Dragon River school of Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan

Chen style Tai Chi Chuan, classes in Nottingham, Mansfield, Alfreton & Stonebroom (Derbyshire)

 

Health, Fitness AND (sometimes) Self Defence?
 
 
Chen Style Tai Chi
 
 
- Its not what you think
 
 
 

 

 
What Dragon River Chen style ISN'T:
Mystical and Esoteric
Simple - sorry, there's a fair amount to take in, but you'll enjoy the varied things we do to learn them
Focussed on gaining 'belts' - just learn & improve at your own pace
Something you can learn in 12 weeks - although the basics are straightforward, Tai Chi is something you can keep improving throughout your life
Entirely based on solo work
Overly serious and po faced
Much to do with the BBC red pyjama clad people
 
 
 
What Dragon River Chen style IS:
Practical - everything we do is based on biology and body mechanics
A physical challenge (at least, if you want to work hard - you can) - there's a fair chance you might ache a little after the health & self defence focused sessions!
A mental challenge - just like most things that are worthwhile - a little patience and persistence is handy
Like the best things in life - something you sometimes do with a partner
A proven method of self defence, where technique and softness generally take precedence over size and strength
 
But overall, its Fun to learn and practice
 
 
 

Current Classes:

Day / Time
Location
Class Emphasis
 Monday evening
Arnold Hill school, NottinghamHealth, Self Defence
Tuesday morning
Stonebroom Community Centre, Derbyshire Light exercise, Relaxation, Falls prevention
Tuesday afternoon
 Alfreton Community Centre, Derbyshire
Light exercise, Relaxation, Falls prevention  
Friday evening West Notts College, Mansfield A bit of everything 

 See Current Classes page for more detail 

 


NEW CLASSES STARTING SOON! 
I'm hoping to set up new daytime classes in Mansfield & Saturday morning in Nottingham towards the end of 2014 / start of 2015, including my first Tai Chi for Health sessions teaching Sun style Tai Chi.  

Exact details like venues & times are still to be confirmed, but please contact me if you're interesting in joining one of these groups.


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.

 

 

 

Classes are taught by me - Dave Ashbey - training in Tai Chi since 1993, and teaching since the mid '90s.

Me in china, 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 ravenshead42@gmail.com or call me on 07981 488890 to ask any questions that are on your mind.

 

Alternatively, take a look at my Youtube channel videos or Facebook page.



 

 

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