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25 years

25 years

It was September 1995 when I joined 1st time our Tai Chi class back in my hometown in Poland. I didn鈥檛 know how much it will change my life. Year after year deeper and more natural, I have been becoming submerged in Tao.

This long journey has been reach in getting plenty of experience. I am greatful for all of them.

2020 is strange year. Covid changed our lifestyle. Thanx to Tai Chi It was much easier go through it. Daily practice keep you going in the right direction.

We had to cancel our International Push Hands in Prague. This year it should be 9th. Ivo Marvan had this cool mask ? idea, and sent the masks to the participants. Here me and Thomas:
Push hands Prague

Hopefully next year will be easier

Tai Chi Memories from 2007

Tai Chi Memories from 2007

The Wu Chi position, a quintessence of nature,
is the beginning and the end of everything.
It is a quiet which is born and which dies.
Emptiness where a movement and Tai Chi is being created.
Tai Chi is the first motion in the war of the light against the shadow, yang and yin

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Wspomnienie z czas贸w kiedy mog艂am uczestniczy膰 w ka偶dych warsztatach.
Seminarium w czeskiej Pradze 2007:

Wu Chi – pocz膮tek i koniec
Wu Chi, b臋d膮ce kwintesencj膮 pozycji naturalnej, jest pocz膮tkiem i ko艅cem wszystkiego. Cisz膮, kt贸ra si臋 rodzi i umiera. Pustk膮 gdzie powstaje ruch i Tai Chi, kt贸re jest pierwszym poruszeniem w walce 艣wiat艂a z ciemno艣ci膮, Yang z Yin.
Ruch jest wszystkim co si臋 wydarza. Nie tylko przemieszczaniem si臋 w przestrzeni, ale r贸wnie偶 ka偶d膮 emocj膮, my艣l膮, drgnieniem energii. Poszukiwanie stanu Wu Chi pomaga nam zyska膰 wype艂niaj膮c膮 go si艂臋 ciszy, uwalniaj膮c膮 nas od strachu, kt贸ry blokuje nasze dzia艂ania. Ka偶dy krok w poszukiwaniu Wu Chi ma g艂臋boki sens. Nawet, kiedy nam si臋 wydaje, 偶e nigdy nie uda nam si臋 go osi膮gn膮膰, 偶e zam臋t, kt贸ry nosimy w sobie nie pozwoli nam si臋 tam zbli偶y膰.
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Father Form

Father Form

Regular practice is one of the fundamental rules of any progress.

If you don鈥檛 push yourself to follow daily routine, you will get big chance to have your life full of stagnation and bad habits controlling you.

My first Tai Chi class happened somewhere in September of 1995. At this time, I exercised typical physical basics with around 500 sit-ups daily as the main part.

Still having this background, it took me a few good years to start practising Tai Chi on daily basis.


I鈥檓 actually not sure why.

At the beginning I was more fascinated with Taoist philosophy and maybe that was the reason.

Though when I think about that more carefully it looks like it was good excuse to run away from the true change.

Because Tai Chi practice as all of the great systems changes you deeply inside. You become new person. And this is very scary thing. Most of us is unconsciously petrified of this change.

We stick to what we know even if that鈥檚 destroying our life.


Thanks God I hit the bottom. My personal life became one big mess and I didn鈥檛 want any more to make the same mistakes again and again and again.

So the first was the decision.

Then reality. 聽Looking for excuses, laziness, escapes.

In the background doing those 500 sit ups without any problem.

I didn鈥檛 give up though.

On each occasion when I missed the practice I just came back to it as soon as I was able.

And so on and so on鈥ntil I got myself to this place where it is as normal to me as daily teeth cleaning for most of you.

I鈥檓 today different person. The internal frantic spasm went away. I lived in 3 different countries, learned 3 new languages and got the control of myself.

The monkey in my head, horse in the heart and pig in my stomach don鈥檛 get crazy that easy 馃槈


All of it thanks to Father Form which is the core and base of my daily routine.

This Form is also regular beginning of out classes and workshops.








First part of the class helps to relax the tension in your body, clam your down and improve joints flexibility.

To achieve that we use so called 鈥淔ather Form鈥 which comes from San Feng Style 鈥 unique family style from Canton brought to Europe by Dr Ming Wong and taught by a few of his students. As per our knowledge Thomas Nowakowski is the only one teaching this style in UK.

鈥淔ather Form鈥 takes around 45 minutes and goes through all of the joints starting from feet then moving step by step to upper parts.

We practice whole form in silence, concentrating on movement and breathing.

The movements are not difficult but can be challenging if it鈥檚 going about the balance or flexibility. Those challenges are quickly dissolving with regular practice. With every repeat you will feel the improvement of your external and internal stability.

Similar to a lot of Tai Chi exercises this form works also with concentration鈥檚 ability and capability of brain hemispheres鈥 communication.

Students stay facing the teacher and repeat his movement not like in the mirror鈥檚 reflection but in the same direction/side like teacher鈥檚. For example: when the teacher moves right hand in the right direction, the students should do the same. This type of exercises develops neural connections and speedup the timing of reactions not only in a study room but in your daily life. You can be faster and more accurate with the decisions you need to take, your reaction to the stress situations will be controlled better.

Very interesting aspect of practicing 鈥淔ather Form鈥 is observing how much the body work influences our mental stability and vice versa. Improving your flexibility of joints will have positive impact on the way you process information. Your overall vision will be broader and more detailed which is useful in every possible life situation. From little things of no big consequences up to life鈥檚 changing decisions, clear vision and flexibility of thinking is most wanted asset.

If you want to improve your life balance or you suffer from some kind of health restrictions this exercise will help greatly.

Many students of Thomas Nowakowski practise 鈥淔ather Form鈥 on daily basis. They incorporated it in between their busy lives, work, families and all other activities because it is so rewarding.

The tension and blocks are staying with us when not dissolved and relaxed. They go deep inside into the muscles, joints and singular cells building the layers of stiffness, collecting psychosomatic 鈥渄irt鈥.

You can compare practicing 鈥淔ather Form鈥 to your daily shower or teeth brushing. It has the same cleansing effect except it goes much further. It purifies your whole body and mind. Makes you healthier, happier and calmer in this crazy world.


…and then you can easily go for push hands in Prague 馃檪

Zofia Polak





Another busy summer around

Plenty of design work, preparing new stand for October event, attending tai chi camps…

A lots happening

At the moment I can show you the movie I did about our international Tai Chi camp this July: