Summer Term Classes Cancelled

Posted by Stuart Herbert on April 20th, 2010 in Classes, News.

Unfortunately, I’ve had to cancel my Summer Term classes, but classes will resume in September 🙂

My knee was damaged in a car accident last summer. I’m going into hospital on Tuesday 27th April for surgery on the knee, which is expected to resolve the problem. Fingers crossed I’ll have the summer to complete my rehabilitation in time for September’s classes and the new academic year.

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Open Source T’ai Chi :)

Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 21st, 2009 in Books, News, Teaching.

Over the past two years, I’ve been working on a set of notes for my Beginners’ class. With the help of feedback from my students, the notes have been polished, tried and tested, and I’m now happy enough with them to share them online for anyone else who is interested in reading them.

To make my notes easy to find, I’ve added a new Class Notes page to the website which lists all of the notes I’ve uploaded. I still need to finish off and publish my T’ai Chi for Improvers notes, plus the notes I’m scribbling away about my own practice!

And, to make my notes as free as possible, I’m licensing them under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.0 (UK) license. This license allows you to re-use my notes, and to make your own version of these notes, provided you give the original author (me) credit and that you also distribute your own version of the notes under the same license.

This makes our T’ai Chi notes a Free Cultural Work.

Why am I doing this?

  • Our art has a tradition going back at least to Yang Cheng’fu in the 1930’s of sharing everything we know. This means you don’t have to take any modern teacher’s word on T’ai Chi; you can go and track down a translation of Yang Cheng’fu’s book and see for yourself.
  • When my teacher died, his surviving family chose to withdraw the two instructional aids he had made during his lifetime (videos of both himself and his teacher playing the form). This sadly means that my students (and, in time, their students) cannot compare their own understanding and practice to that of the teachers who went before me. My own work, such as it is, is now a Free Cultural Work and can never be withdrawn from my students when I die.

I hope you find these notes helpful, and I’m always keen to receive feedback to help me improve them still further.

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Tai Chi Classes: Enrolment Dates

Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 30th, 2009 in Classes, News.

If you live in Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan or the surrounding area and would like to learn Tai Chi, why not come along to one of our enrolment events in September?

  • Saturday 5th September 2009: 10am to 1pm, at Palmerston Adult Education Centre, Barry.
  • Wednesday 9th 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.

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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!

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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 🙂

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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.

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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.

  1. Tuesday 14th July, 7pm, Barry Island Community Centre
  2. Tuesday 4th August, 7pm, Barry Island Community Centre
  3. 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!

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A busy career doesn’t always leave time for blogging as regularly as I’d like … but it’s also true to say that with tai chi, I prefer to blog about something whilst it’s still fresh in my mind. Throw in the art’s tradition of oral transmission as the primary means of communication and preservation, and I hope you’ll agree that podcasting might be a great way to share my experiences studying tai chi.

I’ve started creating little tai chi podcasts using Audioboo. The beauty about Audioboo is that I can record the podcasts on my iPhone no matter where I am, and immediately upload them and publish them. At the moment, I’m recording an audioboo immediately after every class, which means that it is uploaded and available for you to listen to before I’ve finished the drive home 🙂 And, because they are short (between 2 and 5 mins on average), it doesn’t take up a lot of time to listen to them.

Check out my tai chi podcasts, and keep checking back for fresh ones. If you enjoy them, please let me know by leaving a comment below.

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2008-9 Classes Underway

Posted by Stuart Herbert on October 5th, 2008 in Classes, News.

I have been walking around with a big smile on my face for the last two weeks. All eight students who completed last year’s Tai Chi for Beginners course have returned for the Tai Chi for Improvers course. I’ve really benefited from their help and support whilst working out the structure, content and pacing of the Beginners class, and I’m really looking forward to exploring the ten principles of our Tai Chi form together this academic year.

And if that wasn’t enough to smile about, the next Tai Chi for Beginners course has just kicked off too. Running on a Thursday evening down at the Barry Island Community Centre, I’ve been lucky see a great group of students enrol for this year’s course, and by the New Year we’ll be able to see who has decided that Tai Chi is for them. (Tai Chi classes in Adult Continuing Education understandably suffer quite the drop-out rate).

Now that the classes are back, I’ll be back regularly blogging about Tai Chi and my experiences teaching it. I hope someone finds it useful; I see so little written about teaching Tai Chi.

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Summer Classes List

Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 29th, 2008 in Classes, News.

As promised during class last Tuesday, here’s a list of our summer Tai Chi classes at the Barry Island Community Centre:

  • Tuesday, 8th July 2008; 7pm-9pm
  • Tuesday, 22nd July 2008; 7pm-9pm
  • Tuesday, 5th August 2008; 7pm-9pm
  • Tuesday, 19th August 2008; 7pm-9pm

There will be no classes in September until the next academic year’s classes start. I don’t have confirmed dates for those yet, but when I do, I’ll post them here. I do know that Intermediate Tai Chi will be on Tuesdays, and the Beginners’ Tai Chi will be on Thursday evenings.

Students from my Beginner’s Tai Chi Class 2007-2008 are welcome to these summer classes (whether you completed the year or not).

If you’re interested in joining the next Beginners’ Class (starts September 2008 for 30 weeks), you’re very welcome to come along and see what a class is like, and to have a chat about the course. You’ll not just be able to get my perspective on things; you’ll also be able to chat to existing students to find out how they found the class and my teaching style.

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