We thank our students for attending the AGM at St Paul’s Church hall, and lovely to see so many faces back from before the Covid-19 outbreak.
A few points for the AGM
• Everyone (except Shifu Liu) should wear masks in class unless exempt – please wear exemption badge
• No increase to class or membership fees 2022
• Classes and workshops advance payments continue using Bookwhen and are working well
• No cash payments or casual drop-ins without advanced booking in 2022
• In-Venue and Online Zoom hybrid classes and workshops to continue
• Will have regular monthly workshops in Chen taiji weapons interspersed with the Chen hand forms
Shifu Liu Quanjun on student progress in 2021
Due to our Zoom [online classes last and this year during lockdowns] there have been a lot of students who practiced everyday and that has helped their coordination and progress. Due to this Shifu wants them to progress [to teach them] weapons as they have increased their Nei Gong (inner strength) to reach a higher level of practice. The benefits are the same as foundation, good balance, co-ordination and strength. Taiji practice will keep circulation moving and keep us younger.
Many diseases like cancer are linked to the slowing of the body and you can become sick more easily. Many diseases are linked to cold and wet qi, that is why Shifu Liu recommends not eating and drinking cold foods and drinks. When you practice well and stay warm and your qi is full, your wet qi will sweat out and you will be more healthy and resilient. Most important thing is to store hot young qi in our dantian. If your fingers feel cold you have already begun to leak yang qi. One way we can measure or understand qi in the body is observing hands. If soft, full and warm qi is good. These beliefs come from thousands of years of experience of Chinese people observing and trying to preserve one’s life.
After today, today is gone so we should use this day the best we can. Diseases are attracted to negative emotions. If happy all the time the best thing to repel sickness and disease. There are no disease that cannot be cured, if there’s no cure the cure has yet to be found. Your intentions can change your situation. A lot of power in intent and thought, positive or negative.
… You can develop good feelings through tai ji and qi gong. It helps people remove their bad feelings and bad intent and replace with good feelings and love for others. Part of our practice is to study our own bodies. Once you understand your own body you can help others to understand theirs. Worry about your own self and peace [of mind] before worrying about others and influencing others. Use these theories in your life, your practice and everywhere.
Shifu Liu Quanjun