works in Sales but prior to this he was a professional artist
for about 13 years. He created a
website of his work and
hopes to develop his art further at some point.
He has been studying Tai Chi
for 19 years and came to study Tai Chi as a cure for a
repetitive strain injury in his back. He was addicted to the
art from the very start.
"Discovering Tai Chi for me was magical, miraculous and
fascinating, it complemented my continuing interest in
understanding the subtleties of mind, body and spirit."
Since starting his study in
this art, he has tried to achieve a balance of family
commitments and the dedication needed to fulfil personal goals.
Prior to taking
up Tai Chi, he studied Karate and Kung
Fu in which he enjoyed greatly but found they lacked spiritual
awareness and sensitivity. He enjoyed the feeling he got
from studying these arts but felt they were too forceful and
controlling and fuelled his ego too much.
Dave came to the
Zhong Ding organisation when he started training with Steve
Johnson and Chris Turner (who is now based in the US). It was
through Steve that he gained contact with Master Nigel Sutton
and Master John Higginson (who runs Zhong Dao which is based in
Manchester, a member of the Zhong Ding organisation). He
travelled to Manchester to train with Master Higginson and
subsequently became one of his "inside the door" students.
personal training focus is based around future connections to
spiritual awareness. He believes this is paramount for him to
absorb new insights into all aspects of his Tai Chi training.
He believes Tai
Chi is an amazing tool of awareness that can be a catalyst for
living your life in balance, not only in your posture, but also
your mind as well. It is mind, body and spirit. The fact that
the spine is gently encouraged to remain straight helps with the
massage of your internal organs, improves your blood circulation
and opens your energy through the meridians. Regular training
helps to centre and ground you, improving your patience, giving
higher self-esteem; self worth and the confidence to embrace
Dave recently had the opportunity
to visit Malaysia where he trained at the Zhong Ding Training
Centre with Master Nigel
Sutton, to expand his Tai Chi knowledge further.