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It’s lovely morning for some Sunday Tai Chi in Yangshuo

A soft breeze is blowing through a chestnut grove in southern China. With eyes closed, standing in Zhang Zhuang, I am happily enjoying myself, extending my peng, thoughts freely melting with the chirping of hundreds of birds. It is a day off in Master Fu’s Tai Chi school but many fellow students enjoy the opportunity to individually refresh what they have learned in past week.

Marko and Dragi practice Tai Chi in Yangshuo ChinaMeanwhile Master Fu is preparing to leave today for Henan province in North China, where he will be teaching hundreds of students in the school of his own master, Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei. Every master is a disciple of his own master, Fu Nengbin is no different and has a great respect for his own master. How can one learn Tai Chi otherwise? To his own students Master Fu is an example of so many virtues, not only of martial arts, but also as a father and a friend. Students in the school appreciate this without even discussing the matter. We are proud to be disciples of such a master. All Master Fu’s instructors are young boys, but they all reflect the same respect and behaviour. Master Fu is raising them strictly.

Each time the class is finished,Master Fu, instructors and students share a meal at the dinner table where we all feel like one big family. This is one of the reasons why we come back to school every year. We are vegetarians, my wife and I, but everybody is so attentive. Master Fu personally sees that we get our wishes fulfilled. Uncle John, as we westerners call the cook, is an expert. Food is deliciously prepared but in a modest way and we are fed as though we are family members

My wife and myself are training hard, trying to comprehend, imprint and grasp basic principles of Tai Chi as taught by Master Fu. We understand that without firm foundation nothing can be built, so much more so in Tai Chi. Years of practice can be lost if one does not have the right teacher who is an expert himself and also able to transfer his experience to a student.

Master Fu will be coming to Slovenia in November this year, this will be the first visit ever of an elite Tai Chi master, coming from Chen Zhenglei’s school. Some of the students at our school in Slovenia have already undertaken the learning of Chen style. There’s quite a big interest to see Master Fu in Slovenia in general as it is not often that such renowned teacher will visit this small country. We hope that through Master Fu’s visit, our school can help to firmly establish Chen Zhenglei’s lineage in Slovenia too.

Marko & Dragi Bedina
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Tai Chi Student Roy Hanney returns to China

This June a regular student at the Yangshuo Tai Chi and Kung Fu School will return to southern China to spend the summer training with us. We asked Roy what he likes about the school and what he wants to learn this summer.

Roy Hanney Training at Yangshuo Tai Chi School China“Well I first came to the school in 2009 and spent a week learning the short form. Then I came back for longer the following summer to learn the Laojia and stayed for 6 weeks. In the UK where I normally, live I train at the Seven Stars Yoga and Tai Chi School in Portsmouth. The teacher there, Andy Cullen is very experienced and we learn Yang Style with him. Last year I started teaching beginners under his supervision and I hope to do more of this when I get back to the UK. Making the change from Yang Style to Chen style has been very challenging but also very rewarding”.
“The important thing about the school for me is that the quality of teaching is very high. Master Fu always makes an effort to coach you when you need it and the attention you get from the assistant instructors is excellent. Of course the sense of community there is really nice as you live, eat and sleep with each other 24/7. One of the things I am very much looking forward to is a late afternoon swim in the river Li after training”.

“The long term aim for me is to get to a level where I can teach back in the UK. There are a few Chen style schools in England but not many following the lineage from GM Chen Zhenglai. This makes it difficult to get good instruction unless I come to China. With any luck I may get the chance to learn the Laojia Erliu this summer and for someone my age and fitness that is going to be very challenging”.

We all look forward to seeing you again Roy and hope we can make your stay this summer a worthwhile one.

Roy Hanney - Learn about Qigong in ChinaRoy Hanney – is a university lecturer living and working in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. He practices taiji, qigong and yoga with a particular passion for Chen Style Taijiquan. In his spare time he makes films, authors websites and makes video art. He blogs about his encounters with Qigong and Daoist healing arts at his website: http://www.qigonginchina.com

Hello world from Master Fu Tai Chi!

master fu menuWell this is the first post from the new website, which is not quite live yet and still being beta tested. However we would appreciate feedback and comments for anyone interested in having a look. Short term the aim is to get the site up, running and integrated into social networks. Long term the aim is to get the page on the front page of search engines for “china tai chi”. We will eventually develop a Chinese language (and possibly other languages) version of the site but that will come later.

We are also trying to point the old website address (masterfu.net) at the new one but this is looking like a complex and long term aim now :0)

What we do need is for you to get in touch and give us ideas for blogs posts and if you already are blogging on your own site and it is directly related to Master Fu and/or Tai Chi we can feed it directly into the Facebook page for you. The aim here is to make the Facebook page a home for the community of students and teachers who have or are training with Master Fu.

Really this is a collective effort so your input will be very much appreciated!

For those of you who don’t know me yet (yes this is not actually Master Fu speaking here) my name is Roy and I have been training with Master Fu for a couple of years and before that with one of his students Master Mei Juan Luo. I hope to be back there this summer and will be training up some of the boys at the school to keep this website full of interesting content. We might make some ourselves who knows.

Anyway… welcome and please give us feedback on the new site.

www.masterfutaichi.com

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