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Name: Spencer Rabey
Email: via the "contact us" email address
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Interests: Tai Chi, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Silat Melayu Lian Padukan, Seni Silat Tari

Spencer currently works for regional government in a project management role. He has been studying martial arts for about 14 years, and has been part of the Zhong Ding organisation for the past 8 years.

He started his martial arts study with Karate and Tai Chi. His instructor considered that Tai Chi complemented Karate well. A number of relocations to other areas of the country gave him the opportunity to study Muay Thai, ju-jitsu and jui-jitsu for short periods of time. As these studies were not for a prolonged period of time he feels this provided him with the opportunity to "play" with these arts and feed them into his own personal training approaches. He feels, going about training in this manner has helped incorporate different aspects of these arts into his training to complement his strengths and supplement his weaknesses.

When a friend of his wanted to start training in Tai Chi to help recover from injury he was happy to go along with him for his own reference and to further develop his understanding of Tai Chi Chuan. He was lucky enough to attend a class run by Mike Roberts (now teaching in the USA) who introduced him to Cheng Man Ching 37 step form and the Zhong Ding association. His training then started to incorporate weapon forms and push hands. Spencer subsequently became an "inside the door" student of Master Instructor Don Harradine.

As his study with the Zhong Ding association continued he had the opportunity to travel to Malaysia to study with Master Nigel Sutton. As part of this trip, he was honoured to meet Guru Zainal Abidin, Guru Azlan Ghanie, Master Wong Jing Hui, Master Koh Ah Tee and some of their students.

Master Sutton introduced Spencer to the Malay arts of Silat. Spencer now trains in Silat Melayu Lian Padukan, Seni Silat Tari and is a graduate of Silat Harimau. He has also added some Baguazhang and Xingyiquan to his training.

He feels he has benefited from the considerable expertise and experience in the Zhong Ding association in the UK and abroad. The openness and assistance of Zhong Ding people has been of great benefit. This is also apparent with other organisations and individuals he has met whilst studying, travelling and training in martial arts.

Spencer believes that Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi Chuan has provided a format for him to apply Tai Chi principles to other Arts and vice-a-versa. It has helped him to overcome difficulties he has encountered.

He has now been teaching Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi along with some other forms and aspects of his training for four years. Some students have recently made him aware that his class has benefited and helped them He hopes his students do benefit from their study and are given principles to help them with their particular circumstances, whether their goal is to study for the martial or health aspects.