Yolanda de Jager is a CRKBO certified teacher. This means that she has qualified for all the requirements for short professional education in the Netherlands. She is a student / pupil of Johan Cornelissen in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was a student / pupil of Henny van der Heijden. Yolanda practices Tai Chi Chuan in the Yang style.
‘In 1994 I just started with an hour Tai Chi per week. My teacher is Johan Cornelissen. Very quickly I felt ‘the click’ between Tai Chi and me. It became my weekly sanctuary, it reinforces my self-feeling. And at the same I was moving my body.
‘I cannot prove it because unfortunately I cannot live parallel lives for comparison but I am feeling that Tai Chi has helped me taking difficult decisions and enduring difficult times. That is why I find the statement of the Dutch Sinologist and Taoist master K. Schippers so appropriate: “Tai Chi is a martial art for the defense of the inner world….”
After 10 years my teacher told me that I could start to teach Tai Chi myself ! To get deeper into Tai Chi and to learn from my students. And that happens still every day: I learn from my students. Tai Chi is something you can go on learning forever, your whole life. I still take lessons from my teacher but I also like to visit my colleague and fellow teacher Judith van Drooge. I am also busy with the difficult but oh so beautiful old style Yang at previously Thierry Alibert and now Jos Horst. I also visited, studied and experienced the teaching of Wee Kee Yin and William C.C. Chen.
But for now I focus on the short form of Cheng Man Ching, as it is taught by my teacher. They say that this is the way Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo taught it, a student of Cheng Man Ching.
In 2005 I started teaching. I did not expect it but it happened anyway. I really started to like the teaching, the transferring of Tai Chi very much. In 2006 I started my own school, Tai Chi Arnhem.
In 2007 I bought my own studio for giving my classes. And I am still very happy with that.
For me the martial aspect of Tai Chi is very important. Originally Tai Chi was in the form a series of acts of fighting, of combat with an imaginary opponent or enemy.
I believe stress is often an opponent as a consequence of a very demanding society. Looking at it this way, Tai Chi is a very adequate tool and pleasant way to achieve relaxation. I like to contribute to ‘the warrior’ in people. For me a warrior is someone who knows how to be, live and survive in the present society.
I mainly contribute to the pleasure of people in the art of Tai Chi, in the movements, in the moving. I contribute to the pleasure of being and moving together. My point of view is practical; you learn Tai Chi by doing Tai Chi.
Next to being a Tai Chi teacher, I am a trainer, specialized in health, stress management, vitality and bodywork. That is experiencing and learning via your body. I am also an independent advisor and project leader in the field of sustainable energy and mobility. You can really say that energy is the connecting factor in my life.