Simon Macgregor United Kingdom
Yangshuo Tai Chi School website
I arrived in China with only a little previous knowledge of Kung Fu and Yang style Tai Chi from a few different schools in the South of England; I very much enjoyed practicing the different styles and forms but never really excelled in any of them. Also, due to work and family commitments I found it difficult to attend a school on a regular basis, which meant that my achievements were very slow, and hence never really reached a level that I was content with.After a good friend of mine introduced me to this website I read the information and thought it was a nice ideal but probably something I couldn't afford to do or get the time to do it, but after seeing a few videos on the website and searching through YouTube I began to realize that this was the real deal. Within a few minutes I realized that Master Huang Hua was not like other teachers I've learnt from in the UK, this guy lives for Tai Chi and upon reading more began to realize that he wanted to do more than just teach a few students. To cut a long story short, I booked the flight and the tuition and went for it!1 month later, I have left China and returned to the UK bringing with me a great deal of achievement, experience, and confidence. The achievement is due to the full time tuition but of course is dependent on how hard you are willing to train and study, but no matter what your level or determination the tuition is tailored for the individual and not the group. The experience is down to the authentic essence that China has to offer as both a culture and the birthplace of Tai Chi. The confidence is down to the art itself and the way it was taught to me. Chen style Tai Chi is the oldest and the original style offering a multitude of benefits including health, state of mind, and a great form of self defense if used properly.Sifu Henry is a fantastic teacher with a great vision of spreading this versatile form of Kung Fu meditation across the globe hoping to improve the quality of many peoples lives. I for one intend to help with this mission and spread my knowledge to anybody who is interested in the Southwest area of the UK (primarily Cornwall).Why travel to Yangshuo in China? That's simple, because it is has some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen! Yangshuo town is a small but busy town and West street (which is a very characteristic shopping area about 1400 years old) is always buzzing with life and friendly energy from locals, tourists, and travelers. I met many different people and everybody was happy to stop and talk, most of them from many different countries. Then just a 15 minute bike ride out of town and you are in the peaceful countryside amongst people who do not intend to invest in modern technology or a fast way of life. It's no wonder that many people live to a ripe age in this environment.So as an overall summary, I feel that in the month that I have studied in this school I have learnt a vast amount of Tai Chi that I can take with me anywhere and everywhere for the rest of my life. There are many great schools and teachers all over the world but for me the experience of travelling to one of the most scenic parts of China and learning the oldest form of Tai Chi from a 12th generation Chen master is incomparable to any other martial arts training.Thank you Sifu Henry!
Yangshuo Tai Chi School website
Dear Henry, Here is a description of my experience at the Taichi School My name is Benjamin Viatte and I have been practicing at Yangshuo Taichi School for one year. Though beforehand, I didn't have the slightest clue about the practices I was going to learn, they now profoundly changed my body, my mind, my way of living. I am now honored to be able to transmit this knowledge to other people, making their lives better as well. Though this whole experience is very rewarding, it wasn't easy the whole time: many of the exercises necessary to learn Taichi require a fair bit of patience, and that is exactly the quality that you will have acquired when you return home. Training is usually done in a small group, which is the perfect compromise between teacher-student time and student-student practices. The training doesn't fill up every minute of your day either, so you have flexibility to train what you like during the off-time. The food is very good, healthy, and very Chinese. Perfect for this kind of environment. The nature around the school is awe-inspiring, a real catalyst for finding inner energy and drawing energy from the outside as well. The only downside is that in rare high seasons, the restaurant can get quite busy and noisy, but this only happens several weeks throughout the year. The building is located slightly outside of Yangshuo, which helps prevent you from getting too much into the nightlife, not a bad thing for peaceful and balanced practice. The school is by the riverside, making a relaxing swim - or bamboo raft ride - just steps away. All in all, it was truly a life-enriching experience; I will be back one day. In the meantime, I will be sure to carry and share these treasures all over the world. Thank you for reading and I wish you the very best.
Yangshuo Tai Chi School
It is one thing to learn about the ancestral Qi Gong vitality exercises, the Tao way of life and a way to celebrate that in every step in a manner we call Taichi Quan. But without the right people to show you the steps, this journey would have been impossible to accomplish by myself. When these people share their heart and passion for life, they become friends. When you learn the power of Chi and when you learn that Chi is not affected by distance, then these friends are connected to you forever, no matter where you are in the world. It was an honor to share this wonderful experience with all of you through the openness of a very special Chinese person who make me believe that everything is possible. Thank you Henry. Thank you Master Sifu. May all the pandas be proud of your accomplishment. I will never forget all the great teachers that each of you are.
Pam and Richard United States
Yangshuo Tai Chi School website
It has been our great pleasure to learn the 18 Forms of Chen -style taichi with Master Huang at Yangshuo Taichi School. It has been the highlight of our visit to China. We will continue to practice Tai-chi when we get home, and it will remind us of the wonderful holiday we have had in China. Learn at the Yangshuo Taichi School and Travel with Taichi traveler is the best way to enjoy your trip in China. Thank you.
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