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January 2002 Issue: 1072002

We build our confidence, when we train with weapons:

Why do we need to practice Tai Chi Spear, Sabre & Sword? Firstly, in
training Tai Chi Spear, Sabre & Sword, we have methods of exercise
quite different from that employed in the practice of the hand form.
They can stretch out and relax the muscles and bones; promote blood
circulation; make the breathing smoother and longer;and are of great
benefit to the health and constitution.

Furthermore, by concentrating on the changes of the profound and
beautiful postures in the spear, sabre and sword methods,body and
weapon are in harmony. The artistic conception is deep and distant
and the intelligence is cultivated. Heaven and Man relate to one
another and there is a feeling of boundless joy. It is not easy to attain
this state, even for one who is richer than Shi Chung (249-300 AD -
famous for his enormous wealth).

Secondly, they can be used in self defence. If you encounter violent
thugs who are holding sharp-edged weapons, and coming to rob or
beat you, when they carry out a fierce attack and life is threatened,
you can pick up any type of article which is at hand such as an
umbrella, stick and other everyday objects and use spear, sabre and
sword tactics to protect yourself from injury.

The third reason is the most important. It is to increase our self
confidence so that when some problem crops up one remains stable
and unruffled, and we don't freeze in terror in a crisis. If the hands
are occupied and the legs are in a tangle we will be in a panic.In our
daily work this increased self confidence enables us to make accurate
decisions, decreases the chances of making mistakes and thus is of
great help in our future undertakings. Tradition has it that, "The spear
promotes wisdom, the sabre cultivates the resolve, and the sword
nourishes the Chi. " Thus this principle is made clear.

For these three main reasons, training Tai Chi Spear, Sabre and Sword
really has many benefits. Furthermore, the aim of the martial training of
the Tai Chi school is to cultivate the mind and strengthen the character;
the leading purpose is righteousness. (Cheng Tin-Hung)

Special Feature by a Level 4(Orange Sash)Student:Rod Savvides(Sobell),
and his choice of guidance to members, from the belief system on which
Tai Chi Chuan is based:

It is the nature of the Tao,
that even though used continuously,
it is replenished naturally,
never being emptied,
and never being over-filled,
as is a goblet
which spills its contents
upon the ground.

The Tao therefore cannot be said
to waste its charge,
but constantly remains
a source of nourishment
for those who are not so full of self
as to be unable to partake of it.

When tempered beyond its natural state,
the finest blade will lose its edge,
even the hardest tempered sword,
against water, is of no avail,
and will shatter if struck against a rock.
When untangled by a cutting edge,
the cord in little pieces lies,
and is of little use.

Just as the finest sword smith
tempers the finest blade
with his experience,
so the sage, with wisdom, tempers intellect.
With patience, tangled cord may be undone,
and problems which seem insoluble, resolved.
With wise administrators, all can exist in unity,
each with the other,
because no man need feel that he exists,
only as the shadow of his brilliant brother.

Through conduct not contrived for gain,
awareness of the Tao may be maintained.
This is how its mysteries may be found.

Additional Classes this month:
· Holmes Place Epsom, Surrey - Saturdays 5.30 - 6.30 pm
· Ernst & Young Fitness Centre, Setter Lane - Thursdays 6.00-7.00 pm

Grading & Membership Policy:
All candidates wishing to proceed to Level 6 in the Holistic Programme
and beyond are required to be full Tai Chi UK members. Cost £65.00:
entitling student to a T.C.UK T-shirt, 5 hourly one-to-one sessions with
the Chief Instructor, Michael Jacques, and monthly online newsletters.
Candidates must also be in full uniform and be covered by the British
Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA) license (£15.00 per annum).

Job Vacancies:
We have the opportunity to open a new Tai Chi UK Centre in Malta
this April. We are looking for Instructors to reside there for between
3 to 6 months to teach the Syllabus. Salary starts from £1500.00 per
month plus free boarding and meals. Experience in the Wudang system
preferred but not essential as training will be given.

The Hotel Fortina Spa Resort will be hosting the centre,
visit: www.hotelfortina.com for an overview of their facilities.

Zen-On Wudang Tai Chi Chuan Programme:
Grading Dates: Tuesday 26th March 2002 & Saturday 30th March 2002.
Members are reminded that grading tools should be obtained from
Tai Chi UK prior to their assessment. Booking Fee of £20.00 should be
paid in advance.

