Which Class is Right for Me?
In 2022, we are taking the Tuesday Evening Tai Chi class back to the classroom and welcome all-levels of practitioner to this class. Our regular online classes are Thursday evening Qi Gong and Wednesday morning Kung Fu Conditioning; the former is a gentle class and the latter is a medium-intensity workout. The Tai Chi for Health class on Tuesday lunchtimes is online during the winter. All online classes are recorded and sent to those who miss lessons.
Students are welcome to train on their own using Lucia’s online tuition series or to book a private lesson. If you have any questions about which class to book in for, feel free to get in contact, and to be kept informed of all the latest classes, just sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of the page.
Traditional Wudang Tai Chi
Tuesdays at Wigan Communtiy Hall in Clapton 6.30-8.00pm
Four week term starting Jan/Feb 2022 – exact date TBC
This 90-minute class is for those who want to learn Tai Chi in the most traditional way. It features a stretch warm-up, standing stake, basic skills and the 36-step Secret Transmission Wudang Tai Chi form. This is a rich and varied Tai Chi form which we build brick by brick from our basic skills practice. This class is suitable for all levels and is taught by Lucia and her most experienced student, Victoria.
Cost: This 4-week term costs £48 or £40 for concessions. Students can try a class for £15 before signing up for the rest of the term. The start of this term has been delayed to late Jan/early Feb as the hall needs repairs. Get in touch if you wish to join us once these have been done.
Tai Chi for Health
Tuesdays 12.30-1.30pm @ Stoke Newington Common/online
Term runs 11th-25th January (Three weeks)
This is an hour-long Tai Chi class for beginners that takes place outdoors when the weather is good and online when it’s not. Students can improve posture while standing in the basic Tai Chi position, while the soft, fluid movements of the 13 Principles Wudang Tai Chi form improve mobility and calm the mind.
Cost: Students can try a class for £10, then book for all the classes they wish to attend in the month ahead at the rate of £10 per class. An ‘in-person classes only’ booking option is available.
Online Kung Fu Conditioning
Wednesdays online 8.00-9.00am
Term runs 19th January to 23rd February (Six weeks)
This hour-long class features minute-long intense burst of kung fu stancework cushioned between gentle exercises with light weights; there is a thorough stretch warm-up at the start and a slow flow section at the end to ensure a smooth transition into the working day. This class is a medium intensity workout in which we are slowly learning the 18-step Kung Fu form.
Cost: £10 to drop-in or £60 for a 6-week term. All classes are recorded.
Online Five Element Qi Gong
Thursdays online 6.30-8.00pm
Term runs 20th January to 10th March (Eight Weeks)
This class features movements from the Five Element Qi Gong set which can be practised in a small space at home. There is a gentle warm-up, breathing exercises, and walking Qi Gong exercises from the Five Element form. In the eight week term starting in January we will learn the entire walking form for the Tiger, which represents the element of earth and the stomach.
Cost: The term costs £96 (£80 for concessions) and anyone is welcome to drop into a class for £15. All classes are recorded.
One Saturday Morning a Month
These will resume in Springtime 2022 – Springfield Park.
We host weekend events that look at different aspects related to the internal arts. Previous events have included Heart Repair Meditation for Nei Gong, the Eight Trigrams and The Eight Tai Chi Powers, Qi and Creativity, as well as training workshops with Master Yuan Li Min.
Cost: £10 per hour.
Currently only available as a private lesson
The Wudang sword style is famous for its mix of fast and slow movements which make it exhilarating to practise. The sword becomes an extension of the body and mind, extending awareness as it teaches students how to transmit power over greater distances. This art form builds on empty-hand skills and is introduced once students are proficient at empty hand Tai Chi forms. Students initially look at individual sword strokes before going on to study the Wudang Seven Star Sword Form
Wudang Kung Fu
Currently available as a private lesson and as an element of the Kung Fu Conditioning Class
The 18-step Wudang Fist form mixes slow moves from Tai Chi with faster movements from Wudang Kung Fu, making a dynamic form which is accessible to people of all fitness levels. Students can expect a rigorous warm-up, basic skills from across the spectrum of Chinese martial arts, power emission practice (fa jin), and meditation.
If you are looking to build strength, speed and internal power then the 18-step Wudang Fist is an excellent choice. It’s good for beginners who wish to get in shape while building internal skill from scratch, for external kung fu practitioners looking to develop their qi, and for Tai Chi and Qi Gong practitioners looking to develop faster and more explosive power.