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Bob Davies
Bob Davies
Founder & Director
Christchurch, New Zealand
Mobile: 021 175 1282
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Shaz Davis
Shaz Davis
T'ai Chi Teacher & Webmaster
Christchurch, New Zealand
Mobile: 021 077 6553
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Internal Ways Mindfulness in motion

T’ai Chi is often called meditation in motion. For most T'ai Chi students the concept of moving mediation creeps up on them… they get caught up in the challenge of moving their body and get into the meditation zone. It is usually only a while later – often when they branch out and try a meditation course -  that they realise that they have learnt most of the required skills and find the transition to seated meditation relatively easy…

I had always presumed that this progression occurred naturally as students focused on the moves in a class – until a recent class where I stated off with a mindful meditation practice. I had everyone sit down, close their eyes and focus inward. First they were told to tune into their bodies and notice any sensations.

20 March 2016, 20:09

Internal Ways New T'ai Chi Class starting in Christchurch

We're pleased to announce that we're accepting applications for a new beginners' T'ai Chi class, with classes on Tuesdays at 6pm and Thursdays at 7pm.

The intake is open now (for the second half of June) and will close at the end of the first week in July. If you would like to join us for a no-obligation, free trial class - or to reserve a place in the new group (you can select once a week or twice a week), please contact Shaz on 021 077 6553 or shaz@wu-shin.com. Class limited to 20 places.

15 June 2015, 05:56

Internal Ways T"ai Chi for Health

The origins of the slow and graceful movements of the Chinese art of T’ai Chi can be found in an effective self-defence art; but T’ai Chi also combines elements of traditional Chinese medicine, and is now largely taught for its numerous health benefits.

T’ai Chi probably needs little introduction in New Zealand because the flowing set of moves is readily recognised thanks to the ACC-sponsored fall-prevention classes run around the country.

Scientific research

Scientists say that the full benefits of this form of low intensity aerobic exercise, combined with preforming a fairly complex set of movements and focused concentration, needs further study but research to date shows that T’ai Chi can improve:

·       Balance  

·       Cardiovascular health

·       Bone health.

Studies found a 40% reduction in falls (and associated medical costs and mortality) in people who did T’ai Chi regularly, and results from research in Asia showed that regular T’ai Chi practice slows the thinning of bones in women, delaying the onset of osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Other studies have shown benefits for people with Parkinson’s and chronic pulmonary disease.

Other health benefits

Because T’ai Chi involves a combination of movement, breathing, focused attention, visualisation, and a psychosocial component through interactions with teachers and fellow students, the benefits of practising T’ai Chi include:

·       Reduced stress and anxiety, and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations

·       Improvement in memory and concentration

·       Increased mobility, flexibility, physical dexterity and reduced joint pain

·       Feeling more energised, alive and positive about life

·       A stronger immune system and ability to cope with disorders exacerbated by stress

·       An improved sense of wellbeing, better quality of life, and increased stamina

·       Increased leg strength and improved muscle tone throughout the body.

Also called meditation in motion, the intensity of T’ai Chi can be varied to an individual’s age and needs by appropriately qualified teachers – and is suitable for adults and senior citizens.


There are a number of modified forms of T'ai Chi (for seniors, for arthritis, for... just about anything). While these will provide some benefit (just as any exercise is beneficial) not all T'ai Chi (as taught today) will necessarily be able to convey all these benefits.

02 May 2015, 23:47

Internal Ways T’ai Chi Retreat – 17th to 19th April 2015

Come and have a post-Easter de-stress and detox with relaxing T’ai Chi and Qigong sessions in a tranquil and remote mountain setting, sharing the picturesque mountain scape with curious Clydesdales on a working farm at the head of the Rangitata River.

When: Friday 17th April to Sunday 19th April
Where: Erewhon Station
Cost: $250 per person


T’ai Chi Retreat FAQs

What’s included in the price?
The $250 fee for the T’ai Chi retreat includes your accommodation and (healthy, wholesome) food, as well as training and tuition. You will need to cover transport to Erewhon and any additional expenses – such as a horse ride – if you choose to do this.

Where is Erewhon?
Clear directions and a map will be provided to participants. Erewhon is quite literally at the end of Hakatere Potts Road, which extends towards the Southern Alps from Mt Somers. Erewhon is about 25 minutes beyond Lake Clearwater. The last section is on gravel roads – a 4x4 is not required but it would be best to have a vehicle with reasonable ground clearance. Lift share amongst participated can be arranged.