Next Tai Chi UK Outdoor Master Class/Seminar: (training shed available
in the case of rain).
Date: Sunday 24th February; Time: 10.00 - 12.30pm
Theme: Pushing Hands Tournament Training and mind & body conditioning
Venue: Dickens Square, Harper Road/Falmouth Road (Off New Kent Road),
Elephant & Castle, London SE1.
Cost: £25.00 (Members), £27.50 (Guest Members)

Next Indoor Seminar will be in Malta on the 3rd week of April 2002.
Call Jason on 020 7272 7990 for details.

Next St. Lucia Tai Chi Holistic Spa Holiday is in May. Call Elizabeth for
details on: 020 7357 8118.

Good Teaching & Bad Teaching
It is essential that members attend the monthly master classes/seminars
in order to maintain TAI CHI UK good teaching & practice standards.
Instructors are urged to abide by the policy and attend at least four
Instructor seminars per annum. All Instructors and Members are required
to sign and agree to the teaching policy. Spectators are not permitted to
watch a session; they have to join the class.

Recommended Videos - Historical & Action packed: Contact Tai Chi UK
for copies & prices.
'An Introduction to Zenon Wudang Tai Chi Chuan' (Michael Jacques)
'Of Cooks & Kung Fu' (Rick Shao Lung, Li Chuan): Uniquely displays
Hand & Weapon Forms with their self defence applications

National Tournaments & Club Championships:

Date 1: Saturday 6th April & Sunday 7th April 2002 - Festival of
Chinese Martial Arts
Venue: Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, Pegasus Road, Oxford
Time: 9.00 - 5.00pm
Theme: Moving Step Pushing Hands & Restrictive Step Pushing Hands,
Full Contact, Weapons & Hand Forms
Grand Prize: Medals for winners
Participation: The Combat Representative, Mr. Anthony (Tony) Carney,
is organising an intensive training program for members wishing to
represent Tai Chi UK in the Tournament.

Contact us for further enquiries or to reserve a place in the team, on: info@nctnews.com or Tel: 020 7357 8118

Date 2: Monday 6th May 2002 - May Day Martial Art Tournament
Venue: Camberwell Green Leisure Centre
Time: 12.00 Noon to 5.00 pm
Theme: Balance, Stamina, Strength, Self Defence, Agility &
Pushing Hands Skills & Displays.
Grand Prize: Up to £500.00 for winning club and a 1 week
holistic-holiday prize to The Hotel Fortina Spa Resort for First Prize
winner(s).
Participation: Club Teams, Independent Teams of all ages are invited
to take part.

Contact us for Application Forms & Details e.g. Format & Rules.

There will be a full demo of the Zen-On system by the founder.
This event must not be missed!!! It offers a unique insight into
the only constituted Tai Chi Grading System in Europe. All
individuals & clubs wishing to take part in this event must confirm
their booking by the end of March 2002. If there are insufficient
participants the event will be cancelled.

Out Door Tournament Training:
Date: Every Sunday beginning 10th February 2002
Venue: Dickens Square, Harper Rd/Falmouth Rd, Elephant & Castle,
London SE1
Time: 10.00 - 12.00 Noon
Theme: Balance, Stamina, Agility, Self Defence Applications, Pushing
Hands, Aqua Tai Chi & Hand Forms
Participation: Free of charge to members wishing to compete in the above tournaments. All team participants are required to train regularly in
preparation for the events. Members wishing to participate in the Festival
of Chinese Martial Art Tournament are also required to attend a Seminar
hosted by Dan Docherty on 17th March 2002, Contact Tai Chi UK for
Competition Rules & further information.

Message from the Master:
Instructor Tutorial has been introduced as essential criteria for the
Holistic Level 7 (Black Sash) Grading. This is now in effect as of
1st February 2002 and includes:
· 1 hr tutorial with the Chief Instructor, to discuss and/or demonstrate
the issues, methods & techniques of instructing a class.
· Class Management: will involve the assessment of the candidate as
s/he leads a class session.

It is the responsibility of Tai Chi UK to maintain high standards of
teaching, and seminars are now mandatory for all instructors who
are required to attend at least four of these.

A professional teaching Certificate will be awarded to Instructors who
have attended 4 seminars in a year. The Certificate will be valid for
12 months and renewal at the end of the year. Members are also
reminded of the importance of acquiring the BCCMA license, covering
them against accidental injury inflicted upon others or themselves.

Good News:
The Weapons & Long Form Books by Sifu Cheng Tin-Hung, the
Grand Master of Wudang Tai Chi Chuan system is now available
to order from Tai Chi UK.

