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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » Classes
    starting in September To sign up for the course contact the Vale of Glamorgan Council s Lifelong Learning programme Tai Chi for Improvers course is held in Barry Island Community Centre on a Tuesday evening from 7pm to 9pm This is a thirty week course split into three ten week terms starting in September To sign up for the course you must have already completed the Tai Chi for Beginners course Tai Chi the Knapp on Saturday mornings not a class as such just a group of us getting together to practice Tai Chi outdoors in all weathers In good weather you ll find us down at the far end of the car park the Knapp and in bad weather you ll find us in nearby Whitmore Bay underneath the eastern shelter About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan One Comment Ten Principles Tai Chi Tai Chi Class Calendar Now Up says May 1st 2008 at 8 48 pm Classes Add Your Comments To This Article Using The Form Below Your name required Your email address will not be published required Your website Your comment Your comments may not appear until they have been approved by a moderator Categories Applications Benefits Books Classes Conditioning News Podcast Principles Teaching Technique Video Your Practice Archives August 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » Class Notes
    Tai Chi For Beginners Full Course Notes Tai Chi Form Video on You Tube Part 1 and Part 2 To read the notes you will need to install Adobe Acrobat first If you use a Mac or Linux they come with a built in PDF reader The master copies of the notes are available in OpenOffice format Just ask if you want a copy All of my class notes are released under a Creative Commons license this one to be exact If you haven t heard of Creative Commons it s a non profit organisation that makes it easier for people to share the things they create I ve chosen a Creative Commons license to make sure that you are free to use these notes in any way that you choose provided you share any changes you make and that you acknowledge where you got the notes from in the first place About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan One Comment Ten Principles Tai Chi Open Source T ai Chi says September 21st 2009 at 9 07 pm Class Notes Add Your Comments To This Article Using The Form Below Your name required Your email address will not be published required Your website Your comment Your comments may not appear until they have been approved by a moderator Categories Applications Benefits

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » Podcasts
    Podcasts Sometimes It Is Good To Go No Further First Words About Circles January 2010 Podcasts Add An External Aid Know Your Roots Joining A Class Partway Through The Masterclass Format December 2009 Podcasts I ve Just Done Something Foolish The Value Of Repetition Where The Time Goes November 2009 Podcasts Create An Open Environment Tone Of Voice Note To Self Principles Of Teaching Tai Chi Stand Upright Sit On Top Of Your Hips An Honest Trade For Generosity Can You Still Relate Smile At Your Heart And Lungs Relax The Hips 101 October 2009 Podcasts The Blindsiding Problem Fake It Until You Make It Why Do We Turn The Two Ways That We Do Give Them More Is The Form A Kata September 2009 Podcasts Why We Learn In Groups Use My Notes But Think Of The Environment Teachers must be patient with themselves Too Much To Relax Using Your Aches And Pains July 2009 Podcasts Know The Shapes And Make The Shapes A New Isolation What Is Your Attitude To Tai Chi Homework Where Are The Thirteen Postures June 2009 Podcasts A Night Of Reflection An Observation On Looking At The Ten Principles Beginning To Find Your Balance Elbows Low Exercise Principles Are Yin And Yang Too The Difference Between Not Knowing And Not Doing Thoughts On Practicing Thunderstorm What A Difference Every Day Makes Where Do You Practice About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » Books
    I earn a small commission from Amazon if you buy any of the books on my list Your support is much appreciated Click here to visit my recommended books on Amazon About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan 2 Comments Wuxiafan no 1 says November 8th 2009 at 9 29 pm Good list of books I own about half of them and the ones I have read are all very good Paula says July 4th 2010 at 6 27 pm Hi Stuart I came across your website and really liked it In my experience there are not many teachers who are willing to share their teaching notes and lesson plans What is also nice is that you put across the fact that even though you teach you are still learning That is humble However when I clicked on class notes it said not found Could you tell me how I read them Ido have adobe so that is not the problem Anyway thanks for your interesting site Paula Add Your Comments To This Article Using The Form Below Your name required Your email address will not be published required Your website Your comment Your comments may not appear until they have been approved by a moderator Categories Applications Benefits Books Classes Conditioning News Podcast Principles Teaching Technique Video Your Practice Archives

