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Tai chi classes and qi gong starting next week

Alda of House of movement has been really busy training in Manchester, polishing the different forms that she knows, learning new things, liaising with other instructors to bring you further training, and finding the confidence to know that she can offer high standard tai chi classes in Dublin. Alda had to turn down a few students in the previous courses organized due to lack of spaces available, so now she has decided to open a new tai chi for beginners course.

The tai chi classes will run on a weekly basis every Wednesday evening at 8:30pm. Here are the details:

Wednesday Evening – Tai Chi 11 Form Classes – Book now!

Level: Tai chi for Beginners
Start Date: 19 February
Time: 20:30-21:30
Venue: Zephyr room, the Lantern Centre, 17 Synge St, Dublin 8 (free parking at the back)
Cost: €70 for 6 week course

For more details about the venue or other courses (including qi gong courses), click here.

QI GONG CLASSES

If you are more interested in qigong classes, there is a new course starting also on Wednesday at 7:15pm. Here are the details:

Wednesday Evening – Mawangdui Daoyin Shu Qigong – Book now!

Teaching: Draw a bow, Stretching the back, Wild duck swimming, Dragon flying

Level: All levels
Start Date:  Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Time: 19:15-20:15
Venue: Zephyr room, the Lantern Centre, Synge Street, Dublin 8
Cost: €70 for 6 weeks

More info here.


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Who is Master Liming Yue

I first met Master Liming Yue in Manchester in October 2010. I was very afraid because it was the first time that I was training with a Chinese master and I knew that he will see all my mistakes. I was also planning to be accredited as a chen style tai chi teacher and I had been training hard, but I knew I still had a lot to learn. I was in bits.

The training was intense and he was serious and thorough. I learnt so much! After that, with sore legs and an accreditation in my hand, I met Liming, the man. The weekend ended with a Chinese meal in China Town in Manchester with a couple of instructors. I didn’t stop laughing. He explained that he would like his students to become friends. This gave me an idea of who he was: a serious instructor, a warm man. I smiled and thought that I had found my next tai chi home.

Over the years, Liming has been telling me stories about the tai chi world he discovered in China and his stories fascinate me. He started to train as a child in Shaolin martial arts, and being impressed by one tai chi practitioner decided to train with the masters in the Chen village (home of tai chi) to continue his journey. He tells his stories with a soft voice in a childlike tone full of life.

As the Chinese proverb goes “Teachers open the door, you enter it by yourself”. Master Liming opened a door to chen style tai chi and health qi gong for many of us. And we are friends. Every time I go to train in Manchester or Loughrea, I know I will meet some of my tai chi friends, and my heart lightens.

On Friday, 24 February, he will be teaching in Dublin, and I can’t wait to introduce him to my tai chi students, maybe some day his new friends. I am just back from an amazing weekend training with him in Manchester, and I would like as many people as possible to access his teachings. If you are reading this, think about coming to the workshop. It is a great opportunity to train with a great teacher and meet a wonderful man.


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Year of the Dragon – This house is moving

Dear students,

Only about a month earlier, I was recalling some of the events which marked 2011. Now, we are in 2012 and a Chinese New Year has began – the Year of the Dragon. House of movement is getting ready for a new year full of tai chi news and events.

Our venues

South William Space: House of movement’s regular classes are being held in the South William Space, 27 South William Street, Dublin 2.

Open Mind Yoga: HoM will also use Open Mind Yoga studios for some workshops.

Parks: Last year, free tai chi in the park practice was organised in the Iveagh Gardens. When Spring knocks at the door, we will go back to nature.

Our friends

Ireland Tai chi and Qigong Association — House of Movement belongs to this association, which is becoming more active and strives to promote quality tai chi and qi gong training everywhere in Ireland. The association includes tai chi instructors from Clare, Galway, Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, Dublin, etc. See our Facebook page and become a fan here.

A tai chi & qi gong international event will be organised during the year. Watch this space!

Our monthly workshops

There will be monthly tai chi and/or qi gong workshops every month. Check our website for updates. The first workshops are as follows:

February — Friday 24th at 6-9pm– With Master Liming Yue. Open to absolute beginners. Open Mind Yoga, 95 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. More details here.

March — Friday 16th at 6-8pm — Health Qi Gong — Ba Duan Jin — South William Space. This is part of the affordable workshops at €15 for students in the mailing list only. If you wish to become part of the mailing list and get updates about these workshops, contact Alda.

Our celebrations

There is no celebration without a party and there is no party without a surprise, so let us leave this section blank.

It is a pleasure to be part of this house which is moving thanks to you.

Keep in touch,

Alda


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HoM celebrates one anniversary with free classes

Alda started to teach tai chi as House of movement at around these times in the Swan Leisure in Rathmines. To celebrate this first anniversary, welcome all new students, and encourage potential ones to have a taste of the classes, HoM is organising free tai chi & qi gong classes. The classes will be a preparation for the long awaited seminar by the Chinese masters of the Health Qi Gong Association.

