Dragon River school of Tai Chi Chuan

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


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


Welcome back to class.......

All classes start the second week of January 2015 - week commencing 5th January - see you there!

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- occaisionally you'll be working with a partner
Overly serious and po faced - you may smile once or twice, or wince at my bad jokes
Just about waving your arms about - There's MUCH more to Tai Chi than just striking a mystical pose in red pyjamas!

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 session!
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


New daytime classes will be starting in January 2015 around Mansfield & Nottingham, including my firstTai Chi for Health sessions teaching Yang style Tai Chi.  

All classes start the second week of 2015 - week commencing 5th January

Thursday mornings, Ravenshead Leisure centre, NG15 9AJ
 9:30-10:30am Yang style for Health & Relaxation

Friday mornings, Clay Cross Tesco, S45 9NU
10-11am Yang style for Health & Relaxation

Saturday mornings, Edward's Lane Estate community centre, Alderton road, NG5 6DX, Nottingham (very close to City Hospital)
9-10am Yang style for health & relaxation
10-11am Chen style for health & self defence

If you're interested in coming to any of these, get in touch by phone or email to let me know or ask any questions.

You can get hold of me:
By email - ravenshead42@gmail.com
By phone - 07981 488890

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 ravenshead42@gmail.com 

or call me on 07981 488890 to ask any questions you might have.  Remember - there are no daft questions!

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


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