My working life to date has revolved around professional music making and teaching. My main interest outside of work has been the study of different Chinese Martial Arts. I had studied the Shaolin martial art Chuan Shu, intensively over a period of ten years. I also undertook a further year of intensive training in Wing Chun. I now teach some of the softer, health improving aspects of these arts to the general public. The art of Chuan Shu, is a generic term for all Shaolin styles and its existence is reputedly over 1000 years old. Shaolin styles are considered hard forms of martial art, as opposed to styles such as taiji, Bagua, Baiji, which are regarded as softer or internal systems. Some of the earliest systems combined both hard and soft techniques and ‘Butterfly Fist’ the Chuan Shu system I studied is one such style. The term Chinese Yoga is derived from the softer aspects of these combined martial arts systems. Chinese Yoga, like its Indian counterpart is a system of breathing & stretching excercises. Exhamples of these stretching excercises include Ba-Duan-Jin, Wu Qin Xi & Yi Jin Ching. The specialised breathing techniques and forms are known as Qi-Gong. These breathing exercise forms can be either static like the highly effective system Zhan Zhuang, or with movement, such as Luohan13 Forms.
Chinese Yoga is especially beneficial for senior citizens as its gentle movements can improve balance, stability and strength without the physical demands placed on the body by other forms of exercise.
Sarah started her yoga journey in January 2012. By November of the same year became certified to teach Vinyasa Power Yoga, having undertaken her training with Tamal Dodge at the Yoga Collective in Santa Monica. In December 2012 Sarah headed to Florida where she had the great priviledge of learning the Budokon Primary Series with Budokon founder Cameron Shayne at his home in Miami. Sarah achieved two yoga certifications in under one year at the age of 55, showing it`s never too late to start and follow your dreams. My motto, “Live always as if life were just beginning”.
Max decided to leave school after obtaining 9 GCSE`s. Inspired by just one private lesson with Ryan Carldon-Miah, Max set off with his parents to Santa Monica to continue his Wing Chun studies and start his yoga journey. Dissatisfied with the differences in style and teaching of Wing Chun in Santa Monica, Max focussed on his yoga training, attending ten classes each week at Bryan Kest`s Power Yoga studio and with Tamal Dodge at the Yoga collective.
In less than three months Max had clocked up over 100 class hours interspersed with private lessons with Liz Arch. Max undertook the Budokon 200 hour teacher training with Cameron Shayne at his home in Miami and feels especially priviledged to have been given this amazing opportunity. At age 17 and two months, Sensei Max is the World`s youngest certified Budokon yoga instructor. Max returned home to complete an intensive personal training course and is now a REPS3 (Register of Exercise Professionals) level three Personal Trainer.