Where will we be staying?
Accommodation is in the old farmhouse at Erewhon. This means shared rooms (approx. 4 people to a room if we are fully booked) with bunk beds, a communal lounge, kitchen, and dining room, and a bit of a clever scheduling to get a spot in the bath or shower.

What do I need to bring along?
Bedding. A mattress cover sheet and pillows are provided, but you will need to bring a sleeping bag or duvet, pillow case and a towel.
Comfortable clothing and shoes for exercise and walking, including rain gear in case it is wet. A book or notepad for your spare time, a camera, a torch (just in case the power goes off – or you fancy an evening walk).  A small daypack and water bottle to carry lunch and a jacket when out walking.

What will we be eating and drinking?
The focus will be on healthy food – with herbal teas, fresh fruit, crisp salads and good hot meals. No alcohol. The fare will be largely vegetarian, but will include some fish. Individual preferences can be catered for – you can detail these on your registration form.

How many people will be taking part?
The cottage can sleep 17, but we will probably cut off at 12 participants. If demand is greater we could enquire about camping or using the old shearing shed. We currently have space for about 5 more people.

How much training will we be doing?
Participation in the training sessions is voluntary, but obviously encouraged.

19 March 2015, 23:49

Internal Ways T'ai Chi Poem

One of our Oxford T'ai Chi students wrote this poem recently. We thought it was worth sharing. We hope you enjoy it and find some inspiration for your own practice.


T'ai Chi - Yang Style

Breath in, breath out,

Open the door and reach outside, grasp the sparrow's tail,

Work left then right and roll to the whip,

Gazing from side to side.

Raise hands and welcome the stork's display.

Brush low whilst twisting with the music

Open ladies hand retaining no grip.

Move spiral energy, gaze close then wide.

30 January 2015, 22:18

Internal Ways A wee rant about precision

There’s nothing quite like misinformation to stir the journalist in me… so when I heard: “We do the medium frame – so it is not as precise [as another form they know]…” it motivated me to set the record straight.

Tai ChiAt some point you will hear reference to three frames in T’ai Chi: small, medium, and large (sometimes also referred to as big). Generalising to some extent (because there is considerable cross-over between the styles) a small frame is characterised by shorter and higher stances and more compact arm and waist movements (the Hao and Wu family styles, for example) and a large frame (some Chen styles) will be more athletic with lower and longer stances, and larger – far more externally visible – movements, with a medium frame (for example, most Yang styles) somewhere in between the two.

Some contend that the larger frames (being more physical) are more focused on the external movements, while the more compact frames help to focus on the internal movements – and they consider the smaller frame to be more advanced (if taught correctly). Others say that the smaller frame, which tends to be favoured older, less agile people, focuses more on health and less on the combative side, suggesting they have different purposes.

11 June 2014, 04:35

Internal Ways What's the purpose of percussion in Qigong?

qiIn a recent conversation someone mentioned that they would NEVER do Qigong because they think it's silly that people voluntarily hit themselves.

As you are probably aware, not all Qigong involves percussive movements to various - or any - body parts. But some do...

So why do people voluntarily hit themselves?

Well, first-off, the term hitting is a little misleading. The percussive movements are more like taps or pats, as opposed to hits or strikes. They may, or may not, be firm - but are generally no firmer that the friendly pat that your dog, horse or other animal enjoys... which redefines that question as

25 September 2013, 01:18

Internal Ways What equipment or clothing do I need for T'ai Chi?

The short answer is: none...

All you need to bring to your first class, or just about any class, is yourself - kitted out in some loose fitting clothing. You don't need a fancy silk kung fu suit or tai chi uniform, or any specific outfit. Just something comfortable to wear that doesn't retrict your movement.

all goodWe generally train barefoot (in warmer weather anyway) as this helps to work the feet more and aids connection and rooting, but you are welcome to wear socks (preferably non-slip ones) or flat trainers or to buy special kung fu or tai chi shoes if you prefer.

24 September 2013, 08:02

Internal Ways The advantages of T'ai Chi

To an observer, T’ai Chi appears to be a series of slow, flowing, relaxing movements – almost a graceful slow motion ballet – where some of the moves hint at self-defence applications. But, it is far more than that.

