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OBELISON

More than just a Tai Chi College

Learn Tai Chi, Qigong, & Meditation, and receive Buqi treatments, with Marc Price in Worcestershire.

Improve your health, boost your energy, and maybe even find your true self.


About Obelison Tai Chi

'Obelison' is Marc Price's Worcestershire-based taijiquan school, which is focused on research, study, and accurate teaching of the authentic knowledge brought to us by Dr Shen Hongxun. Marc offers teaching, coaching, and treatments on a private one-one basis, and in public classes.

Marc Price is a '2nd generation' teacher of Taiji37, Taijiwuxigong and Wuxi Meditation, and he is a fully qualified Buqi Therapy practitioner. Marc holds 'Advanced Instructor' status with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.

Marc has been studying and training with Dr Shen Hongxun directly, as well as with the top '1st generation' teachers of these systems, since 2001. Marc received the esteemed Buqi Therapy Practitioner Diploma in 2007, and over the following three years, Dr Shen asked Marc to begin teaching Taiji37, Taijiwuxigong, and Wuxi Meditation. Marc is the only teacher based in Worcestershire with the authority to teach these systems.

Marc continues to train on a regular basis and he is passionate about accurate dissemination of this precious knowledge to the wider public, through public classes and on a private one-to-one basis.

Shen Hongxun
Dr Shen Hongxun
 ©2010 Hans Schoutsen


General Benefits

The overall benefits of these systems is personal development: development of your mind, your body, the relationship between the mind and body, and also your relationship with the environment. This is a very broad and sweeping statement, so here are some examples...

Sport & Physical Activity

The more active elements of these systems facilitate improved:

Artistic Expression

All aspects of the systems promote:

Health

All aspects of these systems promote:


Tai Chi: The Taiji37 style

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Taiji37 is an authentic taijiquan (tai chi chuan) style. It was developed from Nanpai Taijiquan, which originates from Siming Mountain in Zhejiang province, and its basis is a series of standing postures that are finely tuned for generating taiji forces. The Taiji37 form is shorter than the well-known Yang style form, and it provides an accessible means to learn and practice the Taiji37 postures. It was developed by Dr Shen Hongxun, who studied with a number of famous internal martial arts masters in Shanghai during the mid-20th century, including Yao Huanzi, Tian Zhaoling, and Xia Zixin.

Benefits of Taiji37

Although the standing postures of Nanpai taijiquan were originally used for martial applications, they also have the function of improving health and wellbeing. The postures create expansion throughout the body, improving body posture and flexibility, and releasing bodily tensions and old emotions. At an energetic level, Taiji37 strengthens and expands the energy body, and furnishes the right conditions for awakening latent functions.

History of Taiji37

Dr Shen Hongxun grew-up in Shanghai and lived near to many famous internal martial arts masters. He first began studying taijiquan when he was around 10 years old. Dr Shen showed an aptitude for the practice and was soon introduced to his main teacher, Professor Yao Huanzi. Yao Huanzi's taijiquan knowledge came mainly from Yang family lineage, via Tian Zhaoling, however, he also studied and practised the 'Nanpai Taijiquan', which helped him develop strong taiji forces. This led Dr Shen to study Nanpai Taijiquan in depth with Master Xia Zixin.

In Nanpai Taijiquan, there is no set form, but rather a series of 37 precise and expansive standing postures. The aim of these postures is the development of taiji forces (taiji jin) that create explosive yet controlled martial movements. The Taiji37 style form was developed from these standing postures, as a means of making this knowledge more accessible to modern society.


Qigong: The Taijiwuxigong system

Taijiwuxigong is an exercise system derived from taijiquan, traditional Chinese medicine, and traditional Chinese exercise systems (daoyins). The exercises are designed to release physical and mental tensions, developing better posture, improved mood, and increased energy.

Benefits of Taijiwuxigong

Taijiwuxigong has the main function of improving health and wellbeing. The exercises achieve this by providing expansion throughout the body, improving body posture and flexibility, and releasing tension from both body and mind. At an energetic level, this activates and strengthens the energy body, paving the way to awakening of latent functions.

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History of Taijiwuxigong

Taijiwuxigong was developed by Dr Shen Hongxun in the latter half of the 20th century as a means to provide the main benefits of taijiquan in a more accessible form. He did this by replacing the complex drill of the taijiquan form, with a set of standing, sitting, and lying exercises that adhere to taijiquan principles. The first of the Taijiwuxigong exercises was developed by Dr Shen Hongxun's main taijiquan teacher, Yao Huanzi. This provided a major part of the inspiration for Taijiwuxigong, which draws on knowledge from traditional Chinese and Tibetan practices.


Meditation: Wuxi Meditation

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Wuxi Meditation is based on an original method of Chan meditation, where the focus is to find the 'centre of the mind', the place where all thought originates. However, Wuxi Meditation also consists of essential exercises (internal movement, breath, and sound), to correct the body posture, cleanse the internal organs, and clear the channels and meridians. Wuxi Meditation can bring true stillness and inner peace, and thus facilitate spiritual development.