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » Planning For A September Return
    programme There ll be three classes this year my Improvers class on Tuesdays and Beginners classes both on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings I m looking forward to it About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Add Your Comments To This Article Using The Form Below Your name required Your email address will not be published required Your website Your comment Your comments may not appear until they have been approved by a moderator Categories Applications Benefits Books Classes Conditioning News Podcast Principles Teaching Technique Video Your Practice Archives August 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 March 2009 January 2009 October 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » Classes
    September 2009 6 30pm to 8 30pm at Barry Comprehensive I ll be there to answer any of your questions about Tai Chi or the course and hopefully to convince you to join our classes The classes themselves start later in September and will be on Thursday nights at the Barry Island Community Centre 1 comment Teaching Tuesday Night Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 24th 2009 in Classes News Just a quick note to tell everyone that there will be a class on Tuesday night 25th August 7pm Barry Island Community Centre as previously arranged My banged up knee came through my first full practice on Saturday so I m up for testing it for a full two hour class on Tuesday Hope to see all my students there Be the first to leave a comment Back To Classes On Saturday Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 16th 2009 in Classes News I m planning to be back down the Knapp on Saturday 22nd August as normal I ve got some ligament damage in my knee from the car accident so I ve got to take it a bit easy but I m looking forward getting back to training Be the first to leave a comment Tonight s Class Cancelled Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 4th 2009 in Classes News Apologies for the short notice but I ve had to cancel tonight s class at Barry Island Community Centre My wife and I were in a car accident last week and unfortunately I m not able to travel to tonight s class I hope the next Tuesday class planned for 25th August will go ahead I don t know yet whether or not I ll be at the Knapp on Saturday morning 2 comments Summer Class Schedule Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 11th 2009 in Classes News Now that the academic year is over congrats to everyone who completed my Tai Chi for Beginners and Tai Chi for Improvers classes btw we re now on the summer schedule for classes Tuesday 14th July 7pm Barry Island Community Centre Tuesday 4th August 7pm Barry Island Community Centre Tuesday 25th August 7pm Barry Island Community Centre All of my students are welcome regardless of whether you re returning next academic year or not And if you re curious about Tai Chi and would like to find out what it is and what our classes are like you re very welcome to come too 2 comments Tai Chi Form on You Tube Posted by Stuart Herbert on March 23rd 2009 in Classes Video If you d like to see the Tai Chi Chuan form that I teach here you go This is a demonstration video I made recently for my beginners class Both videos include a detailed commentary of the form the exact same oral transmission that I use in my weekly classes I hope you find it interesting 3 comments 2008 9 Classes Underway Posted by Stuart Herbert on

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » Course Notes Back Online
    m afraid I forgot to copy them back in the last time I upgraded the blog software They re now back and available for download once again About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan Add Your Comments To This Article Using The Form Below Your name required Your email address will not be published required Your website Your comment Your comments may not appear until they have been approved by a moderator Categories Applications Benefits Books Classes Conditioning News Podcast Principles Teaching Technique Video Your Practice Archives August 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 March 2009 January 2009 October 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » Teaching
    the important matter that if we tell our students what feelings to expect the mind has a funny way of manifesting those feelings whether or not the work has been done to make them real And as if that wasn t enough I m sure that there are some in our community who exploit students interest in and dare I say desire for such experiences I do not want to become one of them even unwittingly But what it comes down to is this At the end of the day how can you share your experiences with someone else You can t not without a common frame of reference a teaching tool I need to write a lot more about As teachers it must be our role to direct our students through a programme of learning that will result in our students having these experiences for themselves How to achieve that is perhaps the ultimate question of teaching and it was the last question my teacher and I discussed before he left us And as I experienced on Tuesday night watching my Improvers students explore the principle of Relax the Waist on those rare occasions when we pull it off there are few pleasures in life more satisfying Be the first to leave a comment The Role Of Books Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 15th 2008 in Teaching In last week s Beginners class we enjoyed a great discussion about the books I recommend on this website and which books are of any use to someone just starting learning the art My own experience with books over the years is three fold As a beginner I simply had no common frame of reference to understand the great advice available in the great Tai Chi books Looking back in recent years I can now see that many of the answers I ve sought were there under my nose the entire time but I simply didn t understand enough to see that There are a great many Tai Chi books that imho are utter rubbish I don t mean that they are written badly but that the advice they contain is demonstrably wrong Much to my wife s disgust I collect these almost as avidly as I do the better books and my students can look forward to the day when I share these books with them and ask them to pick out the many flaws they contain The books that could be called authentic are a great source of advice I was taught to take nothing on faith to always seek out and verify everything I was taught by Robert New information can promote a path of experience to new understanding and in the light of new information things must change You can t learn from a book Knowledge comes from a book but understanding only comes from experience Books can t replace a good teacher but they can certainly validate good teaching And they can expose bad teaching too 1 comment How Do You Organise Your Notes Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 5th 2008 in Teaching With the brand new Tai Chi for Improvers course having just kicked off my evenings and weekends are once again taken up with turning my notes from each class into teaching aids for the course I d appreciate the advice of my fellow Tai Chi teachers on what teaching aids work best for you Have you found written notes work best and if so how have you organised them Videos make boost income but what style of video best helps students learn Have you tried any audio CDs at all Let me know in the comments below Be the first to leave a comment Planning For Next Academic Year Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 16th 2008 in Classes Teaching With the academic year over I m now focusing on planning the Tai Chi courses that I ll be running from late September 2008 I feel that the Beginners Tai Chi class went very well and it only needs a few tweaks here and there This will be the first year I ve run the Intermediate Tai Chi class and there s a lot of hard work to be done to prepare the syllabus for this class The students enrolling for Intermediate Tai Chi have all successfully completed the Beginners class They can all do the warm ups and they can all play the form from start to end under supervision They haven t begun to incorporate the Ten Principles yet and they haven t done any push hands yet These are things that I ve deliberately not included in the Beginners Tai Chi because I believe that it s simply too much all at once My current thinking which will doubtless change as I refine my plans over the next two months is centred around my desire to enable my students to take their Tai Chi and enjoy it for the rest of their lives without having to come back for regular classes I would love for them to come back we all get on very well but I don t want them to have to Proposed learning outcomes for the Intermediate Tai Chi class Students should be able to perform the warm ups with minimal instruction Students should be able to perform the form with minimal instruction Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Ten Principles Students should be able to perform the static push hands drills What do you think I m wondering how to incorporate both learning the principles and getting enough time at the push hands drills in just 60 hours of contact time When you take away time for warm ups playing the form at least twice each class and breaks at the very best that leaves about 40 minutes each week to introduce students to new material principles and push hands Will that be enough to cover both topics sufficiently Today I

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