AL DORAN - MARTIAL ARTS COMMANDO
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1. How (and when) did you start?
I started Tai Chi -Yang form- in Reunion Island in 1989 with Hughes Mazaka.
In 1990 I met Dan Docherty at Jubilee Sports Hall, London. I discovered a different handform, martial applications, tui shou, weapons and Nei Gong.
Back in Reunion I trained by myself. I travelled to London several times to attend Dan's classes and seminars and started teaching Practical Tai Chi Chuan in Reunion.
2. Why Practical Tai Chi Chuan?
Because it covers different aspects of the Art and because it is practical : Forms and corresponding applications are dealt with.
3. What is your favourite technique and why?
In Tai Chi each posture is related to the previous one and the following one. It flows without interruption. I do not have a favourite technique. Each one has its own depth and it is pure joy to explore, connect and realise that there are still - within a system that I have studied- unchartered territories.
4. One piece of advice or knowledge you would like to give to fellow practitioners:
To fellow practitioners I would say do not give up and workout. Love the art. Relax, relax and relax.
Study the Classics.
5. How do you train now?
I train regularly. I select a few postures , techniques and I repeat them. Then I do the forms.
My name is Jessie Cazales I am from Reunion Island a French overseas region in the Indian Ocean.
28 years ago I met Dan Docherty at Jubilee Sports Hall in Covent Garden.
Under his guidance and the help of his senior students Godfrey Dornelly, Steeve Wooster, Francis Gury among others I learned the different aspects of PTCC
I have never taken part into any kind of competition : pushing hands, handform, weapons
In Reunion I have two classes : Tuesdays 6:30 pm-8:30 pm outdoors and Wednesdays at Jules Reydellet Bas de la Rivière St Denis 7:00 pm-9:00 pm.