I’ve been training in Chinese Martial Arts for over thirty years specialising in Nei Jia Quan (Internal Schools of Boxing) and teaching for over twenty years. Over that time I’ve experienced many teaching styles and school structures. I’ve experimented with quite a few myself.
Using this experience I’ve devised a training process that gives a clear structure to training. The classes initially focus on core martial skills using a short TaiJi form and the development of the fitness and flexibility required, this will include learning Dao Yin (Daoist Yoga).
Once a basic level of skill, coordination and flexibility has been acquired your training moves onto more focused XingYiQuan and from there back to TaiJiQuan. For those interested in gaining some self defence skills, this takes approximately 12 months. You can read a little more about XingYi and TaiJi by following the links in the menues.
Please note, I do not offer a children's class. If you have a child under ten with an interest in martial arts I strongly recommend Judo. Judo at most levels does not include kicks and punches, this makes it ideal for younger children whose emotional immaturity could result in unfortunate consequences if they should resort to kicking and punching, particularly in a modern school environment. A few other reasons that Judo is ideal is that it is a very hands on activity right from the start so its a great way to build confidence and burn up energy, additionally the British Judo Association has great coaches with a lot of experience in training young children.
My classes are available to anyone from seventeen up to, well, you're never too old to train, so any age you like.
I'm one of only a very few teachers in the north of England, that can actually teach TaiJi as a Martial Art.
As anyone can claim to be a Martial Arts teacher (membership of national bodies is all too often subject to the payment of a fee rather than on any serious assessment of knowledge or skill) it is important you look for someone with real knowledge and experience. Unfortunately there are many people teaching Tai Chi who have done nothing more than a short course themselves, often they're actually part of a franchise. Yes these days franchises don't just supply burgers and coffee! It's important that you get quality instruction to gain the real benefits that Tai Chi can provide. I can provide the full traditional Tai Chi Syllabus including Weapons, Dao Yin and Nei Gong.
The Martial Art of XingYi on the other hand is extremely rare, so rare that many people claiming to teach it appear to have taught themselves from videos! XingYi focuses on the study of relatively few techniques which are developed to a high level.