Deniz teaches in a way that is unusual and frankly rare in the world of Taiji Qigong. He begins from the centre and not from the fringe. He imparts an understanding of the basic principles of the art before going on to the meticulous details, so the student notices the benefits from day one of their practice.
Taiji Qigong exemplifies the most subtle principle of Daoism, known as wu-wei. Literally, this may be translated as "not doing" but its proper meaning is to act without forcing - to move in accordance with the rhythm of nature's course, and is best understood from observing and feeling the clouds, the water and the wind. Wu-wei is exemplified in the art of sailing , in which one uses intelligence and nature, as distinct from rowing, in which uses the force of muscle.
The spirit of the wu-wei is to use the environment of water, wind or gravity instead of defying them; making turns with curves rather than sharp angles, and for this reason the whole biological world is curvaceous – water being its main component. As Lao Tzu said, “Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield."
To work with Deniz at the Norfolk and Norwich Taiji School is to learn to move with wind and water – not only in the Taiji Qigong practices, but also in the course of everyday life.