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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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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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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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Master Liming Yue in Ireland

This is a brief note to let you know that Master Liming Yue will be Ireland in two weeks. He will have a workshop open to all levels in the Carlton Hotel in Galway on Saturday 26 and open to advanced students on Sunday 27 February.

Master Liming Yue imageDetails:
Saturday: 2pm – 6pm Warm up exercises, Silk reeling energy exercises and Qi Gong breathe exercises. Specificaly covered will be Ba Duan Jin and Zhan Zhuan Qi Qong, Chen Tai Chi 11 form.
Sunday: 10am – 2pm Warm up exercises, Silk reeling energy exercises and Qi Gong breathe exercises. Specificaly covered will be Lao Jia, we will also commence training on push hands. – suitable for people who have covered first 15 movements of Lao Jia.

This is a great opportunity to experience the teachings of a great master. But if you can’t make it this weekend, do not worry. Master Liming Yue will be back to Ireland very soon. I will keep you posted.

Bookingshttp://www.taichicentre.com/seminars.php


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Northern Wu Style with Tina Chunna Zhang

There are many styles of internal martial arts. Tai Chi Chuan is one of them, but even among tai chi chuan, there are different varieties: Cheng style, Yang style, Wu style. Each of them have their own signature in terms of movements.

Tai Chi Ireland focuses on the Southern Wu Style which is slightly different to the more classical Northern Wu Style. Last weekend, Tai Chi Ireland organised a workshop on the Northern Wu style with Tina C Zhang. Most of the movements are similar, but certain postures characterise the northern wu style, mainly the ox plow stance.

Tina Zhang patiently showed us the Northern Wu style short form through a long day of martial art work. Tina offered us tips, which we will be able to apply to our general tai chi practice, in a very simple, natural way. I was glad to learn the Northern Wu style, but it was also a priviledge to train with Tina.

She is a patient and dedicated teacher and a real inspiration, especially for any woman wishing to practice tai chi.

Here is a youtube video in which she is doing the Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan:




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Ba Gua Zhang with Sifu Frank Allen

Ba Gua Zhang literally means eight trigram palm referring to the trigrams of the I Ching and the hand movements in this martial art.  All forms of Ba Gua Zhang use circle walking as an integral part of the training. It mainly consists of walking around a circle in low stances, always facing the centre, changing direction from time to time with hands and legs coordinated movements. There are eight palm changes in total.

Frank Allen explained the fascinating history of Ba Gua Zhang and his lineage. Then, he showed practitionners how to execute some palm changes, including martial applications of every move. Frank made these complex exercises look really simple. He did some demonstrations in which his internal power was obvious. “Ba Gua makes you strong” he said. He is a wonderful teacher and a real character: his body is covered in numberless tattoos.

Jan Golden teaches a Ba Gua class. If you are interested in trying this martial art, click here to check the Tai Chi Ireland website.

“Before doing this workshop, I had heard about Ba Gua but I hadn’t personally practised this martial art. Frank Allen made it look really simple and fun.” Alda Gomez

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