I am writing this on behalf of my erstwhile wife and her friend who attend your Tuesday class. May I say that the time my wife has spent at your classes has been the most fulfilling and productive of our life together she has a vitality and love of life she had almost lost. Tai Chi is most important to her and she never misses a day in practicing the art you have instilled in her. I do hope we will meet one day. Thank you and good luck.
L C Alchin 2/7/10
I have been attending Tai Chi classes since 9th November 2009 and slowly my life has changed, from walking with the aid of a stick for 50% of the time, to not needing it at all and keeping up with my friends and family, my mobility has changed beyond all recognition. One of the most marked things that has happened concerns a diagnosis last year which showed I had high Cholesterol and would need medical treatment. My recent test however showed that I had attained normal levels of Cholesterol much to my surprise of my GP who has taken the effects of Tai Chi on general health.
It seems plain to me thanks to Tai Chi, green tea, my diet and my instructor Jan Simpson, my life is looking very good indeed.
Gillian Alchin 18/7/10
I enjoy Tai Chi because it is not a strenuous exercise. I find it very relaxing, all the movements can help some parts of our body if we have problems. Arthritis, Back pain etc, which our instructor always tells us which is very helpful. The breathing that we do in Tai Chi is very good for all of us. The massaging of the pressure points are very good once we are told what each one is for, and if necessary you can do it wherever you are. The hour is very enjoyable with lots of laughs and after the class your body feels better. My doctor is very pleased that I go to Tai Chi.
Ferring Tai Chi Student 9/8/10
After many years enjoying Karate, I developed osteoarthritis in my lower back and left hip forcing me to stop training. I decided to look for an internal martial art to study and found this very impressive web site. After my first Tuesday session I realized what a wonderful martial art the 37 step Tai Chi form was. A big bonus is having warm, wonderful and helpful instructors who just happen to be very good at martial arts. It is always a pleasure to go to class and train with very sociable and friendly people.
R Moore 20/8/10
When I first started Qi Gong I suffered badly with repetitive strain injury in my neck and shoulder and I have found that the exercises have helped me enormously relieving the tension, easing the pain and making it so much easier for me to move my neck and turn my head.
Jan is a great teacher, he makes the exercises fun and adds interesting anecdotes to expand our knowledge of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. His plan is for us to learn all the meridians to know which parts of the body are affected by the exercises, this will be fascinating.
C Coren 20/4/12
I've been attending QI gong and Tai chi classes with Jan for six months now. That anniversary might have passed unnoticed had I not had an appointment with my rheumatoid arthritis consultant who I first saw six months ago. It's not always possible to see our own progress with Tai chi, changes may be subtle, gradual. There was absolutely nothing subtle about my meeting my consultant. Not looking up from his computer screen he asked how I was. "Fabulous!" was probably not the answer he expected!
When I first met Jan in January of this year (2015), I hobbled in with a walking stick. I had to sit with my right leg straight out as my knee was locked. I'd been like this for nearly two years. I was depressed, everything hurt. After I contacted Jan regarding classes and before we met or he knew of my physical problems, he sent me a video link of a guys fight to become mobile. I watched, I cried, I wanted that and what's more I was going to get it! And I have. As I said to my consultant. I'm four stone lighter, no stick, no limp. Last week I went dancing. Last year I'd began to think my days of walking were drawing to an end. I like how Jan always encourages us, No competition, just finding a way. The power of working, moving as a group is, I find, very powerful. I can't really express how great I feel.
Guess Fabulous kind of says it though!
D Cole 20/6/15
I started Qi Qong with Jan a couple of years ago. I have had lower back problems for many years and have previously tried yoga and Pilates which I found aggravated my back. I found a local class on the internet and discussed with Jan whether Qigong would be suitable for me. Jan was very helpful and understanding on the phone and suggested I come along to a class which I did and have continued ever since with great benefit to my back problems.
I did try a class locally to where I live but this was Chen style tai chi (I didn’t realise at the time that there were so many different types) but this didn’t suit my back problems at all so I stopped. I decided to return to the Ferring classes and haven’t looked back since. I have also joined Jan’s Ferring beginners tai chi class which I really enjoy and find the Qigong and Tai Chi go very well together.
I have had a bit of a problem with my hip recently which thankfully turns out to be muscular. I discussed my concerns about the tai chi causing the problem with Jan and we talked it through and it turned out I wasn’t doing some of the exercises correctly and was twisting my hip rather than my waist. I am happy to say that now I am doing it properly my symptoms have disappeared. I had convinced myself that I would have to stop the classes but because of Jan’s help I am now able to continue.
Jan is a very patient understanding teacher and talks through all the movements. He makes the classes interesting when passing on his knowledge of the history of Qi gong and tai chi. He writes very informative newsletters and produces small videos to assist us to practise at home. It is not all serious as we still have time for a giggle in class.
I fully recommend others joining these classes.
S Peters 13/11/15
Further to our recent discussions in respect of my on-going heart condition. I thought you might be interested in how I arrived at the situation where I decide that I should use the Tai Chi teachings which I have learned from you in a more practical way. You will remember that around three or four years ago at age 72 I was diagnosed with Heart Arrhythmia or Atrial Fibrillation to give it it's more common name. this is a condition whereby the heart beats irregularly and can "spike" from a normal heartbeat (around 100 bpm) for a man of my age, up to 180 -200,bpm. The heart specialists prescribed medication for the condition and ordered an annual check up. I had two of these and on the third check-up in March 2015 I was advised that my condition was not improving and I would very likely require "open heart" surgery if things did not improve. I was then told to come back in six months and not to wait for a full year. As you can imagine I was very unhappy with this and decided to take matters into my own hands. I had practiced standing meditation and heart strengthening exercises with you and decided that this was something I should try as a way to support the medication. I practiced daily for around 8-9 minutes in addition to the form. In November 2015 I returned to hospital for my six monthly check-up. It was agreed that my general condition had stabilised and and I have now reverted to annual checkups and surgery has been shelved at least for the immediate future. I must stress that the exercises have not replaced the medication, however it is my strong belief that they have certainly been beneficial and have resulted in a heart calming outcome.
M. Cusack. 18/1/16 Private Student
I have tried a new class the past 2 weeks and would like to let it be known how much I am enjoying it. Qi Gong on Monday afternoons is now a class I will always attend. The rest of the week I am generally pushing my body with a mix of gym work and high intensity classes. I have found Mondays, Qi Gong class is a wonderful little haven for me to holistically rebalance and also set me up for a positive week ahead. Jan is a great teacher, with a great calm but strong energy and his passion for what he teaches shines through. Already looking forward to next weeks class.
J.Bignell 30/6/16 David Lloyd Qigong Class