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Renzo Tat Acupuncturist



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Welcome everyone to my blog. It started as “The Bridge” a newsletter, produced for my students and patients. I still produce “The Bridge” and send it out via email, it gives information regarding up and coming events, in the form of new classes, workshops, changes in clinic times or locations, as well as social events, where you can get together with others and have some fun! This Blog is an extension to “The Bridge” allowing for people to enter into positive discussions and share points of view. The tag line on the header to the website “Bridging the gap between your health & fitness” also comes from “The Bridge”. Be positive, proactive, take part.

By mingmengv4, May 29 2019 06:28AM

People constantly ask, which is “the best” fighting system! The honest answer is there isn’t one. All fighting arts are as good as eachother!

There are however differences between systems and people usually end up picking one that they like or are stuck with what is available in thier area.

It is very difficult comparing martial arts, a system which has developed into a sport will have lost elements and gained others in the transition to the tornemant mat, grapeling is very different to kicking systems and pugelistic systems have their own excentricites.

I look at this subject like looking at Oranges and Lemons and Bananas! Now you’re thinking what’s he on about!? Like sytems are recognisably similar so they can be compaired easily Oranges and Lemons, both citros fruits both have textured skins, both give off a distinct smell once openned, but they are also different, one is yellow, one is orange, one is usually sweat, one is usually sharp. These fruits are easily compareable, so like arts are also compareable.

However some systems are very different like compairing an orange and a banana, an orange has all the things mentioned above, but a banana has very different qualites. A banana is also a fruit but it isn’t a citros fruit. A little like comparing Judo with Taekwondo although both systems are olympic sports Taekwondo would be seen as having a street martial aspect, whereas Judo would be seem as more of a mat based sport. One is seen more as a kicking system whereas the other is more of a ground based competition.

Both systems have distinct competancies but they can’t be easily compaired like for like as they are very different a little like an orange and a banana. When talking martial arts with other practitioners, don’t look for the differences in systems as this can course disagreements, look for similarities and learn from eachother.

People also become very partisan and protective of their chosen system, a person may not like pugelistic arts and may say so, when a pugelist hears this they often understand, “Punching systems are rubbish” and they become very offended. Having a personal preference for a martial art does not mean that other syastems aren’t recognised as being effective, people just have personal preferences, just like eating oranges or bananas.

Acu Renzo on FaceBook:

I’ve set up a new acupuncture page on FaceBook, I will be using the page to inform people of treatments, clinic times and to share some information on acupuncture and how the theories relate to other aspects of my work. Go on to FaceBook or your search engine and search for acurenzo or key in the address below.

By mingmengv4, Oct 21 2016 03:32PM

When training, develop don’t acquire!

Acquiring something is defined as coming into possession or ownership or to gain for oneself through actions or effort.

Development is an act of improving or enlarging or refining a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage, especially a more advanced or mature stage.

Acquiring means you have a thing, it doesn’t mean you know or understand what it is or how to use it or how to fix it.

Development shows a process of understanding, which builds on what has come before.

You have to build and build when training. You need time for your body to become accustomed to new concepts and methods of training. Getting better at what you are doing comes in small imperceptible steps and is never like the films or TV shows, which many people think are reality.

By mingmengv4, Oct 21 2016 03:30PM

The best way to think about the Channels is to think of the London Underground system. Different lines connecting different parts of London with each other. With each station along those lines being the equivalent to acupuncture points. Some stations have a little more importance as they may have specific areas of significance, some stations may be an interchange to one or more other lines, or some may have wheel chair access etc. This is broadly how the Channels work. The London Underground has many more interconnecting tunnels and walkways which we never see nor use; the Channel pathways are the same. The network is much bigger than what is overtly used in treatments or in Qi Gong practice.

To help you in class it would be good to bear in mind that your arms and legs share Channels, think of each finger being connect to its equivalent toe via channels which run up the front and down the back of the body. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT BIT!!!!!! When you look at books on Chinese Medicine the Channels don’t link up to the toes as I’ve just stated, but the general idea is that the Channels run up the front and down the back of the body.

If people want things explained at a slightly deeper level a good book to buy is Oceans of Streams, where you can colour in the Channels and get an understanding of where they run and how they connect. You can get it on Amazon. A slight word of caution this book was written for Shiatsu trainees, Shiatsu comes from Japan and they have an extended meridian system, so if you buy the book you only need to colour in the traditional Channels not the extended meridians. Alternatively you can go on line and key in Acupuncture Channel Pathways or Youtube the same.

By mingmengv4, Oct 21 2016 03:27PM

The course is open for bookings; The CPD Group is open to all complimentary therapists, as a means of fulfilling their Continuing, Practitioner/Personal, Development (CPD) hours. Pass on the information to anyone you know who has an interest in this method of developing their knowledge base.

By mingmengv4, May 30 2016 06:24AM

A few days ago I attended a Die Da Jiu (Dit Da Jao in Cantonese) Course; what’s Die Da Jiu I hear you say!

Die Da Jiu 跌打酒 (“Fall and Hit Wine”) are Chinese injury poultices and liniments. These liniments became famous in martial arts circles for their efficacy in treating all sorts of pains and traumatic injuries gained in training. I first became aware of these liniments in the early 1980’s when my Si Gong Wong Shun Leong came to The Basement to hold a seminar and gave some Die Da powder to Nino my Wing Chun Teacher to make into a liniment for all our bumps and clumps which we got while training.

Sifu Lam my main Qi Gong Teacher was also a Chinese bone setter and use Die Da Jiu and other poultices to remedy many musculoskeletal problems. On one occasion he got rid of a ganglion on my wrist using Die Da Jiu and Wǔ Xíng QìGōng Tuī Ná (Chinese Massage).

I learned how to create and use a number of topical liniments and poultices based on Classical Chinese injury formulas. I found out about the actions and uses of the Chinese herbs to help treat acute and chronic injuries. We looked at how to integrate their use in practice, and when to use the liniments on patients, to speed repair and healing. It was a very hands on practical and educational day where I got to touch, feel, smell and taste the herbs that are used to create the liniments. I got to produce a number of liniments, poultice liquids, pastes, and herbal powder mixtures, to use on myself and on my patients.

I have wanted to learn this stuff for years and now I have added Die Da Jiu to Acupuncture and Meridian Massage to help my students and patients when they either get clumped in class or turn up in clinic with painful injuries.

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