Hi, Jamie Muir here. I became interested in Eastern philosophy and martial arts as a child, after watching the television programmes “Monkey”, and “Kung Fu”. This was the beginning of a lifetime’s passion. After practising Karate for many years I discovered Tai Chi, which I loved immediately due to it’s spiritual/philosophical aspects, and how it makes me feel – deeply relaxed, yet able to tackle anything.
From a self defence perspective, the underpinning idea of not meeting aggression with aggression, but staying calm under pressure to use an opponent’s force against them, really appeals to me, and once I experienced a true Master’s ability to diffuse attacks with seemingly no effort, I was so amazed that I gave up Karate, and dedicated myself to Tai Chi.
This idea of effortless action can be applied to daily life. As you become more able to release mental tension, the way you deal with stressful situations improves, even changing your perception of them – they are no longer stressful. This is life changing!
For me, Tai Chi is not just exercise, or a martial art, it’s a way of life. It has truly transformed me, changing how I respond to adversity, even enriching my personal relationships, as tensions there are more easily diffused. You don’t just practise Tai Chi, you become it! So this is the main reason I do Tai Chi, to become a better version of myself every day.
I am now an affiliated Instructor, with Heaven Man Earth Internal Arts International, teaching the syllabus of world renowned Master, Adam Mizner. I knew the moment I met him and experienced his extraordinary ability first hand, that this was my Path. I also learn from his Disciple, Andy Mack, and Duran Mack, of Heaven Man Earth Internal Arts London, and regularly host workshops in Durham with them. Apart from being very skilled, they are all great inspirational teachers.
I have passed an examination with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain, and been awarded an Advanced Instructor Certificate. I have over 25 years of martial arts experience, and have been teaching Tai Chi since 2005. Before discovering Sifu Mizner, I studied under various Masters, including John Ding, and Steve Rowe (Yang Style), Chen Xiaowang, Chen Xiaoxing, and Chen Ziqiang (Chen Style). I have also studied Bagua and Xing Yi (Tai Chi’s “sister” arts), as well as Chen Pan Ling Tai Chi, under Master Luo De Xiu, and his UK representative, Dave Bolton.
I have also studied and practise Shiatsu (a Japanese bodywork system), Massage and Reflexology, which have deepened my understanding of the physical and emotional benefits of Tai Chi, and inform my practice.
I consider my personal progression very important and aim to enrich my classes with quality instruction. I love to see the changes Tai Chi brings to my students, benefiting them at every level.