To enter the door and be shown the way, you must be orally taught. The practice is uninterrupted and the technique (achieved) by self study.
Song of the 13 Postures — author unknown
Luke Shepherd (1961–)
Luke Shepherd is the principal instructor and founder of Open Palm Taiji. He is a student of Patrick Kelly and has been training Taiji since 1981.
His first 15 years training were with Richard Farmer of Rising Dragon Tai Chi.. Rising Dragon’s teachings emphasised meditation and personal development with a strong focus on connecting Taiji principles to every day life. Luke ran the Rising Dragon Cardiff Branch for 5 years, prior to moving to Devon. Between 1991 and 1997 he periodically lived in India under the direction of Ramana Maharshi’s disciple Sri HWL Poonja.
In 1997 Luke met Patrick Kelly. Since that time he has trained the internal aspects of body and mind, under the guidance of Patrick. He formed Open Palm Taiji to further his own development and share his passion for Taiji with those keen to also gain from this artform.
Luke has Taught at Tai Chi Caledonia and runs workshops throughout the year.
Luke was a director of Tai Chi Nation between 2010 and 2016.
He divides his time between teaching Taiji, his personal training and his work as a sculptor and bronze caster.
Aaron Goodwin (1966–)
Aaron Goodwin hasa long established background of Martial Arts Training in shotokan karate, kickboxing, and escrima over the past 35 years. He has been a student of Patrick Kelly for the last 19 years. Although he has a keen interest in Pushing Hands, his main passion is the deeper / spiritual side of the arts more than just the physical applications. He spends time outside of practicing on his mountainbike.
He runs his own Taiji School based in Exeter http://sunrivertaiji.co.uk/
Aaron began training in Taiji 22 years ago as many people do , drawn to the relaxing element and the meditation. After my first class I realised there was something much deeper going on than I’d previously thought. Having trained many years in martial arts before I was also drawn to this “shrouded in mystery” art of internal energy and forces.
A couple of early years Taiji, with now good friend and training partner Luke Shepherd, led to meeting Patrick Kelly and Wee Kee Jin, both indoor students of Master Huang Shen Shyan of Malaysia.
Master Huangs system of developing internal forces answered all the taiji questions.
Is it a fighting art for defence? is it just a slow moving exercise for health and relaxation?
or is it a practice to just develop a more spiritual awareness of yourself?
so yes to all 3.
Taiji is practised slowly because there is so much to do in every movement.
I’ve trained in this system since then. Intense week long retreats in Paris , Italy the South of France and a training visit to 9 Clouds taiji studio in Shanghai.