Portrait of Rudy van Cuyk
Rudy van Cuyk practices Qi Gong, Tai Chi Chuan and Zen since 1985. He is also the founder of the ART OF CHI, a school for Chinese teachings for movement and ZEN. He is also active as a coach and teacher from that moment on.
During his study integral psychology Rudi explores intensively methods to acquire mental balance and tranquillity. In the eighties of the last century he comes into contact with Zen meditation and he is being educated in the practice of sitting meditating (Zazen). While searching for additive physical training he discovers the Chinese art of moving. Not long after that he ‘meets’ the system of moving Cheng Hsin, developed by the American grandmaster Peter Ralston. Rudy van Cuyk discovers then that Tai Chi is one of the main pillars of this system.
“You practice what you teach: balance, tranquillity, relaxation and finding the trust, the faith in yourself. When people under your guidance individually or as a group change, you yourself change too. That internal process is exactly what practising the internal arts of movement wants to realize or to ensure at the student but also at the teacher. It is a constant flowing process, just as the Tai Chi symbol of Yin and Yang. It can reduce stress or teach you to handle conflicts effectively.‘
For Rudy energy and movement are key concepts. It is the core of everything. Training people is totally ‘his thing’. Through his experience for years with the guidance of the staff, but also the young deranged clients, within the department of justice, he has a deep knowledge and understanding – both physically and mentally – of the practice of the Internal Martial Arts. This practice has as a basic principle that softness always beats and is stronger than harshness or being ‘tough’.
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