James Drewe became involved in the Chinese Health Arts in 1975 when he began by studying Gongfu and Taijiquan. He rapidly became interested in the philosophy behind these forms of exercise and also in both meditation and the use of diet to promote health. Since then he has taken an interest in a variety of other health arts and qualified as an acupuncturist.
In 1980 James began learning the Yang family style of taijiquan and Zhan Zhuang Qigong under Master Chu King Hung; he has also studied Zhan Zhuang Qigong with Master Lam Kam Chuen.
He later broadened his taiji & qigong training with Richard Watson, learning the core syllabus of both hand and sword Forms of the ‘modern’ Yang style. He has also studied over the years with both Prof. Li Deyin and Master Wang Yanji. He currently learns with Master Huang Ping.
Other than Zhan Zhuang Qigong, James Drewe has studied a therapeutic qigong called Daoyin Yangsheng Gong with Richard Watson, Mark Atkinson, Hu Xiao Fei, and Prof. Zhang Guangde.
James is a member of the BCCMA, the TCUGB, and the Longfei Taijiquan Association. He is the author of 3 books on taiji, and runs classes in both London and Kent.
What is ZHAN ZHUANG QIGONG?
Postures are held with the aim of developing qi (ch’i) the body’s natural energy, and correcting imbalances in the organs of the body at the same time. It is the art of learning how to relax and calm the mind and is an excellent method of learning how to cope with stress, tension, and anxiety.
What is DAOYIN YANGSHENG GONG?
Daoyin Yangsheng Gong is a ‘moving’ qigong that focuses both on the prevention of illness, and the maintenance of good health throughout the body by balancing the energy of the internal organs.
This qigong consists of ‘sets’ of exercises that focus specifically on the organs of the body, and the body 'systems', e.g. the Digestive, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, & Skeletal systems, as well as exercises for the Liver, Kidneys, Diabetes, etc. The exercises also encourage flexibility, and a loosening of the joints and muscles of the body.