Qigong (chi kung) and Taijiquan (t'ai chi ch'uan) session in south-east Cumbria organised by Andi Chapple


I am an instructor member of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain, one of the larger umbrella organisations in the country.

I began studying and practising qigong and taiji seventeen years ago with Ian McPherson, a very experienced teacher who lives in Sedbergh, and I taught within his classes from 2006. I studied Wild Goose qigong with June Parker in Sedbergh for ten years, worked on Sun style taiji with Hazel Hunt of Lakes Tai Chi, study taiji partner work with Dee Swift and John Bolwell who run Lakes Tai Chi and have taken several shorter courses at various times with a number of the country's top teachers. I have been training in Peter Ralston's Cheng Hsin method since 2013. I have been teaching independently since 2010.

Andi photographed by Helen Colledge

I know I'm never going to be an amazing qigong practitioner or learn all the secrets of taiji - even if I'd had the talent and persistence, I started too late I think. My hope with teaching is to offer a friendly, relaxed space where people new to the arts can explore and learn and those with experience can practise and maybe get a different perspective on what they do. If people then went on to do some deeper stuff with some of the area's more experienced teachers, that would be great.

I also have long experience in music and sound practice, with an emphasis on improvisation, conscious listening and natural sound, and this has a big influence on the way I do qigong and taiji.


If you are interested, please contact me at andi (at) freakout (dot) biz or on 07891 908025.


None of these are videos of me (phew!). It's all taiji quan for now. I've found the videos on YouTube at various times and I've collected the links here to help show people the sort of stuff this is.

Cheng Man-Ch'ing (Zhèng Mànqīng, 鄭曼青)

Youngish, whole form

Middle age, whole form

Aged around 60, whole form from another angle, plus some bits

Quite old, whole form and some push hands

Cheng Man-Ch'ing form by other people

John Hurtado

Wang Chin Shih

Massimiliano Biondi (a student of Wang Chin Shih)

William Bengochea, a student of Maggie Newman, who was a student of Cheng Man-Ch'ing

Why all the different spellings?

Spoken Chinese isn't easily written in Latin script, and there have been a number of attempts at systems of romanisation over the years. I use the most recent, pinyin, as it is the standard in mainland China, Taiwan, the UN and with the ISO. Older romanisations, e.g. 'chi kung' for 'qigong', are still common in the West so I have given those too so people know what I mean and to help with search engines. Until you learn pinyin's conventions, the older systems give a better idea of what the Chinese words sound like, too.

'Taijiquan' and 'taiji' are the same thing; 'taijiquan' (pronounced 'tai chi chuan') is its full name, but most people call it 'taiji' day to day.

I have put one or two Chinese phrases and names in Chinese characters too - I hope I've got them right - because YouTube will let you search on Chinese characters - if your browser shows them, just highlight them on this page, copy them, and paste them into the YouTube search box. It probably works on other video sites as well. To add to the madness, some Chinese characters have simple and traditional forms. I've mixed them up before now but I'm trying to stick to one sort these days!

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