“Where Movement Follows Nature”
Hello and welcome to Earth Balance Tai Chi, school of internal martial arts, qi gong and Taoist meditation. Meet instructor Nicola and read about her Tai Chi and Qigong journey.
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 on the Isle of Wight, I also offer online tuition through Skype, Zoom and Facebook video call, from my home to yours. I share Chen Tai Chi, Qigong and Taoist meditation with a community 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. View the webstore for more information.
Historical Class Information
From 2010 to 2016, I taught Chen Tai Chi, Qigong and Taoist meditation in public classes/courses, workshops and private tuition in the towns of Dublin, Horsham, Crawley, Worthing and Brighton. 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.
Instructor Nicola, in her own words dated July 2018
“I have been a student of Tai Chi and Qigong since 2006 and held public classes in the community from 2010 – 2015. 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 degenerative health.
At the end of 2015 my health base-line declined and I very sadly closed my school in Horsham, West Sussex. This was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make. It was a very sad moment for me with just over five years of teaching as Earth Balance Tai Chi across the community.
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. After closing my school and taking a health sabbatical, my health unfortunately worsened to where I injured my spine and spent some time unable to walk. Together with my physical therapist, I embarked on a ‘hands-off’ method of recovery using Tai Chi, Qigong, yoga, meditation, laughter and creativity. Within three months I was able to walk again, and although I have not returned to the same physical health as I had before, I continue to train Tai Chi and Qigong, exploring and studying to help me prevent further degeneration.
Every movement I make in my practice has purpose, focus, principles and alignment, it is great to be able to teach and correct myself with a good level of developed awareness. 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.
Read more about Tai Chi and Qigong for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome here.”
My Tai Chi training has 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).
- 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.
- As of 2016 Nicola has 12 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.
- 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 – ReMap 12 week course for those living with chronic pain in Newport, Isle of Wight, Mar – Jun 2019.
- 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
- 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.