Tai Chi Instructor with classes serving Aldershot Farnborough Farnham Camberley Hook Sandhurst Woking Fleet Crowthorne area
Surrey & Hants Tai Chi Founder & Senior instructor
"Hi! My name is Cherry Collins. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to make a living from teaching something I love. Tai Chi & Qigong are my free-time passion as well as being my full-time job"
Cherry has an Intermediate Taijiquan Instructor's qualification awarded by her teacher, 3 Times China National Champion, Master Wang Hai Jun. Cherry also has a 3rd Duan Wei Qualification, awarded by the Chinese Wushu Association.
In the Summer of 2013 Cherry visited China with her teacher, Master Wang Hai Jun and entered the Jiaozuo International Tai Chi competition - an event which is held every two years and attracts approximately 3800 entrants from over 20 counties. At this event Cherry won the gold medal for the Women's Traditional Chen Tai Chi Hand Form and a Silver Medal for her Chen Style Sword Form.
Cherry's personal philosophy is 'Gai Shan' -to be continually better at whatever she does. To ensure progress, Cherry maintains a 'beginners mind' and continues her own training under the instruction of the most accomplished and respected Chen Style Tai Chi Master in the UK, Master Wang, Hai Jun. (See his bio below) Cherry has also undertaken residential training trips to China since 2009, where she has trained full-time for a total of 18 months in Chinese Internal Arts
Above: Master Wang Haijun and Cherry at the end of the 2016 Chen Taiji Spear Training Camp
Below: Cherry's Certificate of completion of Chen Taiji Spear form
Cherry is a member of the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain and holds full public liability insurance for her classes as well as Health & Safety at Work qualifications and a current First Aid 'First Responder' certificate. All of Cherry's venues are regularly risk-assessed and she upholds the SHTC customer care charter, all of which means that you will receive the best learning experience we can provide in a safe, secure environment.
Some of our Beginners Tai Chi classes, and all classes when Cherry is away on study-trips, are taught by SHTC Senior Student /Locum Teacher Pat Bettridge, who is also a student of Master Wang Hai Jun. Pat has her own profile page and you can read more about Pat here:
More about Cherry:
Cherry talks about her previous training in UK & China
I began my training in 2008 with local student-teachers of Master Wang Hai Jun. About 6 months later, after completing the 18 movement form, I began studying with Master Wang in January 2009. Earlier in my Internal Arts journey I undertook four periods (18 months) of full-time residential training at a Traditional Chinese Martial Arts School in Shandong province. In 2013 I spent three weeks travelling and training with Master Wang Hai Jun in China, entering the Jiaozuo International Competition and winning Gold and Silver medals for my forms. In 2012 I dedicated to training in Chen Taiji only with Master Wang, although I still enjoy visiting China most summers to meet the people, enjoy the culture, try out my language skills and occasionally study some Qigong, Calligraphy or Tuina massage
In 2009 I trained with the Chinese Health Qigong Association in Beijing. In 2010 and 2012 I attended UK training seminars taught by masters of the Chinese Health Qigong Association. . In Spring 2012 I was chosen to help lead 300 participants in a record- breaking Chinese Health Qigong display, where we performed three sets of Health Qigong: Six Healing Sounds, Yi Jin Jing & Ba Duan Jin. That's me in blue, below, taken at the end of the performance. In 2011 and 2012 and 2015 I studied Shaolin Yi Jin Jing Qigong, Shaolin Luohan 13 Hands Qigong, Ba Duan Jin and 5 Animals Qigong and Shaolin Da Li Jin Gang Zhuan in Shandong province. in 2012 I also studied Wudang Yang Sheng Gong on Wudang Mountain. I Studied Shaolin Stick Qigong and 13 Yang Sheng Gong in Beijing in 2013
Some of my Qualifications
Pics above: Intermediate Teacher's Certificate from Master Wang Hai Jun, Level 3 Duan Wei certificate awarded by the Chinese Wushu Association in China, First place certificate for my form in the Jiaozuo International Taiji Competition in China, First Aid at work certificate
A little more about me
My first period of study in China came about as a result of a redundancy from my full time job of 10 years. Initially, upon receiving news of the redundancy, my Western train of thought caused me to feel upset and anxious about the future. Family, mortgage, lifestyle etc - what would happen now? But after reading a verse about change in the Tao Te Ching, I suddenly realised that I was not being handed a 'half empty' cup, but a 'half full' one. A chance to break away from my repetitive 9am-6pm existence and make a fresh start - doing something I loved.
