A Tribute to Ian Begbie and Jeff Cushing
It is with great sadness to have to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Ian Begbie.
For years Ian battled with ill health and yet through it all he remained positive and up-beat despite facing two serious life-threatening conditions.He was our mentor and our inspiration as he continually showed us how not to let life's challenges get you down.
He was a superb Tai Chi and Qigong teacher and fully deserved his 6th Level Certificate Achievement Award.
On a more personal note, Ian helped me become the teacher I am today.providing me with so much knowledge that has enabled me to work as a Tai Chi Therapist.
Our hearts go out to Dee and his family who have lost a wonderful husband and father.
The future of China Bridge is bright because of Ian.In our hearts and minds he is already a legend and in his memory we wish to announce from next year onwards we will be selecting the student who has shown the most promise and dedication to receive the 'Ian Begbie Student of the Year Award'.
This is a very sad time for the teachers and students of China Bridge as we come to terms with the passing of our friend and colleague Jeff Cushing. He was a person who was dear to us all in how he entertained us with his scouse humour and enlightened us with the generosity of his wisdom. Jeff has been with us at China Bridge for at least a quarter of a century and played a major role in the evolution of our group by constantly sharing his considerable Tai Chi, Qigong and Yoga skills with us and whilst that is important to remember, it is Jeff himself that we will miss the most. His gentle nature, his warmth, his humour and his kindness will forever be embedded in the hearts of those who knew him and our deepest sympathy goes out to Heather, Yasoda and the rest of his family who I know are suffering his loss at this time. On a personal note the void left by our dear friend Ian Begbie has now widened and will be impossible to fill now that I have lost not one, but two Tai Chi brothers.
Sifu Peter Newton