- Eight Week Courses for Beginners -

Our next courses start: Monday January 11th @ 6:30 & 8:00 pm & January 13th @ 6:30 pm

Free Taster Class Monday January 6th @ 6:30 pm

Eight Week Course Information

Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy, Archway, runs 5 sets of beginners' courses during the calendar year.

During the summer months (July and August) we do not run a course but will accept students as new members if they wish to join straight away without attending an eight week course.

Course dates for 2016 can be viewed here.

Class times can be viewed here.

How much is it and what do I get?

The course costs £85 which gives 8 weeks temporary membership at a 20% discount which allows access to any or all of the beginners classes in those eight weeks. It is possible therefore to have up to 36 hours tuition during the course. You will also receive an accompanying course booklet "Fundamentals of Tai Chi Chuan". Participants who complete the course and stay to complete the beginner level will be given a blue polo shirt, embroidered with the club logo. You can pay on line using the Paypal secure payment system. Alternatively pay in class by credit or debit card, cheque or cash.

How do I enrol and pay?

You can register and pay on line with our on line registration and payment form. Payment is via PayPal which handles debit and credit card payments securely, and will send you a receipt for your payment which you should bring with you to the first class.

Alternatively you can come along on the open night, or on the first night of the course and fill in the registration form and pay by credit or debit card, cash or cheque.

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You may also join as a member straight away by downloading a registration form as a printable PDF file that you can either return to us with a cheque for the appropriate amount, or bring with you to the first class.

What Will I learn?

The course allows participants to learn, experience and practice the movements of Tai Chi Chuan and relate them to the underlying theory. It is ideal for people with little or no experience of Tai Chi Chuan who would like to find out more about Tai Chi Chuan before making a commitment to becoming a full member and learning the art in greater depth.

At the end of the course we hope you will be able to perform the sequence of the first 14 forms unprompted and unaided. This is the first section of the long form (108 movements of Wu's style Tai Chi Chuan).

We hope also that you will know and understand more about the principles and practice of Tai Chi Chuan

At the end of the course you can choose to stay on and complete the beginner's syllabus.

The course comprises:

  • Warm up exercises
    • A simple set of top to toe exercises to warm up the joints and muscles
  • Individual forms
    • The movement sets from which the long form or 108 movements is composed
    • The course aims to cover the first 14 forms
  • Tai Chi Walking
    • A routine exercise that teaches the student to carry their weight properly
    • It also acts as a stretching and strengthening exercise
  • Applications of selected forms
    • Demonstration of the martial application of some of the forms
    • This shows the deeper meaning of the forms
    • Please be aware this is NOT a self defence course
  • Introductory push hands
    • An introduction to two person or partner exercise using Tai Chi Principles
  • 5 Element Meditation
    • A simple physical meditation which you may find useful in everyday life for stress relief and relaxation
  • Theory and Philosophy
    • An introduction to the the basic ideas and philosophy behind the Tai Chi Movements
    • An understanding of the philosophy helps explain the rationale of the movements, and why they are structured the way they are.

What should I Wear ?

We recommend loose easy fitting clothes that do not restrict movement e.g a Tee or sweat shirt, track suit bottoms and kung fu slippers, trainers or stocking feet are preferred to bare feet.

Please note that the cost of the course includes a blue polo shirt embroidered with the Academy logo.

Where is it ?

We are located at the Whittington Park Community Association (WPCA), Yerbury Road. Monday Classes are in the Lower Hocking Hall, Wednesday classes are in the Upper Hocking Hall. The WPCA is about equidistant between Archway and Tufnell Park Underground stations (5 - 10 minutes walk) and very close (2 - 5 minutes walk) to the North London overground line (Gospel Oak to Barking branch).

What happens at the end of the course?

The aim of the course is to introduce people to Tai Chi so they can see whether or not they like it, and would like to continue learning and practicing. The course covers only the first 14 of the 108 movements of the hand form, there is a lot more to learn, but what you learn on the course provides a sound basis for further study.

At the end of the course you will be asked if you wish to stay at the academy and continue learning. If you decide to stay after the course you will be asked to pay the annual membership fee (£25) and the monthly subscription (£55 by standing order or £65 by cash or cheque) for which you may attend any or all of the beginner's classes available.

Refunds Policy

The payment for the course is non-refundable.

However if your circumstances change or you are unable to complete the course, any unused classes can be held in credit for the year of your membership.

So, for instance if you book and pay for the course and then have to drop out after 2 weeks for whatever reason,you can take up the remaining six lessons at any time in the year for which your membership runs. Or pay the pro rata sum for the previously taken lessons and rejoin for a full eight week course from lesson 1.

Class performing Cross Step Slant Flying form

Class preforming Fair Lady Works at Shuttles form

Click on the play button in the video player control bar below

to view a demonstration of the forms taught on the eight week course

Beginners' Class Times

Day Class Time Instructor(s)
Monday 6:30 - 8:00 pm Don Spargo
Monday 8:00 - 9:30 pm Susie Collins
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm Roy Constantine

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Course dates for 2016

Click on the date to book the course

Day Time Start Date End Date
2016 Course 1
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 6th January Free 'taster' session
Monday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 11th January 29th February
Monday 8:00 - 9:30 pm 11th January 29th Februaryh
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 13th January 2nd March
2016 Course 2
Monday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 29th February Free 'taster' session
Monday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 7th March 9th May
Monday 8:00 - 9:30 pm 7th March 9th May
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 9th March 4th May
2016 Course 3
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 1st June Free 'taster' session
Monday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 13th June 1st August
Monday 8:00 - 9:30 pm 13th June 1st August
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 15th June 3rd August
2016 Course 4
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 31st August Free 'taster' session
Monday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 5th September 17th October
Monday 8:00 - 9:30 pm 5th September 17th October
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 7th September 19th October
2016 Course 5
Monday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 17th October Free 'taster' session
Monday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 24th October 14th December
Monday 8:00 - 9:30 pm 24th October 19th December
Wednesday 6:30 - 8:00 pm 26th October 21st December

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