This is the recommended approach and it is the only approach Master ever uses. It is a wholistic, systemic, jigsaw approach to teaching and learning which includes all the training, outlined under Services and it is provided to you in lessons, piece by piece, taught so you will understand the finesse and details.
Gradually, you will work out how they fit together, these multivariate forms with their infinite permutations.
Master asks, How many fairies can stand on a pinhead?
Sometimes you will know straight away the purpose and manner to execute forms, and other times it will be confoundingly slow, followed by an epiphany. You may go from thinking something you are taught is complete nonsense and then you will have your light bulb moment.
There is great satisfaction knowing that you have fathomed connections and applications. It won’t take long before you realise, gratefully, that it is highly imperative training. This is about deep and intrinsic learning which few have the patience for.
This is a thinking person’s, or internal style. It requires an open mind, attention and sensing over time, and all to be done with diligence. It requires you to get out of your comfort zone and leave old paradigms of doing and understanding behind. For now, you sail unchartered waters guided by your Senior Instructor and the intriguing map of Master’s curriculum.
Master says, Nothing happens on its own.
You will discover there are no gaps in the Master’s style. He has created this style as a diligent Martial Arts Scientist, following his five principles. Master has thought of everything and he has a reason for everything. There really are no gaps.
Teh Nei Chia Chuan is best taught in no particular order, responding to the student’s needs and the situational context of each lesson. Not everyone has the type of character that can handle learning this way. It is mysterious. You will be guided all the way, and have someone to answer questions and assist you, someone who has already been where you are heading.
The jigsaw approach results in a different learning and development approach honing the brain to the point that it proactively seeks connections and actively creates new processes, either simply because it can, or for urgent expediency.
The brain, consciously and subconsciously is in a dynamic state of vigilance, sensing and responding to situations appropriately and efficiently using the forms, multivariate forms and permutations of forms. Unlike real jigsaws, there is no endpoint to your study of the Teh Nei Chia Chuan style, and there is no one way of being. It is the principles and processes that are steadfast.
The manifestation is constantly changing and evolving depending on what you sense and the dynamics of the situation you are in. It is a dynamic and organic way of learning and being. You and the universe are truly as one.
There are both conscious and subconscious changes that will occur in the way your brain works. Master always says, “Teh Nei Chia Chuan will change the way your brain works!” I concur from my own experience, but it happens slowly without you consciously realising until suddenly, you become aware.
Master says, Students must STRIVE ON WITH DILIGENCE!
The other reason Master teaches all at once, or wholistically, is that it is key to his style, key to the brainwork required and key to the action. It is nonsense to him, to break up the style into segments when the synergistic benefit and supreme results are gained by wholistic application.
This can be confounding to beginners at first, especially those who have been heavily influenced by western styles of learning. Master says, it is not possible to reach the same high-level learning and ability, solely relying on a western-style linear, step by step scaffolded approach.
You have to be willing to leap into a new way of being. Teh Nei Chia Chuan style can be confounding to those who have experienced hard style martial arts taught in a western manner.
Master has the benefit of eastern styles from his early life, being a Thai growing up in Malaysia with strong Buddhist influence. The western-style commenced with his late childhood education and early adult military life as a mechanic with the British Royal Engineers.
His natural sense of physics was further formalised in his trade years as a fitter and turner.
Applied physics is what this supreme martial scientist excels at. Nothing is purer than maths, and nothing is more natural than nature. The line between intuition and conscious knowledge is fuzzy.
The curriculum is a synergy of eastern and western applications, and yes, this is somewhat of an enigma. An open mind and diligent approach will see you gain in a relatively short time, benefits of practicing this superior style.
Master calls sets of exercises with similar purpose brackets.
Soft Style vs Hard Style
Master says, soft overcomes hard and so the emphasis is on soft styles which have more to do with chi flow, synchronicity and correct technique right down to the fine details, and little to do with brute force. As you age, hardstyle is too hard for the body, causing damage.
The soft style will take you into your old age safely, giving you longevity. However, Master also teaches varying degrees of hardness and offers an approach to intentionally vary the degrees of hardness throughout a form or application.
You may choose to join our inclusive, low-cost two-hour classes on Tuesday 5 pm, Thursday 5 pm and Saturday 8.30 am, OR, choose a private lesson.
Class sizes are small so students will be able to grasp the esoteric health and martial style in a collegiate and supportive manner.
The lessons are two hours long, as from decades of teaching, Master knows this is best.
You may sit or rest at any time you feel the need. This need naturally lessens with time.
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What do I need to bring to learn Teh Nei Chia Chuan Health, Meditation, Breathing, Qi Gong, Massage, Tai Chi, Nei, Kung and Kung Fu?
Clothing – if you wish to comfortably manage the activities, wear flexible long shorts or pants and a loose t-shirt. We wear black pants and white tops.
After three months, you are expected to wear the uniform.
For formal occasions, you would be given plenty of notice and expected to have the formal uniform jacket.
Shoes – are not to be worn on the gym mat so you can have bare feet or socks/ stockings. It is recommended if you wear shoes on the tai chi lawn that they do not have a strong grip, for it prevents you from sliding, turning and spinning easily. Master always wears Kung Fu shoes, for they are cheap and flexible. Your Senior Instructor mainly has bare feet, enjoying the grounded feeling.
Water – we are on filtered rainwater at Forgedale. Bring a drinking vessel so you can rehydrate.
Loose-leaf folder or similar – if you wish to expedite your training, it is important to get into the habit of writing down what you learn and questions you would like to ask. Then over time, you will have created your own customised learning manual.
We suggest a different for each loose-leaf page so that as your learning deepens you can add to the page and add extra pages. A book can be frustrating and restrictive. Master is a stickler for writing things down and dating each entry. You will then know the context and gain an appreciation for your improved learning over time, too.
Though we may use videos as learning aids, reliance on videos is not considered an appropriate way for students to learn. We encourage memory enhancement and patience, letting the learning flow naturally.
Published books are available from Master who can be contacted via his Facebook page. In each class, we read one or two pieces of prose from Master’s books. Master shares a lot of his literature on his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Teh-Nei-Chia-Chuan-Tai-Chi-Kung-Fu-147054698663845/
Insect protection – as we are in a bushland setting and may train outdoors or in the open gazebo.
Weapons – are provided for lessons initially. After three months, you are expected to have your own. Beginners start with the bamboo staff and a plastic tai chi training sword.