The Tai Chi Beginners and Refresher Course

Some years ago I wrote about my Tai Chi Journey: shadowy movements at dawn in the park, neither dancing nor fighting though to me it looked like both. My mother danced with Fonteyn and enrolled me in my aunt’s ballet school but I retired at five, so no competition for Billy.

The fighting came later, first at school whacking Fatty Barnard across the ring under the smiling Irish eyes of Father Paddy Noonan, then my chum James to win the Army Garrison title in Malta before being KO’d by a Marine in Hong Kong. Karate in my forties to get fit after a hernia op but longer recovery times sparring with teens and twenties retired me after four stubborn years.

The sun rose on a grace, a flow, on faces as serene as at prayer as they stepped and spun, spiraled and thrust: shamanic theatre enacted under the trees, celestial combat, rooted in Earth and played in the human dimension. Yang advances, Yin withdraws, Harmony prevails.

Learning the Way of the Hidden Masters gave a sense of reality to this ancient art emulating the heroes of yore, the warriors, the fighting nuns and monks. Master Ho explained it can be practiced at any age, for health, to enhance our protective energy-field, to strengthen our physical and energetic immune system, to connect with higher and lower forces on the spiritual path, for self-defense, or simply to harmonies with our environment and alleviate the effects of stress.

The double-helix spirals reunite the Yang and Yin forces of creation, to ebb and flow throughout the meridian network, feeding the organs that sustain our life. We open and stimulate the meridians, the energy-flow channels, enabling the bio-electro-magnetic force, Qi or chi, to come on full charge as we do the slow graceful form.

Healers and Martial Artists improve external Qi-projection and internal rooting. Meditators develop the rootedness to keep safe when practicing kundalini or astral projection in the higher meditations.

Tai Chi comes to us as a gift from the past, a way to create our own tranquility: “to keep our cool when all about us might be losing theirs.”

I was hooked! Forty years later I still am, and have been teaching it for thirty. And now I am teaching instructors how to teach, how to carry this gift to others, and at the same time help ourselves keep well, happy, and serene.

If this style of fighting, movement or meditation interests you, or if you’ve learnt it before and would like to refresh, then take note here: I will be teaching the Tai Chi Beginners and Refresher Course in 2022, from 19th January to 2nd March, seven Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 7.30pm, by Zoom.  
The picture above is of me pushing Master Lim.  The one below is the reverse situation!

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The Tao is a Short Sweet Path to Spiritual Independence

Gentlemen

The Tao is the way of harmony, expanding and liberating. Without gender discrimination, rules, hierarchy or clergy, requiring no conversion or belief system, offering guidance rather than dogma, the Tao is a short sweet path to spiritual independence, or your own conception of self-realisation or enlightenment.

These words of the Dalai Lama capture the essence: “if the meditator applies certain meditative techniques it is possible to create opportunities for grasping the moment and consciously generating the experience of subtle clear light…during the time of death, of deep sleep, and sexual climax.”

The last opportunity this year of grasping the moment, taught by Alexander West, will run this Saturday and Sunday, 27th and 28th November, from 10.30 to 18.30, with breaks.


Whether you  are just beginning a sexual relationship, whether you have been in a relationship, whether you want to bring new life into a relationship or you simply want to practise solo cultivation, then click here!  It costs £197 for the whole weekend.


Alex will then add you to the Zoom list for practical instruction on how to do it and guide you through the basics and on to climax.

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Now Is The Time!

My heart opens and the words of love flow, the unconditional love which allows giving without demanding a receipt, and receiving without transaction. Is not this a formula for true love, in all its ways – compassion and passion, adoration and lust, delight and desire, ecstasy and pleasure? 
You can find yourself in love as easily as lose yourself in love.
Surrender to yourself, to your inner nature, your truth, your beauty.
Your Self.
Be yourself, and live and die, being yourself!Your heart stops with every beat, so it may beat again; your lung stops with every breath, so it may breathe again. In the spaces between the beats and the breaths, life happens: only the void is constant, the empty force, the greatest in the universe, what Albert Einstein called, Love.

Do you want this?  If you are serious about wanting to learn to manage sexual energy,why not sign up for the Weekend Workshops?  Whether you  are just beginning a sexual relationship, whether you have been in a relationship, or whether you want to bring new life into a relationship!

Step 1 by Zoom – Taoist Foundations of Inner Alchemy : Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st November, 10.30 to 18.30 with breaks.  

Step 2 by Zoom – Taoist Foundations of Healing Love : Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th November, 10.30 to 18.30 with breaks.
 
Investment 
£197 per weekend or £354.60 for both weekends – when you click below you find the Paypal options.
OR
We highly recommend you sign up for both workshops and enjoy the 10% saving offer.

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Love Story

Gentlemen

Here’s a story to tell your lover, about the meeting between Kris and Anamarta.

