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.

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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

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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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In Memory of Michael Baker-Rogers

Mary Dann | June 18, 2016 |

Following the death of former Chairman and co-founder Michael Baker-Rogers on Monday the 22nd of June 2015, many Essex Tai Chi Academy members wished to dedicate a lasting memorial to him.

The Academy decided to purchase a bench which has now been positioned beside the towpath alongside the Chelmer and Blackwater canal in Heybridge, not far from where Michael kept his “beloved” boat and where he enjoyed many a walk.

On Friday the 17th of June 2016 a number of members visited the bench for the official unveiling.

Michael Baker-Rogers

Michael Baker-Rogers | 1938 – 2015

1938 - 2015

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World Tai Chi Day 2016

Mary Dann | April 30, 2016 |

To mark World Tai Chi Day, members of the Academy met together for Tai Chi in the park.

The first set was timed at 10am to coincide with Tai Chi-ers world wide.

This was followed by tea and cake in the grounds of the Chelmsford Society of Model Engineers.


World Tai Chi Day

World Tai Chi Day 2016




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Great Leighs class permanent move March 2016

Mary Dann | March 9, 2016 |
On Thursday 10th March the Great Leighs class is moving permanently to Felsted Memorial Hall, Braintree Road, Felsted, CM6 3DY.
The class will start at 10.30am.
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Tai Chi for Health

Mary Dann | January 9, 2016 |

Practiced by millions of people over the centuries,Tai Chi is exercise for your whole body with real benefits for health.

Interested? Then come along and watch a session! There is no obligation and you will be made to feel very welcome.

Introduction to Tai Chi
Six-Week Course £30
The Plume School Dance Studio
Maldon CM9 6AB

Tuesday evenings 7.30 – 9.30
commencing 19th January

Soft footwear is essential in the Dance Studio
All Welcome

For further information phone 01621 850450
or email us at

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