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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Communigate Website Withdrawn

Jus to let you know Communigate.co.uk are no longer functioning and that means my website has become defunct. I will re create something soon. JOe.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Mind Moves

By Joe Harte The Taiji classics say the mind leads and the energy and body follow. But as my teacher Patrick Kelly asks “how many actually consciously train that way?” For the most part people move the body in some unconscious instinctive way and then bring their awareness into an often static held posture. How to break that cycle of move and listen, move and then become aware, is at the core of our training and transforms external movements, however slow, smooth, and beautiful into true Taiji. To begin the training to move the mind takes guidance and constant reminders so as not to forget to make the effort. The attempt should be to move the mind and use intention to lead every movement within the form, and then slowly bring that into the much more difficult scenario of partner work and the fixed pattern pushing hands. Master Huang (Huang Sheng-Shyan) said there are no secrets in Taiji just things too small to be seen. Patrick Kelly, Master Huang Xingxian’s long time inner school student, says that if there is a secret it’s knowing where to put the mind and at what time. This moving of the mind training begins with awareness which in itself has an intention buried within it. That is to say by its very nature moving the awareness through the body has an implied intention. Patrick Kelly teaches a training method that begins the first timing of the mind with the movement of the body itself. We contract muscles to lift the body, and then release muscles to let it fall. In the rising wave of contraction/ lifting the mind is trained to move with the rising movement. Then within the releasing of muscles and body falling the mind moves down. The timing of the mind relative to the activation/ de-activation of the body is usually introduced to new starters by asking them to press their feet into the ground to begin the lifting process then let the minds awareness follow that movement up. This is really just to introduce the idea and is in fact the opposite of what the classics state because in this instance the body is active and the mind passive i.e. the body has been activated (by some means) and then the mind follows. Some period of practise is necessary to allow people to get used to the idea of consciously moving the mind. Once that stage is reasonable and comfortable it becomes possible to begin to draw the mind up and down more or less simultaneously with the body movement whist at the same time becoming aware of the first two muscle state changes – muscle contract and muscle release. After some time and effort this then leads naturally and gradually towards moving the mind a little ahead of the body movement to include the joint sensors. At this stage the practise is now tending towards the ideal of what is asked in the classics – that the mind leads. And now we can say the mind is active and the body passive. Once that process has begun, beyond those initial timings exist a whole range of timings taking the mind slowly further and further ahead as the awareness deepens and is able to listen to more and more subtle and levels. As Patrick says it is only really possible to generate an intention from the level at which you are able to listen…….. and so slowly the deep mind awakens. Patrick and his students teach in Zurich, and recently he opened a state of the art facility in Shanghai which visitors are welcome to http://www.9clouds.ch For classes and Seminars in the UK Joe Harte teaches regular classes in Durham with Seminars in Durham and London and elsewhere by request www.communigate.co.uk/ne/taijiquan

Friday, 17 January 2014

Seminars

Regular Open Seminars in Durham & London.


with Joe Harte.

Taiji in the footsteps of Huang XingXian & Patrick Kelly





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Next Seminar:

Jan Sat.25th 2014 DURHAM

Feb Sat.1st 2014 LONDON

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Progressive multilayered seminars suitable for people with some experience - ALL welcome irrespective of style. Each seminar has a particular theme, and begins by introducing the basic methods for those not so familiar with our system – You are most welcome to come and find out what we do.



Joe Harte is a long-time student and Senior Instructor under Patrick Kelly. Using deep concentration on the 5 inner senses he aims to lead people beyond just the outer movement into subtleties of the deeper inner practice.



2014 Seminars with Joe Harte

Jan
Sat.25 Durham

Feb
Sat.1 London

Mar
Sat.22 Durham

May
Sat.10 London

May
Sat.24 Durham

Jul
Sat.12 Durham

Jul
Sat.19 Durham Yoga Group(D.Y.G)Taiji Intro

Sep
Sat.20 Durham

Nov
Wkend - Lakes Residential - Fri eve.7–Sun.9



(Potential for 1Days to become 2Days if sufficient interest registered in advance. Attend ½ day am or 1of2days as suits.)



5 Loosening Exercises
Shortform
Longform
Quickfist
Fixed-pattern Pushinghands
Applications
8 Paths Meditation


All Welcome - irrespective of style



Training Times:10am-1pm; 2pm-5pm

Possible outside training if dry and bright so be prepared. Bring lunch & a drink.



Unless otherwise specified the venue is:



East Durham College

Houghall Campus

Houghall

Durham

County Durham

DH1 3SG



Seminar Fees per Day:

£50 non members

£40 members

£30 members training twice weekly with Joe.



Please e mail your intention to attend with £20 deposit If the day cancelled deposit returned. No re-fund for 'no-shows' Please help organizer by booking in advance as venues have to be hired and paid for – Thanks!



Email: joetaiji@gmail.com



The historic city of Durham is a great place to spend the weekend!



Seminar in your town? 1/2, 1, 2 Day seminars possible in your area, tailored to your group. Free place for organizer (if min 10 people attending) + agreed expenses such as hall hire. Discuss with JOe.

E mail: joetaiji@gmail.com