Hawkes Bay Qigong (Sifu Jennifer Leaf) has hosted a series of seminars teaching the traditional Chen long form ‘Laojia’ taught by Sifu Cynthia Shaw. The next seminar will be held in the Cornwall Park Community Room in Hastings on Saturday 10 June. Beginners are welcome and will learn at their own pace. Contact Sifu Leaf 021 298 6740 or Sifu Shaw 021 613 081 for more information. See flyer on Hawkes Bay Qigong website and Wellington Qigong Facebook page.
Students in New Zealand and Australia have had a veritable feast of new learning and polishing of older learning over an intensive two weeks – first in Brisbane then on the Kapiti Coast. It’s great that students and teachers travel to support each country’s programme and to show hospitality both sides of the Tasman.
The New Zealand programme kicked off with the highly popular 13 Grab Stick – a North Shaolin / Chun Yuen form that is great fun to learn and practice. In Brisbane we started learning a form new to us in the Chun Yuen syllabus, Miju Quan – quite a contrast to the weapons forms or even the more vigorous bare-fisted forms of Xing Shou and Dabei. I really enjoyed it. Back in New Zealand more Hard Qigong training brought further clarity and then a day of the Dayan Qigong form of Plum Blossom Gong. Instructor training on the Sunday featured testing in Wild Goose Qigong, Chen style Taijiquan and also Wing Chun. On Monday a group of Chen students were introduced to the skill of Pushing Hands, or Tui Shou and the two hours whizzed by. Polishing night was well attended and students much appreciated the polishing / reminding of new learning in 13 Grab Stick, Plum Blossom Gong – even Taiji Broadsword!
But these intensive work days are well balanced by copious eating and socialising in the evenings. We had a wonderful ‘pizza party’ at Sifu Belinda Hadfields home one night, and a BBQ amazingly well provided for and organised by the Australian men at Old Hautere Rd the next night – a great relax after the stresses of Instructor training and testing.
Many many thanks to Sigong, Master Tse for the stimulating and patient teaching and to Sifu Belinda Hadfield who organised the New Zealand programme this year. All venues were on the Kapiti Coast for the first time and there was great spirit throughout. Now for the digesting and practising ….
From Wednesday March 13 Sifu Shaw will be teaching Chen Style Taijiquan classes at Te Horo Hall from 7pm – 8pm. Sifu Shaw has responded to strong local interest in establishing this class. Dayan Qigong classes continue as advertised but this is a new class and is likely to attract beginner students – or students who have tried another style of Taijiquan in the past.
Chen style Taijiquan developed in Chen family village in the province of Henan during the Ming dynasty. Founder Chen Wang Ting (b.1580) brought together elements of his family martial skill, Shaolin kung fu, Daoist philosophy and knowledge of Qigong and and traditional medical knowledge to create the forerunner of a powerful internal martial art. Tradition tells us that Yang Style and others such as Wu style all came from the Chen family skill.
Chen style Taijiquan is distinguished from other styles by its lower stances and silk reeling / spiral energy to deflect attack and create powerful energies for defence and attack. It includes several weapons forms as well as ‘bare fist’ long and short forms.
While Taijiquan features in Wushu competitions and includes some spectacular ‘fast and furious’ forms, most people practise for the health and stress releasing benefits it brings. Improvements to balance, co-ordination, posture and greater flow of ‘qi’ cirulating through the body are all experienced if correct and regular practice are followed. There is also a lot of fun learning together – and of course learning something new is very good for the brain!
Please leave a message on this site or text to 021 613 081 if you are interested in joining the class.
