Which Class is Right for Me?
In September 2021 there are two options for those interested in Beginners Tai Chi, a Tuesday lunchtime class in Stoke Newington and a Thursday evening class in Clapton. For experienced practitioners the Tuesday evening online Tai Chi class is the best option – we will be learning a whole form in 12 weeks. Online Kung Fu Conditioning on Wednesday mornings is a medium-intensity workout suitable for all levels, and a gentle online Qi Gong class will start in October. 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.
Beginners Tai Chi – Daytime
Tuesdays 12.30-1.30pm @ Stoke Newington Common/online
Term runs 7th to 28th September (Four 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.
Introduction to Tai Chi Course – Evening
Thursdays 6.30-7.30pm @ South Millfields Park/online
Term runs 9th to 30th September 2021 (Four 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.
Cost: This four-hour course costs £40. Classes take place in Millfields Park when the weather is good, and online via zoom if it is raining.
Online Intermediate Wudang Tai Chi
Tuesdays online 6.30-8.00pm
Terms runs 7th September to 23rd November (12 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. In the 12-week term starting in September, we will learn the entire 13-step Dandao Tai Chi form, and there will be an opportunity for assessment at the end of term.
Cost: This 12-week term costs £144 or £120 for concessions, and the optional assessment at the end of term is £50. Students can try the first class of term for £15 before signing up. This class is only for students with previous experience, either one years’ training with me, two years’ training with another Tai Chi teacher, or ten years’ training in any other movement art.
Online Kung Fu Conditioning
Wednesdays online 8.00-9.00am
Term runs 8th to 29th September (Four 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, by alternating the body parts we work on and varying the pace we create an accessible workout that builds strength while keeping the body soft.
Cost: £10 to drop-in or £40 for a four-week term. All classes are recorded.
Online Five Element Qi Gong
Thursdays online 6.30-8.00pm
Term runs 7th October to 25th November (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 Qi Gong form. In the eight weeks term starting in October we will learn the entire walking form for the Crane, which represents the element of fire and the heart.
Cost: The term costs £96 (£80 for concessions) and there is also a drop-in option for £15 (£12 concessions). All classes are recorded.
One Saturday Morning a Month
11th September 12-1.30pm – 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 September workshop is aimed at intermediate Tai Chi students who have been training online or taking a break during the pandemic, experienced beginners looking to stretch themselves, and experienced practitioners of other physical art forms who wish to try the Wudang style. Get in touch if you would like to come along.
Cost: £15 for this 90-minute class.
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.