Holistic-Holiday Trips:

Venue 1:
The Hotel Fortina Resort in Malta. Robin Budhu will be opening
a new Tai Chi UK Club at this venue.
Date: 1st April 2002
Duration: On going: visit www.hotelfortina.com for an overview of their
facilities, or contact Cliff on Tel: (00356) 2134 3390

The Chief Instructor, Michael Jacques, will be offering a week long
Master Seminar at the resort on the 3rd week of each month.
Visit: www.hotelfortina.com email: info@holisticspaholidays.com
for booking and price for full package.

Venue 2: St. Lucia
Date: Wednesday 8th May 2002
Duration: 2 weeks/Flights & Accommodation from £850.00
See the Holmes Place Magazine (The Place, p.30, Winter Issue),
or contact Jason on 020 7272 7990 or Michael 07956 913 437,
or email: info@holisticspaholidays.com

News, Stories, Comments Wanted:
Tai Chi UK wants to keep you informed. Send or email us any news,
stories, etc that you would like to share with others, to the address
below.

Items Available for Sale:
Books, Videos, Chi Kung Wall-Charts, Tools - Sword, Sabre, Long Pole,
Uniform. Ring us for details: 020 7357 8118 (Customer Support).
For general shopping online, visit: www.quixtar.com
(ID: 3036830,Password: 6830)

Visit www.taichiuk.co.uk for a list of venues of classes. To order the
main Tai Chi / Martial Arts magazines with full listings of Instructors
& Events throughout Great Britain; send £6.00 made payable to:
Tai Chi UK, 25 Arrol House, Rockingham Street, London, SE1 6QJ.

Support your Club to prepare & print News Letters: Send £8.00,
payable to: TAI CHI UK and a copy of the Newsletter will be sent to
your home address every month for the next 12 months.

If you have a question about any aspect of Tai Chi, Chi Kung,
Aqua Tai Chi, let us know; send your enquiries to info@nctnews.net

Tai Chi UK, 25 Arrol House, Rockingham Street, London, SE1 6QJ.
E-mail: taichiuk@hotmail.com/info@taichiuk.co.uk Tel:020 7407 4775
/020 7357 8118


Articles

Powers of Wheatgrass

History
The first recorded instance of the powers of wheatgrass is in the
Old Testament. When Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, took ill
and all medicines failed, he seemingly heard a divine voice advise
him,' eat the grass as an ox eats'.

Wheat is good for health, but wheatgrass juice works as an alternative
healing process. It contains vitamins and minerals that facilitate a healthy
life. Many doctors believe it is possible for a person to survive a lifetime
on wheatgrass juice alone. What makes wheatgrass a powerful healer is
the presence of chlorophyll referred to as "concentrated sun power".

It is life enhancing and abundantly present in wheatgrass. It is known to
cleanse and purify blood, ameliorate heart conditions and have a beneficial
effect on the intestines, vascular system, lungs and urinary bladder.Its juice
contains vitamin A B E and K. It has 500 to 600 %more vitamin B complex
than wheat. Magnesium, which keeps 30 odd enzymes in our body active, is
also present in plenty.

Wheatgrass can help cure cancer. Researchers have found plenty of laetrile,
an anti cancer element, in wheatgrass. Wheatgrass juice is also supposed
to be useful for curing diabetes, heart disease,Parkinson's disease,anaemia,
mental disorders, all sorts of stomach disorders and kidney stones.

The best thing about wheatgrass juice therapy is that it does not require
special skills or preparation. All you need are 7 earthen pots or basins.
Fill three-fourths of the pots with black soil and the remaining with compost.
Ideally, use a basin one foot across. Soak wheat grains in water for about
12 hours. Then put this grain in a thick wet cloth and bind tightly. The grain
will germinate in a few hours. Put about 100gms of the sprouted wheat in
one of the 7 pots. In a week the grass will be 7 inches long.

Each day, a new batch of sprouted wheatgrass seeds should be sown in a
new pot so that in 7 days you have 7 pots of wheatgrass. Water the grass
once a day. Sprinkle, rather than pour the water, as too much water could
damage the wheat. Once the grass has grown to the height of 7 inches,cut
it or pull it out altogether.

To ready the soil for replanting, remove it and add compost after the soil
has dried. Now you can repeat the sowing procedure. If this schedule is
kept to, you will have one harvest and one sowing everyday.The harvested
wheatgrass has to be cleaned & washed. Then blend the wheatgrass in a
mixer & strain the juice. Ideally, one should get 100ml of juice. If you
don't want make juice, then just chew the grass and spit out the fibre later.

