Sifu Leo’s Book Launch

Sifu Leo’s Book Launch

Four years ago, in a private tai chi lesson, Caroline Addenbrooke wrote down some notes, as she had been doing for a while, and Sifu Leo Ming said: “You could eventually write a whole book just on this one form!” They were practicing the Yang Short form, and this then sparked something in their minds.

Taiji and the martial arts have been Sifu Leo’s love, so he was excited to make use of a different form of media to express his passion for taiji.  Together with Caroline and her lengthy notes, and with a wonderful team of experts, they created this beautiful book “Yang Short Form. A beginners guide to Taiji Chuan.”

It’s a beginner’s guide, because we are all beginners at different levels, and insight comes in many different stages.  This book is aimed at any level, as insight is in the eye of the beholder.

On Saturday 14th November 2020, the book was launched and a celebration was held in Johannesburg, at the Service Station Café.  We were delighted to have over 50 guests at the launch, mostly Sifu Leo’s dedicated students, with over 20 online in the zoom broadcast, from all over the world.

Caroline joined from her new home in Ireland, and we even had a special guest from New York, Ellen Cheng, the daughter of Prof. Cheng Man Ching, who started the Yang Short form.

“Thank you for your support! I had a superb book launch and it meant a lot to me to have so many special friends, students and mentors join me.” shares Sifu Leo.

“In less than 24 hours we sold out of our first run of my book. We’re organising a second run for those still wanting a copy, (so please contact me if you want to get on the waiting list).  The feedback has been so touching and wonderful about the book, so thank you for your support.”

Some of the feedback has been:

The book is great. Thanks for producing it. It really is a wonderful achievement and you can be very proud of it. Congrats again to all who made it happen!

👏👏👏 Regards Barbara

Dear Leo, I just want to say how much I like your book. I am in awe of the work that you and your team must have put in to create such a beautiful publication. It speaks to the reader on so many levels – technical and historical tai-chi info, your personal insights and your story, context, different levels of application. I can go on and on. I love the photos showing the form and especially the clever colour bar indicating the breathing. All the pictures are really beautiful and the descriptions are so detailed! You have really contributed something unique and bravely personal to the tai-chi world. I can just imagine how proud your daughter must be of you as well! Please let me know when the next batch is available, I would like to buy a few more for my two brothers. Very best wishes to you and Natalie, Zanta.💜💜

Thank you for the invite to the launch. I really enjoyed it. The book is fantastic and very well structured.😊👍🏻
– Ralph

It’s a beautiful book and well done all of you for pulling it together. No mean feat!
– Andrew Joseph

Wonderful !  It is really a Superb book – presentation and contents are outstanding. Especially love the breathing !!  👍😁  Congratulations to everyone involved 👏👏👏 🙌
– Anonymous

Leo, I see I have set myself a phenomenally difficult task. Your book is so exquisite, on all planes, the only way to properly review it would be a haiku. I don’t know whether I’ll even be able muster words, let alone a haiku. But I’m in the habit of gritting through and doing what I say I’ll do. It’ll take time. Thank you for this book. For one thing, with written words, at last I can properly “hear” what I’ve missed in classes. For another, there’s the Tau. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you Master. With gratitude. Pam.

Hi Leo, I will be spending most of January and possibly February travelling…. i will take your book with me, it is astounding piece of work, wonderful and I will try to work from it while I am not in classes.
– Heather

Thank you Leo, the book arrived safely this morning. It is everything I had hoped and imagined. Looking at the images, our sessions have come to life again, but I will have to correct a number of the movements within my present form. Val de Vie is an amazing place and practising Tai Chi form here is fantastic. The silence and peace in the morning and at night is extraordinary. Thank for our time together and for the way in which you opened our minds to Tai Chi and the ancient Chinese culture. Good luck for the future,
Kind regard Lance and Pauline

Sifu Leo hopes that “just as a simple thing sparked Caroline to start a journey of a ‘thousand words’, so I hope this book will spark someone who has no clue what taiji is about or how taiji can help transform one’s life, start their journey. As the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with your first step. We don’t know what lies ahead, but if we don’t make the steps on the path we will only be living in our imagination and not get first hand experience.”

