TEACHER FEATURE: Edwin Tan

Edwin

1) When and how did you first start practising?

My first exposure to Qigong was when I was 17 years old. At that time the Qigong I practiced was focused on holding certain postures and breathing for a certain duration. My next exposure to Qigong was when I was 25 years old, and that was still predominantly focused on feeling and sensing energy. After partially tearing 3 shoulder ligaments 5 years ago, I researched into Eastern Internal methods of training the body and Qi, which has shaped my current practice today.

2) How you feel or what did you think after that first time?

The body methods of the Internal Arts were something different yet the missing puzzle to what I was looking for. I spent a fair amount of time researching on my own, through books, the classics, and self-practice, trying to understand how it worked. After training with a teacher for a while, I saw faster improvements in my skills, and then began to believe in it even more.

3) What inspired you to teach? And why do you continue to teach?

I’ve been doing injury rehab and personal training for 8 years. Throughout this years, I’ve constantly been looking for ways to better improve the wellbeing of my clients. This method of training is superior to conventional training in my opinion. An analogy that I commonly use is, “Qigong training is installing an upgraded engine to your vehicle. Whatever you use this engine for, it will improve your performance.” There is a misunderstanding that Qigong or Tai Chi is just for relaxation, for old people, or just to feel good. The original description of Tai Chi is “Steel wrapped in cotton”. Only by training the body correctly will the flow of Qi be improved.

4) How has your practice affected your life and perspective on it?

For starters, it has improved my health. Besides health, it has assisted me in relaxing both the body and mind. Chasing and controlling/wrestling with 2 kids is a lot easier. When the body is healthy, the joints pain-free, one’s mind is naturally less cluttered. That also translates into better family relations.

5) Share something fun about Edwin.

Most people would think I’m all Zen-like, given that I practice Qigong and meditation. I do enjoy playing sports and hanging out in the sun too. Best part of it all, this practice has improved my sporting performance. That aside, I do enjoy going to the arcades with my kids and just having a fun time. There’s a time for movement and a time for stillness, or yin and yang, as we call it in Chinese.