We are now on Winter Break
Existing classes restart and New Beginners classes begin from Wednesday 2nd January. Why not make it a New Year's Resolution to come along and make a positive change for yourself
NO CLASSES 15th December to 1st January
This website has already been updated to show the 2019 timetable
If you are returning to a class you haven't attended for some time, please check the new timetable or contact us as there have been some changes to our old 2018 timetable
If there is a fall of snow which settles on the roads we will cancel classes until the roads are clear. If you are on our mailing list for a class that is cancelled we will email you straight away - but bear in mind this could be on the morning of a class, so please check your email before setting out if snow is likely. Class cancellations will also be posted here and you can always call us on 07855850427 if you are unsure
NEW BEGINNERS 2019
Thinking of joining us? If you're a new beginner or a re-starter following a long break, we'd love to welcome you to one of the following classes:
MONDAYS: Blackwater & Hawley Memorial Hall 12.30-1.30pm
MONDAYS: Canal Visitors Centre Mytchett 6.30-7.30pm
NEW BEGINNERS Tai Chi Qigong for healthy body and mind. £7
TUESDAYS: Canal Visitors Centre Mytchett
9.30-10.30am NEW BEGINNERS Tai Chi Qigong for healthy body & mind, followed by
10.30-11am - BEGINNERS Seated Guided Meditation - in a tranquil candlelit room - the perfect place to re-centre and find some peace within.
You can do either or both classes £7 Qigong, £3 Meditation
THURSDAYS: Alderwood Senior School, 8.30-9.30pm,
NEW BEGINNERS Tai Chi Qigong Sanctuary: Meditative Exercise for healthy body and mind
Although all of our classes are pay-when-you-attend, we still need to allocate a place for you to avoid overcrowding, as that spoils the experience for everyone. Therefore, please use the contact us option to book a place on these pay weekly classes. The place will be kept for you every week. Of course we don't expect you to pay for classes you haven't attended, although in trust, we hope that you will support the class by learning with us regularly.
Experienced new joiner?
We also welcome joiners and re-starters with some previous experience of Chen Taijiquan empty hand and weapons forms, Beijing 24 Tai Chi or Qigong. We have several daytime or evening classes where experienced new learners can feel at home at a level that's right for them, please ask us!
DEFIB UPDATE: Great news! over two weeks our students have donated £865 and we now have our own portable defibrillator:) Cherry has received two sessions of Defib training as well as a First Responder First Aid certification.
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
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: 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
London Traditional Taiji Competition
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 trip to China with Master Wang Haijun and in particular what it was like competing at the world's biggest Tai Chi competition plus an emotional visit to the birthplace of Chen Tai Chi, Chenjiagou Village
The Aldershot Star & Courier carried an article on Cherry on the front page this week
Above: A recent article about the class I run for the Sandhurst Indian Community Group.