World Health Qigong Day & Martial Arts Family

Before we start, I would like to apologise for the last minute cancellation of last week’s class. This was due to car park of the Avon Centre being used as an unauthorised caravan site. Anyway, the situation is now resolved and everything should be back to normal tomorrow.

Next, I would like to say thank you to everyone who attended our Tai Chi and Qigong Taster session at Birches Valley last weekend. We had teachers from Staffordshire Lau Gar, Beautiful Flower Tai Chi, Lively Tiger Tai Chi and and special visit from Master Tary Yip of the Deyin Tai Chi Institute. It’s always wonderful to see different schools and different styles coming together. The weather was lovely too. I’ve attached some photos below:

Speaking of Martial Arts family, as some of you know I started with Lau Gar Kung Fu and discovered Tai Chi a little later. I’ve been doing it long enough have seen some fellow students grow from children into adults. One of them is Alisdair. Alisdair is 16. I’ve known him, through Kung Fu, for around 8 years. He had scoliosis as a child that, eventually, caused him to stop training. It got so bad that the doctors were worried that he could be paralysed from the neck down so they operated. Unfortunately, he was paralysed from the waist down (Read the full story here: So his family are raising money to get the house converted. I wanted to help so this Thursday evening I will be travelling to Birmingham and take part in a one hour endurance challenge. All the money that I raise will go to Alasdair’s campaign. If you see me you can sponsor in person or you can donate directly to the campaign from the just giving page ( If you can spare anything, then that would be wonderful.

Hope to see you tomorrow,