Which Class is Right for Me?
Due to the Corona Virus, all classes currently take place via online conference call using Zoom. Zoom is easy to use, if you have a computer or laptop you just click on the link I send you and a video chat will open. If you are using a phone or tablet, you will need to download the Zoom app.
For the most gentle class, try Gentle Tai Chi on a Thursday morning. If you’re looking for the most traditional Tai Chi teaching possible, try the Tuesday evening classes. And if you are looking for a class to benefit your health that can be trained in a small space, try Five Element Qi Gong. If you fancy a harder and faster class, look out for our online pop-up ‘Power Hour’ 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. To arrange classes for your staff online, please check out the Tai Chi At Work page and get in touch.
Gentle Tai Chi
Thursdays @ Core Clapton in Clapton 11am-12pm
Corona Adjustment: This class takes place online.
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 Principles Wudang Tai Chi form mobilise joints and relax the mind. Each exercise is repeated frequently to allow it to sink into muscle memory and the class progresses 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 the lesson. This class is donation-based, and costs from £2 for concessions, and from £5 for the employed.
Online Five Element Qi Gong
Thursdays online 6.30-8.00pm
Next four week term begins April 30th
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 small space at home. Class features a gentle warm-up, breathing exercises, an in-depth look at one qi gong movement, and a runthrough of the entire Qi Gong set. We will start off with looking at the snake or metal element from the set, which is designed to improve lung health.
To drop in for just one class costs £15, and to book a term of five classes costs £60 (which works out to £12 per class). Concession rates are available.
TRADITIONAL WUDANG TAI CHI
Tuesdays @ Wigan Estate Communiy Hall in Clapton 7-8.30pm
Corona Adjustment: This class takes place online. The next four week term starts April 28th.
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, partnerwork 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. This class is taught by Lucia and her most experienced students. Individual tuition is given according to the level of the students, making the class suitable for absolute beginners as well as experienced students.
Students can try their first class for £10, after which they need to sign up for the whole term. Terms are currently four weeks long, and cost £48 (£12 per lesson). Concessions rates are available.
Pop-Up Online Lessons
Evenings and Weekends @ Various Online Forums
These potent Wudang Tai Chi Classes aim to give people a taste of Tai Chi in just an hour online. Each class is based around a different Tai Chi principle, so students can attend one and get something out of it, or attend multiple sessions and build up their knowledge base. Tai Chi is a broad spectrum, it can be trained in a soft and gentle way, like Qi Gong, or in a more demanding, harder way – like Kung Fu. As such there are two different pop up classes, the ‘Power Hour’ (the hard approach), and ‘Slow Flow’ (the soft approach).
These classes will pop up on different online forums like facebook, instagram and zoom as the school explores the possibilities of online teaching. Classes are donation-based, so just pay what you can.
Tai Chi and Kung Fu
Thursdays at The Place in Kings Cross 6.30-7.30pm
Corona Virus Adjustment: This class has been paused during Lockdown.
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 £15, and to book a block of five costs £60 (which works out to £12 per class). The five classes can be attended at any point within the term, but cannot be rolled over to the next term.
Saturday Mornings @ Various Locations in North East London 11am-1pm
Corona Adjustment: This class has been paused during Lockdown.
On one Saturday per month we hold Tai Chi workshops around North East London. In the colder months these are indoors, and in the warmer ones they take place in natural beauty spots outside. Expect a 2 hour Tai Chi workshop in the morning, held in Islington, Walthamstow, Leyton or Hackney 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 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.