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What Tai Chi Means to Me

First of all, my thanks go to Ian Cassetari who held a three session demonstration at my granddaughters school back in December 1996.

Curiosity at first drew me to these 'after school' demonstrations.  After attending these sessions I was 'hooked' on Tai Chi.

My son-in-law Dave, who came with me to these first three sessions, and I joined Ian's classes at Derby Road Tech.  When these classes ended we went regularly to Lakeside Fitness at Pleasley.  There were also many enjoyable, comprehensive and happy sessions at Lammas Scout Hut in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Tai Chi came to me at a most vulnerable and emotional time as my husband passed away in August 1996.  I was working in a job I loved and had lots of friends around me, which helped.  I missed my husband very much but I felt there was still something missing in my life.

I am happy to say that Tai Chi and all that is connected with it was the 'missing link'.  Tai Chi is also my family too.  All the people I have met, trained with and still meet are very very special to me.

Tai Chi has helped me in my work and my life.  It has changed my life in so many ways and it is of great help and pleasure to me now and in the future.

I regretfully had to close my classes in Elmton recently but hope to re-start in the near future.  My grateful thanks to those students (and friends) who worked so hard over the last eight and a half years.  Good luck and happiness be with you.

My thanks especially to Nigel Sutton, Darren, Don and Junior who have helped, guided and led me through the many and varied aspects of Tai Chi.  Their patience has been extremely appreciated.

I look forward to many more years of training with them all.

Thank you again

Jan Hodgson