Here are the details for the free classes:

Date: Monday, 24 October
Time: 6pm-7pm & 7pm-8pm
Venue: Ground Floor, 28 South William Street, Dublin 2
Level: All levels
Cost: Free
 

And here are the details for the Chinese Health Qi Gong Association seminar:

Date: Wednesday, 26 October
Time: 7pm-9:30pm
Venue: Yeats Suite, Mont Clare Hotel, 1/4 Lower Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Level: All levels
Cost: €25
 

Normal classes with resume the week after this event with 4 classes per week (except Monday bank holiday) in Dublin 2 and 1 class in Rathmines.

Mondays at 6pm: Tai Chi 11 form in 28 South William Street. Cost: €45/ month. More info here.
Mondays at 7pm: Introduction to tai chi and qi gong in 28 South William Street. Cost: €40/month or €13 drop-in. More info here.
Mondays at 8:15pm: Tai Chi 11 form in Swan Leisure, Rathmines. Cost: €40 for beginners & €45 for post-beginners. More info here.
Tuesdays at 6pm: Health Qi Qong in 28 South William Street. Cost: €45/ month or €15 drop-in. More info here.
Tuesdays at 7pm: Tai Chi 11 form in 28 South William Street. Cost: €45/ month. More info here.
 

Don’t forget to check our Offers page for more details about discounts you can avail of.


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International championship in Vancouver

Last weekend, 17-18 September, the 4th International Health Qigong Tournament and Exchange took place in Vancouver, followed by seminars by prestigious Chinese masters from the Chinese Health Qigong Association. I was part of the Irish team, together with Kevin Copeland from Clare Tai Chi. From the registration day on 15th September, we had the chance to meet tai chi and qi gong practitionners from all over the world. It was an extremely enriching experience, and I am sure you will see this reflected in my future classes.

The tournament ran smoothly. It started with an opening ceremony with speeches by VIPs from the Chinese and Canadian governments, beautiful dances, and demonstrations of the four qi gong sets represented in the tournament (Ba Duan Jin, Wu Qin Xi, Yi Jin Jing & Liu Zi Jue). Both Kevin and I entered the competition in the modalities of Ba Duan Jin (8 pieces brocade) and Wu Qin Xi (five animals). Kevin brought two medals (silver and bronze) home. The competition was hard and I congratulate Kevin in his success.

Kevin receives his two medals (first on the left in the black suit)After the closing ceremony, the Chinese Health Qigong Association offered two seminars. Master Lei Bin and Master Wang Zhen shared their knowledge in respectively Yi Jin Jing and Mawangdui Daoyinshu qigong forms. The Mawangdui Daoyinshu qigong form has recently been introduced in the West and it is believed to be the origin of many other health qigong forms. The Chinese Health Qigong Association invited the instructors participating in this event to share this knowledge to benefit everyone’s health.

Wang Zhen with some students from ChinaThe Mawangdui Daoyinshu form is beautiful, with graceful movements and great health benefits as it works with all the meridians. I loved the movements, and I’ve decided to incorporate this form to my regular practice.

Participating in this event has proven to be a fantastic experience: my qigong has improved, I learnt other qigong forms, but also I met experienced instructors from all over the world who were open to share their experiences practising and teaching tai chi and qigong. I can’t wait to add all of this knowledge to my classes.

The Chinese Health Qigong Association masters, including its President, will be giving health qigong seminars in Ireland next October. They will teach Ba Duan Jin in Dublin on 26 October. More info here.

This is a unique opportunity to train with health qigong masters from China. If you are interested in this event, let me know.


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Taichi & qigong festival in Ennis, Co. Clare

Master Liming Yue

This festival is a celebration of chen style tai chi and Chinese traditional qigong in Ireland. It will also help to fundraise the Qigong team trip to represent Ireland in the 4th World Health Qigong Tournament and Exchange in Canada (15-22 Sep.)

Venue: West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare

Date: Saturday, 3rd September, 12-5pm

Cost: €20, group discount available

Open to everyone, the event will gather top instructors from the Ireland Tai Chi and Qigong Association.  It will include:

Group work: Foundation Tai Chi and meditation exercises.

Sample classes: Chen style Tai Chi and ancient Qigong forms and meditations.

Demonstrations: Tai Chi forms and weapons demonstrations and Health Qigong.

To confirm or pay for a place contact: Kevin at claretaichi@gmail.com or phone Kevin 086 053 5513 or Marc 087 943 0660. If you are going from Dublin, contact Alda at houseofmovement@gmail.com or phone 087 7750782. She is organising a trip from Dublin.

All instructors taking part are accredited by Master Liming Yue (7th Dan Wei) and are affiliated to the Ireland Tai Chi and Qigong Association.


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Taichi & qigong news – HoM becomes international

I’ve been quite busy lately in the House of movement. A lot to decide, a lot to organise, a lot to plan ahead, but everything seems to be falling into place. These are some news for the next term starting in September.

1) New venue in Dublin 2: All the new September courses will be in Ground Floor, 28 South William Street, Dublin 2, next door to the previous venue at South William Space.