History, Development, and Benefits of Wuxi Meditation

Stress and anxiety are known risk-factors for many chronic health issues that are prevalent in western society, and the natural response is to do some kind of 'relaxation'. Hence, meditation practices are gaining popularity as an antidote to our increasingly stressful lifestyles.

All meditation systems are rooted and developed from traditional practices that are thousands of years old. Many modern approaches focus on the 'mind exercise' element to achieve mental relaxation, disregarding any 'preliminary practices' as cultural and religious embellishments. Indeed, Dr Shen argued that it is important that traditional systems should continue to be developed over time, in order to improve and remain relevant to the socio-cultural demands of the present day.

However, Dr Shen also argued that development must come from a deep understanding of the aims of all elements of the traditional system. By disregarding many of the elements of traditional meditation systems, we are essentially 'throwing the baby out with the bathwater'.

Wuxi Meditation developed as a result of deep study of Daoist, Chan Buddhist, and Tibetan Buddhist meditation systems. It is areligious, having developed and evolved to meet the needs of modern society. At its core is a non-dualistic model of the human mind and body, that retains the traditional Eastern view, with its 'energy' channels/meridians and so forth, but as a modification and extension to the Western model of the 'self'.

As such, Wuxi Meditation is not just about mind exercise, it is also about body exercise, which develops improved posture, physical, emotional, and mental self-awareness. Hence, daily practice results in a gradually deeper understanding of your self at all levels, and your relationship with the modern environment.


The Buqi Therapy energy healing system

Buqi therapy is an energy healing treatment system - a complementary therapy that focuses on the close connection between chronic poor body posture and tension. It addresses both sides of this equation, by releasing physical and mental tensions, and by gradually correcting body posture.

Buqi therapy, and the model of disease upon which it is based (the Buqi model), was developed by Dr Shen Hongxun of the Buqi Institute, after over 40 years of medical research in China. Dr Shen found that many diseases were linked to the overproduction and accumulation of pathogenic factors and toxic by-products, referred to as 'binqi' in the Buqi model. The aim of a Buqi therapy treatment is to release accumulated binqi and to minimise any further over-production of it.

The Buqi Model

In a healthy person, binqi naturally leaves the organs via the meridians, and then leaves the body via the hands, the feet, and urine. Binqi is overproduced when the person has experienced a lot of negative emotions and/or severe stress. It is also overproduced when the spaces between the vertebra of the spine begin to narrow due to poor body posture. Poor body posture in itself can be induced by negative emotions and stress, but it is mainly linked with lifestyle and habit. Poor body posture causes binqi to accumulate in the intervertabral spaces, joints, muscles, and organs.

Buqi Therapy

Buqi therapy consists of energy treatments and gentle exercises. Firstly, the therapist uses his/her own taiji forces to move accumulated binqi out of the client's body. This essentially kick-starts the healing process.

Secondly, the therapist helps the client to continue the healing process on their own, by prescribing a tailored programme of gentle exercises. The exercises continue the release of accumulated binqi, and gradually reduce the over-production of binqi. Over time, the prescribed exercises become stronger, building the client's strength, energy levels, and inner calm.


Classes

Private Programmes

We offer bespoke group and one-to-one programmes for corporate and private clients. Contact us for further details.

Public Classes

Tai Chi at the Barn

When: Thursday evenings, 7-30pm - 9-00pm

Where: St Nicholas Church Barn, St Nicholas Lane, Worcester, WR4 0SL

What: Qigong (Taijiwuxigong) and Taijiquan (Taiji37)

Classes are a mixture of gentle qigong (Taijiwuxigong) exercises, and Taiji37 form.

Taijiwuxigong consists of gentle standing and lying exercises (daoyin) that involve movement, breath, sound, and meditation. The Taiji37 taijiquan form is a short sequence of expansive and powerful postures that gently liberate the mind and body of tension.

Practical Details:

Wear warm, loose, comfortable layers, and soft, flat-soled shoes. Please also bring a mat and a blanket for floor and meditation exercises.

Bookings:

Contact Marc (01905 811123) now to book your place.

Tai Chi Chill-out

When: Tuesday lunchtimes, 12-15pm - 1-00pm

Where: McClelland Centre, University of Worcester City Campus, Worcester, WR1 3AS

What: Qigong (Taijiwuxigong)

Classes focus on gentle qigong (Taijiwuxigong) exercises.

Taijiwuxigong consists of gentle standing and lying exercises (daoyin) that involve movement, breath, sound, and meditation.

Practical Details:

Wear warm, loose, comfortable layers, and soft, flat-soled shoes. Please also bring a mat and a blanket for floor and meditation exercises.

Bookings:

Contact The McClelland Centre (01905 542001) now to book your place.



Meditation in Movement

When: Thursday afternoons, 2-30pm - 3-30pm

Where: Oasis Room, The Hive, Worcester, WR1 3PD

What: Meditation (Wuxi Meditation)

Classes focus primarily on Wuxi Meditation.

Wuxi Meditation consists of gentle stretching, breathing, and sound exercises, together with meditation.

Practical Details:

Wear warm, loose, comfortable layers, and soft, flat-soled shoes. Please also bring a mat and a blanket for floor and meditation exercises.

Bookings:

Classes are now closed for the academic summer break - back in September.