What is Qi Gong?

Qigong literally translates as ‘Breath Work’ or ‘Cultivating Breath’. It concentrates on posture (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques and mental focus. Qi Gong can be soft, like Tai Chi, or it can be more vigorous, like kung fu, so it is suitable for all levels of fitness and can be practiced by all age groups.

Qigong creates an awareness of and influences dimensions of our being that are not part of traditional exercise programs.

What is Qigong good for?

It reduces stress
Builds stamina
Increases vitality
Maintains health into old age
Helps speed recover from illness
Improves cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions.

Qigong is for anyone who would like to be able to manage a medical condition naturally, or anyone who is simply interested in improving their quality of life and boosting their immune system, or all three! It can also be practiced as a component of Chinese martial arts.

Practicing Qigong regularly can help with a range of complaints, from back pain to headache; the symptoms of stress such as depression, anxiety, high blood pressure and insomnia; or even help you loose weight.

Please contact me if you are interested in attending a class, or if you simply would like to know more about Qigong.

Wing Chun

Wing Chun Kung Fu is considered one of the most effective forms of unarmed combat known and practised throughout the world. The Wing Chun system is approximately 400 years old and was developed by a Buddhist nun named Ng Mui. Wing Chun’s female creator took note of the physical differences between men and women, therefore the emphasis is not upon force and strength to succeed, but the use of skilful hand and footwork combined with speed and technique to overcome opposition in the shortest possible time.

I am the Sifu at Meridian Benfleet, running adult classes a Kingston Primary School.

For me Wing Chun is not only a self defense system, but it is also a vehicle to better health – physically, mentally and emotionally.

I started training in Wing Chun in 1998 under Sifu Sata Chand at the Meridian HQ in Southend on Sea. I had never heard of Wing Chun before this. Of course I had heard of Bruce Lee, but I was always put off learning martial arts because of the macho image it had gained during the 70s and 80s. But when I walked into the Meridian for the first time (at that time in a local sports hall) I was blown away and knew I was hooked for life!

In 2006 I opened Meridian Benfleet, which is still going strong. New members are always welcome; please call me or send me an email if you would like to know more.

Over the last 20 years studying Wing Chun has changed my life exponentially. Inspired by a yearning to obtain a deeper understanding of Wing Chun, in 2011 I qualified as an Acupuncturist and Tui Na (Chinese massage) practitioner, and now have a thriving practice in Southend. My knowledge of the human body and its energetics has further enhanced my understanding of Wing Chun, not only as a martial art, but also as a life philosophy and a health system.

Please contact me if you are interested in attending a class, or if you simply would like to know more about Wing Chun.

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