What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi

T'ai chi ch'uan or Taijiquan, often shortened to t'ai chi, taiji or tai chi in English usage, is an internal Chinese martial art practised for both its defense training and its health benefits.

It is a 'hard and soft' martial art technique that is associated with general fitness, inner peace and longevity. Many training forms exist, both traditional and modern. Most modern styles of tai chi trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Wu (Hao), Wu, and Sun.

Medical research has found evidence that tai chi is helpful for improving balance and for general psychological health, and that it is associated with general health benefits in older people.

I have been practicing the art of tai chi and qigong since 1989 and was made an instructor in 2002. I have studied with the Deyin Taijiquan Institute, UK since 1999 and have been coached to many medals in that time in many different competitions around the country including the title of Official British Champion in both open hand and weapons forms in the time 2005 – 2008. I retired from competition in 2008 but am currently training to return to competition.

My Masters are Faye Yip Li and Tary Yip, with my Grand Master being Professor Li Deyin. All three are highly regarded in the field of Tai Chi and I teach in the style I have been taught. Please check out the Deyin website for more information on the quality and lineage of my training.

Styles taught & classes

I currently run a number of classes in the Wolverhampton and Walsall areas of the West Midlands. The classes range from beginners to advanced classes and we study a variety of styles of weapon and open hand forms. The main style taught is Yang style both modern and traditional and Sun style once a certain amount of competence has been achieved in Yang style.

Click here to find out more about some of the Tai Chi forms I teach in my classes.

Class times and locations are correct at the time of 'going to press' but please contact me to confirm specific class days, times and locations before turning up for the first time.

Class Location
Level
Day
Time

Chinese Arts and Culture Centre,

Unit E4, Stafford Park 15, Telford TF3 3BB

 

Yang Style Tai chi and Qigong

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Monday
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Our Lady and St Chad's Catholic School, Old Fallings Park Lane, Wolverhampton, WV10 8BL BHQA Qigong

Tuesdays

 

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Sun style Tai Chi and Qigong

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Polish Club, Stafford Rd, Wolverhampton

Beginners:

Tai Chi, Kung-Fu Fan & Qigong

Thursdays
6:30pm-7:30pm
Advanced Tai Chi: IWUF new compulsory Yang Style Tai Chi & Qigong
7:30pm-9:00pm
Nuffield Gym classes Wolverhampton (members only) Qigong & Tai Chi Mechanics Fridays
10:30am-11:30am
Nuffield Gym classes Wolverhampton (members only)

Tai Chi & Qigong Forms

Saturdays
9:00 am -10:00 am

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