Phil's Tai Chi Music
If you haven't seen it already, check out the YouTube video everyone's talking about:
alias our very own Phil Holliday.
As well as qualifying as a Tai Chi instructor recently, Phil is also a brilliant musician!
Phil wrote the music and lyrics and he played and recorded the song himself, accompanied by the lovely voice and harp of his friend Sarah Dean.
This music is a perfect accompaniment for your Tai Chi practice, or yoga, meditation or a bedtime lullaby to get you off to sleep!
The video was filmed in Buddha Maitreya's beautiful Zen garden.
Some Competition Results
British Open Championships 15.4.12
Ben Morris Gold in the Fixed Step Push Hands and a couple of Bronze medals for good measure in moving step, including the open weight category.
BCCMA Championships 2011
Mike Abosch Gold in Push Hands and Gold in Qingda (free fighting)
Tom Hadfield Silver in Push Hands
British Open Championships 10.4.11
Mike Abosch Gold and Silver
Zhong Ding North East competition 27.2.11
Richard Morley Gold
Tom Hadfield Bronze
European Championships 12.12.10
Mike Abosch two Silvers and a Gold
Ben Morris Silver
Well done everybody!
A recent study has confirmed that regular practice of Tai Chi three times a week improves memory and actually increases brain volume!
The researchers studied groups of older people. The Tai Chi group and a group taking part in lively discussions three times a week both experienced improvements in memory and increased brain volume while those doing neither experienced brain shrinkage over the same time period.
The results were published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and bring hope that Tai Chi may delay the onset of this condition.
This will come as no surprise to anyone who has risen to the mental challenge of learning Tai Chi Chuan, or to anyone who has had the privilege of teaching Tai Chi and watching students flourish and inspire each other.
Tai Chi provides a form of exercise and a field of study second to none, and this may be the whole reason for it's efficacy, though we strongly suspect that you are the additional magic ingredient in the recipe; which gives you the right to be big-headed!
See an example of the press coverage of this story in The Telegraph
We are very grateful that our school is blessed with such talented and wonderful people!