Neijia

Seminars in basic Qigong, Taijiquan, (Tai Chi), Baguazhang, (Ba Gua) are held on a regulary basis with the assistance of chosen friends, in London, Suffolk, Sussex and Kent. For further information on seminars please click here to contact me.

Tracy has been practicing the health, healing and martial neigong aspects of these arts for more than 30 years and has taught various aspects of these over the last twenty years. In the 1990s he organised and appeared in the TV programme 01 for London, showing how they can be used to re-balance and energise daily lives.  He began his journey, with Judo and Karate at age 9,  but it was a chance meeting with Graham Horwood in his early teens which gave him exposure to the then virtually unknown neijia arts firstly through Hung Kuen and then with Baguazhang and Taijiquan.

Graham was fortunate enough in the late 1970s to have met Chu King Hung when he first began to teach students at his London home and prior to becoming the 3rd adopted son of Yang Sau Chung      ( Yang Family 4th generation lineage holder). It is well documented that the Yang’s Taijiquan’s form had been modified in the 1920s/30s by the famous Yang Cheng Fu to remove the energetic jumps, sweeps and rapid burst or movements. In doing this, Yang gave the world the gift of ‘public’ Taijiquan allowing many people to practice and enjoy its health-giving aspects. Much of the neigong however has been lost and many of the techniques of this public form are ineffectual in a defence situation.

Chu King Hung’s earlier neijia teacher was Han Xing Yuen, an extraordinary exponent of Yiquan, an eclectic art distilled by Han’s teacher (Wang Zang Zhai) in the 1920s. Wang understood that the two concepts of internal and external had been wrongly categorised when in fact, their histories, techniques and practices (Taoist or Buddhist) were deeply intertwined. Yiquan is therefore, essentially a formless, martial neigong exercise, focusing on standing meditation, breathing, walking and specific defence/attack practice.

Graham, having previously crossed-trained in a number of martial arts, recognised that the neigong practices & techniques taught by Han were the core essence underlying all martial arts and therefore could be applied to any, either external or internal. In his opinion, it was Han who first instilled in Chu, the essence of the health-building/martial neigong allowing Chu to then progress rapidly.

Graham also felt a strong sense of kinship with Carl Gustav Jung and a deep appreciation for his pioneering work in alchemy, dreams and the unconscious, often and regularly repeating one of Jung’s famous quotes to emphasise the importance tthat the mind and body are co-dependent:

‘The body is the mere visibility of the soul and the soul is the psychological experience of the body.’ 

Sadly, Graham died in 2011 but he left behind a legacy to help modern people deal with both the physical and mental strains of life, particularly stress. In his book Tai Chi Chuan and the Code of Life, Graham explains how Jungian inner work complements and completes the neijia to develop mental, physical and spiritual wholeness. The book is a modern alchemical treatise and Graham’s working hypotheses, while not scientifically verified, have practical logic and demand fuller research.

Although I work as a business consultant and advisor, I am continually fascinated by these arts and have spent many years humbly seeking confirmation of the methods and systems that Graham and others have taught me, in order that I can pass them on to those who are genuine about learning and preserving them.

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