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TAI CHI & QI GONG CLASSES - LEARN TAI CHI with a BRITISH CHAMPION

Catherine also offers Tai Chi & Qi Gong instruction for relaxation, health, self defence and well being.          

 3 times European Champion in St Petersburg Russia 2016, 5 times Silver medallist at the European Championships 2015 Also Gold medallist at the British Open Tai Chi Championships 2016 & 2014,  and the last few years Gold medallist at the London Tai Chi Chuan Championships. Catherine also trains students to National and European level if the individual desires to compete. Students achievements include Gold, Silver & Bronze European medallists 2017 in Fixed step push hands, Hand Form and Weapon Form. Catherine also has experience in Judging for competition Forms.

CLASSES FOR 2018


VENUES:

Coleshill Village Hall, Barracks Hill, Coleshill, Amersham, Herts, HP7 0LN

Mondays 2.00pm - 3.00pm

All levels welcome. Classes cover Wudang hand forms and Qi Gong exercises. (cost £9 per class or pay 8 classes in advance & receive 15% discount - Cost £55).



Cheddington Village Hall, Church Lane, Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard, Bucks LU7 0RU

Mondays 7.00pm - 8.00pm

Tuesdays 7.00pm - 8.00pm Tai Chi - beginners welcome

8.00pm - 9.00pm Intermediates/weapons

Saturdays 10.00am - 11am Tai Chi - currently fully booked

11am - 12noon Intermediates/weapons


(cost £9 per class or pay 8 classes in advance & receive 15% discount - Cost £55) all levels welcome.

 

Classes cover all aspects of Wudang Style Tai Chi Chuan, hand forms, push hands partner drills, self defence applications, Weapons.  When weather conditions are favorable, classes are conducted outside on the village hall green.

chedd class outside

After four trial sessions, new students must pay £20 for annual insurance under the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA) if they wish to continue. This will cover students for the possibility of any injuries sustained during class although safety is always strictly maintained during training.
(Classes may change occasionally due to hall requirements so please check regularly for updates.)

Keech Hospice Care, Great Bramingham Lane, Streatley, Luton, Sitting Qi Gong sessions in the Hospice Day Centre for patients & Tai Chi/Qi Gong/Relaxation session for Hospice Empoyees and Volunteers. Get in touch for details.

TRING MARTIAL ARTS ACADEMY 
Unit 11, Silk Mill Business Park, Brook St, Tring, HP23 5EF.

Beginners Class (course of 10 sessions) Wednesdays 8pm   (Improvers class 7pm)
Bookings are direct with TMA on-line through their Web Site Link:-www.tringmartialarts.com/classes/tai-chi


MIND AND BODY BERKHAMSTED                                                                                                                                   The Coach House, Boxwell Road, Berkhamsted, HP4 3ET

New class starting 11th January 2018 Thursdays 6.30pm - 7.30pm (10 week course) beginners and experienced welcome.
Bookings are direct with "Mind and Body Berkhamsted" on-line through their Web Site Link:-https://www.mindandbodyberkhamsted.com/tai-chi-chuan/

THE BAGNALL CENTRE
71-79 Waterside
Chesham
HP5 1PE

Classes: Mondays 12noon -1pm Thursdays 8.00pm - 9.00pm and 9pm - 10pm (8 week course) beginners and experienced welcome.
https://www.bagnallcentre.com/fitness-and-exercise/

Amaravati Thai Buddhist Retreat Centre, St Margarets, Great Gaddesden, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.
  Tai Chi/Qi gong classes are held for those attending 5 or 10 day silent retreats.
(venue website: www.amaravati.org)


PRIVATE TUITION AVAILABLE - get in touch for details

Catherine is fully insured and is a qualified first aider.                                     

TAI CHI DEMO

We had a Wudang style Tai Chi demonstration at Cheddington Fete on the 6th July 2013 on Cheddington Village Green. It was a chance to see what we cover in the classes, showing solo demonstrations of Gold Medal winning Hand Form and Sabre Weapon Form, partner "pushing hands" drills and exercises with some basic Tai Chi Martial/self defence applications, Wudang Group Beginners Square Short Form, Wudang Group Spear Weapons Form.   

