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Michael Acton

Founder and Senior Instructor

 
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Master Li Liqun and Michael Acton

I began to study Taiji quan  in 1976 in London. My first form was a Yang Style. I moved on to Wu Style when I met Seow Poon- Shing (Simon) a practitioner from Malaysia, I later studied Yang Style (Yang Chen Fu), Hsing Yi and Ba Gua  with  Fu Hua of Shanghai (Student of the renowned boxer Zhu Gui Ting) and Chen Style.

In 1992, I moved to China to study Wu style Taiji Quan. In Shanghai I met Master Li Li Qun, a 4th generation master of Wu Style Taiji Quan and a Traditional Doctor and Master of Therapeutic Qi Gong healing.

I stayed in China for three and a half years studying traditional Wu style long slow form, fast form, Tui Shou, San Shou and weapons. I also studied Qi Gong under Master Li. I received permission from Master Li to teach both Wu style Taiji Quan and Qi Gong. In 1996 I became Master Li’s representative in the UK and began teaching. I returned frequently to China to further my studies and in 2005 I moved back to China for a year of study. In 2006 I hosted a very successful visit by Master Li to London.

In 2010 Master Li retired from teaching and in 2011 I visit Shanghai with my wife and daughter to pay my respects. Whilst in Shanghai I was introduced to Master Liu Ji Fa a Taiji brother and friend of Master Li and also a disciple of Grandmaster Ma. He invited me to accept him as ‘Elder Teaching Brother’. We visited the graves of Wu Jian Quan, Ma Yueh Liang and Wu Ying Hua together to pay our respects. Along with senior students, I continue to visit our Taiji friends and extended family in Shanghai and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.

In addition to my Taiji studies, I have been fortunate enough to study some aspects of Buddhist meditation with monks in Dharamsala N. India.

I am also the author of “Eternal Spring- Qi Gong, Taijiquan and the Cultivation of Health, Happiness and Longevity” (Jessica Kingsley Publishers. London and USA)

I am currently working on a book on Dynamic, Therapeutic and Meditational Qi Gong  which I hope to publish in 2014.



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