They met some fourteen and a half years ago at the Festival of Mind Body Spirit, quite by chance if there were such a thing. It was as if their souls leapt out and embraced.

They met four times in those four days, never by arrangement, just trusting the Universe to do the right thing.
In the shamanic practice according to tradition, if you see a creature four times on a shamanic journey then it becomes part of your energy field of Guides, Guardians or Totems, and you should take it home.

So they went home together, and never left.  It was in their own world that they really found each other and lasting fulfilment.  They began teaching Taoist Tantra together, and Anamarta facilitated the Jade Circle® – Tao of Feminine Empowerment in the path of Kuan Yin for Women.
 
Now their life is filled with the joy of helping others to find the fulfilment and harmony that they have enjoyed from the moment they met, and the knowledge that everything is perfect.

Do you want this?  If you are serious about wanting to learn to manage sexual energy,why not sign up for the Weekend Workshops?  Whether you  are just beginning a sexual relationship, whether you have been in a relationship, or whether you want to bring new life into a relationship!

Step 1 by Zoom – Taoist Foundations of Inner Alchemy : Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st November, 10.30 to 18.30 with breaks.  

Step 2 by Zoom – Taoist Foundations of Healing Love : Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th November, 10.30 to 18.30 with breaks.
 
Investment 
£197 per weekend or £354.60 for both weekends – when you click below you find the Paypal options.
OR
We highly recommend you sign up for both workshops and enjoy the 10% saving offer.
SIGN UP NOW!
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Taoist Ejaculation Formulas

Gentlemen

Much has been written and more discussed about how often a male Taoist practitioner should ejaculate.  The basic idea is that sex is for procreation. We all agree. Confucius and St Paul thought this was its only purpose. In practice we all disagree, even those paying lip-service to the theory.If you are not having sex to create new life, use that immense energy to enhance your own life, by recycling the Qi within, thus depleting your life-force more slowly, and gaining the benefits of a longer and healthier life. Plus longer and more pleasurable sexual encounters.You will find different Taoist teachers teaching various methods: while some declare non-ejaculation injurious, others condemn ejaculating too fast in too much haste. Another says that with the right partner no harm will come even if not following the formulas. And others forbid having any kind of sex after washing your hair, a long journey, eating, or when tired, excited, angry, drunk or constipated so, nowadays, not very often, hey?But how often? That’s the rub. Searching the translated classics uncovers four different recommendations.Formula 1, numbers:
Ejaculate 2 or 3 times in every 10 sexual encounters, regardless of age or season.Formula 2, season:
Every 3 days in Spring, every 15 days in Summer and Autumn, not at all in Winter.
A relationship also has its seasons.Formula 3, age and strength:
Teens and twenties, twice a day for the strong, once for the weak.
Thirties: strong once a day, weak every other day.
Forties: strong 1:3 once in three days, weak once in four days 1:4
Fifties: strong 1:5, weak 1:10
Sixties: strong 1:10, weak 1:20
Seventies+: strong 1:30, weak 0, not at all.Formula 4, age:
Teens and twenties 1:4; Thirties 1:8; Forties 1:16; Fifties 1:21; Sixties+ 1:30.
With the additional advice that men whose Qi is exceptionally strong must not repress themselves too long.I would add that if you are in a partnership, then put the needs of your partner first. Taoist practices are intended to enhance our lives, not make us slaves to formulas.So, have you made your choice?
Well,there is a Fifth formula I have not seen written anywhere, which checks out with the Fang Shi (Masters of the Formula) who have no texts, only the oral transmission:
after recycling three times in one sexual encounter you can go on to full release without energy-loss. Check it out.
Although the formulas are based on Taoist Tantric practice here is a useful little tip from the Hindu classics: when you have passed the point of no return you can still stop, by visualising the god Hanuman swinging from a tree. Hanuman of course is the curly-tailed monkey god.And if you are new to all this stuff and wondering what you are supposed to do when not ejaculating: recycle the energy through the Small Heavenly Cycle (microcosmic orbit) and keep grounded with QiGong.
Most of the calls I get are from chaps in distress trying to go too long without ejaculating, or simply practising non-ejaculation without recycling. It’s all there in Step 1 below.If you are serious about wanting to learn to manage sexual energy, why not sign up for the Weekend Workshops?  You will not regret this decision!Step 1 – Taoist Foundations of Inner Alchemy : Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st November, 10.30 to 18.30 with breaks.  

Step 2 – Taoist Foundations of Healing Love : Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th November, 10.30 to 18.30 with breaks.
 
Investment 
£197 per weekend or £354.60 for both weekends – when you click below you find the Paypal options.
OR
We highly recommend you sign up for both workshops and enjoy the 10% saving offer.
 SIGN UP NOW!

If you have any questions, please email Alex, your teacher.
 