Meditation AND Medication in Motion

T'ai Chi exercises every muscle, joint and organ in the body and removes the blockages in our chi (energy flow) created by worry and excess tension or stress. In addition to promoting physical dexterity and flexibility, it teaches a flexible and yielding response to confrontation and promotes balance, harmony and peace in daily life. It teaches us to use just the right amount of effort to accomplish something, to go with the flow and still achieve. T’ai Chi teaches us to be effective by working within the environment in which we find ourselves, and within our own body limits, rather that to use brute force to be successful.

Because of the slow and gentle nature of T’ai Chi it offers a thorough form of exercise with little risk of injury. All the movements are slow and controlled and executed within the ability of the individual practising it. There is no sudden jarring that can cause injury, just gentle isometric training... and there's no need to buy special equipment. All you need is comfortable clothing that allows free movement.

23 April 2013, 21:54

Internal Ways T'ai Chi - Meditation in Motion

Regardless of the weather and the temperature, if you happened to make an early morning visit to any of the parks in China, you would see a large number of people on their way to work stop off at the park to practice T'ai Chi Ch'uan. They go through the T'ai Chi form early in the morning and again later in the afternoon - as regularly and as often as you would brush your teeth or have a bath or shower. For them it is a daily internal cleansing routine - a way of life.

Literally translated, T'ai Chi Ch'uan (or taijiquan - often abbreviated to tai chi or taiji) means "supreme ultimate fist". Legend has it that T'ai Chi originated in China some 5,000 years ago as a self-defence art. The most popular creation story is that of T'ai Chi's (possibly mythical) founder Chang San Feng, a Taoist monk, who is said to have devised the moves after watching a fight between a crane and a snake.

18 April 2013, 00:46

Internal Ways World Tai Chi Day

qigongWorld Tai Chi and Qigong Day is a world-wide annual event used to both promote and celebrate the benefits of T'ai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong (Chi Kung). It is held ever year on the last Saturday in April - and falls on Saturday, 27 April in 2013.

We're planning a fun fundraising event for 3pm on the 27th in Christchurch. I thought it would be a great idea to promote T'ai Chi and Qigong - and help to raise funds for my favourite Christchurch charity - the Otamahua | Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust.

What's happening on World T'ai Chi Day?

We're holding a public T'ai Chi Qigong session at 3pm. I've chosen to teach T'ai Chi Qigong as it is less complex and easier to learn than T'ai Chi and is likely to be more enjoyable to learn in a short space of time - while providing many of the benefits you would get from T'ai Chi.

05 April 2013, 01:00

Internal Ways What is Chi Kung?

The short answer is that chi means energy, breath, or life force. Kung means work... so chi kung then means energy or breath work. The reference to work refers to harnessing the energy and breath to work for you, - and, in the vein of what you put in, is what you get out - work also implies putting in the required effort and practice to reap the benefit of chi kung.

Qigong is simply another way of spelling the romanization of the Chinese ideograms, which you also see with t'ai chi, taiji or tai chi.

qigongChi Kung comes in a wide variety of styles. Much like you have different types of motor cars, each suited to different purposes, there are many styles of chi kung. All focus on using the breath and energy, combined with visualization, to improve health, vitality and well being; but one might be more suited to helping you deal with stress, while another might be more suited to healing a particular ailment.

The different types of chi kung range from seated and stationary (your basic perception of meditation), to standing and stationary (such as the classic hugging a tree posture), to moving - to varying degrees. Within this continuum, t'ai chi slots in at the moving end, as a form of chi kung with the most movement.

10 March 2013, 23:25

Internal Ways Guidelines for T'ai Chi practice

Chang San Feng

→ Translations of writings attributed to Chang San Feng

→ The body must move as a single unit, at one with the breath, chi and spirit. The rooting of the feet, the strength of the legs, and the power of the waist are all manifest in the hands. There is connection within the whole body. Our movement is guided by our intention. T'ai Chi is like a great river rolling on unceasingly.

→ The motion should be rooted in the feet, controlled by the waist, and manifest through the fingers. The feet, legs and waist must act together.

03 February 2013, 11:04

Internal Ways Stages of development

taichi-evolutionNo matter what heights you reach, the path to growth and self-development is always supported by determination and perseverance. This poem, written back in 2003, highlights the importance of perseverance if you hope to excel at any art.



Stages of Development

Uncoordinated, awkward and off balance
We go through the moves
Stiff, disjointed and out of place.
We slowly train our bodies
To obey our mind and move at will.
The discordant movements of four limbs
Trying to move in different directions at different speeds

29 January 2013, 21:41