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Jon Burdon, Chi Running and Chi Walking instructor based in England and Wales

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This blog is all about my journey with Chi Running. I try to discuss all aspects of the practice. I also write a book review for every book I read about running. Please DO post comments below - you don't event need to have an account - just leave your name :)

Chi Running Instructor Training

WOW! just back from an amazing four days Chi Running Instructor Training in Berlin. As Marion, master instructor, warned us, it was very intense, but exciting and I think everyone who attended learnt a great deal. Speaking as a teacher with 15 years experience, I must say there was a high standard of professionalism exhibited by the trainers, and there equally is a high standard in personal running form and teaching ability expected of all Chi Running instructors.

Highlights for me:


I had the opportunity to work with no fewer than 9 (I think) Chi Running instructors + 12 instructor candidates from across Europe as well as Marion Meesters, Master Instructor.

Each instructor had their own interests that complemented their skills as an instructor as well as their own advice to bring. Personal training, Chinese medicine, Neurology, NLP, Tai Chi and Piano teaching (yes, that's got a lot to do with posture!) were amongst the experiences shared as well as the Chi Running itself. This meant we all got a real wealth of experience and advice during our time together.

Playing in the sand

Walking and running across sand and then analysing footprints might seem strange. It might seem simple. But we all spend hours doing it, and it was a fascinating thing to do together. Certain instructors were very good indeed at 'reading' the sand. When your aim as a runner is to be light on your feet, this is SUCH a good way to get feedback as you run, and afterwards. It was, of course, challenging for people to get the technique perfected.


A few hours were spent on hill technique. My favourite quote from Marion was "Chi Running has the best hill technique. There are many hill techniques, and Chi Running has the best." She went on to talk us through four separate techniques (gradual uphill, steep uphill, gradual downhill, steep downhill.) I was listening so intently at this point, thinking of various tricky bits of hill terrain back in Yorkshire. I have already been working on my technique after reading the books, but learning from others is absolutely the best way with Chi Running, in my experience. And then we went on to steps! We have lots of steps round here too and I'm certainly going to be working on those too. As Marion said, when training on hills, it's about how to run up them with the best technique, not the fastest speed. Speed will follow after we have refined our efficiency.

Lots more to talk about here. Please subscribe to my Newsletter for more on this exciting time I had learning the details, tips and tricks of Chi Running and how to teach it.

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Where to find me


I live in the Holme Valley, near Huddersfield and on the very northern edge of the Peak District National Park. Workshops are in venues easily accessible from:

Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Halifax, Wakefield, Barnsley, Cumbria, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Wales.


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I am a qualified Mountain Leader, registered with the Mountain Training Association.

Photos of the Holme Valley Landscape are by Andy Leader of Made in Holmfirth

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