What we teachWe teach Wu Style Tai Chi, Qigong, Neigong and Daoist breathing practices throughout East Kent:
Matthew, the head of the school, teaches in Canterbury, Faversham and Whitstble, details here.
Dave teaches in Deal and Folkestone, details here.
Gary teaches in Rainham and Sheppey, details here.
Mark teaches in Ashford, details here.
Term dates are here.
The Water Method
'Daoist' (pronounced 'Dow-ist' - 'dow' as in 'down') is the modern Chinese transliteration of the word 'Taoist'. We use this transliteration for two reasons. First, 'dow' is much closer in sound to the Chinese word than 'tao'. Second, it is the standard Chinese spelling, which will inevitably become the norm in the West over the next decades.
Daoism is the oldest philosophical and spiritual tradition in China and is the source of all Chinese medicine and health cultivation practices, such as those we teach in this school.
We follow a very old branch of Daoist tradition, the Water Method, as transmitted by lineage master Bruce Frantzis. It goes back to the earliest Daoist writings, the 'Laozi' (or Daodejing/Tao te Ching), 'Zhuangzi' (Chuang Tzu) and 'Nei Ye', but which, according to tradition, is much older than the written record.
While age in itself is not necessarily a virtue, in this case we can say that these practices have been tested over many generations and have proven to be both safe and effective.
In practice this method is about becoming aware of one’s limits and working within them; following the mean.
Its benefits come about through the deep relaxation of the nervous system and the release of energy blockages rather than through any kind of force. Consequently it is much safer and gentler than other more forceful methods and so can be taken up by virtually anyone.