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.