Which Class is Right for Me?
We are now at a stage in the pandemic where we are figuring out what the new post-lockdown normal will be. To this end, from late April 2021 we will be offering both in-person and online classes, testing things out with short, four-week terms until we see which options are most popular. If you wish to be kept informed of the schedule as it changes please sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of the page.
If you already have some Tai Chi experience then check out the Tuesday evening all-levels online class, and if you are a beginner check out the in-person Tuesday lunchtime class or the Introduction to Tai Chi evening course. There is an online Kung Fu Conditioning class on Wednesday mornings, and a Qi Gong class Thursday evenings. All online classes are recorded so students who miss sessions can catch up; you can also choose to train in your own time using my online tuition series. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lucia.
Beginners Tai Chi – Daytime
Tuesdays 12.30-1.30pm @ Stoke Newington Common/online
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. When outside, the class is socially distanced and contact details are required for test and trace.
Cost: Students can try a class for £10, then book in for all the classes they wish to attend in the month ahead. Students can either buy a block of four for in-person classes only (£40), or a block of four for both in-person and online classes (£40).
Introduction to Tai Chi Course – Evening
Thursdays 6.30-7.30pm @ North Millfields Park/online
Starting July 2021 (Five Weeks)
This beginners Tai Chi course will introduce some fundamental principles of Tai Chi, including the basic stance, footwork, and how to move from the centre and teach a simple relaxing sequence to train at home. Those who attend this course can then go on to study a full Tai Chi form with greater confidence and ease. The class will be socially distanced and contact details are required for test and trace.
Cost: This five-hour course costs £50. Classes take place in Millfields Park when the weather is good, and online via zoom if it is raining.
Online Kung Fu Conditioning
Wednesdays online 8.00-9.00am
June 2nd-23rd 2021 (4 weeks).
This hour-long class features minute-long intense burst of kung fu stancework cushioned between gentle exercises with light weights. Alternating the body parts we work on and varying the pace makes this class an accessible workout that builds strength while keeping the body soft. There’s a thorough stretch warm-up at the start some Tai Chi to wind down at the end.
Cost: £10 to drop-in or £40 for the course. All classes are recorded.
Online Five Element Qi Gong
Thursdays online 6.30-8.00pm
Next term runs May 27th to June 17th 2021 (4 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 Qi Gong form. In the four week term starting May 27th we will be polishing the Snake and Turtle forms.
Cost: The term costs £48 (£40 for concessions) and there is also a drop-in option for £12 (£10 concessions). The May-June term is only open to students with previous experience. All classes are recorded.
Online Traditional Wudang Tai Chi
Tuesdays online 6.30-8.00pm
The next term runs June 1st to June 22nd 2021 (4 weeks).
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 13 Step DanDao Wudang Tai Chi form. This is a short Tai Chi form with slow and fast movements which is well-suited to small spaces. Through prolonged basic skills practise, students learn to feel their internal energy and focus the mind, which are then combined to create the ‘internal powers‘ of Tai Chi, and expressed in the Tai Chi form.
Cost: This four-week term costs £48 or £40 for concessions. Students are welcome to drop-in to try a class on 2nd June for £15, and after that will need to sign up for the rest of the term to continue. All classes are recorded.
One Saturday Morning a Month
Usually 11.00am-1.00pm – Springfield Park.
We host weekend events once a month 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. The May workshop will have a Kung Fu theme, with a one hour class of Kung Fu HIIT followed by a 1 hour lesson of Kung Fu Formwork. The HIIT class features stancework and strength training, while in the form class we will be looking at the 18-step Wudang Fist.
Cost: Weekend workshops 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 only available as a private lesson
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.