Tai Chi Instructor
Where Movement Follows Nature
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.
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. I teach Chen Tai Chi, health Qigong and Taoist meditation to students who share my passion of studying the Classical Chinese movement arts. My lessons are open to everyone, no matter age, physical restriction or fitness level, all abilities are welcome.
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, working gracefully with chronic fatigue, training to my baseline, and managing the psychological aspects of chronic health.
Living with EDS, there is an unpredictable nature to the degenerative effects. As I age, the management of my base-line is 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 wellbeing and I hope that I can inspire others with my passion and dedication.
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
- 2014: 8 Pieces of Brocade Qigong (Chinese Health Qigong Association).
Master Liming Yue of the Tai Chi Centre, UK
- 2010: Chen Tai Chi, 8 Pieces of Brocade and 5 Animals Health Qigong (Chinese Health Qigong Association).
Historical Class Information
From 2010 to 2016, I taught Chen Tai Chi, Qigong and Taoist meditation across the community in Dublin and West Sussex. During this time my syllabus covered:
- Chen Style Tai Chi - Master Wang Hai Jun of Chen Taiji Academy, UK.
- Health Qi Gong - The Chinese Health Qigong Association.
- Qi Gong for Women - Tina Chunna Zhang of Wu Tang PCA, NYC.
- Phoenix Alchemy Qigong - Master Joe Lok of Natural Energy Academy, Hong Kong.
- Taoist Meditation - The Inner Smile and Microcosmic Orbit.
- 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 hours training together and I feel blessed to have started this journey with her.
- As of 2020 Nicola has 16 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, 2019 and 2020.
- Member of Awakening Dragon Taoism. From 2013 to date.
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