Which Class is Right for Me?
Due to the Corona Virus, all evening classes currently take place via online conference call using Zoom. There is one daytime class that takes place outdoors in Hackney, and private lessons currently happen online and outside. Zoom is easy to use, you just need a PC, tablet or phone. Lucia will happily guide you through the pricess of getting online.
All classes welcome absolute beginners, if you are already an experienced Tai Chi practitioner, then the Tuesday evening all-levels class would be best for you. If you are more interested in Qi Gong, check out the Thursday evening class. All online classes can be practised in a small space and certification options are available for those who complete courses. To arrange classes for your staff online, please check out the Tai Chi At Work page and get in touch.
Beginners Tai Chi Outside
Tuesdays Lunchtimes @ Stoke Newington Common
This is an hour-long outdoor Tai Chi class for beginners that has been introduced during the Coronavirus era, it takes place whenever the weather allows. 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. The class is socially distanced and we santise our hands at the start of each lesson. Masks are not required but students can wear them if they so choose.
Students can try a class for £10, then they buy a block of four classes for use at any point in the autumn term. Advance booking and contact details are required for test and trace purposes.
Online Five Element Qi Gong
Thursdays online 6.30-8.00pm
Next six week term begins November 5th
This class has been set up for the corona virus lockdown. It features basic skills from the Five Element Qi Gong set which can be practised in a small space at home. Class features a gentle warm-up, breathing exercises, and an in-depth look at qi gong movements.
This term we are taking things up a gear to cover the entire form in six weeks for a cost of £72/£60 concessions. There is an option to certify at the end of the course for £50; students simply send in a recording of their form and Lucia will assess it, give feedback and a certficate stating skill level. Drop-ins for this term cost £15 (£12 concessions).
Online Traditional Wudang Tai Chi
Tuesdays online 6.30-8.00pm
The next term runs October 6th to December 8th (10 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 Principles Wudang Tai Chi form. 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. Individual tuition is given according to the level of the students, making the class suitable for absolute beginners as well as experienced students.
In the ten week term starting October 6th we will train the entire 13 Principles Wudang Tai Chi form. Term costs £120 or £100 for concessions. Students can choose to certify at the end of term by sending in a recording of their form. They will be assessed, given personal corrections, a certificate stating their skill level and a chance to practice, rerecord and obtain further corrections. Certification costs £50.
Heart Repair Meditation for Nei Gong
Intensive week of daily sessions
16th-20th November 7.30-8.30 am plus 21st November 10-11.30 am
This meditation draws from Taoist observation and Buddhist emotional release techniques, and aims to dissolve blockages which stem from suffering and affect qi flow, free thought, and loving interactions. This technique has transformed Lucia’s internal practice, and made navigating the pandemic easier. It is being paired with Standing Stake nei gong, which is a crucial practice that moulds body and qi into the optimum state for Tai Chi and Qi Gong. This practice can be challenging, but the meditation style adds ease to it. Together they make a healing yet powerful class.
Lessons consist of meditation, warm-up and standing stake. Students are welcome to choose how long they do each practice for within a given time frame, and are encouraged to write down results to help ground the process. The intensive costs £55 standard or £45 for concessions.
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
A small group of students are currently studying the Seven Star Wudang Sword form in monthly private lessons. If you are already proficient in Tai Chi and would like to join us, please enquire.
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.