19 Jan 2014 - Sifu Sue Dixon receives First Degree from Sifu Pat Brooks

Sifu Sue Dixon receives First Degree from Sifu Pat BrooksOur Christmas meal in December at The Black Lion in Thirsk was attended by seventeen members and friends who enjoyed a lovely meal and get together before the Christmas festivities. A surprise presentation (at least for the recipient) was made by Sifu Pat Brooks to Sifu Sue Dixon, of a certificate and her First Degree for her commitment to T’ai Chi Qigong and services to the Vale of York T’ai Chi Qigong Association. Sue expressed her thanks to the committee and all who had supported this award.



02 Dec 2013 - 2014 workshops and classes

Details of 2014 workshops and classes are now available online. Further events may be added in due course - the website contains the most up to date information, including any changes, so please check regularly.

In 2014 we are planning some different training sessions which we hope will appeal to everyone. Once a month our regular Wednesday night session will be training with Stuart Agars. The class will be extended to two hours 7pm-9pm and the cost will be £10 for the two hours or £5 for one hour. There will also be an opportunity to train at Stuart’s Gym in Harrogate and for those who wish to go, we may be able to arrange car sharing nearer the dates. These sessions are 11am-2pm and £15 for the class.

07 Oct 2013 - Master Hui Kit Wah and Sifu Stuart Agars

Master Hui was made Honorary President to the Vale of York T'ai Chi Qigong Association on his recent visit to the UK when he led our Wednesday class and also taught our monthly Saturday class. Master Hui has been practising martial arts since childhood. Along with a master degree in Science, he has practised Karate, Judo, Li Fut, Wing Chun and Qigong. During the past twenty years he has devoted himself to the research of traditional Chinese internal martial arts. He also has great interest in the functions of martial art regarding the exercising of the body and keeping practitioners healthy. He has tried to study and analyse the internal strength of internal martial arts and its secrets from the perspectives of sport and scientific theories. He has learned several kinds of martial arts from many teachers, for example Xing Yi Chuan, Ba Gua, Tai Chi and Lui He Ba Fa and Yi Chan. He was formally accepted as a disciple by three masters and has gained a vast amount of experience and knowledge over almost fifty years.

He was presented with a certificate by our Sifu Pat Brooks and also a large chocolate cake baked by member Pat Tearall which was greatly enjoyed by all! See our photos in the picture gallery

Stuart Agars was also presented with a certificate as Honorary teacher to the Vale of York, after being awarded the accolade on 3rd July. He accompanied Master Hui at the classes and has been a guest tutor for the Vale of York T'ai Chi Qigong Association for several years.

Stuart runs the NCCMA in Harrogate and has been an instructor there for 14 years, Over 24 years’ experience in Martial Arts with 20 years in Lau Gar Kung Fu. Stu has a broad interest in all types of martial arts and coupled with numerous visits to China has developed a greater understanding enabling him to teach to a high level in many areas. Stuart particularly enjoys practicing and teaching the application of his style and also devotes a lot of time to Meditation techniques learnt whilst in China. Stuart also forms the 'strong' rear end of the Lion in the Lion Dance routines.

Stuart has been a guest tutor for our association since 2009 teaching both Qigong, Chen Style T’ai Chi, and more recently Liuhebafa; Six Harmonies & Eight Methods “Water Boxing”.

17 Feb 2013 - 2013 workshops and classes

Details of this year's workshops and classes are now available online. Please note that dates, times and venues may change throughout the year - please check our workshops page regularly

01 Nov 2012 - 2012 Grading

The Vale of York T'ai Chi Qigong Association held a Grading at Sutton under Whitestonecliffe Village Hall on Saturday 27th October. Three candidates took part: Pat Tearall, who successfully gained her blue sash; Ann Morrish was presented with her red sash; and Judith Wood completed the last part of her black sash and received her final certificate. Judith was also presented with a bouquet of flowers from the group to celebrate her final grading. 

Instructor Sue Dixon was surprised and delighted to be promoted to Sifu Grade for her teaching of candidates to grading standard. The examiner was Sifu Pat Brooks who commended all candidates for their hard work in preparing for the grading and gave a special mention to Instructor Andrea Snow for her assistance and help. Family and members of the association were present to give support and congratulations to the successful candidates.

Photographs of the grading are in our picture gallery.