2) New taichi courses starting in September: New course schedule already published with early bird offer. Check my website and confirm your name on the list to avail of a discount.

3) Taichi Festival in Ennis, Clare on 3rd September: As part of the fundraising for the Irish team who will compete in the 4th World Health Qigong Tournament & Exchange, a tai chi festival will take place in Ennis with many instructors affiliated to the Ireland Tai Chi and Qigong Association. More info here.

4) Master Liming Yue seminar in Loughrea, Galway on 10-11 September: Master Liming Yue returns to Ireland to teach for a weekend. On Saturday the seminar is open to all levels. Check details in the Ireland Tai Chi and Qi Gong Association website, here.

5) 4th World Health Qigong Tournament & Exchange in Canada on 15-22 September: I am part of the team who will represent Ireland in the tournament. So far, House of movement has fundraised €724 for the Irish team. Thanks everyone for your contribution.

6) Chinese Health Qi Gong Association will visit Ireland in October: A delegation from the official Chinese Health Qi Gong Association will be teaching in Ireland in October. They will be in Dublin on 24 and 25 October, so pencil these dates in your calendars. Closer to the dates, all the details will be posted in my website.

If you wish to be part of my mailing list and be updated, just send me your email and you will receive all the news in your inbox. Contact Alda. Optionally, you can subscribe to this website or Like our page in Facebook.

And this is all for now! Exciting term ahead after the August break.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Alda


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Tai chi / qi gong workshop – Fundraising

Last Sunday I was filled with joy after finishing the first big event to sponsor the Irish team trip to Canada to participate in the 4th World Health Qigong Tournament and Exchange. More info here.

It was a great day with lots of fun and some surprises. We started the day with some chen style warm-ups and standing, learning some basic principles, doing some energy exercises and then some of the chen style 11 form moves. During the morning there was also a demonstration of chen style and wu style tai chi.

We went for lunch, and after lunch we had a free raffle as a thank you for the participants support. The winners were: Andrée – Chen Style Foundation DVD; Héctor – Ba Duan Jin book; Hanna – Tai chi for health book; John – Voucher for a course in the House of movement for €35; and Beulah, who did a fantastic work recruiting more than 4 people for the workshop and funnily enough won a voucher for a free tai chi or qi gong course.

In the afternoon, we learnt some moves from the five animals and 8 section brocade qi gong sets and we left tired but happy after some laughs, some relaxing exercises and the promise of more learning in the future.

Thank you all for being there, for supporting this event and bringing friends along. Our next date will be next Saturday in the Iveagh Gardens at 11:30 for some outdoors tai chi/ qi gong. Looking forward to it!!


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4th International Health Qigong Tournament and Exchange

Qigong, as an art of healing and health preservation is thought to have originated in China as early as four thousand years ago. Although practised by millions in the East, it is largely unknown in many parts of Western civilization.

Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, Qigong is being promoted by the Chinese Health Qigong Association (who will visit Ireland next October. More info here) as a gift to the world and valuable tool to regaining and maintaining optimum fitness for any individuals that practise it.

As part of this worldwide promotion, the Ireland Tai Chi and Qigong Association have been asked to put forward a team to compete in the upcoming international tournament in Vancouver this September. The Irish team are all qualified instructors of Qigong and Tai chi and hope that their participation in the tournament will help improve their Qigong expertise and in turn that of their present and future students in Ireland.

Any help we can get in enabling the Irish team to travel and take part in Vancouver will be gratefully received.

As part of the Irish team, Alda Gomez and the House of movement will organise fundraising events related to tai chi & qi gong. The first of these events will be a 4-hour tai chi and qigong workshop on Sunday, 24 July.

  • Date: Sunday, 24 July
  • Venue: Ground floor, 28 South William Street, Dublin 2
  • Time: 12-4pm
  • Cost: €35

Direct sponsorship will also be accepted. You can use my email address alda_gomez@iol.ie with Paypal and write Qigong in the reference. I’ve been trying to put one of those fancy Paypal buttons in this page, but I haven’t been lucky so far. If you want to be updated on how much we are fundraising, go to our Facebook page: Ireland Health Qigong Team Canada.


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Master Liming Yue in Loughrea, Galway

This is a quick note to let everyone interested know that Master Liming Yue will be back in Ireland next weekend. If you would like to train with a very experienced master, this is your chance.

On Saturday, he will be teaching: Warm up exercises, Silk reeling energy exercises and Qi Gong breathing exercises. He will specifically cover Ba Duan Jin (8 section silk brocade) and Zhan Zhuan Qi Qong (standing meditation), and also the Chen Tai Chi 11 form. Any student can attend this workshop, no matter how long you have been practising tai chi. It is open to all levels. The cost for the day is €60.

He will also be teaching on Sunday and Monday, but these days are only open to advanced students and instructors.

If you want to purchase videos or books, they will be available on the day.

If you want to book a place for the Saturday workshop, contact Alda or John Collins at 086 8377147 (www.irelandtaichi.com).

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