Which Class is Right for Me?
For the most gentle class, try Tai Chi and Qi Gong on a Thursday morning. If you prefer to have a bit of a workout, try Tai Chi and Kung Fu on a Thursday evening. If you’re looking for the most traditional Tai Chi teaching possible, try the Tuesday evening classes. 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.
Tai Chi and Qi Gong for Mobility
Thursdays @ Core Clapton in Clapton 11am-12pm
This class is for those who want the easiest and most gentle introduction to Tai Chi. Students can improve posture while standing in the basic Qi Gong position, while the soft, fluid movements of the 13-step Wudang Tai Chi form mobilise joints and relax the mind. Each exercise is repeated frequently to allow it to sink into muscle memory. The class is designed to improve mobility for those with physical issues, but people of all health levels are welcome to join as long as they are happy moving at a slow pace Seats are available and most exercises can be practised sitting down. Please inform Lucia of any health issues before the start of class so she can adjust the movements to suit your body.
This class is subsidised by Hackney Council and is £2 for Hackney Residents. Those living outside of Hackney are welcome to attend and can make a donation based on what they can afford, suggested amount £5.
Tai Chi and Kung Fu
Thursdays at Camden Chinese Community Centre 6.30-8pm
This class is for those who fancy breaking a sweat before chilling out. The 18-step Wudang Fist form mixes slow moves from Tai Chi with faster movements from Wudang Kung Fu, making it accessible to people of all fitness levels. Students can expect a rigorous warm-up, partnerwork, basic skills from across the spectrum of Chinese martial arts, group practise of the 18-step Form and meditation. The aim of this class is to improve strength and teach tools for stress relief.
To drop in for just one class costs £20, and to book a block of four costs £60 (which works out to £15 per class). The four classes can be attended at any point within the term, but cannot be rolled over to the next term.
WUDANG 36-STEP TAI CHI
Tuesdays @ Methodist Church in Stoke Newington 7-9pm
This two-hour class is for those who want to learn Tai Chi in the most traditional way. It features a thorough stretch warm-up, standing stake, basic skills and the 36-step secret transmission 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 36-step Tai Chi form. The aim of this class is internal alchemy – the evolution of body and mind for a more harmonious and interesting experience of life23 The class contains both absolute beginners and intermediate level students, and is suitable for people of average health level and above.
Students can try their first class for £10, after which they need to sign up for the term to continue. Terms are usually around 12 weeks long, and it costs £180 for a 12-week term, which works out to £15 per class.
Weekend Workshops in Nature
Saturday Mornings @ Various Parks in North East London 11am-1pm
On one Saturday per month between May and September, we are holding Tai Chi workshops in places of natural beauty around Hackney and surrounding areas. Expect a 2 hour Tai Chi workshop in the morning, held in places like Walthamstow Wetlands, Hackney Marshes and Leyton Waterworks. The plan is to make the most of the sunshine by training Tai Chi in nature, followed by lunch at a local cafe for those who fancy it.
These classes cost £20 in advance or £25 to drop in on the day. Please let us know in advance if you think you may drop in on the day.
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 should only be studied 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