T’ai Chi in St Just

A new teacher from the Association Martin Mellett has moved to the area from the Midlands and is living in St Just and now he’s thinking about opening a club here.

St Just has been the focus of our group’s activities in the West Penwith area since we started regular classes here in 2005 with our week long Easter Course in St Just Sports’ Centre.

Summer Course

Our first Summer Course in St Just in Cornwall in July 2006

We had been doing our Courses at Warwick school when it turned out we had been double booked at Easter. I was in the bath and had a Eureka moment, why not do the course in Cornwall? We had been coming to Cornwall regularly for many years since our tent blew down in a Hurricane in Devon and we had been toying with the idea of moving our activities in this direction for a long time. I remember when asking my teacher questions he would often say ‘try it’, so we decided to pilot the idea and it was an enormous success. For those of you who have been doing T’ai Chi for a long time you will know there is a certain sort of boost which you get from the exercises. T’ai Chi is based on the theory of Chinese Medicine, and the Chinese say that we have a store of Chi or life force inside us, T’ai Chi and also K’ai Men Chi Gung exercises help us increase the capacity and flow of that energy.

The effect of these kinds of exercises over a long period of time is not only more energy overall but once the energy starts to flow around the ‘jingluo’ or lines of meridians in the body it can unlock potentials which have lain dormant. These are primitive abilities which everyone has within them and they go back to the times when we were living in the forest much closer to Nature. You maybe have wondered why animals have much greater range to their senses than we have, seeing, smelling, and hearing much more than we can. Well there was a time when we also had the enhanced acuity we see in Nature. In fact those of us who have pets may have noticed that animals seem to sense things that we cannot, almost as if they have a kind of sixth sense, they know that something is about to happen. Well T’ai Chi training is an ancient kind of practise which can be used to awaken these kinds of dormant abilities within us, they are not something we have lost, but Nature has put them into storage should we every need them again, it is only by training that we can awaken them. Although this might seem miraculous to some people in actual fact it is only a Natural thing, and it is because Taoist training goes back over many thousands of years that these kinds of training abilities have been preserved for anyone’s potential to cultivate them provided they have the dedication for regular practice and the open- mindedness to pursue such a goal.

Well the point is that once we started training in the West Penwith area we soon discovered something remarkable, that there is some special property to this region which enhances this kind of training by a considerable percentage, in fact it doubles the ability to use and store energy. What this means in effect is that training time is reduced. This is very important for beginners, because the average westerner may find it takes several months for the effects of the exercises to kick in, some people may give up thinking nothing is happening whereas in fact it’s necessary for their energy levels to recharge to a certain point before anything happens, a bit like recharging your mobile phones. Some say it’s the ley lines, some say it’s a property of the light, or the relaxed attitude of the people, whatever it is for those of us who are dedicated to their T’ai Chi practice it’s worth more than Gold.