Traditional Chinese Medicine
Tai Chi & Qigong
Daniel teaches Tai Chi and Qigong in Bideford and Barnstaple holding classes and workshops around the south west. This includes at acclaimed retreats such as Yeotown in North Devon. He is particularly interested on how these arts can be applied to improve health and well-being.
Daniel teaches Chen Man Ching short form, warm up Qigong and Wuji standing exercises. The form although the same has some additional postures from the original Yang form as added by Dr Chi Chiang-tao (a leading disciple of Chen Man ching) in the late 1950’s due to his understanding of the health benefits they brought for his learners.
Click this link to see an old video of Dr Chi and Chen Man Ching practicing the forms beautifully.
Tai Chi Bang (Flute)
Daniel is an associate instructor for Master Jessie Tsao of Tai Chi Health Ways.
The Tai chi Bang eight immortal flute form is based on practices thousands of years old. Based on a Chinese folk law character called Han Xiang. He was one of 8 immortals who's power was a life giving flute! Created by master Tsao it combines Chen style Tai Chi coiling movements with self defense and Daoist meditation techniques. This routine helps to:
- Cultivate internal energy and circulation.
- Prevent carpal tunnel in computer users and musicians.
- Promotes Strength, balance and flexible joints.
- Provides meditation.
- Trains tendons in the wrist for grip strength.
- Good for conditioning in sports such as squash, tennis and cricket.
Please click on this link to see more information on Daniels Tai Chi and pictures of the annual Master Tsao UK workshops.
Explore this link to get a feel of Tai Chi Bang.
Qigong is a Chinese healing art that encourages a series of gentle focused exercises and breathing techniques for mind and body. Qigong facilitates the body's energy to flow smoothly by increasing stamina, flexibility and relaxation; thus the healing process is improved and accelerated. Qigong is especially valuable in treating, muscular skeletal, mental, respiratory, digestive and menstrual problems.
Five Element Qigong
Movements and breathing techniques to stimulate and tonify the organs; Liver, Heart, Stomach, Lungs and Kidneys.
Shibashi and Tai Chi Six formMaster Wing Cheung, whose Shibashi practice the tutors for Somerset Council follow, studied with Master Wu Jian Hiua, a colleague of Professor Lin Hou-Sheng at the Shanghai Qigong Research Institute in China .
Shibashi was developed by Professor Lin Hou-Sheng in 1979. Professor Lin, a renowned Qigong Master, scientist and Master Healer, recognised the health benefits of Tai Chi and developed eighteen exercises based on both the philosophy of Tai Chi & Qigong, and some of the movements of the Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. The exercises were kept simple hence they are easy to learn and practice. Great emphasis is placed on synchronizing the 18 movements with proper breathing techniques.
For a feel of Shibashi. Please check out this link of Daniel with his colleague Gill Brydon.
Daniel also teaches his health students an entry level Tai Chi Six form as developed from the Yang form by Dr Paul Lam for the intention of improving health.
Have a look at the following video to get a feel of the six form.
Daniel is also involved in setting up and running various online courses he currently assesses for Somerset Skills and Learning CIC.
Tai Chi Qigong Instructors Certificate for Health Professionals Level 2 and 3
This online course is designed for the qualified Health Professional or Complementary Practitioner to enable them to deliver Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi. It provides both the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject and so gives the practitioner a solid base from which they can teach.
The prerequisites for the course are an anatomy & physiology qualification and a current first aid certificate. Health Professionals who possess an exercise qualification can enroll for either the level 2 or level 3 courses.
Meditation and Mindfulness
There are many ways to help the mind. If you are feeling stressed, anxious, overworked or just want some clarity in thought Tai Chi philosophy holds many gems in which to help train the mind and lead a more relaxed balanced life.
Daniel has many years experience in meditation and has good insight on an approach into this from a Tai Chi and Daoist perspective. Please get in touch for details on one to one instruction or for information on classes or courses.