One of the most rewarding aspects of what we offer is how much positive impact our mix of martial arts, fitness modalities, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Therapies have on the lives of our participants. The most obvious is the increased health and mobility. As important, but not as immediately noticeable, is the positive influence it has in other areas. Take a read of what some of our Mudgeeraba fans have to say and you'll see what we mean.
Catharina Dekker - Tai Chi and Qigong student since February 2010
Dear Marc, thank you for giving me back my energy. Since the last few months I have been attending the Academy doing Tai Chi and Qigong. I suffer from a rare neurological disorder that makes the muscles in my eyes, face, neck, etc cramp up. When I do your routines it provides me with the best relief, and also energy. It has given me my life back. Thank you so much, Marc.
Alex Feeney - Green Level 2 student Kung Fu student, Tai Chi and Qigong student
My name is Alex Feeney. I’m 24 years old and a renderer by trade. When I first came to train Southern Mantis, my main focus was to get fit again and learn a style of Kung Fu. And while I did just that, I found it had a lot more to offer than just learning how to fight.
The Kung Fu training was hard, which kept me keen and focused. I noticed my energy levels at my work had increased and I felt generally healthier. This only got better as I started regular Tai Chi and Qigong classes. At first they were simply something to improve my Kung Fu, but they became much more. Again, I could feel the difference in my health. I felt much calmer and not as stressed. Finally, I also adopted a more positive attitude in general from the people around me, and a ‘can do’ approach to life.
Sandra Whelan - Tai Chi and Qigong student
My one regret about joining the Mudgeeraba Chinese Kung Fu Academy this year is I should have started 3 years ago when I first met Sifu and Sijair Toni. How much more advanced I would be now. Thank you all for welcoming me into your School in January 2010 and Wow! I have come a long way in these past few months. I feel energised and alive, something I haven’t felt in years, even after participating in other disciplines of exercise three and four times a week.
I feel privileged to be taught by the dedicated Teachers within the School and feel honoured to be a part of the camaraderie and respect the students have towards each other and the enthusiasm for the teaching.
I look forward with great anticipation to our Tai Chi and Qigong classes. If I feel this good after six months, imagine how I will feel after three years! Go the Grannies!
Mary Ozturkmen - Green Level 1 Kung Fu student, Tai Chi and Qigong student
Following a few years of high stress – death of a parent and teaching some very volatile high-school classes – I had become ill. I could manage getting to work, but little to nothing else. I had a cough that wouldn't go – for months – and no energy. Worse yet, I could sense in myself that something was wrong. The area of what I now know is my dan tien felt like a stone, and I had an inner coldness that never left, even when I was sweating.
After some time, strangely, I felt I really wanted to do a martial art again. I had done about a year of Tae Kwon Do many years ago. I knew of the Mudgeeraba school through my son’s best friend. It certainly seemed to have a very wholesome effect on him, so I thought I’d try it out. I dragged myself there the first Saturday morning that I could manage the energy. I felt rather foolish – I was clearly the oldest person there and the only female (at the time). I was looked after by a wonderful instructor (my Yi Sihing Jody). If he thought I was a joke, he certainly didn't show it at all; he was very encouraging and showed a confidence in me that I could learn Kung Fu that I certainly didn't have. I enjoyed the class enormously; in my mid-forties and a high school teacher, I was an instant addict. I signed up and have rarely missed a class since.
It’s amazing how important it is to listen to our instincts. The sense of coldness disappeared, never to return from that day on. My energy absolutely ignited. People who knew me were astounded at the change in me; and those that loved me were relieved to see the change. Kung Fu is a martial art, but so much more – a philosophy, a way of life, a means to awaken spiritually. Kung Fu has benefited me physically, mentally and emotionally (you feel a nice calm alertness). I have found it easier to meditate in more recent months, which I would attribute to my studies of Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong under our Sifu, Marc Webster.
The school now has more people my age and gender; it was just a timing fluke that I had that experience. And I have made wonderful friendships here, regardless of age and gender! This school spans generations and has a friendly family feel to it, which I like to keep in mind when I see the power and skill of our seasoned practitioners! Our Sifu shows a great respect to all people and obviously lives from a deeply-held set of profound values that you wish were more evident elsewhere in the world. His influence is positive, encouraging and energising. Our instructors are a great group of individuals with good humour, compassion and an impressive level of skill and knowledge. I highly recommend our system of Kung Fu and Tai Chi for their effectiveness as martial arts and for their benefit to a person’s overall health and, in particular, I highly recommend our school at Mudgeeraba for all the reasons I’ve given. If they can achieve so much with me, imagine what they could do for you!
Mary is no longer with our school as she has followed her passion for Chen style Tai Chi with a school that focuses on this art.
Estelle Oosterbroek - Tai Chi student
I became interested in Tai Chi because, from what I could see, it was a form of moving meditation. And, sure enough, done with awareness, it is. For me, it’s not about learning new forms or about it being a martial art. Instead, it’s about perfecting the sequence of moves to better attain a state of harmony.
I have been to other instructors and find that Marc Webster excels in imparting a balance of information pertaining to inner and outer technique. The fact that he is continually perfecting the art himself is a positive, because it means that the classes never become stagnant. Rather, they evolve as we do.
Mark Smith - Blue Level 1 Kung student, Tai Chi student
I started learning martial arts to improve my self-defense skills and fitness. Since doing Tong Long these have improved, as have my self confidence in all situations, including work. I also have found that I have a greater sense of general wellbeing and have a more open mind to learning anything new. I have found our style is so unique, as it uses a combination of body mechanics and internal Qi to develop massive amounts of energy. It has always amazed me that everyone in the art, from our Sigung down, is so humble and gentle and teaches the students to use Tong Long as self defense. There are no bullies in this art.
I love that the organisation is one big famil, where people are always willing to help you learn and the depth of knowledge which can be learned is seemingly endless.