01 May 2016

Inverurie and Turriff classes

There are no classes at Inverurie and Turriff this Monday 2nd May. Both classes restart on 9th May at the usual times and places.

Happy Beltane!

29 April 2016

Toyo Kobayashi

I just heard from my second T'ai Chi teacher and dear friend Kajedo, that his teacher Toyo Kobayashi in Munich has died. He taught for many years, was a student of Dr Chi and wrote some excellent books on T'ai Chi. He was my 'grandteacher' for a long while, until I met my teacher Mark, in John Kell's Dr Chi lineage. He is survived by Petra Kobayashi, also a distinguished T'ai Chi teacher. It's very sad. I send my condolences to his family and students. I will write more over the weekend. 

18 April 2016

Wild pottery

Went to the woods again and did T'ai Chi here, in early morning sunlight after much rain. Quiet practice beside giant gilded trees is hard to beat. Also dug clay, made pinch pots and put them in the fire. Here's a couple of the results. See you at class tomorrow! 

17 April 2016

Aberdeenshire April Workshops

This month's workshops with Caroline are next weekend, 22-24 April.  Great River students of any level are particularly welcome to the Saturday sessions. All workshops are at Balvack, except for Weapons which is at Fetternear Hall.

Friday 7-10pm: Weapons, including Sabre for beginners 7-8pm (£5). Click here for more details
Saturday 1-4pm: Short Form, and related study
Saturday 5.30-8.30pm: Partnerwork
Sunday 1-4pm: Long Form
Sunday 5.30-8.30pm: Advanced Studies (more info available here).

The price is £15 (concs available) per 3 hr session. Please bring food to share on Saturday and Sunday. Get in touch with your instructor if you need travel directions or feel free to contact me with any other questions.

The revised dates for 2016 workshops in Aberdeenshire and London are available here

13 April 2016

121 Aberdeenshire

There is one slot left for a 121 on Sunday morning. Let me know if you'd like it. 

Summer workshop

I will be creating flyers for the workshop soon, and will bring them to class. all the details are already on the blog, just to the right of this post: click the link. I have started the list of those who wish to attend, so let me know if you plan to come along.

Sabre last weekend

Thanks to all who came to a great, busy afternoon.
David assisting Mark with an application.

Inverurie and Turriff classes, Spring break

There will be no classes at Inverurie or Turriff from the 18th April to 2nd May. Both classes will restart at the usual times and places on Monday 9th May.

10 April 2016

Sabre today

At St Mary Magdalene Church Hall, Trinity Road, by Wandsworth Common. 2-5pm, £22. All students welcome. Tea will be provided. See you there!

07 April 2016


We are still on holiday until Sabre this Sunday 10th 2-5pm then back to class on 12th with Sabre and Sword at class.

Haven't blogged much as have been away...

04 April 2016

Inverurie & Turriff classes

Both Inverurie and Turriff classes are on today and next week at the usual times and places.

02 April 2016

All quiet...

... On the south western front, as I have mainly been here learning how to make primitive hunting weapons:
And also doing lots of drawing:

Hope you are all having a peaceful break. 
I really enjoyed watching Mr Robot: most excellent TV. It's as good as The Night Manager or The Man In The High Castle, but utterly different. 

01 April 2016

1st April treat

Trigram 'Heaven' (3 Yang lines), as intuitively rendered by my bushcraft teacher for his lunch on Tuesday.