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The Inner Dance School of T'ai Chi and Qigong

Patrons: Grand Master Yang Zhen Ji (China) Grandson of Yang Cheng Fu

Master Wee Kee Jin [New Zealand]

Principal Teacher: Altair de Almeida (Malvern/Worcester & Internationally)

Area Teacher: Soozie Fernley-Weiner (Crediton,Devon)

For details of local classes, please look under News.






What is T'AI CHI?

T'ai Chi is an ancient Chinese system of movement. It has developed through the centuries to promote harmony in body, mind and spirit. Through a series of calm fluid movements one learns to harmonise with oneself. You have probably seen documentaries of China, where invariably a short clip is shown of people doing slow, graceful movements in the park. That is the T'ai Chi form. The form is a series of flowing movements linked seamlessly together.

With practice it induces a deep state of relaxation, at the same time sharpening mental clarity, awareness of oneself and the environment.
T'ai Chi literally translated means 'Supreme Ultimate'. This refers to the attainment of the highest state of body-mind-spirit possible, with diligent practice.


What is QIGONG?
Literally translated Qigong means 'the Way of Energy'. Originating roughly 4,000 years ago it predates the more well known T'ai Chi. Until recently Qigong was a closely guarded secret. This was because it was used by warriors to develop strength, vitality and stamina. With the advent of modern warfare, its original purpose was no longer needed. These same dynamic exercises can be used to improve health and vitality.



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 students.
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 Cheng Fu.
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 students'.
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 Chi.
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.


Study development

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.

The Yang family Sword and Sabre are also taught. A T'ai Chi - Qigong teaching DVD showing a simplified 18 stance form is also available.
Partner Work brings a new dimension to the art. Single Push Hands, Double Push Hands, and Bagua [Pa Kua] Qigong are taught. These help the student to become more sensitive and responsive to a partner's movements. It helps to develop the sense of space and timing. With diligent practice the T'ai Chi Chin [internal force] is developed. This is where the self-defence and healing aspects unite.
Ultimately the self-defence and healing aspects of the art cannot be separated. They go hand-in-hand.
To deepen this process day / weekend / fortnightly courses are offered here and abroad. Master teachers from around the world are also invited to teach at special events.
Teacher training is geared to the individual after several years of practice. The T'ai Chi process is a life-long journey always learning and opening to new dimensions and experiences, hence the name 'Supreme Ultimate'.


Ring Altair:01684 562528
Email: [email protected]

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