Initially you should drink no more than 25ml of juice, as you get accustomed
to the juice, gradually increase it to 100ml. Those suffering from chronic
problems can even drink as much as 300ml for maximum benefits, the juice
should be drunk immediately. Sip the juice slowly. Do not eat or drink
anything 1/2 an hour before or after drinking the juice.


Back Issues

November 2001 Issue: 1062001

Report:(Contd. from last month)

'Standing Still, Like a Tree' reconnects us to the origins of universal
energy. However, as we grow from childhood, we undergo radical
changes and the centre of our breathing gradually moves upward in
the torso, eventually accumulating tension in our chests, shoulders,
necks, and brain. By the time we are adults, all breathing is controlled
with the chest muscles, and the chi reserve hardly used for its
effectiveness in breathing. Mental tensions in our lives have a direct
and disastrous effect on everything else. Research shows that most
common ailments are related to tension/stress.

When practising, be tranquil and check that your muscle groups are
relaxed throughout your body. Even after several years' practice you
may find that your relaxation is still superficial. Deep layers of
solidified anxiety and nervous strain have accumulated over the years
and you may be only now beginning to get in touch with those tensions
and you may start to feel strange sensations as they begin to melt;
hence experience unexpected heat, cold, sweating, and abrupt shaking.

Using our original energy, however, does not mean entering into a
weak, mindless trance, relaxing does not mean going limp. Rather,
one should remain focused, alert and firm in their movements. As
you relax further your body comes to rest, your nervous system
relaxes, and you eventually reach a state of tranquillity.

Zhan Zhuang system of energy exercises takes most people by surprise,
because although it is most definitely an energetic system, it involves
virtually no movement. Unlike almost all other exercise methods, which
consume energy, this actually generates energy, and acts to stimulate,
cleanse, and massage all the body's systems. For full benefits, it is
recommended that the Tai Chi adept reconnect with the origins of universal
energy; breathing deeply, down to the 'Tan Tien', 1 ¼ inches below the
navel, and feel his lungs expand outwards and downwards as he inhales.

"To try to change yourself is a process which comes in due course,"
 ... Nelson Mandela.

Note: Chi Kung is particularly known for its strengthening effects on the
immune system and benefits the body's natural defence. You can order
2 charts illustrating the Chi Kung exercises we practise at the beginning
of all Tai Chi UK training sessions. Contact us for details.


Keeping You Up-to-Date:
Tai Chi UK would like to congratulate the following students for attaining
the Level 7 (Black Sash) of the Holistic Programme:

1. Katie Stockton-Parish
2. Paul Crewe
3. Raymond Cook
You can move to the Zen-On syllabus.

Tai Chi UK would also like to inform you of the fact that one of its Holistic
Instructors was featured in the Sunday Times (25th November 2001) as
a Tai Chi & Reiki Expert. However, members are advised to watch out for
people posing as Tai Chi Experts when their knowledge of Tai Chi is still
very limited and underdeveloped, and in fact, the Holistic Black Sash is
equivalent to the 1st Level of the Zen-On system.

Additional Classes this month:
· Peckham Pulse Health Centre - ZenOn, Weapon & Combat Training,
Saturdays 2.45 - 3.45 pm

Grading & Membership Policy:
All candidates wishing to proceed to Level 6 in the Holistic Programme
and beyond are required to be full Tai Chi UK members.
Cost £65.00: entitling student to a T.C.UK T-Shirt, 5 hourly one-to-one
sessions with the Chief Instructor, Michael Jacques and monthly online
newsletters. Candidates must also be in full uniform and be covered by
the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCMMA) license
(£15.00 per annum).

Vacancies:
We have the opportunity to open a Tai Chi UK Centre in Malta. We are
looking for an Instructor and will provide full board & lodging for between
3 to 6 months to teach the Tai Chi UK Syllabus. Salary will be negotiable.
Teacher to start work in January 2002. Experience in the Wudang system
preferred but not essential as training will be given.

Individual Learning Accounts:
The ILA programme is now closed to further bookings of learning by ILA
account holders, two weeks prior to the scheduled date of 7th December.
Claims made before Wednesday 21st November will be honoured, but due
to system shut down, these will take a little longer than anticipated.

