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“Where Movement Follows Nature”

Hello, I am Nicola, the owner and instructor at Earth Balance Tai Chi. Welcome to my school of internal martial arts, qi gong and Taoist meditation.

Current Class Information

“The best part of teaching Tai Chi and Qigong is passing on the contagion of passionate learning! At the end of a lesson when a student is grinning from ear to ear with childlike excitement, those moments are to be cherished.”  My school is open to private students and a community class on the Isle of Wight. I also offer online tuition through Zoom and Facebook video call, teaching from my home to yours.  I share Chen Tai Chi, Qigong and Taoist meditation with a group of dedicated students who truly embrace studying the Classical Chinese arts.  My lessons are open to everyone, no matter age, physical restriction or fitness level, all abilities are welcome.

Historical Class Information

From 2010 to 2016, I taught Chen Tai Chi, Qigong and Taoist meditation in Dublin and Sussex, UK. During this time my syllabus covered:

Instructor Nicola, in her own words dated July 2018

“I have been a student of Tai Chi and Qigong since 2006 and have taught classes since 2010.  I live with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, and when faced with health challenges during the first few years of my personal Tai Chi and Qigong journey, I found the movements so beneficial that it led me to become an instructor.  My circumstances have given me a unique and personal understanding of chronic health issues, relating to healthy exercise, pain management and managing the psychological aspects of chronic health. Read more about Tai Chi and Qigong for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome here.

Living with EDS, there is an unpredictable nature to the degenerative effects.  As I get older I am faced with an increase in symptoms and injury, which results in the management of my base-line becoming much more intensive. Every movement I make in my practice has purpose, focus, principles and alignment.  I meet each day no matter how challenging with hope and perseverance, as everyday holds potential, even in times of rest and rejuvenation. My aim as an instructor is to show people that there are other routes to improved health and wellbeing, rather than reliance on allopathic medicine and our crumbling health service.  Healthy, frequent and accurate Tai Chi/Qigong movements are a key part of my life and I hope that I can inspire others with my passion and dedication.”

My Teachers/Training

My personal Tai Chi studies have included Southern Wu Short Form, Old Yang Long Form, Bagua, Chen 11 Form, Chen 18 Form, Chen Laojia Yi Lu, Chen Double Fan, Chen Laojia Er Lu and Chen Sabre.  My Qi Gong training has included 5 Animal Frolics, 8 Pieces of Brocade, Hun Yuan Chi Gung, Earth Qi Gong for Women, Phoenix Alchemy Qigong, Yi Jin Jing and Eight Energy Circle Walking.

The teachers I have trained as an instructor with are listed below:

Master Joe Lok of Natural Energy Academy, Hong Kong.

  • 2014: ‘Phoenix in Graceful Clouds of Blessing’ Daoist Qigong.

Master Wang Hai Jun of ChenTaiji Academy, UK

  • 2013:  Silk Reeling, Chen 18 Form and Chen Laojia Yi Lu (74 Form).

Sifu Tina Chunna Zhang of Earth Qi Gong for Women, New York, USA

  • 2010: Earth Qi Gong for Women.

Master Faye Yip of British Health Qigong Association, UK

Master Liming Yue of the Tai Chi Centre, UK

Special Thanks

  • Cherry Collins, Surrey and Hants Tai Chi
  • My Chen Tai Chi mentor, peer and instructor from 2012 to 2016. On moving back to the UK I was lucky to be taught by her regularly both in public classes, workshops and private tuition. I remain inspired by her commitment and passion of Chen style Tai Chi.  I am also grateful to Cherry for introducing me to Master Wang Hai Jun.
  • Mat Ward, Inner Harmony School
  • My training partner, who I met at a Bagua workshop and crossed trained with from 2012 to 2016. Mat is from the Cheng Man Ching lineage and has a vast mind of knowledge and experience in martial arts, I feel lucky to have experienced his teachings.
  • Alda Gomez, House of Movement
  • Alda and I met as students learning Yang and Wu Tai Chi from 2006 to 2010. We embarked on teaching training together in Wu style before both our journeys evolved and centred around Chen style Tai Chi and Health Qigong. We spent many many hours training together and I feel blessed to have started this journey with her.

Additional Details

  • As of 2019 Nicola has 15 years experience teaching within adult education.
  • Instructor membership with the Tai Chi Union in the UK. Dated 2011 – 2016.
  • Enhanced CRB / DBS Checked. Dated 2015 and 2019.
  • Member of Awakening Dragon Taoism. From 2013 to date.

Group Course

  • 3 month course with a Senior Citizens Club, 2010/2011
  • 4 month programme with Rehab Care, HOPS Centre, 2011
  • Weekly classes with Total Physio Studios in Horsham, October 2012 to April 2013.
  • Introduction to Tai Chi Workshop for Adults with Special Needs with Cavendish Care in Ifield, Crawley – January 2014.
  • Get Active Programme (Weight Management) in Horsham, run by Horsham Wellbeing Hub, part of Horsham District Council – January – February, March, May – July 2014.
  • EDF Energy – 6 week meditation course in Crawley, June- July 2014.
  • Independent Arts Charity – ReMap 12 week course for those living with chronic pain. Newport, Isle of Wight, Mar – Jun 2019.
  • Independent Arts Charity – Portfolio 4 x 2 hour workshops focusing on ‘self’ using reflection, meditation, and practical activites. Newport, Isle of Wight, Jun – Jul 2019.
  • Independent Arts Charity – Movement and relaxation classes to elderly students in care homes, Newport, Isle of Wight, Mar 2019 – date.
  • Independent Arts Charity – Introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong at the Anxiety Cafe. Newport, Isle of Wight, Jul 2019.

Voluntary Course

  • Horsham Heathers & Crawley Chrysalis Breast Cancer Support Group, May-July 2012
  • Horsham Heathers & Crawley Chrysalis Breast Cancer Support Group, June-July 2013
  • Horsham Parkinson’s Support Group, July-August 2014

Demonstrations/Talks

  • Horsham Fibromyalgia Support Group, January 2012.
  • Horsham Heathers & Crawley Chrysalis Breast Cancer Support Group, March 2012.
  • Horsham Heart Failure Support Group, June 2012.
  • Horsham Holistic Mind, Body, Health Group, October 2012.
  • St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley, June 2015.

 

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