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Mastering tai chi’s fan, sword and stick

GOING DUTCH: Tai Sifu Mark Horton from the Netherlands with local Hong Ying lnstitute students
GOING DUTCH: Tai Sifu Mark Horton from the Netherlands with local Hong Ying lnstitute students

LOCAL students of the Hong Ying Institute for Tai Chi Chuan UK were visited by Tai Sifu Mark Horton from the Netherlands on Sunday. A day of seminars was arranged to take advantage of his visit to the UK. Tai Sifu Mark has been practising tai chi for over 40 years and runs the Hong Ying Martial Arts and Chinese Cultural Centre in Leiden. Seminars were held on two weapons forms. 32 Step Straight Sword and Stick. Hong Ying ITCC UK runs classes at Active Life Centres in Herne Bay and Whitstable and at Kings School Recreation Centre in Canterbury. The hand form of tai chi is the more familiar, but in addition local teacher Sue Meads includes weapons forms using fan, sword and stick. Tai chi in all its forms offers gentle exercise that greatly benefits overall health and strength, encouraging improved balance and posture. New students are always welcome at any of the classes. Email: hongyingitccuk@gmail.com

Herne Bay Times, December 10th 2014