                                  

About Catherine's Experience

She has over 13 years experience of the ancient martial art of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. She started training in Yang style Tai Chi and Qi Gong and gained experience in assistant teaching in a well known Tai Chi school in London.  She has experience that includes the Short Form (24 step), Long Form (108 step), Sabre Sword Form, Pushing Hands and Applications. Experience was gained in teaching beginners and intermediates, as well as attending senior Tai Chi classes, teacher training workshops, and intensive Tai Chi student retreats to continue her skill level and development.

For the last 4 years Catherine has been studying Wudang Style Tai Chi Chuan, which strives to teach Tai Chi as it was originally intended, as a martial art, named after the Wudang Mountains, the spiritual home of Tai Chi and said to be where it originated from.

She currently trains as an “inside the door” student of Dan Docherty (who trained with Chen Tin Hung) She attends his classes, training camps & workshops regularly for intense development of skill and technique. She also regularly competes at National and International level.

Catherine regularly teaches in the Beds, Bucks and Herts area. She runs regular classes at various locations including Keech Hospice Care Luton, Amaravati retreat Centre, Coleshill & Cheddington, as well as offering private lessons.

In weapons she has experience of Tai Chi Sword, Sabre and Spear (Forms and applications)

The Wudang style is closely connected to the Wu style Tai Chi and includes Square short form, round short form, long square form, long round form, seven star stepping, four directions, nine palaces, silk reeling, pushing hands, Qi Gong and martial applications to name a few.

Catherine is fully ensured to teach Tai Chi and Qi Gong to the public and is a fully certified First Aider.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi Chuan is a form of exercise derived from Taoism, one of China's oldest belief systems. It is an Ancient Chinese Martial Art based on the use and development of Yin and Yang energy through breath and movement. The practice of Tai Chi Chuan is beneficial to health in many aspects, as well as being an excellent method of self-defence.

Tai Chi means : "Supreme Ultimate" . The term first appeared in the "I Ching" (Book of changes)  Quote " Therefore the I (Changes) has Tai Chi, It gives birth to the two forms (Yin and Yang). This book is used for divination dating back to the Zhou Dynasty (c 1027-221 C)   

the 5 aspects of practising Tai Chi are: The Hand Form (Tao Chuan), Pushing Hands (Tui Shou), Self Defence (San Shou) , Weapons, Internal Strength (Nei Kung)  

Who is it for? 

Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages and has gained a hugely enthusiastic following all over the world. This ancient Chinese Martial Art has evolved to help people improve their physical health, equip them to defend themselves as well as improve their powers of meditation. It is an activity that everyone can benefit from and many scientific research projects have found to prove there are numerous benefits to practicing Tai Chi, even helping with sufferers of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, heart problems, blood pressure, and old age, to name a few, (see links further down the page for further reading and articles).

What are the benefits? 

  • helps release tension, develops flexibility and core stability

  • helps promote relaxation and calmness as well as an alert state of mind

  • helps develop concentration

  • good for developing balance and co-ordination

  • helps promote deep breathing by using breath with slow relaxed movement

  • internal organs are gently "massaged" by the diaphragms slow movement

  • increased blood circulation and oxygen around the body

  • helps improve strength of muscles and tendons and stimulates the central nervous system

  • helps develop mind/body awareness with yourself and with others  

  • suitable for all ages

  • requires no special equipment

  • can be practised in a relatively small area, indoors or outdoors

 

Useful research & information in the media of the benefits of Tai Chi....see links below:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,332063,00.html?artId=332063%3FcontType%3Darticle%3Fchn%3Dworld
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9348795/Tai-Chi-makes-your-brain-bigger-and-improves-memory.html
 
http://cpr.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/04/04/2047487312443483
 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2125328/How-Tai-Chi-later-life-good-heart-Elderly-perform-exercises-lower-blood-pressure.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
 
http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Womens_Health_Watch/2009/May/The-health-benefits-of-tai-chi
 
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9069156/Tai-Chi-may-improve-Parkinsons-symptoms-research.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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