wang Hai Jun Seminar in Farnborough
Our second seminar with Master Wang HaiJun took place in Farnborough on 25th January where Master Wang took the group through the second half of the 18 form. After the seminar Master Wang encouraged the group to practice the form daily whilst 'throwing away their hard strength (developing Song) and making sure that the head, shoulders and hips are kept level (keeping Ding). Regular practice of the form will develop leg strength and will allow students to 'find the feeling' of the movements.
Master Wang Haijun drops into SHTC Classes!
Earlier on Monday, before the evening Seminar, Master Wang surprised our Chen Taiji Beginners. Pat was teaching the Beginners Plus class when Master Wang and Cherry slipped into the back row of Pat's class without her knowing. They both joined in whilst Pat was leading Silk Reeling Exercises. Pat's face when she turned around and saw Master Wang Haijun and Cherry taking part in her class was priceless and there was much laughter all round!! Pat and Cherry then continued to teach the class whilst Master Wang watched, allowing him to provide feedback on their teaching methods, in order to best help our students.
What a wonderful day and what a wonderful Teacher we have! :)
January 2016 Seminar
Surrey and Hants Tai Chi hosted our first 18 Form Workshop for Master Wang Haijun which was aimed at students with about a year's experience who had not trained with Master Wang before.
This first seminar took place on 2nd November 2015 and was attended by 40 students from Surrey and Hants Tai Chi and James Langcake's Tai Chi School. Master Wang covered joint loosening and silk reeling exerises in the first hour and then taught the first half of the Chen 18 form.
My old van had been running on prayer and positive affirmation for over a year with a top, bone shaking speed of 50, a leak which meant i had to drain a litre of rainwater out of the drivers footwell each time it rained, an engine maintenance light with was more on than off, central locking which did some very strange things including locking me IN... and several other niggles. So with the help of my 0% interest credit card i splashed out on a much newer van and made it into a mobile advert for Tai Chi at the same time :) I've already had some new customers as a result of seeing my new tai chi wagon :) Agreed, it's not subtle, but it's effective ;-P
In the new edition of the Quarterly Tai Chi Union Magazine, Cherry has written an article about preparing for and competing at the London Competition for Traditional Tai Chi Chuan, where students of SHTC did very well at their first competition. UPDATE: The copies which Cherry had for sale were all snapped up, sorry if you missed out!
Long-term SHTC student, Tony Cartlidge, who attends our Friday night Chen Taiji Class, will be running the Windsor Half-Marathon on 28th September to raise funds for SCOPE UK. SCOPE UK provides advice, support and information for over a quarter of a million people and their families, in the UK each year. The half marathon is quite a grueling one, with many hills. This is more than a one-off event for Tony, who is in daily training to prepare for this race.
Please support him - every little helps. don't let what you CAN'T give prevent you from giving what you CAN give :)
Preparing ourselves for competitions is a useful tool to develop and maintain a strong focus for regular training, since we are presented with regular short-term goals.
However, competitions are only a small part of what we do at SHTC and only a small percentage of students enter. If you are thinking of joining us, there is no requirement to enter a competition if you prefer to practice for your own health or pleasure.
Team SHTC competed in several events at the London Competition for Traditional Taijiquan.
Here's how we got on:
Following months of drilling form and technique in class and diligent practice at home, the Friday evening squad from SHTC entered the Groups Hand Form at the London Championships Despite being up against 11 other teams, including past category winners and international squads, their near-immaculate performance gained them a score of 8.1 and 2nd place (Silver) in the all-styles, all-levels Groups category. This is an amazing achievement since the 'fabulous five' have on average only a year and a half's experience of Chen Taijiquan, whereas many other groups had 10 or more years experience.
pic above Front: Hannah, Pat, Tony, Tomoko and Janet: Silver Medal Winners Group Hand Form. Back: Cherry holds her own medals and shows how happy she is at her students' achievements
Not to be outdone by her students, 1st place / Gold in the Groups category went to Surrey & Hants Tai Chi instructor Cherry and her two teammates who, along with the SHTC squad pictured above, are students of Master Wang Haijun, three times All-China National Champion in Hand form, Weapons and Pushing Hands.
Pic above: Cherry, Mahesh & Anna - GOLD medal in Groups Forms
INDIVIDUAL FORMS (Beginner / Intermediate)
In the individual hand forms categories, two of Cherry's students entered forms and both won medals: Gold (Tomoko) and Silver (Tony). Tomoko also won best overall hand form in the entire competition at her level. Congratulations and well done to you all, your forms looked great and you thoroughly deserve your results :)
Above: Tomoko - Overall beginner hand form champion 2014
Above: Tony - Silver Medal, Chen Hand form - Intermediate Category
OPEN CATEGORY (5 years plus training)
The judges commented that the exceptionally high level of Chen Style participants at this years' competition had meant that judging had been difficult at times and the competitors all brought something different to the table, with just 0.4 of a point separating 1st and 3rd places
Click the play button below to go to the Surrey & Hants Tai Chi YouTube channel to view our students' group performance
At the 'UK Open Championships' in Oxford. Cherry came second in the Tai Chi Sword and Tai Chi Sabre forms in the 'open' category.