For more info about the book, go here.

To purchase the book, go here.

Four years ago, in a private tai chi lesson, Caroline Addenbrooke wrote down some notes, as she had been doing for a while, and Sifu Leo Ming said: “You could eventually write a whole book just on this one form!” They were practicing the Yang Short form, and this then sparked something in their minds. …

Giveaway

Sifu Leo is launching his book on 14th November, and is offering this Giveaway:

Sifu Leo’s Giveaway:

Enter to win Four private taiji lessons with Sifu Leo in person or via an online platform (like zoom, cisco, or skype) , valued at R1800, when you purchase two copies of his new book “Yang Short Form. A beginners guide to Taiji Chaun” at the special price of R650 each.  Both purchases must be made between the dates of 26th October 2020 and 21st November 2020.

If you buy 2 books in person at the book launch on 14th November 2020 – you get 5% off your January month of taiji classes, as well as being entered into the draw.

Send your entry to leo@mingsmartialarts.co.za with proof of payment and contact details.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. For every 2 books purchased before the closing date, 21st November 2020, you get one entry into the draw.
  2. To enter, send your proof of payment for both books, with your contact details to leo@mingsmartialarts.co.za
  3. The prize is four x 45 minute private taiji lessons with Sifu Leo, to be held online using Cisco Webex, at times convenient for both student and Sifu Leo. The lessons must be used within 6 months of winning.
  4. Entries close at midday Saturday 21st November 2020.
  5. The draw will take place by end of business, Monday 23rd November 2020 and the winner will be contacted.
  6. The judges decision is final. There will be an independent auditor present at the draw.
  7. The prize can be transferred to someone else with permission from Sifu Leo.

Sifu Leo is launching his book on 14th November, and is offering this Giveaway: Sifu Leo’s Giveaway: Enter to win Four private taiji lessons with Sifu Leo in person or via an online platform (like zoom, cisco, or skype) , valued at R1800, when you purchase two copies of his new book “Yang Short Form. …

Back story episode 3

Back story episode 3

When months and days and hours of training in martial arts, specifically in tai chi, comes together in a matter of a couple of seconds:

When months and days and hours of training in martial arts, specifically in tai chi, comes together in a matter of a couple of seconds:

Tips on basic stances in taiji

Tips on basic stances in taiji

Sifu Leo Ming shares some of the common mistakes in tai chi stances and his tips to correct them.

tai chi stance

For more information on online Tai Chi Classes broadcast from Johannesburg during lockdown, contact Sifu Leo Ming on 0833780468.

Sifu Leo Ming shares some of the common mistakes in tai chi stances and his tips to correct them. For more information on online Tai Chi Classes broadcast from Johannesburg during lockdown, contact Sifu Leo Ming on 0833780468.

Scientific evidence for benefits of tai chi

Scientific evidence for benefits of tai chi

For the unconverted or scientifically minded person, if you need some scientific proof of the many benefits of tai chi, then check out this easily understood video, entitled “Qi Gong & Tai Chi – Evidence Based Medicine”:



For more information on Tai Chi Classes in Johannesburg, contact Sifu Leo Ming on 0833780468.

For the unconverted or scientifically minded person, if you need some scientific proof of the many benefits of tai chi, then check out this easily understood video, entitled “Qi Gong & Tai Chi – Evidence Based Medicine”: For more information on Tai Chi Classes in Johannesburg, contact Sifu Leo Ming on 0833780468.

Tai Chi Retreat 2019

Tai Chi Retreat 2019

Whether learning something new, or practicing it for many years, there is such value in focusing one’s efforts for an extended period of time on that activity.

Retreats offer just that kind of opportunity, and so the tai chi retreats offered by Mings Martial Arts is a yearly, and sometimes even bi-yearly, event, for those students wanting to deepen their practice.

The cat stalking the disinterested chicken, at the tai chi retreatThis year’s retreat in September was enjoyed by a range of students, who came to not only learn more about martial arts, but also get away for a weekend from the hustle and bustle of daily city life, and enjoy some tranquil time in the pecan nut orchard, amongst nature.

