Tai chi

Origins of Tai Chi

Tai Chi is hundreds of years old. The Yang style history started with its founder Yang Lu Chan in the 19th century.  In the 20th century his grandson, Yang Cheng Fu’s made adaptations making the style more accessible to a wider variety of people.  Today Tai Chi is a worldwide art with millions of people learning.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi involves learning a series of harmonious movements linked in a form. The form is instantly recognised for conveying grace, fluidity and a hypnotic calmness.

Yang Style Tai Chi involves:

Chi Kung postures

Interlinked exercise


Sensitivity exercise


Martial/Self defence applications

Tai Chi can be practiced at a moderate to challenging level, depending on the ability and requirement of the participant.

The holistic nature of Tai Chi benefits participant's on many levels.  Regular training results in optimal alignment in ones posture, increased movement and function of structures such as bones, joints, tendons, muscles and organs as well as bodily systems and chi flow.  Profound improvements in balance suppleness and strength are achieved by a wide variety of people from all age groups, activity levels and lifestyles.  On the emotional and spiritual level the form has a deep calming effect, which is beneficial for minimising everyday stress and anxieties.

Participants report that after a mentally and/or physically tiring day, training in Tai Chi gives them a sense of calmness, balance and vitality.  A unique way to exercise one’s body and mind.  The concepts and principles of Tai Chi can be imbued into ones daily life, extending the benefits far deeper than realised.

To start training just come along, wear loose comfortable clothing and gym shoes.

DOM MEURIER    Martial Arts Profile

Tai Chi

I commenced my Martial Arts training in England in1982 with a style called Zeu Wei, a hybrid system which incorporated kicks, hand strikes, locks, throws, break falling, rolling and ground work. The emphasis was towards self defence training and fitness.  Zeu Wei was an excellent foundation into martial arts.  My instructors were Nigel Cooper Black Sash 5th Degree and Paul Shedden Black Sash 4th Degree.  After 4 years I started instructing at the club and attained Black Sash 2nd Degree within 6 years.  I continued with Zeu Wei for a further two years.

In 1989 Nigel met Sifu (master) Stephen Shek who had trained in Dragon Style Kung Fu since the early 1960’s and had been training in martial arts from childhood.  He became our Sifu and taught us Dragon Style Kung Fu.  Nigel Cooper, Steven Foster and I became his first inner door students (tu tui) after his son Konrad.

Over the years I found this system to be challenging but very rewarding.  It not only tests ones physical ability but also the concepts and principles benefits one’s mind.  I had the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong to be introduced to Sifu Sheks teacher, Segung (Grandmaster) Chil Chung.  It was an amazing experience to have Segun’s touch and refinements to contemplate.  Segun Chil Chung was not only an exceptional martial artist, he was also a healer using tdit dar chinese herbs and massage.  This experience created an interest in healing arts for me.  Eventually I embarked on the study of Zen Shiatsu Massage and TCM Acupuncture.

In 2000 Sifu Stephen Shek introduced me to his class brother Sifu Chung Wai Kong who shared his skills and interpretations of Dragon Style through Sifu Bob Chung.  I gained fascinating, alternative insights of the depth that could be reached from such apparently simple concepts and principles.

In 2002 Sifu Nigel Cooper and I restarted the Watford Dragon Style Club.  From 2003 until 2010 I had sole responsibility of the Club.  Now the Club is back in the expert hands of Nigel assisted by a core of long term senior students.

I started to learn Tai Chi and internal exercises like Chi Gung, Dao Yin and Yoga, around the mid 1990’s, some of which were incorporated into my Shiatsu and Acupuncture training.  I found it very helpful in physically understanding the concepts of chi.  From 1998 my instructor in Tai Chi was Ross Weaver who received his training in Australia.  In 2001 I met with Sifu John Ding and trained at his Tai Chi Academy in London, completing the Instructor training in 2009.   Sifu Dings insights and levels of understanding of Tai Chi Chuan are exceptional.  My training has been a real privilege.

I have been fortunate in my Martial Arts journey.  I have experienced the training and knowledge from true masters, experienced instructors and gained profound insights from my students.  Nearly 3 decades of Martial Arts involving patience, hard work and enjoyment has the amazing reward of self understanding, mental and physical awareness and exceptional friends.

In 1987 a fellow instructor Robin Gillott and I started GM Defence a Self Defence and Martial Arts tuition business teaching at hundreds of state and private secondary schools in England.  This successful partnership lasted until I immigrated to New Zealand.