This is the fourth year that we have offered our popular
Chen Style Tai Chi Double Fan Seminar
The event took place over two days and everyone completed the form in good time.
To view the full gallery of pics taken during the seminar click on the pic below which will take you to our facebook page. Remember to like our page whilst you're there to receive updates from us :)
This event runs once a year, or more often if there is a demand. Once you have learnt the form, regular 2-hour review sessions operate on weekends, once a month.
Please contact us if you'd like to be put on the mailing list for info about the next 2 day seminar.
Surrey and Hants Tai Chi were pleased to participate in this year's World Tai Chi & Qigong day in Nonsuch Park, Cheam.
Cherry was one of the guest instructors at this global event which takes place in 80 countries worldwide. Sixteen SHTC members came along for this fun day out which included a mass participation of the Beijing 24 forms and Ba Duan Jin Qigong. Free 20-minute taster workshops included Yang Tai Chi, 5 Animals Qigong, Chi-Do and Chen Cannon Fist (taught by Cherry). The weather stayed dry and the sun shone for the meet which concluded with demonstrations from various teachers and a picnic.
In Pied Piper fashion, Cherry was lured by the music of a distant lone violin. She followed the haunting melody to find this charming and talented musician busking on his pitch on London's Southbank. What happened next was inevitable.....
Embrace the moment, go with the flow, enjoy life!
Self development via the practice of Taijiquan
When we begin learning a martial art or discipline such as Taijiquan, there is a code of ethics which is part of the whole package. These ethics include character traits such as Justice, Kindness, and Sincerity. So it is through the practice of our Art we become better people.
Through pushing hands and other 2-person drills, it soon becomes clear how our physical actions impact directly upon another person. Previously in our lives we may have acted without self-control and inadvertently hurt others, physically and emotionally. But via Taiji & Qigong we learn a new control over ourselves and we learn to direct all of our actions with a speed accuracy and timing which is entirely appropriate to the situation, no more, no less.
This brings us to realise that, outside of the training hall, our actions, and lack of action, also impact greatly on others and so with our new awareness we try to make all of our interactions with others positive ones, transforming ourselves into higher beings in the process.
Below is a project which touched Cherry this winter, and through which Cherry and students of SHTC are using their directed positive action in a way which benefits others who have hit rock bottom.
Cherry is helping out with regular overnight shifts at the shelter which provides a warm safe place to sleep, companionship and a hot meal for Aldershot's street homeless. Showering and clothes washing facilities are also provided by 'The Vine Day Centre' where the homeless are helped to get back into employment . Students have been showing their support by donating overwhelming amounts of food and warm clothing, who drop their gifts in at our classes. A couple of our students are also volunteering at the shelter.
Would you like to help?
Donations of coffee, sugar and men's boxers (preferably new or very lightly worn) are particularly needed at this time, but any non-perishable food, toiletries or washing powder is appreciated
26 AUGUST 2013
Cherry wins Gold & Silver Medals in the International Tai Chi Competition in Jiaozuo, China.
Surrey & Hants Tai Chi Instructor, Cherry Collins won her division (Ladies Traditional Chen Tai Chi Laojia Form) at the the Jiaozuo International Tai Chi Competition in China this August. Cherry also came second in the Chen Style Tai Chi Sword section of the Jiaozuo International Competition, earning her a gold & a silver medal.
Video Below: August 2013: Cherry performs her gold-medal winning routine at the Jiaozuo International Taijiquan competition in China.
Cherry's performance starts at 20 seconds into the video. (Front centre in white)
Pic Cherry is pictured with her teacher, Master Wang Hai Jun at the competition in China
Cherry in the medals at the
2013 London Traditional Taiji Competition
That's me (Cherry Collins) after picking up 1st place (Gold) medal for my Chen (Open) Hand Form, 2 bronzes (3rd place) - must try harder... for my Chen Sabre and Sword forms and a Silver (2nd Place) for second best form overall (all styles / forms) in the 2013 London (Competition for Traditional Taijiquan - open category. Thanks to everyone for the congrats and kind remarks on my win :) I'm pleased to have noticed a lot of progress in the classes recently, so perhaps in 2014 some of YOU might like to enter and i'll come to cheer you on!
15 November 2013
The quarterly publication of the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain "Tai Chi Chuan and Oriental Arts" magazine has published an four page article written by Cherry this month. Cherry talks about her stay in China this year and in particular what it was like competing at the world's biggest Tai Chi competition and an emotional visit to the birthplace of Chen Tai Chi, Chenjiagou Village, with her teacher Master Wang, Hai Jun.
27 Sept 2013
The Aldershot Star & Courier carried an article on Cherry on the front page this week
7 March 2013
Above: A recent article about the class I run for the Sandhurst Indian Community Group.