Jane is pleased to announce that, in 2013, she achieved teaching accreditation from Master Chen Xiao Wang of the Chen Xiao Wang World TaiJiQuan Association.
Jane training with Master Chen Xiao Wang
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heavy involvement in organising and facilitating events
raising funds for local young talent to travel in order to take part in competitions and exams
bringing local martial arts groups of different styles together in friendship
show casing Tai Chi in its many different forms
Jane was the secretary for the first Duan grading ever held outside China in 2004. On top of this responsibility, she also was awarded her 4th Duan (Teaching Certificate) at this event. In 2006, she was involved in the organisation of the Belfast Martial Arts Festival to help raise funds for local competitors to travel to England to try out for the British Wushu team.
In the 2007 World Wushu Championships in Beijing, China, Jane achieved the ranking of 21st in the world, and was the highest ranking non-professional competitor, for her Tai Chi Sword form.
Since 2009, Jane has become a student of Gill Keogh, who is Master Chens’ family student and representative in Ireland
Jane teaches regular classes in Belfast, Newtownabbey, Glengormley, Holywood and Carrickfergus and is often asked to perform demostrations at charity and corporate events.
It was at this stage that she began to look for a holistic solution to combat her continued ill health. Jane tried several kinds of Yoga but found that it was not for her at that time. At 19, she took her first steps in Tai Chi with a local teacher, Peter Gilligan, and with dedicated practice she found her health stabilised. Jane trained with Peter for a year before meeting Master Zhu Chang Hai, with whom she would complete a 9 year apprenticeship. Within months of training with Master Zhu, Jane was invited to become his assistant teacher, and was given permission to teach her own classes by the age of 24.
In 2002, Jane won a gold medal for the 42 Step International Form at the International Qing Dao Championships, held in China.
In 2003, Jane had the opportunity to train with Grand Master Chen Xiao Wang (19th Generation Chen family) and since then has attended workshops twice a year with both Master Chen and his son, Master Chen Ying Jun.
Throughout her career, Jane has concentrated on the promotion of Tai Chi for holistic health purposes with the aim of helping others as Tai Chi has helped her. There have been many aspects to this commitment, including:
Jane started training in ballet from the age of 3 and by the age of 12, showed considerable aptitude, followed it as a career path, studying in a vocational ballet school in the north of England. By the age of 16, her aspirations of a dance career were cut short due to continual ill health. She returned to school in Northern Ireland to complete her A Levels.
Master Chen presenting Jane with her certificates
Jane receiving correction from Gill Keogh