Elizabeth has always been interested in Eastern philosophies. She began learning yoga in 1968, a practice which she continued until 2011 with a break of just a few years for health reasons.
Tai Chi wasn’t available in Canberra in the early days but it was something she’d be been interested in exploring for some time. So when, in 2000, the Tai Chi Academy opened classes very close to her home, Elizabeth took advantage of the opportunity.
“I’m not a believer in signs as such but it did seem to be the right time for me to start.”
About fifteen years ago Beth watched a Tai Chi demonstration outside the supermarket in Queanbeyan’s Riverside Plaza. The Academy was promoting new term classes to the Thursday night shoppers, dodging trolleys of groceries and straggling families while doing the form. The demonstration inspired Beth to join a class. She already knew about Tai Chi and had participated in lessons some years before when living in Sydney.
Instructor Lis has been interviewing students for many years. One day, Lis commented that she would like to interview Brett. As a result, Chief Instructor Brett Wagland shares his Tai Chi experience with us — the reasons that he began to learn the art, his Tai Chi journey and what Tai Chi means to him. He is also offering an online course for Tai Chi Students across the globe.
Instructor Chris Radnedge's Journey of Self Development
– interviewed by Instructor Lis
Chris’s Martial Arts Background
Chris is a self confessed martial arts addict. His addiction began at age twelve in Cootamundra with Tae Kwon Do. At around age sixteen, he was fortunate in that a classmate, an advanced student who had studied widely, recognised his interest and talked to him about meditation and traditional Chinese methods of training. He became aware of Tai Chi for the first time through these conversations.
Wu Dao Gong : Training for Life (interview with Fei Wang)
– Brett Wagland
Wu Dao Gong is an internal Chinese martial art. Fei Wang developed this system and introduced it to Australia. Fei is a traditional Chinese medical practitioner and has trained with high level masters in his home city of Shanghai.
Silk Reeling training has given Michael the freedom to live the life he chooses. If he doesn’t maintain his daily regime of Tai Chi practice, he is quite sure he would be unable to function in the normal daily life most of us take for granted.
“The Bang (Stick) Gave Me Back the Full Use of My Right Hand”
– interviewed by Instructor Lis
When Mark started classes with the Academy, he wondered why we did warm-ups, the Chan Si Gong (Silk Reeling exercises) and Qigong. He had done a couple of years with a different Tai Chi group some years before, and they spent the whole class learning the form. The contrast at first was a little frustrating.
During a recent trip overseas, my husband was run over by a careless driver. He ended up battered, bruised and with broken bones. After the dramatic trip to the local hospital that day, I could not sleep.
In a place where pain killers are a luxury, reaching for an anxiety calming tablet in such a crisis was not an option.
Eight or nine years ago, a group of Mary’s friends decided a weekly dinner out would be a good idea. Someone suggested they do a Tai Chi class first and then go on to a restaurant. So, the foursome signed up at Dickson. For two terms, they went to Tai Chi, followed by dinner in Woolley Street.