17 January 2017


Thanks for all the fun and hard work over this weekend in Aberdeenshire. 
See you next month. 

12 January 2017

Random (not fake) news

Off to bed early as it's a 5.45am start tomorrow to head north and teach in Scotland. Wish me luck with the weather and my sleepy head. I have lots of great stuff to share even just from this last week of classes with Mark. 

It's been really heartening being in touch with some of John's old students since he passed away, in what was otherwise a sad time. What an excellent bunch of people he drew to himself. I feel hugely grateful to have found this lineage. 

I'll soon be teaching in Sweden again for the first time in some years. The students who came to the last summer workshop have got together to invite me over on 1-2 April. I am looking forward to it. April Fool's Day is an excellent day to work with this stuff. 

Lastly, if you forgot to order a calendar, I will make a new order on Tuesday, so let me know by then if you'd like one. 

09 January 2017

121 available Sunday morning

The Sunday Aberdeenshire slot this weekend has become available as Sandy  won't make it back in time. Let me know if you would like it. 

John Kells' funeral date.

I just heard from Charles that John Kells'  funeral will be a humanist service at Gloucester Crematorium, Coney Hill at 10 am wed 18th January. Charles said it was fine to post these details here publicly. 

Teabreak at BTCCA Camden Centre Opening, 16th July 2006

January workshops, Aberdeenshire

The first workshops of the year with Caroline are this coming weekend 13-15th January. All workshops are at Balvack, except for Weapons which is at Fetternear Hall. Great River students of any level are particularly welcome to the Saturday sessions.

Friday 7-10pm: Weapons, including Sabre for beginners 7-8pm (£5).
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 (more info available here).

The price is £16 (concs available) 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.

All the dates for the 2017 Aberdeenshire workshops are available here

08 January 2017

Mark's classes resume this Tuesday

There will also be sword and sabre tuition so bring your weapons. 
I will bring the calendars for those who ordered them as they have arrived: desk size are £5, wall size are £9. 

See you Tuesday. 

07 January 2017

Next Plaistow class

Thanks to those who came last night for a lovely session at Jon's. Next class is planned for 3rd Feb. All GR and TCC students who have finished learning the Short Form are welcome to come along. Contact me for the address. 

06 January 2017

T'ai chi tonight

In Plaistow is still on. 

Grandmaster John Kells RIP

It is with much sadness that I can report that my Grandmaster, John Kells, died today 6th January 2017 at 2.20pm. 

I just found out on my way to teach the first class of term: Heart Work, Form, Warm-ups. We will do them with him held  in our hearts. Today is traditionally considered the day of 'Epiphany'. 

I send my deepest condolences to his family and all those close to him. 

There is a lovely brief obituary here by Christian Birch. http://blokeonthepath.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/john-kells-1940-2017-rip.html?m=1

05 January 2017

Aberdeenshire Thursday sessions

Here's the rota for the first block of Thursday sessions of the year. As usual we'll be in the Small Hall 7-9pm and Large Hall 9-10pm at Monymusk except where stated. The price is £35 for 10 weeks or £5/week.

12-Jan    Scott        Main Hall 7-10pm
19-Jan    Davina 
26-Jan    Janet
2-Feb     Marie        8-10pm only (Small Hall)
9-Feb     Paolo 
16-Feb   Sandy       8-10pm only (Small Hall)
23-Feb   Scott
2-Mar     Davina

9-Mar     Janet   
16-Mar   Marie

If you can't make the session that you're due to lead then please contact someone on the list to arrange a swap.

Turriff class restarts 9th January

The Turriff class will restart 6:30-8pm on Monday 9th January at the Gateway Centre.  We'll be using the grey-floored area thie term. The class is open to total beginners and returners will also be very welcome.

For more experienced students, we practise Long Form and related partnerwork from 8-8:30pm. If you have previous T'ai Chi experience and would like to learn/re-learn Long Form please get in touch to discuss suitability.

The price is £45 for 6 weeks, £50 for Long Form students. Weekly and concession prices are also available.

04 January 2017

Aberdeenshire classes

Classes in Aberdeenshire will be restarting soon. Click on the flyer below for more information.

All surfaces have something which gives rise to them. 

-John Kells
Don't mind your mind. 

31 December 2016

Happy New Year!

I wish you a peaceful and loving 2017. 

20 December 2016

Solstice eve

It's Winter Solstice tomorrow and I shall be feasting around the fire with friends, as well as ignoring the internet and all things computer-related until the New Year! If you can, join me in returning to the real world. Thanks to all students and colleagues for a wonderful year of T'ai Chi. Wherever you are and which ever day you celebrate, I hope it is peaceful and heartening. 
Here's a few last photos from December. 
Well done Short Form group, in stillness of Wuji, after completing learning Short Form. 

Tuesday senior group are learning knife-edge kick from The Dance. Very good fun with the pad brought in by Janet. 

Scott uproots me effortlessly yesterday by bending the back leg and moving forwards as though underneath me. 

Alistair repelling Paolo with a classic 'Play Guitar'. 

Dawn at Balvack. It's mid-winter northern Scotland, so I wasn't actually up that early...

Collection of sun-lit malas and rosaries: Taoist, Buddhist and Marian. 

Ripples left by the local diving juvenile Great Crested Grebe, just now. 

Happy new year from the great river.