The Eight Energies and Five Elements

Cancelled- hopefully to be re-scheduled 2021

The Master Key to Taijiquan: Eight Energies

June 13-14  (£90.00)

The Master Key to Taijiquan: Five Elements

June  20-21 (£90.00)

Both weekends £160.00

Venue: Lamerton Village Hall, Devon, PL19 8QP

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Two thematically-linked yet stand-alone weekends exploring the roots of all styles of Taijiquan: the “master key" referred to by the late Master Jou Tsung Hwa. Led by Dr Jay Dunbar and Kathleen Cusick (USA). The workshops are open to all levels and styles, although the first weekend is more suitable for those with less experience.

      Please note the start / end times do vary across the weekends  

Payments : by BAC to 40-02-17    91246356   'Tai Chi June' as a reference.


 or send a cheque to:

Adam Benjamin

7 Rush Park Terrace


Cornwall PL18 9NR



The Master Key to Taijiquan: Eight Energies

June 13-14

Sat 13th  10am - 5pm

Sun 14th   9am - 3pm


The first weekend will be a playful discovery of the Taiji diagram through tracing, sculpting, and walking. A simple, flowing form will help us activate chan si jin: “silk reeling power,” and unlock the connection between the energetics of the Book of Changes (I Ching) and the eight fundamental movements or “gates” of Taiji. Partners’ interactive exercises leading to push-hands will round out the weekend. Auxiliary exercises open energy channels, stabilise the knees, loosen the hips, and foster relaxation and awareness.


The Master Key to Taijiquan: Five Elements

June 20-21

Sat 20th  1pm - 6pm

Sun 21st 10am - 5pm


In weekend two we study the application of the five “phases of change” (water, wood, fire, earth, metal). Weekend one studied the energies symbolised by the circumference of the Taiji diagram; weekend two concentrates on the dynamics of the “S” curving diameter. Both solo and partners’ exercises cultivate stance, root, and a feel for the process by which an energy received can be transformed and returned. Both weekends are based on the teaching of the late Master Jou Tsung Hwa, author of The Dao of Taijiquan: Way to Rejuvenation, who devised simple exercises to help himself and all players embody the energetics of Chinese philosophy that form the traditional basis of Taijiquan.



About the teachers

Jay Dunbar, Ph.D.

Jay has studied Taijiquan since 1975.  He is a senior disciple of the late Grandmaster Jou Tsung Hwa, author of The Dao of Taijiquan: Way to Rejuvenation. Jay’s doctoral dissertation on Taijiquan, “Let A Hundred

Flowers Bloom: a Profile of Taijiquan Instruction in America,” alerted the Taijiquan community to the need for an emphasis on safe knee dynamics. He is the founder and director of the Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School in Chapel Hill North Carolina.


Kathleen Cusick, M.A.


Kathleen teaches with the Magic Tortoise School and has studied Taijiquan since 1984 with a variety of teachers, including the fourth generation Yang family lineage holder Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo and sixth generation Master Yang Jun. She was a featured instructor at Grandmaster Jou’s Tai Chi Farm in New York State, and with the Southern Women’s Martial Artists Network and the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation’s Special Training. She is also a guild-certified Feldenkrais Method practitionercm.