20 Year Anniversary Commemoration, Toronto

Mary Dann | June 11, 2018 |

Wednesday 6th June 2018 was the 20th anniversary of the death of Moy Lin-shin. To mark this event, the Canadian Tai Chi Academy held a workshop and commemorative tribute to Mr Moy, to which Academy members from around the world were invited.

Six members of the Essex Tai Chi Academy made the trip to Toronto to take part in the event held from the 5th through to the 10th June. There were six from other UK Academies and many from across Canada. There were five days of workshops, in various locations. As well as tai chi there were sessions on lok hup, sword, sabre, chanting, meditation and stretching.

On the Saturday evening there was a Japanese buffet, followed by cake. Afterwards there were talks, photos, and memories from some of those who had known Mr Moy.

On the Sunday morning Mrs Kwan, a highly respected student of Mr Moy’s visited the workshop. She is in her 90’s but was able to talk about her experiences, through an interpreter, and demonstrate some of the things she has worked on over many years.

It was a great opportunity for tai-chiers to get together and express thanks for Mr Moy’s legacy; to meet old acquaintances and make new friends in the tai chi family. And of course to play lots of tai chi!

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Mary Dann | April 25, 2018 |

As you know, when you join the Academy we ask you to complete and sign an Application for Membership, providing us with your name, address, phone numbers, email address and date of birth. We also ask for relevant information regarding your health and a contact for emergency purposes.cAll the information provided is treated in the strictest of confidence.

On 25 May 2018, as a result of European legislation, the Government’s new GDPR comes into force regarding the collection and use of personal information. It involves stricter regulations and tougher fines for all organizations (including charities and the voluntary sector) for breach of the legislation.

In order to comply with the GDPR, we will be issuing a new form to all ETCA Members. It will ask you to confirm the information about you we hold, ask you to update it if necessary and advise you how we store, protect and use it; and also how we dispose of it in the event that you leave the Academy. You will be asked to sign two copies as consent.

Our Chairman will hold and use your personal details for the purposes stated. You should retain the second copy for your records. Please ask your Instructor if you have any questions or concerns.

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The Essex Tai Chi Academy Newsletter Six, April 2018

Mary Dann | April 2, 2018 |

Welcome all to our sixth Newsletter, this spring we shine the spotlight on Mundon.

  • The bow
  • The Ten Essences of Tai Chi
  • Spotlight on Mundon
  • Performing the Set – Brush Knee and Twist Steps; Chop with Fist; Step up, Deflect, Parry, Punch; Appear to Close Entrance
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Jane Twyman
  • Thought for the quarter
  • Reminders

The Essex Tai Chi Academy Newsletter Six, April 2018

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The Essex Tai Chi Academy Newsletter Five, January 2018

Mary Dann | January 1, 2018 |

TEN YEARS OF CELEBRATION AT THE ESSEX ACADEMY

HAPPY NEW YEAR

In our first Newsletter of 2018, we take a look back at the founding of the academy, share memories, experiences and celebrations.

The Essex Tai Chi Academy Newsletter Five, January 2018

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The Essex Tai Chi Academy Newsletter Four, October 2017

Mary Dann | October 1, 2017 |

Welcome to our final Newsletter of 2017, this quarter we have collated the following content for your enjoyment…

  • Tai Chi for Arthritis
  • Attitudes, hints and cautions, Or, Practice makes perfect
  • The Ten Essences of Tai Chi
  • Fail fast and often. Learn. And improve.
  • Performing the set – Stork cools wings, Brush knee, Play the pei-pa, and the Brush knee and Twist step sequence
  • Many lives, in many days. News from you and your classes
  • Reminders
  • Thought for the quarter

The Essex Tai Chi Academy Newsletter Four, October 2017

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New Beginners Class in Felsted for October 2017

Mary Dann | August 10, 2017 |

We are delighted to announce that we will be starting a six-week Tai Chi introductory course for beginners on Thursdays at the Felsted Memorial Hall on the 12th October from 9.30 – 10.30am

Please visit the Felsted Classes page for more details.

Category: Classes

The Essex Tai Chi Academy Newsletter Three, July 2017

Mary Dann | July 19, 2017 |

Welcome all to our third Newsletter of 2017, this quarter we have the following topics for your perusal…

  • Holding the Ball of Chi
  • The founder of Tai Chi in the west, Mr Moy Lin-Shin (1931–1998)
  • Many lives, in many days
  • Tai Chi and chronic pain
  • Guidelines for and expectations of members at classes of the Essex Tai Chi Academy
  • Performing the set – Single whip, Step up and Raise Hands
  • The ten essences of Tai Chi
  • Thought for the quarter

The Essex Tai Chi Academy Newsletter Three, July 2017

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The Essex Tai Chi Academy Newsletter Two, April 2017

Mary Dann | April 7, 2017 |

The symbol central to our logo is ‘T’ai’, with the same sound but different meaning to the ‘T’ai’ in ‘T’ai Chi’. It is a hexagram from the 5,000-year-old Daoist classic, the I Ching.

A hexagram consists of two trigrams, each made up of three lines – solid, broken, or both. The broken lines represent Yin energy, and the solid lines, Yang energy. The upper trigram represents Earth (pure Yin), and the lower, Heaven (pure Yang).

Yin and Yang have motions associated with them. The light, heavenly Yang energy tends to rise, while the heavy, earthly Yin energy tends to sink. As the two energies meet and commune with one another peace and harmony are achieved and great accomplishments become possible.

And so this symbol represents peace, harmony and goodwill.

The Essex Tai Chi Academy Newsletter Two, April 2017

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The Essex Tai Chi Academy Newsletter One, January 2017

Mary Dann | January 7, 2017 |

Happy New Year, and a very Happy Chinese New Year* to everyone.

Your instructors thought it might be a good idea to produce a quarterly Newsletter to give you some of the information that it’s not always possible to include in class.

We hope you enjoy reading it and perhaps even printing the odd copy to leave somewhere strategic so that we can continue to increase the number of students who enjoy and benefit from Tai Chi.

Contributions welcome, please let us know what you think.

The Essex Tai Chi Academy Newsletter One, January 2017

*Mandarin – Cong Xi Fa Cai

Category: Newsletter

Gift Certificates now available

Mary Dann | December 19, 2016 |

Just in time for the festive season, Essex Tai Chi Academy now offers you the opportunity to purchase Gift Certificates for your loved ones, friends or colleagues.

Gift Certificates are available as either a Six Week Introductory Course for £30, or a Quarterly Membership for £60.

Presented as either an A5 glossy colour print, or a PDF voucher delivered via Email, options for personalising your certification are available upon request for no extra charge.

Please contact us if you wish to make that special someone very happy.

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