As I had been studying Chinese Martial Arts for a little while in the UK, I decided to use my unexpected free time to embark on a journey of discovery and so I enrolled for a period of study at a traditional Chinese martial arts school in Shandong Province. Life & training in China taught me more than just forms and applications: My focus, determination and self-awareness improved and I found myself looking at life from a completely different angle and with this came tremendous liberation.
After living at the school in China for a couple of months, I was given my 'Chinese Name' by my teacher: It is "Yang, Mulan". Hua Mulan is an historic female Chinese figure, loved by the nation, as she took her ailing father's place in the army, posing as a man, and was promoted over the years to the rank of General, leading thousands into battle to protect the Emperor and the nation, but at the end of 12 years service refused any reward and simply returned home to serve her family! Wow, quite a lot to live up to!! They gave me the name Mulan after observing what they called my 'fighting spirit and perseverance'. Receiving my Chinese name was quite an emotional moment for me and I felt greatly honoured to be called after such a prominent Chinese folk heroine! The surname 'Yang' means one coming from outside (of China).
I have found that Martial Arts practice, including Tai Chi and Qigong meditation, are excellent tools for grounding oneself and bringing life into perspective. The practice of these arts strengthen and heal the body, calm and focus the mind and elevate the human spirit.
Hua Mulan - Chinese Folklore Heroine
To anyone thinking of taking up Tai Chi or Qigong, I encourage you go for it wholeheartedly. Don't worry that you are too old or too unfit (or too good at finding excuses!) I never imagined when I started training in Tai Chi in my late 40's that I would be teaching full time or would have travelled to China many times to learn the authentic arts at their source.
It's never too late to bring about the changes you want to see in your life. Just believe in yourself and work hard towards your goal and you will without doubt you will see your dreams come to fruition.
If I can - so can you!
The term 'Kung Fu' /Gong Fu translates as (results obtained from ) sustained effort over a period of time'
The more effort you put in, the more rewards you will reap
Shaolin 3-Section staff training, one of the unexpected new skills I learnt in China during my first trip to China in 2009 - along with quick reflexes, improved focus and clarity of judgement under pressure!
Master Wang, Hai Jun
Master Wang studied Chen Taijiquan from the age of 11 years of age, living with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, in Chen Village, Henan Province, China - the home of Chen Style Tai Chi. Master Wang won the All- China National Championship title three years running, in weapons, pushing hands and empty hand forms gaining him the Overall Champion title on all three occasions.
Master Wang is currently a 7th Duan in the Chinese National Wushu Association Duan Wei System. His seminars are in high demand. Master Wang currently lives in UK and teaches in Manchester, London, Ireland, France & USA. He is fluent in English and extremely generous with his explanations and demonstrations.
Pic Above: Master Wang adjusts Cherry's posture in front of the Taiji Museum in Chenjiagou, China, the birthplace on Chen Taijiquan
Rarely do students in the West have access to a teacher of Master Wang's calibre and we are extremely blessed to be able to attend regular training seminars with a master of this level.
Please read more about my remarkable accomplished teacher by visiting his website, accessible by clicking the link below. Surrey and Hants Students who make good progress and show dedication to training will have the opportunity to train with Master Wang Hai Jun. Master Wang visits Surrey and Hants Tai Chi to hold six workshops a year, and may of our students train with him at his monthly London seminars