26 April 2018


...to Kevin for asking me to cover his class last week in Feltham, what a great group! It was all ex-servicemen and their wives. They know how to work hard. Also was the first time I have done the warm up set with the sound of bangles jingling.

24 April 2018

Dance session next Sunday - Venue Change

There is a workshop on The Dance on Sunday 29th April 2-5pm, at the studio near Hampton Court, not at the usual hall, as numbers were not sufficient. All who are already studying the Dance at whatever level are welcome to come along. £20, 2-5pm.

Rock Art

Here's a link to the blog post I wrote about my cover art for the Dark Mountain 13 edition.

23 April 2018

Plaistow class Friday

Let me know if you'd like to come along, 7-9pm, £10.

19 April 2018


Thanks to all for a great weekend of T'ai Chi. I will miss you all next month but hope that the packed sessions will have given you lots to work on. See you in June! Here's a few pictures.
Needles at Sea Bottom joint lock (Chin na) practice

It works!

When sword met staff

Applications in sun and with Bennachie in view, wonderful.

Anja's current T'ai Chi spot, way out west.

16 April 2018

Turriff class summer term

The Turriff class restarts tonight and the term will continue until 2nd July. There will be no class on 7th May due to the Bank Holiday. New students including beginners will be welcome to join the class when we restart in September. I'll post more details here nearer the time.

12 April 2018

Short Form study group preliminary dates

Thanks for all the interest, here are the first dates, these will definitely run and then we'll see how it goes from then on, arranging with the students as we go. It will run every two to three weeks, possibly even in holidays...
7-9pm, the studio near Hampton Court, email for address, £10 per session.
30th April
21st May
11th June

The timings work with incoming trains to Hampton Court and the returning train at 9.24pm. For those who can stay and catch the 9.54 train home, there will be tea after class :)

11 April 2018

We must risk delight. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.

Jack Gilbert, US poet, d.2012.
Recent discovery for me. I just finished his superb Collected Poems, I recommend them.

09 April 2018

Rock art

I have spent the weekend with the Dark Mountain crew in East Anglia, what a great bunch of people and what a meaningful project. I have written once and had visual art in issues three times. This time I was commissioned to make the cover. I got my copies yesterday, and am really happy with how it looks. There'll be a piece on the DM blog about it soon, and on my art website, but here's a sneak preview.
The work was made at a very large scale, on rocks in Portland, with Paleolithic materials, David lent me his camera, and this is a detail from one of three works. I have never drawn anything like it, before two days previously, when I dreamed these characters, and the one on the back cover, which I will show another time. It rained the next days after the work was made, they'll be entirely gone by now. More about all this when their new website launches.

April workshops

The Aberdeenshire workshops with Caroline are this weekend, 13-15th April.
The Weapons session is at Fetternear Hall, all other workshops are at Balvack. Great River students of any level are particularly welcome to the Saturday sessions.

Friday 6:30-9:30pm: Weapons
Saturday 1-4pm: Short Form, and related study
Saturday 5:30-8:30pm: Partnerwork
Sunday 1-4pm: Long Form
Sunday 5.30-8.30pm: Advanced Studies and Dance

The price is £18 (concessions £12) per 3 hr session. Please bring food to share on Saturday and Sunday. Get in touch with your instructor if you need travel directions or feel free to contact me with any other questions.

London / Surrey classes news

Classes with Mark start this week on Tuesday with Sabre and Sword, as usual. Thursday resumes at the studio near Hampton Court.

Flyers will soon be available for the summer and autumn workshops, plus all the details. However the dates are already on this blog and the venues, prices and timings are the same as last year.

Mark has asked me to run a new class here at the studio, and I am very excited about it. It will be the Short Form Study class. It is aimed at all Short Form students who would like to deepen their practice, but especially at Long Form and further-on students who feel they would like to teach a class at some point, or who already do sometimes. We will look at what the Short Form is, why we do it, what it's great for. We will revise and refine postures, get any details you have missed first time round, do applications, see the differences from Long Form. We will work through the postures week by week, as well as doing at least two whole forms and some warm ups. Also we will always take requests on which postures to study, so you can come with questions and queries. I suggest a 2 hour class, probably 7-9pm, which fits with the scheduled train here, plus 20mins at least for tea afterwards for those who have time to stay until the next train, I am hoping Monday will be possible. I will work out timings and dates soon, and post them later. For now, just let me know at class or by email if you'd like to come along. It would be every 2 weeks, or sometimes every 3, if a bank holiday or travel impinges. And like the Wednesday advanced study group, it's no problem if you can't always make it along as it will be on a drop-in basis, costing £10. I can probably get this class started by the end of the month.

This is the content of the class I have been teaching in Aberdeenshire on a Saturday afternoon for over a decade, and we have found so much richness in the Short Form, and so any things we didn't know we didn't know! I look forward to sharing my passion for this superb practice with the southern posse now, too. For added authenticity, we may even add cake to the mix.

05 April 2018

but don't mind.

04 April 2018

121s in Aberdeenshire

Next week I have spaces for 121s on Sunday and Monday mornings. Let me know if you would like one.