Both T'ai Chi and Qigong have been used for many centuries to promote health, stamina and longevity. The Chinese used their advanced knowledge of body, mind and spirit which created systems like Acupuncture, to design these exercises. The exercises work on many levels.
By correct use of the body, better posture hence improved
blood circulation and muscle tone are achieved. By focusing
the mind, discipline is strengthened, the mental 'chatter'
is quietened and stress is thereby reduced. Awareness
and perception of energies within the body are developed.
All these contribute to a strengthened immune system,
hence improved health.
Health is not only an absence of disease. It also encompasses having a positive, 'bright' attitude to life; the ability to change what needs changing and to accept what cannot be changed with equanimity.
The Inner Dance School of T'ai Chi and Qigong
The 'Inner Dance' has a dual meaning. We start from the premise that we are all magnificent Dancers in the Dance of Life, whose magnificence may sometimes by hidden. By learning to shake off unnecessary negativity we move through to discover unexpected power.
The second premise is that each person is unique. Discovering our own 'Inner Dance' or Spiritual Way is what life is all about. Through a process of increasing self-awareness we learn to embody our aspirations and move more fully into the world.
The school was founded by Altair de Almeida in 1988, in Malvern.
The following information (in italics) has only been
provided as Altair has had various enquiries as to his
background of study in Tai Chi and Qigong. It will be
boring to most people unless one has knowledge of the
vast array of teachers and schools available and wants
to know about them.
Starting in 1980, Altair studied for 6 years with
the Yang family lineage Master, Master Chu King Hung,in
London,England.Chu was an 'indoor student' of Yang Shu
Chung, eldest son of the legendary Yang Cheng Fu. It
was Yang Cheng Fu that popularised Tai Chi, and his
form is the most widely taught in the World.
Almost 3 decades since he started his love affair with
Tai Chi, Altair went on to study with various Tai Chi
and Qigong Masters from around the World.
These include Al Huang (USA), well known author of Embrace
Tiger, return to Mountain, and Zhi Xing Wang (China/UK)
In 1992, at an international Tai Chi competition in
Ghent, Belgium, Altair entered and won first prize in
his weight, in the only Push Hands competition he ever
took part in. He realised that such competitions rarely
use the Tai Chi principles resorting mostly to strength
and speed. At the competition he met and studied with
Dr. Shen Hong Xun (China/Belgium), with whom he studied
for several years.He was privaleged to meet and study
with the late Jou Tsung Hwa(China/USA), author of 'Tao
of Tai Chi Chuan'.
He also briefly studied with Hsu Yee Chung (Taiwan)
and William C.C. Chen (USA), both lineage Masters of
the late Cheng Man Ching.
He later went onto study with Taoist lineage Master,
Bruce Kumar(BK) Franztis(USA), having previously studied
for several years with Brian Cooper (BK's main student
in the UK). Altair learned the Wu short form from BK
in Crete.He found him to be one of the few teachers
who divulge the internal mechanics of Tai Chi to his
He also studied with Christopher Pei(USA).
In 2000 Altair and his main student travelled to Handan
city, China to study, one-to-one with Grand Master Yang
Zhen Ji, the second and oldest surviving son of Yang
In 2001(a Tai Chi Odyssey!) he was very privaleged to
meet and study with Master Wee Kee Jin (Singapore/NZ).
Jin is one of only 4 'indoor students'-hence lineage
Masters- of the late Huang Shen Shyan.Huang had been
one of the famous Cheng Man Chings most senior 'indoor
Altair realised that for the first time ever he had
met a Chinese lineage master who was generous enough
to share the deeper(and often hidden) aspects of Tai
He was so impressed in fact with Jins calibre and style
of teaching that he abandoned his 20 year journey of
study and subsequent teaching of the traditional Yang
long form.Instead he has dedicated himself to study
and teach Master Jins version of the Yang short form(created
by Cheng Man Ching) because it encompasses the most
profound levels of healing -both body and mind- as well
as the self-defence aspects.From time to time, according
to demand, Altair teaches the Wu Short form, taught
to him by Master Bruce Frantzis because of the special
benefits of this form to relieve back and joint problems.
Since 1975 Altair has been guided by various Spiritual
Masters and Avatars including the late Barry Long and
Mother Meera. He is also an Acupuncturist and Shiatsu
practitioner/teacher. Our central premise is that when
we envelop our 'Inner Dance' we attain peace in ourselves
and thus contribute to Peace on Earth.
To embark or deepen our 'Inner Journey', to re-align ourselves with our own 'Inner Dance'. To become more fully functional Human Beings rather than Human Doings [i.e. living according to other peoples beliefs rather than our own life experience - the greatest teacher].
Using the T'ai Chi Classics - an ancient yet simple
set of guidelines as a basis and the Yang form as a
platform, we release our assumptions about life, ourselves
and each other, and fall into the immediacy of the moment,
learning to meet life as-it-is, opening the door to
spontaneity and Greater Aliveness. Using the ancient
T'ai Chi and Qigong exercises as the main tools Altair
also uses Accelerated learning music to enable students
to learn faster, making it more enjoyable. Mystery School
teachings are shared to enable those who want to deepen
their contact with Life,Love,Joy and Peace to do so,
without the 'friction of living' one would normally
have to endure before these qualities normally surface.Altair
also uses his knowledge of Acupuncture and Shiatsu which
he has been involved in since 1982,to enhance his students
understanding of their body and mind and how to rectify
various presenting problems.
This study is a natural development, not a series of
techniques. The aim is understanding and Mastery of
Self, not technique.
The Yang or Wu short form is taught in weekly
classes. Students are not pressurised to learn the form
in a given period as everything depends on finding the
correct attitude of mind, mental and physical relaxation
and acceptance of Self, and individuals vary!
The Wu Short form as taught to Altair by Bruce
Frantzis (USA) is also taught from time to time.The
speciality of this form is the healing of injuries of
the joints in particular, and improving health in general.
The principal focus of the classes is the form. However
Stationary Qigong, Moving Qigong and in more advanced
classes Spontaneous Qigong exercises are taught. These
exercises open specific energy pathways and help to
clear mental and emotional blocks.
In advanced classes deeper levels of the form are taught:-
'Open/Closed' form, Spiral Energy form and Chi form.