About Us

The Exeter School of Tai Chi teaches authentic Chen style Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and Qi Gong, following the teachings of the current head of the Chen Family, Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang.

The School’s Chief Instructors, Tom & Helen, are highly experienced professionals who are both registered as Advanced Tai Chi Instructors with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.


Tom Collingridge

Tom has been devoted to the practice of Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and Qi Gong since 1993, when his journey began aged 19.  Now 24 years older, Tom remains passionate about the immeasurable benefits that come from daily practice.

In addition to Taijiquan, Tom is a qualified Black Belt Instructor of Aikido, and has studied Wing Chun Kung Fu for 22 years.  Tom now teaches both Chen Style Taijiquan and Wing Chun Kung Fu as his full-time occupation.

Helen Kingdon

Helen has been dedicated to Taijiquan practice since 1998.  In addition to Taijiquan Helen has also studied Wing Chun Kung Fu for 10 years and Aikido for 5 years.  Helen now teaches both Taijiquan and Wing Chun Kung Fu, in addition to her part-time day job!

Jess Cohen

Jess initially studied Chen Man Ching (Yang Style) for three years whilst living in London.   On moving to Devon in 2009 she decided to go back to the roots of Tai Chi and started learning Chen Style Tai Chi with the Exeter School of Tai Chi Chuan.  Jess looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm and enjoyment of Chen Style Tai Chi in her own classes.

The School

The School firmly believes in providing high quality teaching, and therefore the instructors continue to train diligently with leading Tai Chi masters from the UK and China, including Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang (19th Generation), Karel & Eva Koskuba (20th Generation),  Ben Milton (20th Generation).

We have also had the privilege to meet and train with other Chen Family members, including Grandmaster Chen Xiao Xing and Master Chen Ying Jun.

The School believes that Tai Chi is accessible and beneficial to everyone. In addition to our regular weekly classes, we have  taught diverse groups of people including elderly care home residents, people with disabilities and young people with behavioural problems. Our students range in age from 12 – 101.