Sifu Pat Brooks
Sifu Pat Brooks is a founder member of the Vale of York T’ai Chi Qigong Association, and has served on the committee throughout. She started going to classes in Easingwold, having done yoga for many years, and found the practice even more enjoyable and beneficial. When the chance came to participate in the first instructor training course she enrolled, not with any intention of teaching, but to learn and understand more about this wonderful practice. Having qualified, she was asked by a couple of other people to finish their terms for them and to her surprise thoroughly enjoyed teaching, introducing new students to this health-promoting system, and bringing on more experienced ones. Having attained her black sash in 2003 she also became a Sifu (teacher), as opposed to an instructor. So, she has been teaching ever since, and appreciates the friendships and benefits she has enjoyed and still enjoys. In recent years other people have gained their black sashes, and another Sifu, Sue Dixon, also runs classes, and is taking a more prominent role in the Association.
Pat was fortunate to meet Stuart Agars and to introduce him to the Association as a visiting teacher. His energy, enthusiasm and huge wisdom are greatly valued. She also met and introduced Sandie Day, who gave us a taste of Jason Chan’s Infinite Tai Chi.
When Pat first started training she did not know anything about Qigong, but it quickly became the core of her practice, an enthusiasm she always hopes to pass on to colleagues and students. She is deeply conscious and appreciative of all the benefits, physical, mental and spiritual, that she gains from practising and teaching T’ai Chi Qigong.
Sifu Sue Dixon
Sue began her training with Sifu Linda Settle at a class at Thirsk School in 2000. After a year she joined the Vale of York T'ai Chi Qigong Association and began the journey of learning and grading with the association. Taught first by Linda then guided by Sifu Pat Brooks at our regular Wednesday classes, she has also attended many workshops in Chesterfield and Thirsk run by our Qigong Master Alan; also completing a three year intensive instructor course run by him.
In March of 2010 she was awarded the Black Sash having completed the whole of the Vale of York T'ai Chi Qigong Association syllabus at one grading. She was further given the title of Sifu in October 2012 for her teaching of others to grading standard. Sue teaches several classes in the Thirsk area and furthers her own learning by training with Stuart Agars at the NCCMA in Harrogate. For details of the classes she teaches locally click here