Last Saturday students came together again from Hawkes Bay, Kapiti Coast and Wellington to continue their learning and polishing of the 1st and 2nd Wild Goose Qigong forms. It was a day of highly focussed training for all. From beginners to seniors of many years as students of Dayan Qigong, hearts, minds and bodies were on full alert for several hours training. Instructors Sifu Belinda Hadfield and Sfu Cynthia Shaw were blown away by the development in everyone’s form. Of course, hard work was interspersed with tea, cake and conversation as we caught up with friends from other regions. Sifu Belinda started the day with a wonderfully clear and practical lecture on the yin and yang channels. This was a great introduction to a day all about the healing powers of the Wild Goose Qigong. At the end of the day, faces were glowing and everyone agreed they had gained a lot from the seminar. Everyone was keen to hear when the next one would be held….
Next Wild Goose Seminar Date: Saturday 23 September. Don’t miss it!
Sifu Shaw will run a daytime and an evening introductory course in October. These courses introduce students to the principles and basic movements of Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong. Selected movements from the first two foundation forms, Balancing Gong and Healthy Living 1 Gong will be demonstrated, practised by students and benefits explained. You will complete the course able to practise these movements at home and experience some benefits of this ancient health practice.
Proposed times: Monday evening 5.30 – 6.30 pm ; Wellington City
Tuesday Morning 10 – 11 am ; Karori
Cost: $45 for the three lesson course.
Free one year registration with Tse Qigong Centre (worth $60) for students who decide to
continue with classes beyond the introductory course.
Proposed dates: If sufficient registrations of interest, courses will begin October 10 (city) and October 11 (Karori).
Register your interest here using the contact form or reply form below. Please leave your email address, a mobile phone if you have one, and which day and location you are interested in.
Following on from the successful seminar in May (see previous post) Sifus Cynthia Shaw and Belinda Hadfield are leading the second Wild Goose seminar for 2016. This one will be held at the Memorial Hall in Paraparmumu from 10am – 3pm on October 15.
Once again, non-members are welcome to join Tse Qigong Centre members to begin to learn this beautiful skill which is at the heart of the Dayan Qigong tradition. Students who began to learn the form in May will continue their learning and experienced students will again have the opportunity for in-depth polishing and refining.
Both Sifu Belinda (in 2015) and Sifu Cynthia (in 2016) have recently travelled to the UK and participated in Wild Goose seminars led by Grandmaster Michael Tse. This was an important opportunity to deepen their understanding of and proficiency in performing the 1st and 2nd 64 Wild Goose forms, and to re-connect with the world wide family of Dayan Qigong instructors. They look forward to sharing their insights with students in New Zealand in this seminar series.
For detailed information and registration form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 021 613081.
With Sifu Belinda Hadfield and Sifu Cynthia Shaw
- Seminar 1: May 21 at Porirua College 10 .00am – 3.00 pm
- Seminar 2: October 15 at Paraparaumu Memorial Hall 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
Opportunity to begin to learn, review or polish the lovely 1st and 2nd 64 Movements of Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong
Sifu Belinda (Kapiti Coast) and Sifu Cynthia (Wellington) are both experienced instructors affiliated to the Tse Qigong Centre (UK) and have been teaching more than ten years in New Zealand. Some students have been with them for many years and others have recently begun their Dayan Qigong journey of learning.
Open to members and non-members, this is your chance to attend two intensive seminar days focusing on the Wild Goose 1st and 2nd 64 forms. This is the centre-piece of the Dayan Qigong System and no matter how many other forms you learn, these will remain life-long favourites. The 1st 64 works on post-natal illnesses and problems in the body and it helps balance the body and open the channels. The 2nd 64 works on pre-natal illnesses and problems, with the energy going deeper and with more intricate movements. Such is the depth of these forms, students and instructors constantly find aspects to discover and polish.
- For both new and experienced learners, Day 1 (May 21) will focus on First 64.
- For experienced learners, Day 2 (October 15) will focus on Second 64
- For all others, Day 2 will continue your learning and polishing from where ever you got up to on Day 1
Each day costs $100 (non-members $160). Bring lunch but tea and snacks are provided. You may enrol for one or both days.
Registration closes Wednesday May 18th.