Dragon River school of Tai Chi Chuan

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

These are the regular classes I'm currently teaching. 

More details of each class below the table.  

If you're interested or have any questions, email me at [email protected] 

or call me on 07981 488890 & ask for Dave.

Current Classes
 Focus of class
Monday 10:00-11:00am
Mansfield St Peter's centre, Churchside, Mansfield, NG18 1AP
Yang style for Health & Relaxation
 Monday 6:00-7:15pm 
Daybrook Baptist Church Hall, NG5 6AA
Chen style for Health & Relaxation
 Monday 7:30-9:00pm
Daybrook Baptist Church Hall, NG5 6AA
Chen style for Health, Fitness & Self Defence
Tuesday 9:30-11am
Ravenshead St Peter's Church Hall centre, NG15 9FD
Yang style for Health & Relaxation
Tuesday 1:00-2:30pm
Alfreton Leisure Centre, DE55 7BD
Yang & Chen style for Health
Tuesday 7:30-9:00pm
Mansfield St Peter's centre, Churchside, Mansfield, NG18 1AP
Chen style for Health & Fitness
More details about the classes:

Alfreton class:

Tuesday afternoon: 1:00-2:30pm, Alfreton Leisure Centre, Church St, Alfreton, Derbys. DE55 7BD

This is a pretty laid back class, focusing on the health & relaxation aspects of Yang style Tai Chi - no-one gets a sweat on here!

We practice Chi Kung exercises & some 'Sensing hands' partner based exercises.  Beginners start with the Yang 24 form, and Advanced students can learn the Chen 18 posture short form, plus there's also the occasional guided relaxation / meditation if we have time.

The class is accredited by Derbyshire Public Health to accept patients as part of their "Strictly No Falling" falls prevention program.

It is suitable for anyone looking to improve their balance, co-ordination & mobility.  There is no self defence practice in this class, although occasionally I (slowly!) demonstrate the self defence use of the movements in order to help students understand the purpose & origin of the postures.

Location:  The Leisure Centre is just off Church street, and has its own car park.  You'll need to come into Reception & get a (free) pass to put in your car window - just tell them you're there for the Tai Chi class. 

The class itself is in the Dance studio upstairs (leg-warmers are entirely optional).  The lovely people on Reception will point you in the right direction & give you the code for the door upstairs.

Here's a link to a Google Maps view of the area with the hall clearly marked.

Daybrook classes:

Monday nights, 6:00-7:15pm & 7:30-9:00pm at the Daybrook Baptist Church hall (Mansfield road, next door to the old B&Q, opposite Currys & Homebase,) NG5 6AA

6:15pm class - Chen style Tai Chi for Health & Relaxation:-

This is a class for beginners, focussing on the health & relaxation aspects of Tai Chi.

We'll be doing a little Chi Kung, foundation exercises & the Chen 18 posture form.  We might even get the odd relaxation in too.

7:30pm class - Chen style Tai Chi for Health and Self Defence:-

This is aimed to be a little more physically demanding than some Tai Chi classes.  

If you've trained in external martial arts like Karate or Taekwondo for years & want something a little less physically demanding, but still an effective means of self defence, or if you like the idea of soft overcoming strong, technique beating power - this could be the class for you. 

Be aware that self defence only makes up a part of what we do in the class - I try to cover a wide range of the traditional Chen style syllabus, not just the martial art aspect.

Although Tai Chi is not generally an aerobic type exercise like Zumba, some aspects - like the fast form and some weapons forms - are designed to generate power and will get you a little 'warm' - to say the least. 

On the whole though, the emphasis is on working only as hard or as little as you want.

We cover:

Various Chi Kung exercises

Reeling Silk exercises

Push Hands (2 person) exercises and drills

Lao Jia Yilu long form

Pao Chui fast form

Applications of the different forms from a self defence perspective

Weapons - Sword, Short Staff & possibly Sabre & Spear - usually these are covered in separate, Sunday afternoon sessions, held every month or so.

If time permits, there might even be time for the occasional meditation!



Daybrook Baptist Church Hall, Mansfield road (A60) by the Curry's / Homebase / old B&Q junction NG5 6AA.  

The hall is next to the church itself & there's parking round the back.

Here's a link to a google map of the address in case it helps: 

GoogleMaps link to Daybrook Baptist church hall

Mansfield classes:

Mondays & Tuesdays at St. Peter's Centre, Churchside, Mansfield, NG18 1AP
Monday mornings, 10:00-11:00am
This class focuses on the light exercise & health aspects of Yang style Tai Chi.  Its a laid back, easy going class for anyone wanting to de-stress, improve their posture, mobility & co-ordination. 

Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9pm 
Like the Monday night class, this is a fairly 'active' class - aimed at providing a slightly higher level of fitness than people may expect from Tai Chi, although still highlighting the importance of calm & relaxation - you won't get that in Zumba!

If anyone's interested in the self defence & weapons side of Tai Chi, I'm also very happy to stay behind for 20 minutes or so to focus on these aspects, so if you're interested, let me know.

Location - For a link to a google map of the centre's location - click here

Ravenshead class:

Tuesday mornings, 9:30-11am, The Centre at St. Peter's Church, 55 Sheepwalk lane, Ravenshead, NG15 9FD

This is a class focusing on the light exercise & health aspects of Yang style Tai Chi.  It's a laid back, easy going class for anyone wanting to de-stress, improve their posture, mobility & co-ordination. 

The main form I'm teaching is the Yang 24 form, and also including Chi Kung exercises & two person Sensing Hands, plus the odd relaxation.

Location: Easy to find - if you live in the village at least!  Just off Sheepwalk lane in the centre of the village.
In case its needed - here's a link to a Google maps view of the area, with the Leisure Centre clearly marked.  


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