Degree, China) 1949-2011
Only the good
So Dad had no
As most of you
know he had diabetes, and was controlling it with Diet
and his training. And doing a bloody good job! As anyone
who trained with him would tell you, how much energy
he had, and how fit he was, no one could hit as hard
Mum Ben Kathleen
and I were all with him, I'm so glad I was here, as
I live in Swansea now about an hour away.
We had just had
a band practice the night before, and he was working
on a song with Kathleen in the morning. Then I had what
turned out to be my last lesson from him only about
an hour before he left.
He was fighting
fit, and had just ran up the road to catch up to Mum
Kathleen and I walking the dogs, a few minutes after
we were all walking back down and he just said "hold
me" As he sat down on the road, he was out in only
a couple of seconds. I sprinted back to the house to
get his diabetic kit, and Kathleen to the house near
us to get some sugar. Ben was down at his house only
1/4 of a mile away, so Kathleen called him and he ran
When he got there
we'd already started CPR, the paramedics got there in
a helicopter, we were trying for about 15 minute, then
the paramedics for another 20 or 30. I was pushing all
the points I could think of, and even tried the old
Pen through the foot trick!
gave me a very strange look! Haha! But as it happened
it was a clogged artery
that caused the
heart attack, so nothing would have worked.
But he got his
wish, never to get old and to go out with a bang.
He didn't suffer
at all, and was in his prime
He will be Cremated
at about 2pm on the 3rd of February UK time.
We're doing a
concert for him in a few weeks, as he wouldn't have
wanted a funeral, he never liked funerals. This will
be in Llandovery for all those who knew him around here,
as they knew him for his music more so than the Taiji.
But of course any close personal students of his are
welcome to come to that as well.
I'll be doing
a special training session on the Sunday of my March
Camp, the 13th, for everyone who can make it. And each
seminar and camp this year will be for him, I'll be
taking all his classes. Including the USA seminar and
Summer camp. So that way everyone should have a chance
to join in and say a big thank you to him.
Dad was the closest
person in the world to me, as you all know.
Up until February
2010 I lived with him, and trained with him nearly every
day, and even after I moved into my own house I still
saw him for two or three days a week. And traveled with
him to every workshop he did.
We're all staying
strong and getting on with life, Kathleen handed me
his favorite jacket just before I left to go to teach
the other day, we all broke down. It's mine to wear
for him now, as his footsteps will continue in me now.
I'll never fill his shoes, as he's always had bigger
feet than me, so the Jacket it is! It's the big bear
like jacket that we use to hide in when he'd give us
a hug when we were kids.
I will never try
to be Dad, but to just be me, and take on what he's
left to me.
With Ben at my
side, and the help of my family and fellow instructors.
There has been
some talk about what will happen to the WTBA now he's
I know I am only
24 years old, and would never make a claim to be of
the same level as dad, or call myself a master etc.
But he had already announced me as World leader of the
WTBA, so it's been run under me for the past year already,
and I will keep it running as the great organization
I am so glad to
have had all the time I have with him, a lot of people
just see a young kid and say "he's too young to
lead an organization!" But I have grown up with
Dad, spending nearly every day of my life with him.
will live on in me as he wanted. And his spirit in all
of his children.
I don't claim
to know it all, but I do believe I have it all, somewhere
in me, left there by Dad, I feel like he gave me everything
I needed, he couldn't have taught me anymore than he
I'm very lucky,
as it was only with in the last year that I no longer
felt the need to say "I'm not sure I'll ask Dad"
As you know, we've
never been into formality, I never had any grading from
Dad, he just said to me last year before I went to teach
in Canada, "Be confident my sonny, you know as
much as me now in what we teach"
I don't feel like
I know everything, but took that as meaning I know everything
I need to figure it out for myself now. Just didn't
think I'd actually have to so soon.
Thank you to everyone
for all your words, and thanks to all the WTBA instructors
who have given their support to me in running the WTBA.
3rd of February. This is only for family.
Concert will be
First and main
thank you training session to Dad at my March camp 2pm
till 3pm on the 13th, then those attending camp will
continue with course.
I look forward
to seeing everyone at some point in the year at one
of the workshops.
There will be
a special moment at every workshop and camp to say thank
you to Dad.
Everyone can say
this in there own way, but for me it will be for everyone
to go through the YLC form together. Then to beat the
shit out of some bags! And then each other in Push Hands!
Dad and my closest
moments were in beating the shit out of each other!
Love to all...
of the WTBA)
Now head of the W.T.B.A. Has been training with his
father Erle in the internal arts from the age of 4.
At age 15
he started attending all Erle's Seminars as his assistant
teacher, learning even more through teaching.
Then at age
18 he started teaching on his own, setting up classes
and seminars around the world.
Eli now runs regular classes in London and his home
Swansea, and seminars all over the world, keeping all
the representatives up to date.