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Here you will find everything about the benefits of practising Tai Chi @home ( at home). Taichi is beneficial for your body, your mind. It can give you health, success, and awareness. It works for people in a good shape but also when you have a disease or a handicap. Whether you are young or older. It gives you balance and means to better understand life. And you can do that now in your own house, @home, at home.

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Resi Messelink

Health and wellness have always been an important source of inspiration for me. Therefore Tai Chi Chuan is a marvellous guide. It is moving with relaxation. That is what it is all about in Tai Chi; Being aware in the here and now. Being aware of the yin & yang, of all dimensions. To let go, being empty, relax. And all that in motion according to a fixed pattern.”

Epi van de Pol

Epi van de Pol is one of the founders of the Dutch Taijiquan Association and teaches all over the world.

He decided – after 22 years of teaching Tai Chi – to take a sabbatical in 2001. This period became a bit longer and lasted until 2007. During that period Epi gave weekend – or week-classes in Tai Chi all over Europe. In 2008 he was convinced that it was time to propagate all he had learned and understood when deeply exploring Tai Chi. This insight is related to Tai Chi as far as the principles and the hand form. ‘This sabbatical period I have spent particularly with Wee Kee Jin but also with Peter Ralston. The form I am teaching now is the form of Wee Kee Jin. He had learned it from Huang Sheng Shyan who was in turn a student of Cheng Man Ching.’

Yolanda de Jager

For me the martial aspect of Tai Chi is very important. Originally Tai Chi was in the form a series of acts of fighting, of combat with an imaginary opponent or enemy.

I believe stress is often an opponent as a consequence of a very demanding society. Looking at it this way, Tai Chi is a very adequate tool and pleasant way to achieve relaxation. I like to contribute to ‘the warrior’ in people. For me a warrior is someone who knows how to be, live and survive in the present society.

I mainly contribute to the pleasure of people in the art of Tai Chi, in the movements, in the moving.
I contribute to the pleasure of being and moving together. My point of view is practical; you learn Tai Chi by doing Tai Chi.

Next to being a Tai Chi teacher, I am a trainer, specialized in health, stress management, vitality and bodywork. That is experiencing and learning via your body. I am also an independent advisor and project leader in the field of sustainable energy and mobility. You can really say that energy is the connecting factor in my life.

Judith van Drooge

In 1999 I followed classes for intuitive development and healing. This is all about balancing, the cleaning of your energy-body and the stream of energy through your body through the meridian system. Tai Chi gave me an ideal connection between the mental and physical awareness.

‘I have had lessons from Julian Webber for 4 years. After two years he asked me whether I wanted to be a teacher. This was completely new for me because I had no experience whatsoever in teaching. This had a positive influence on my own Tai Chi experience and deeper understanding but also on my will power and self-respect. During teaching I am looking ever more close to the participants and myself. What is really happening and how does that work?’

‘In 2002 I came across the pushing hands form and I participated at the Cheng Man Ching Championship. The success of these matches brought me to Taiwan. There I had really beautiful and marvellous experiences during ‘The 7th Chung Hwa Cup International Tai Chi Chuan Championship’. Pushing hands has delivered for me a big contribution to a more focused practicing of the Tai Chi forms and the understanding of the applications. 

Ellen Schoemaker

‘For me Tai Chi is a combat sport but the first fight is to gain more self-knowledge and knowledge about what motivates you inside. This also improves slowly your empathy. This a classical Tai Chi approach. After 7 years of practising Tai Chi I realised that I actually did Tai Chi to stop fighting. I found out that a good fight means surrender to your opponent. That does not mean that you are a sacrifice or victim but that you relax when there comes a force towards you, whether this force is physical, mental or emotional. You stay in balance.’

‘My ultimate goal?  The understanding of myself and the other(s) so deeply that there no longer can arise a conflict. The beauty is that there are no depth psychological analyses necessary. By seriously practising Tai Chi the results will come in the end.’

Rudy van Cuyk

You practice what you teach: balance, tranquility, relaxation and finding the trust, the faith in yourself. When you have people under your guidance individually or as a group change process, you yourself change too. That internal process is exactly what practicing the internal arts of movement wants to realize or to ensure with the student but also with 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’.

Rob van Ham
Douwe Geluk

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