Zen-On Wudang Tai Chi Chuan Programme:
Grading Dates: Tuesday 18th December 2001 & Saturday 22nd December
2001. Members are reminded that grading tools should be obtained from
Tai Chi UK prior to their assessment. Booking Fee: £20.00 in advance.

Next Tai Chi UK Outdoor Master Class/Seminar: (training shed available in
the case of rain). Watch this space next month for the next Master Class.

Good Teaching & Bad Teaching
It is essential that members attend the monthly master classes/seminars
in order to maintain TAI CHI UK good teaching & practice standards.
Instructors are urged to abide by the policy and attend at least 4 Instructor
seminars per annum. All Instructors, and Members are required to sign and
agree to the teaching policy. Spectators are not permitted to watch a
session; they have to join the class. Only children under 16 years of age
will qualify for concession rates at the Camberwell Green Leisure Centre.

Recommended Videos - Historical & Action packed: Contact Tai Chi UK for
copies & prices
'An Introduction to Zenon Wudang Tai Chi Chuan' (Michael Jacques)
'The One' (Jet Li): Unique display featuring a combination of Chinese
Martial Art skills

Tai Chi UK National Tournament & Club Championship:
Date: Monday 6th May 2002
Venue: Camberwell Green Leisure Centre
Time: 12.00 Noon to 5.00 pm
Theme: Balance, Stamina, Strength, Self Defence, Agility &
Pushing Hands Skills & Displays.
Grand Prize: Up to £500.00 for winning club
Participation: Club Teams, Independent Teams of all ages are invited to take
part. Contact us for Application Forms & Details e.g. Format & Rules. There
will be a full demo of the Zen-On system by the founder. This event must not
be missed!!! It offers a unique insight into the only constituted Tai Chi
Grading System in Europe.


Message from the Master:
Instructor Tutorials will be introduced as an essential criterion for the
Holistic Level 7

(Black Sash) Grading. This will come into effect on 1st February 2002
and will include:·  1 hr tutorial with the Chief Instructor, to discuss
and/or demonstrate the issues, methods & techniques of teaching a
Tai Chi UK class.
Class Management: will involve the assessment of the candidate as s/he
leads a class session.

As a result of Tai Chi UK's responsibility to maintain good standards of
teaching, seminars are now mandatory and all instructors should attend
at least 4. A professional teaching Certificate will be awarded to
Instructors who have attended 4 seminars in a year. The Certificate will
be valid for 12 months and renewal at the end of the year. Individuals
and Institutions may demand to see a copy of their Instructor's Teaching
Certificate before joining their class. Members are also reminded of the
importance of acquiring the BCCMA license, covering them against
accidental injury inflicted upon others or themselves.

Good News:
There is a possibility that we will soon have the Weapons & Long
Form Books by Sifu Cheng Tin-Hung, the Grand Master of Wudang
Tai Chi Chuan system.

Next Scheduled Holistic-Holiday Club Trip:
Venue: St. Lucia
Date: Wednesday 8th May 2002
Duration: 2 weeks/Flights & Accommodation from £850.00
See the Holmes Place Magazine (The Place, p.30), or contact
Jason on 020 7272 7990 or Michael 07956 913 437,
or email: taichiuk@hotmail.com

News, Stories, Comments Wanted:
Tai Chi UK wants to keep you informed. Send or email us any news,
stories, etc that you would like to share with others, to the address below.

Items Available for Sale:
Books,Videos,Chi Kung Wall-Charts,Tools - Sword,Sabre,Long Pole,Uniform.
Ring us for details: 020 7357 8118

The Christmas Holiday Club Closure:
Contact Jason for details, times, etc. on 020 7272 7990

Visit www.taichiuk.co.uk for a list of venues of TAI CHI UK classes.
To order the main Tai Chi / Martial Arts magazines with full listings of
Instructors & Events throughout Great Britain; send £6.00 made payable
to Tai Chi UK, 25 Arrol House, Rockingham Street, London, SE1 6QJ.

Support your Club to prepare & print News Letters: Send £8.00, Payable
to TAI CHI UK, and a copy of the Newsletter will be sent to your home
address every month for the next 12 months.

If you have a question about any aspect of Tai Chi/Chi Kung, let us know;
send your enquiry to taichiuk@hotmail.com

Tai Chi UK, 25 Arrol House, Rockingham Street, London, SE1 6QJ.
E-mail: taichiuk@hotmail.com / info@taichiuk.co.uk Tel: 020 7407 4775 /
020 7357 8118

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