Eight Week Course Information

Our next eight week course will to start on Wednesday June 30th @ 7:30 pm. Book a course here

We also offer a Free Taster Class before the eight week course on a try before you buy basis. Our next free taster class is on Wednesday 23rd June @ 7:30 pm. Book a place

For a full list of taster class dates click here

Coronavirus precautions

The Covid-19 safety procedures will be explained to students in an e mail sent in response to a booking and at the start of each class. However below is a brief summary, if you wish to see the full Covid-19 security measures, policy and latest information click here.

  • Come to class dressed in your training clothes. Apart from outdoor shoes there should be no need to change for training.
  • Take off outdoor clothes e.g. coat and place them in the designated place, change shoes if necessary.
  • Rinse your hands with sanitiser provided by the Academy
  • Fill in the Covid-19 tracing form
  • Keep 2 metres away from other class members during training
  • Wearing a facemask is optional
  • How much is it and what do I get?

    The course costs £85 which gives 8 weeks temporary membership at a 20% discount and allows access to the beginners classes in those eight weeks and the Wednesday night Qi Gong (breathing exercises) class from 6:30 - 7:30pm. You will also receive an accompanying 33 page course booklet "Fundamentals of Tai Chi Chuan".

    How do I enrol and pay?

    You can You can book and pay on line using the Paypal payment system, which handles debit and credit card payments securely, you do not need a Paypal account. An online Payment via PayPal will generate a receipt which will be e mailed to you. Please remember to bring this with you to the first class.

    Alternatively pay in class on the first night of the course by credit or debit card, cheque or cash.

    On the first night of the course you will be required to fill in the registration form for contact purposes and any possible Covid-19 tracing purposes.

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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?

    Tai Chi Chuan is composed of movement sets or forms, the whole set of movements is called "The Form". The course is based around The 12 step Form, a shortened version of the long form and 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 you should be able to perform the sequence of 12 forms comprising the 12 step Form unprompted and unaided and understand more about the principles and practice of Tai Chi Chuan

    We hope at the end of the course you will choose to stay on after the course and join the ongoing beginners' class to learn the Wu's style long form which, once learned, completes the beginner's syllabus.

    The course comprises:

    • Warm up exercises
      • A set of simple top to toe exercises to warm up the joints and muscles and stimulate the circulation.
    • The 12 step foundation Form
      • Tai Chi Chuan is made up of movement sets or forms, the complete set of movements is known as "The Form".
      • The course aims to teach the 12 forms set of the The 12 Step Form
      • You can see the 12 step form performed by members of the Hong Kong Academy here
    • 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
      • Instructors may demonstrate 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
    • 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. You should come to class in your training clothes and change to indoor footwear if necessary. Academy polo shirts for training are available to purchase at £10.

    Where is it ?

    We are located at St. John's Upper Holloway C of E Primary School in Pemberton Gardens N19 5RR Classes are in the main Hall. The school is a short walk down Holloway road from Archway Underground station (5 minutes walk) and a 2 - 5 minutes walk up Holloway Road from the North London overground line (Gospel Oak to Barking branch).click here for more explicit directions

    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 the first 12 movements of the foundation 12 step form, there is a lot more to learn, but what you learn on the course will provide 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 you will be asked to pay the annual membership fee (£25) and the monthly subscription (£55 by standing order or Paypal debit) for which you may attend the beginner's classes available and the drop-in Qi Gong class.

    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 up to a year.

    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 from the start of the course. Alternatively pay the pro rata sum for the previously taken lessons and rejoin for a full eight week course from lesson 1.

    Our next eight week course will to start on June 30th @ 7:30 pm. to book a course click here

Class performing Cross Step Slant Flying form

Class preforming Fair Lady Works at Shuttles form

Taster class dates for 2021

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Class #1 2021 Wednesday,23rd June 7:30pm Booking now


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