Movement and Stillness for Life-Long Health

Encouraging Daily Practice of the Classical Chinese Arts



About Chen Tai Chi

Chen style Tai Chi is an internal martial art, slowly moving the body in a relaxed yet powerful way, using coiling and spiralling movements to aid health and wellbeing.  Chen style originated from Chen Village (Chen Jia Gou) in China. View over the following webpage to find out more about the historical lineage of Chen style Tai Chi.   Read the article ‘This isn’t your grandmother’s Tai Chi’ about Chen style.

Health Benefits

Expansion/compression of joints – Coiling of soft tissue
Lengthening connective tissue – Softening muscles
Relax the nervous system – Posture and structure
Whole body coordination – Focused concentration
Uninterrupted circular motion – Being present in the moment
Diaphragm breathing – Balance Yin Yang in the body

Our Classes

Follow the forms of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei.


Isle of Wight Community Class

From September 2019 join us in Newport town centre on the Isle of Wight, for a drop-in Tai Chi and Qigong classes for all levels and abilities. Suited to the casual learner, there is no need to book, simply turn up on the day. Enjoy an hour of detoxing the body and calming the mind through dynamic relaxed spiralling movements in a friendly community class. Everyone is welcome to join no matter age, fitness level nor physical restriction. Visit the Newport class page for more info.


Live Online Tuition – “From My Home to Yours”

Instructor Nicola is passionate about sharing Chen style Tai Chi with her students. Following the forms of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei she provides live online private tuition using Zoom, Skype and Facebook video call. The types of live online lessons offered are Chen Tai Chi for previous students/those with experience and Hibernating Bear Tai Chi. Learn authentic healthy movements in your own home and join Nicola’s community of students on a journey to improved health and wellbeing.

Nicola helps students progress through the traditional principles of Chen style silk reeling and the empty hand forms, teaching through a hands-on method rather than ‘watch and follow‘. Lessons start with traditional Chen warm up exercises that loosen every major joint in the body. Next a Qigong breathing session, focusing on relaxation, softening the body, lowering the heart rate and slowing the breath. Progressing to ‘Standing Practice’ (Zhan Zhuang), a static Qigong posture as a meditation and stillness exercise. Moving onto Silk Reeling Drills, the signature movement of Chen style and then the main content of her lessons covers the empty hand form.


Historical Class Information

From October 2010 to December 2015, instructor Nicola taught Chen Taiji drop-in classes, study courses and weekend workshops in Dublin, Ireland and Horsham, Crawley and Worthing in West Sussex.

  • Zhan Zhaung – Standing practice.
  • Chen Foundations – The principles of Chen Tai Chi for beginners covering silk reeling exercises, Tai Chi stances and foundation Chen Tai Chi movements. Suited to the absolute beginner with no experience.
  • Chen Four Corners A mini version of the form suitable for new beginners. This covers the first five movements, performing them to the four corners.
  • Chen 18 Form – A beginner Tai Chi form covering the 18 movements as created by Grand Master Chen Zhenglei as a simplified Laojia 74 Form.
  • Chen Laojia Yi Lu (Old Frame First Routine) – An intermediate Tai Chi Form with 74 movements in total.

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