There was a mix of favourites like the Short Form, and the qigong exercises, which feel powerful under blue skies, with fresh air and birds singing, and the loving dogs of the Melody Hill Retreat Centre joining in the energy.  Even the young cat felt playful, exploring the lines of students breathing and moving as they connected to their chi.

Sifu Leo Ming taught a new Broad Sword form, affectionately dubbed by the students the “Melody Mings Form”, which he choreographed.  It is a short, feisty form that challenged and brought laughter from the students.

Sifu also had the students balance water bottles on their heads, which brought a most useful awareness to the energy bow lines and body posture, that is developed during tai chi forms.

For Brenda, this quote best sums up the retreat weekend:

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” – WB Yeats

Horse with foal, at the tai chi retreatTony shared his reflections of the weekend, saying:

“Dear Sifu… had a day to reflect on the wonderful retreat we had.  The new broad sword form is beyond incredible. Poetry in motion… aggressive powerful majestic riveting…. The company was wonderful… The location manifesting nature’s rebirth flowering into a beautiful young foal on the farm next door. I’ve grown as a person through the experience. Thank you, Tony”

Ralph added his thoughts:

“The tai chi weekend is always a highlight during the year for me. I always look forward to practicing the new forms and improving on sections of the ones I have some familiarity with. It is also a great opportunity to socialize and spend time with my fellow tai chi class mates.  The setting is also wonderful and I find it very relaxing and contemplative and one just feels so much closer to nature with all the bird calls to listen to and with the opportunity to take the odd walk between the pecan nut trees. 

The new sword form that Sifu has taught us is magnificent and so graceful and I can’t wait to practice more with my new broad-sword. Thinking back, I think the highlight for me was the exercise of attempting to balance the water bottle on one’s head while attempting the short form. This practice immediately highlights so many of the teachings with respect to balance, posture and flexibility. All I can say is that I’m glad the bottle was filled with still water and not carbonated as it may have burst with all the times it went crashing to the floor. 😊”

With scrumptious, healthy vegetarian food shared amongst old and new friends around the wooden, long tables, and the ample down time to read and reflect, everyone enjoyed the weekend and got to recharge, ready to head back to city life.

Will you join us at next year’s retreat?

Contact Sifu Leo Ming to find our more information about upcoming Tai Chi Retreats in Johannesburg, by calling 0833780468.

Tai Chi Retreat in Johannesburg

(Photos courtesy of Brenda and Tony)

Whether learning something new, or practicing it for many years, there is such value in focusing one’s efforts for an extended period of time on that activity. Retreats offer just that kind of opportunity, and so the tai chi retreats offered by Mings Martial Arts is a yearly, and sometimes even bi-yearly, event, for those …

Fire and Ice Tai Chi Team Building

Fire and Ice Tai Chi Team Building

Corporate Self Defense Course on a roof topSifu Leo Ming ran one of his tai chi experiences, as well as a self defense course, for the Protea Hotel chain, for their team at the Melrose Arch “Fire and Ice”.  They got to enjoy the views of Johannesburg, and some winter sunshine, from the roof of Melrose Arch.

The principles behind ‘fire’ and ‘ice’ were fun to explore, as they relate to the principles of tai chi, being concepts like ying and yang, and of soft and hard.

Sifu brought these aspects into the sessions, so that the team could have a physical experience of these different energies and aspects of their brand, as well as creating the opportunity for the team to have a common experience to strengthen their working relationships.

They also left with some self defense techniques to keep them safe on the busy and sometimes dangerous streets if our bustling city, Johannesburg.

Self defense corporate event

The fun part of this corporate team building experience as the breaking of the board with a rolled up piece of paper.

“Thank you for an amazing experience” shared one of the participants. “We cant wait to practice every morning!”

To learn more about Sifu Leo Low Ming’s corporate team building experiences, contact him on 0833780468.

Sifu Leo Ming ran one of his tai chi experiences, as well as a self defense course, for the Protea Hotel chain, for their team at the Melrose Arch “Fire and Ice”.  They got to enjoy the views of Johannesburg, and some winter sunshine, from the roof of Melrose Arch. The principles behind ‘fire’ and …