Christine Barbier - Qigong,Tai Chi,Chun Yuen,Wing Chun
Christine started her studies of Qigong back in 2002, when she found that it helped with reducing the effects of stress. The exercises taught looked simple but felt powerful and had an immediate impact on feelings of wellbeing. After several years of study and having reached a good standard she became a qualified instructor of the Tse Qigong Centre and started teaching Wild Goose Qigong in Hexham.
The journey that began with Qigong expanded over the years to include all the other skills offered by the Tse Qigong Centre. First came Chun Yuen Quan, which is very good to keep warm, fit and flexible, a bonus in the cool North East climate. Later Christine learnt both Chen Taijiquan and Wing Chun, two different self defence martial arts. She always thought that martial arts were only for the thought guys and required rather more strength than she naturally has. She was proved wrong in her assumptions, as the self defence that the Centre teaches relies on skill not power, so she found that she could actually use the techniques effectively even thought she is a small person. One unexpected bonus has been the application of these skills principles to non-physical situations, where conflicts can be handled much more calmly, helping to find a good outcome and reducing stress levels significantly.
Over the years Christine has had the privilege to travel to China with the Centre, the birth place of all these skills, meeting some of the grand masters and experiencing their knowledge first hand, as well as the culture and philosophy from which they originate. Christine hopes that she can help others discover, enjoy and benefit from these authentic skills.