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 class, and if you are a complete beginner check out the Tuesday lunchtime or Thursday evening classes. The daytime class has a gentle warm-up while the evening classes feature deeper stretching. If it’s Qi Gong you are after, there is an online class on Thursday evenings, and if you can’t make it to any of the above, you can always 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
27th April & 4th May 2021 Classes On The Common
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.
Students can try a class for £10, then they book in advance for all classes they wish to attend in the month ahead. On 27th April and 4th May 2021 we are running two classes outdoors to gauge the level of interest in face to face learning at this stage of the pandemic.
Beginners Tai Chi – Evening
Thursdays 6.30-7.30pm @ North Millfields Park
Next Term 29th April to 20th May 2021 (Four weeks)
This outdoor, beginners Tai Chi class features a stretch warm-up, short standing stake sessions and movements from the 13 Principles Wudang Tai Chi form. Currently all classes are socially distanced but once the vaccine rollout is complete there will be options to train gentle martial partnerwork. Contact details are required for test and trace.
Students can try a class for £10, then book in for the rest of the term at the rate of £10 per class. This four-week term is to gauge the level of interest in face to face classes at this stage in the pandemic.
Online Five Element Qi Gong
Thursdays online 8.00-9.00pm
Next term runs April 29th to May 20th 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 April 29th we will be looking at the Snake form, which corresponds with the element of metal and the lungs. The term costs £32 (£24 for concessions) and there is also a drop-in option for £10 (£8 concessions).
Online Traditional Wudang Tai Chi
Tuesdays online 6.30-8.00pm
The next term runs April 27th to May 18th 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.
This four-week term costs £48 or £40 for concessions. Students are welcome to drop-in to try a class on 27th April for £15, and after that will need to sign up for the rest of the term to continue.
One Saturday Morning a Month
Next session late April/ Early May 2021 – 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. A session on understanding the I Ching is in the pipeline for 2021.
Our first session after the Easter break will be Kung Fu & Tai Chi for £20 (£16 concessions). This will feature a mix of stance work, strength building & explosive power exploration mixed in with some stretching and Tai Chi to keep the body open and soft.
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.