This site is about the martial and movement practises of me, Edward Hines - what I do and why - where and how I teach.
Briefly I teach Chinese martial arts, mostly Baguazhang or Bagua (see below), fitness, mobility, strength and how to fit these all into a healthy (perhaps busy) life.
Why do I do this? I think a healthy world depends on healthy people, and exploring movement and the play between thought, body and behaviour is a key part of being healthy. I want to live in a healthy world and this is one way to contribute to that. I also think that there is a lot of BS in the 'fitness' industry and in martial arts. This is may way of standing for something more honest.
Some students really like to dig into and explore the fighting/martial arts side of Baguazhang. Others like to dip in and out as a way to inform how they move.
Whether you like t fight or not there are many layers you can enjoy and benefit from in Baguazhang.
Firstly it is a centring meditative exercise that can calm and realx you when you are stressed - which means clearer thinking, more stable more positive emotions and better sleep. Any exercise that does this is can have immune systems benefits - so less sickness more energy.
Secondly it takes coordination - the combination of coordination and exercise helps keep the brain healthy and stimulates the production of new brain cells.
Thirdly it's great for strengthening the body, especially the legs and torso but also the upper body. For most people it also helps with mobility and flexibility. Probably not so much for professionally ballet dancers.
Fourthly there is a mix of formal and playful practise. Play with a partner brings an alive quality that barbells or solo forms do not. You get forced to move to places and in ways you would not.
The word play can put some people off. Playing is how we evolved to explore and learn, and it is the best way to develop practical skills.
Alongside that I work with people on strength, mobility, fitness, body and body shape. My tools include weight training of different kinds, gymnastic rings, bodyweaight calisthenics, partner exercises and movement in nature/outdoors.
I'm constantly studying and researching so my methods are quite diverse - from standard sports science strength and conditioning, to 'movement culture' to old Asian methods of physical development
Not anything that you can just buy on the site. For now it's all personalised.