My name is Myriam and I started studying Tai Chi in 1999.
I started Tai Chi on the advice of my acupuncturist, and having always had a great interest in Eastern Philosophy, Herbalism and Traditional Chinese Medicine, soon found it enthralling. The main reason behind my start on the long Tai Chi road was medical. I did suffer from algodystrophy (post-traumatic bone disease) in a leg after a car accident years before. Although the first few weeks of training were hard, I soon noticed the pain was getting better and my leg started feeling stronger. After a few months, the difference was amazing, after a few years it was astonishing. Nowadays, I seldom experience any pain at all and have no longer to deal with the “flare-ups” where painful bumps appear on the bone where the fractures were. It is all a thing of the past and the thing that changed my life is Tai Chi.
There is nothing magical or weird about this when you consider the medical evidence produced by numerous studies linking Tai Chi to health benefits. The regular practice of a low impact exercise like Tai Chi has proven to be an ideal tool to use for any medical condition and the sometimes surprizing benefits are now well documented.
After my basic study of the Yang Chen Fu form (the Traditional Long Yang Form), I moved on to more advanced levels and assisted my instructor before taking over his class in 2003. I qualified as an advanced instructor in 2006 and am of course still carrying on learning at more in-depth levels.
As well as Tai Chi, I practised Hsing Yi for several years and Shaolin Kung Fu, where I passed my black belt (before the class had to close which meant the unfortunate end of my training).
In 2014, I became certified to use Tai Chi as an aid to medical rehabilitation. The course I took is recognized by and taught for use in the NHS. I attend regular seminars and courses to further my knowledge in this particular field, which is where my main interest lies.
As mentioned before, I do continue to train and study the art at higher levels, which is expected of any genuine instructor. I firstly attended the Hine Institute (based in Bromley, London) until 2015 and am now training with the Kai Ming Association (based near Birmingham) where the form practised is the Yang short form developed by Professor Cheng Man Ching. Part of the Tai Chi training are the use of the classic weapons (sword, sabre, spear, staff, fan) and the practice of Pushing Hands exercises including self-defense applications. I also practice Qigong and have studied several forms: some of these forms are particularly suited for specific classes (cardiac rehab, pain relief, relaxation, arthritis, and more).
I am fully insured, certified and an instructor member of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.