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Time Passes, You Will Remember

Gentlemen

Its less than a month for you to get the sensation of power, of control of the climax, and with all the passion you hold within!

THE JADE ARROWS -Taoist Meditation and Sexual Practices for Men
Taught by Alexander West, supported by Kris Deva North and Anamarta.
Free Session – To give a glimpse of the weekends. 
Just one week to go!
Saturday 30th October 10.30am to 12noon.

Email Alex to sign up and ask your questions!

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

Step 1 – Taoist Foundations of Inner Alchemy : Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st November, 10.30 to 18.30 with breaks.  

Step 2 – Taoist Foundations of Healing Love : Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th November, 10.30 to 18.30 with breaks.
 
Investment 
£197 per weekend or £354.60 for both weekends – when you click below you find the Paypal options.
OR
We highly recommend you sign up for both workshops and enjoy the 10% saving offer.
 
SIGN UP NOW!

For more information, for you, your partner or anyone you know who might be interested please Email Alex

Ladies, you can come into your own by joining Anamarta’s website and signing up for her Kuan Yin QIGONG Online Course on Tuesday 26th Oct. AND to not be missed the last ONLINE CIRCLE of this year, Sat. 6th Nov. Scorpion New Moon: Sacred Sexuality 
Details & 
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Tai Chi and QiGong – what’s the difference?

Tai Chi means the Supreme Ultimate.  Its full name, Tai Chi Ch’uan, means Supreme Ultimate Fighting.  QiGong, or Chi Kung in the old spelling, means the Way of Power.
 

Can you imagine the Fight without the Way?

In simple terms, you can define Tai Chi as a set of QiGong movements.  Simple, but not entirely accurate: the first movement of Tai Chi involves a step out to the side, using one foot, but the first movement of QiGong means staying in your centre and moving both feet simultaneously outward.

Then there is a sequence in Tai Chi, but in QiGong there is none, or you can make up your own.  Yes, you can learn a sequence but often it is based on the teacher’s ideas, or adapted from animal movements.

The rest of the story, the Where, When, Who, How, and Why are easily solved:

Where is anywhere!  Although some Tai Chi forms do require a lot of space, the QiGong can be done in smaller spaces.
When is any time!

Who: well, Tai Chi does require months or years of practice, but the thrill of learning starts with the first step.  QiGong is easier and can be done whenever the moment strikes.

How?  This depends on yourself: right down to practice to setting up as a Master.

And then, Why?  We have so many exercises in the west, why do we need QiGong or Tai Chi?  Well, there are so many forms and styles of both that it is a matter of choice.
Taoists consider Tai Chi as one of the highest forms of Moving Meditation, harmonising Yang and Yin, and Qigong as Standing Meditation, for grounding and rooting. Together they combine fitness, flexibility, and effective ways to manage stress, combined with a fantastic energy boost.

Does this interest you?  Well, you can find out more by going to the website.  Scroll down past the registration info.  You can learn what I have to say about it, but, better, look at the top right-hand corner.  Read what Harvard, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal have to say.  Then go down to see the pictures of me and Master Lim doing some push-hands!
Here’s the web site.

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Come On By and Learn the Magic!

Can You Imagine It?
Standing on a beach, absorbing the rays of the sun?
Aah! So good!
Well, YOU can Imagine, Learn, and Do Tai Chi & QiGong
in the comfort of your home!
Have you done it before?
No? No problem!
Yes, a little.  Still no problem!
I will be teaching you the Basic Tai Chi form, the Iron Shirt QiGong (Chi Kung) form, and the Eight Pieces of Brocade form, in eight lessons.

Starting on Wednesday 20th January,
once a week till 10th March,
from 6pm to 7.30pm GMT.

Interested?  Check it out here, for the joining instructions and full details.
And scroll on down for the free videos to help you with the forms.
I’ll be back next week for the sign-ups!
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A Movie to Watch!

Last night we took advantage of Channel 4 making available ‘The Shape of Water’ which suddenly appeared on our screen. It is truly brilliant!

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Tai Chi Intermediate

Have you done Tai Chi?
If you have, there’s an Intermediate Tai Chi training coming up!
ON-LINE!

From Wednesday 18th November for five Wednesdays, until 16th December I will be teaching, reviewing and refreshing the Tai Chi form, from 6pm to 7pm.

Now, if you’ve done Tai Chi with me already then you will know that it is a simple form, incorporating all the basic moves for Advance and Defence.

If you haven’t done it with me already then I can assure you that it doesn’t take a brain-storm to get all the moves.  But it does take a brain-storm to get them done perfectly, and this is what I will be teaching.

If you know how to stand, then that’s the beginning!  By the end of the course you will have learnt the basic moves, and can take time to practice them.

How long to get it right?  Well, I’ve been doing it for forty years and I still have to concentrate!

Join us!  Take the link and sign up there!  I look forward to sharing with you!

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