Tina began training as a young child in Gong Fu and Chin Na with her father, Gordon Faulkner. During this time Gordon was also teaching the internal practices and meditations of Mantak Chia. Over the years Gordon would frequently host one of Mantak Chia's most senior students and illustrator, Juan Li. These early encounters sparked a lifelong curiosity for Tina and an eagerness to learn Taiji.
At twenty she moved to Beijing to study Daoyin Yangsheng Gong at the Beijing Sports University, graduating in 1996. At this time she entered international competitions, winning a number of medals. Whilst living in Beijing, Tina began studying with Master Shi Ming, a national treasure of China and author of Mind Over Matter.
On her return from China, Tina oped her own school in Aberdeen (Scotland) and taught regularly in America. She had the privilege of studying with and hosting Professor Li DeYin on a number of occasions and also acting as ambassador when Professor Li DeYin was invited to teach in New Hampshire, America.
Tina has continued to return to China, over the years, studying 'Health Qigong' known as Daoyin Yangsheng Gong at the Sports University of Beijing.
Around ten years ago Tina was introduced to Master Chen LiSheng, 15th Generation Disciple of Wudang Xuanwu. Tina's school has recently been awarded the first Teaching Cooperation to the Wudang Daoist Wuji Gongfu Academy, thereby creating a direct cultural link to Wudang Mountain. Now her continued self cultivation takes her to WuDang to study Taijiquan, Qigong and more recently Baguazhang with Master Chen.
Her school has been running private and public classes as well as teaching in the healthcare sector for nearly twenty years. Some of the organisations include the Confucius Institute of Aberdeen and the Maggie Centre for cancer care.
I have studied Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and Qigong since 1998 with my teacher Tina Faulkner Elders and the Ruyi School of Taijiquan and Qigong. My own personal training is continuing with the Ruyi School and visiting Master Chen Li Sheng on WuDang Mountain, China in September 2016.
It is a great motivation for me to teach and share both theory and practice of Chinese Internal arts.
Taijiquan is a Chinese system of exercise that has proven benefits to the health of practitioners and is also an old internal martial art. The system is suitable for all people of any age and through continued practise one can possess improved balance, greater core strength, more flexibility and a tranquil state of mind through the concentration on its movements.
The particular style of Taijiquan is the 24 step Yang style and it was developed in the 1950’s and is now one of the most popular forms of Taijiquan in the world.
The Qigong style that is taught is called Daoyin Stress Reduction and has two parts: Stress Relief and Stress Prevention exercises.
This particular form has now become an integral part at Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres in Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee and Swansea. More recently this form of Qigong is now taught with the Wellbeing Team at Aberdeen City Council and Alzheimer Scotland.
Private classes are available on request, please feel free to email and ask for further information.
Ursula first started studying Taijiquan (Tai Chi) in 2000 with Angela Crawford and later with Jane
Innes, both of whom were students of Gerda Geddes.
Her personal training continues with Jane Innes (Tai Chi Aberdeenshire) and Tina Faulkner (Ruyi
School). Through them she has trained with Chinese Master Chen Lisheng here in Scotland and at
Wudang Daoist Wuji Gong Fu Academy (link) in China during an extended visit in 2016.
When not teaching Taiji or Qigong, Ursula runs with Deeside Runners and competes under the club
name when hill racing.
Most of all she enjoys running with her dog in the woods. The Taiji helps with strength and
endurance, and the Qigong helps maintain flexibility. Overall they all complement each other.