Classes currently held in:-
Daybrook Baptist church hall (On Mansfield road)
River Maun Recreation Centre (starting after Easter 2015)
Stonebroom Community Centre
Alfreton Community Hall
More details about all of these on the "Current Classes" page - click here
What do you learn?
We generally focus on the health benefits of Tai Chi but some classes also practice the self defence aspects and benefit from the enhanced fitness generated by the more strenuous routines of the Chen style hand and weapon patterns.
All students generally start with the Chen style Foundation *form and then the short Chen 18 posture form, also incorporating Reeling Silk body mechanics exercises, Chi Kung breathing exercises & Push hands (2 person drills developing sensitivity, rooting and timing).
*Form - a pattern of linked postures that form the basis of what most people think of as Tai Chi - except there's a little more to it than just waving your arms about.
After that, it depends on the focus of the class, but some options are:
Liao Jia Erlu (long) & Pao Chui (fast) forms, along with more complex Push hands, weapons & self defence practice, and the occasional meditation if we have time.
See the "Current Classes" page for more details of sessions currently running and what they focus on.
Who am I?
Classes are taught by me - Dave Ashbey - training in Tai Chi since 1993, and teaching since the mid '90s.
Me in China, 2003, posing for a quick pic in the training hall of the village where Tai Chi was invented - before the headmaster noticed!
If you're interested in finding out more, send me an email at email@example.com
or call me on 07981 488890 to ask any questions you might have. Remember - there are no daft questions!