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Tai Chi

Tai Chi

Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements.

Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is today practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.

Our brand new class is an opportunity to learn and experience the benefits of this ancient Chinese Martial Art, for health, relaxation, self defence and wellbeing.

A soft internal art that develops internal strength while remaining soft and yielding with relaxation yet powerful with flowing movement, it is often referred to as “meditation in movement”.

Lessons include:

Wudang style Hand Form, learn to understand the movements and how self defence techniques relate to the form, body alignment, postures, stance and technique, gentle Tui Shou partner exercises including silk reeling, single push hands, four directions, yielding exercises, developing harmony of movement with breath for health & wellbeing.

Benefits include:

  • releases tension,
  • develops flexibility and core stability,
  • promotes relaxation & calm,
  • fosters an alert mind,
  • increases blood circulation,
  • improves balance & co-ordination,
  • develops deeper breathing for healthier lungs,
  • stimulates central nervous system,
  • strengthens muscles, tendons & joints.

Come to our free taster session at 12pm on Monday 26th February. The block of 8 consecutive classes will start at 12pm on Monday 5th March. Cost £80.

Spaces are limited to 10 people and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

To book a block please pay at the Bagnall Reception either by cash or cheque or via BACS. You can contact reception by ringing 01494 791288 or emailing

The Instructor

Catherine has trained in Tai Chi Chuan for seventeen years with experience in Yang Style and in more recent years Wudang Practical Tai Chi Chuan.

Her Lineage is through Sifu Dan Docherty and Cheng Tin Hung, which is closely related to the Wu style.

She has been a Tai Chi Instructor in the Herts, Bucks & Beds area for the last 7 years, training adults to British and European level.

Clients include Chilterns NHS Trust, Milton Keynes College, Bucks Carers, RAF Halton Rehabilitation Unit, Cheddington Primary School, Woodland Manor Care Home, Tring Martial Arts, as well as private clients and voluntary support for Keech Hospice care & Amaravati Retreat centre.

Recent accomplishments include European Champion at 2016 Tai Chi European Championships in Russia winning 3 Gold Medals and British Champion at 2016 British Open Tai Chi Championships as well as students achieving gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2017 British and European Championships.

She also has experience of Competition Judging and regularly writes articles for the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain Magazine.

Catherine enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge of Tai Chi with all ages, all abilities and is looking forward to this new opportunity to join the team and bring her Tai Chi experience to The Bagnall Centre.

Find out more about the health benefits here.