Experiences From Within And Without                                 


At first, there’s nothing.

Just stillness. Then something. Slowly, quietly, there’s movement.

Up and down. Separating. Heaven and earth. Yin and Yang.

Circling, pushing, grasping, projecting, coiling and releasing.

Rising, falling, drawing and then repelling.

A feeling of well-being.  A oneness with the source begins to manifest.

I do not dwell on this feeling. I am aware of its presence continually rising.

It tingles. It’s warm. There’s a burning.  A heat. Hot, energising. Feeling  good.

Contracting then expanding. Lifting and spreading. Yielding.

I am soft. Defensive. Yin.

Advancing, I am firm. Offensive. Yang.

Focussed. Clarity of mind. Lightness of movement.

Forward, stepping back, sinking and rising up again. Fluid.

Sticking to. Feeling. Listening as I turn away to reject a force.

Still feeling, listening, I immediately change and follow to deliver focussed power.

And still the warmth. Rising until my entire being is filled with this energy.  Chi.

There’s a firmness of body, but still I remain soft.

A heaviness of limb, but still I remain light.

A contradiction I know, but I do not yet understand.

A broadening of awareness, but I do not seek to look beyond myself.

It’s a truly wonderful thing that which I describe.

Before, where I was fatigued, am now invigorated.

Where I was tight, am now loosened.

Where I was stressed, am now relaxed.

Where before I ached, I ache no longer.

Is there a better method through which to regain the oneness with the source?

That which I describe is unrivalled in its holisticness.

What is it that I describe?

You know it as “ Tai Chi Chuan”


Godfrey Dornelly

About Godfrey Dornelly

The instructor of Three Treasures Wudang Tai Chi Chuan - Godfrey Dornelly, has practised martial arts since the age of 13. In 1979, he began karate (Shen Chi Do) which he practised for 21 years, acquiring a 3rd Dan Black Belt. In 1988, he took a new martial journey in Tai Chi, under the Tai Chi Master Mr Dan Docherty. Godfrey has been teaching Tai Chi for the past 19 years, triumphing in numerous international competitions.

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Every Tuesday 
 7pm - 9pm (£10)

Hawley Infant School

Buck Street, Camden Town NW1 8NJ (behind Camden tube) 

T: 07956 596 986


One to one or small group sessions also available.  Please contact Godfrey to arrange. 

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17 May 2015
Tai Chi Straight Sword Workshop

Working on form & function

Time: Sunday 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Cost: £50.00 regular attendees: £70.00 all other Wudang Tai Chi practitioners.

Venue: Hawley Infant School, Buck Street, Camden NW1 8NJ