Spencer currently works for regional government in a project
management role. He has been studying martial arts for about 14
years, and has been part of the Zhong Ding organisation for the
past 8 years.
He started his martial arts study with Karate and Tai Chi. His
instructor considered that Tai Chi complemented Karate well. A
number of relocations to other areas of the country gave him the
opportunity to study Muay Thai, ju-jitsu and jui-jitsu for short
periods of time. As these studies were not for a prolonged
period of time he feels this provided him with the opportunity
to "play" with these arts and feed them into his own personal
training approaches. He feels, going about training in this
manner has helped incorporate different aspects of these arts
into his training to complement his strengths and supplement his
When a friend of his wanted to start training in Tai Chi to help
recover from injury he was happy to go along with him for his
own reference and to further develop his understanding of Tai
Chi Chuan. He was lucky enough to attend a class run by Mike
Roberts (now teaching in the USA) who introduced him to Cheng
Man Ching 37 step form and the Zhong Ding association. His
training then started to incorporate weapon forms and push
hands. Spencer subsequently became an "inside the door" student
of Master Instructor Don Harradine.
As his study with the Zhong Ding association continued he had
the opportunity to travel to Malaysia to study with Master Nigel
Sutton. As part of this trip, he was honoured to meet Guru
Zainal Abidin, Guru Azlan Ghanie, Master Wong Jing Hui, Master
Koh Ah Tee and some of their students.
Master Sutton introduced Spencer to the Malay arts of Silat.
Spencer now trains in Silat Melayu Lian Padukan, Seni Silat Tari
and is a graduate of Silat Harimau. He has also added some
Baguazhang and Xingyiquan to his training.
He feels he has benefited from the considerable expertise and
experience in the Zhong Ding association in the UK and abroad.
The openness and assistance of Zhong Ding people has been of
great benefit. This is also apparent with other organisations
and individuals he has met whilst studying, travelling and
training in martial arts.
Spencer believes that Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi Chuan has provided
a format for him to apply Tai Chi principles to other Arts and
vice-a-versa. It has helped him to overcome difficulties he has
He has now been teaching Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi along with some
other forms and aspects of his training for four years. Some
students have recently made him aware that his class has
benefited and helped them He hopes his students do benefit from
their study and are given principles to help them with their
particular circumstances, whether their goal is to study for the
martial or health aspects.