December Newsletter

2018; what a year!

What a great year we’ve had with lots of new experiences and new teaching environments.

Tom has been working in a lot of schools this year.  He taught Kung Fu in primary schools in Mid Devon and is currently teaching self defence for the cadets at Exeter School.

We also taught Tai Chi in the Park over the summer, which was a wonderful experience with long, sunny evenings surrounded by lush trees and bird song.  This evolved into a weekly class at Toronto House with many of those who attended the park sessions, continuing to train with us.

Our first Cornish Tai Chi weekend was a great success and we’re working on organising the 2019 trip.  Details to follow.

Portugal continues to be a welcome Spring time break; we’ve been so lucky with the accommodation and weather each year and we’re looking forward to our sixth trip in 2019.

Each year brings new challenges and we added to our personal ones this year with a focus on diverse movement and handstands – no doubt you’ve seen us practising!

As Tai Chi students ourselves, we continue to train diligently, visiting our teachers in Reading and learning from shared experiences.  We were fortunate enough to train with Master Chen Bing last year and continue to practice and focus on what he taught us.

Susan and Miles trained with Grandmaster Chen Xiao Xing and Master Chen Ziqiang in Slovenia this year, and we’ve learnt from their experience too.

We, along with Susan and Miles, will be training with Master Chen Ziqiang in Spain next March and we’re very much looking forward to experiencing his teaching first hand.

Looking forward now as we approach the New Year, will see the continuation of our weekly class schedule (hopefully with a new Thursday evening venue), Portugal and Cornish trips.

We’re re-formatting our weekend workshops and will confirm more information once we have venues confirmed.

The first Saturday of each month will focus on Laojia (old frame) both first and second routines in the morning.  This will enable us to focus our attention and our teaching.  The afternoon will focus on single sword forms only; Sabre and Straight Swords.

Our weekend programme will be extended to cover Xinjia (new frame), Spear and double Sabres in separate workshops.  We also want to give time to foundations, the eight Ba Fa and push hands practice, so keep an eye on our newsletters for details of additional, focused workshops.

For some, classes have already finished for this year, for others Tuesday 18th is the last day.

We’ll start 2019 with Saturday workshops on 5th January and normal classes will resume w/c 7th January.

We hope you enjoy the festive break and we very much look forward to continuing our collective Tai Chi journey in 2019.

Best wishes, Tom and Helen

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Classes – Tai Chi for Beginners

We have two new classes starting:

Mondays 6.30pm-7.45pm Toronto House, Prince Charles Road, Exeter EX4 7EW. Payment by donation.

Tuesdays 2.00pm-3.00pm at The Haven Centre, Broad Lane, Tiverton. £6.00 per class.

Beginners always welcome!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tai Chi Portugal May 2019

Join us for six wonderful days of Training in Portugal.

Full details here:



Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

September 2018 – back to normal!

Our monthly workshop will be held as normal on 1st September.

All classes resume w/c 3rd September.

Tai Chi in the Park continues throughout September (weather permitting).

New class for Over 50′s starting in Tiverton on Tuesday 25th September.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Changes through August 2018

Our Tai Chi in the Park sessions will continue throughout August (6th, 13th & 20th) in Priory Road Park – payment by donation.  The postcode for Priory Road is EX4 7AW – the park is at the end of the road.  There is a very small car park and on-street parking available.

All evening classes have been cancelled for August.  Our Saturday workshops and day time classes will continue to run as normal.

All classes and workshops will resume as normal from w/c 3rd September.

Any queries at all just give one of the instructors a ring or check the calendar on the website.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Osteopaths Annual Meeting

We had a fun session with the Western Counties Osteopaths group this afternoon, during their annual meeting, and in the sunny grounds of a Hotel in Exeter.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

FREE Tai Chi Class July 2018

The Mount Pleasant Community Builder has organised for us to provide free Tai Chi classes each Monday evening in July; 6.30pm-7.45pm in the Priory Road Park, Exeter – come along and join in!  (EX4 7AR)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Martial Movement – our new venture


FREE LAUNCH EVENT on Thursday 7th June at Steiner Academy Exeter 8.15pm-9.15pm

and weekly thereafter.

Martial Movement is a unique way to explore the numerous and varied ways that martial arts inspire us to move:

Move Better

Feel Better

Live Better 


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Tai Chi Class starts Thursday 7th June

Announcing our new class, starting Thursday 7th June at the Steiner Academy Exeter, Thomas Hall, Cowley Bridge Road, Exeter EX4 5AD

6.45pm-8.00pm £7.00 per class on a pay as you go basis.

Tai Chi beginners are very welcome!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Classes resume this week

Following the Easter break, classes resume almost as normal this week!  Check the calendar if you’re unsure.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment