I first dabbled in Karate & Kendo, interest in Tai Chi started in 1990 when I heard about a martial art that did not just use hard physical force but a powerful internal energy, with moves practiced like a slow graceful dance. Not much of a dancer but interested, I started learning the Cheng Man Ching short form with Sue Weston in Isleworth. After moving from the area I sought instruction from various teachers.
I began learning the Yang style form in 2001 at John Hines Walton School with Martin, and also assisted with instruction at the Woking class. Training covered Chi Kung, Sword form and for a short period Shaolin Kung Fu with Mark.
I met John Elliott while he was visiting in England from Boston USA and started training with him in 2005, learning the pole, Knife and Sword form. John was granted permission to teach by Sifu Gin Soon Chu, 2nd Disciple of Grandmaster Yang Sau Chung. I was privileged to be a student and given the opportunity to accompany John to meet Sifu Gin Soon Chu and train at his School in Boston.
I aim to pass on what I have learned of this great art so far, although I am still learning myself all the time, such is the nature of Tai Chi.