Conor Byrne

I’ve been attending Jan’s classes in Tai Chi and Qi Gong for 13 years now.

In that time I’ve learned how to stand (on one legs as well as two!), breathe, squat, bend, lift my arms, turn, push and pull. These are all things you think you know how to do … until you find out you don’t. In class Jan gets the balance right between serious attention to detail, to learning, to continually evolving and improving, while at the same time having fun and really enjoying the experience.

Recently though, I was getting frustrated with myself as I felt I wasn’t making the progress I wanted. I approached Jan with the idea of doing a series of concentrated one-to-one lessons, once a week over the space of a few months. Jan concurred and we started working in some detail on the fundamental principles of the form. This has been a great experience. Concepts that I’ve heard Jan repeating over and over in class, at last, became tangible for me. They have started to become instinctual. My practice has moved forward substantially and I feel I’m beginning to imbibe the spirit of Tai Chi.

Based on my experience I can say that treating yourself to some intense Tai Chi sessions with Jan is an investment well worth making.