Phoenix Feather School of Tai Chi


   

About the School, Classes and Instructor

School
Phoenix Feather School of Tai Chi was set up in 2008 with the aim of promoting Chen Style Tai Chi in the East Kent of England. The School received a warm welcome and currently offers a variety of Tai Chi classes in Canterbury, Folkestone and Hawkinge and boasts of growing numbers of enthusiastic and hardworking students.

Who Can Join
Anybody who has an interest in Tai Chi can join the School. There is no restriction on level of fitness, age or gender. The School's youngest pupil is 10 and the oldest, well, difficult to say as Tai Chi practitioners always look younger than they really are. You have to be prepared to do some practice at home and show commitment by regularly attending the classes.
  Teaching Methods
Tai Chi instruction is given in a traditional way, with emphasis on training and understanding one set of movements before progressing further. The students are encouraged to ask questions and take their time to enjoy Tai Chi, because according to a Chinese proverb: "To learn slowly is to learn fast."

Classes and Syllabus
Designed, firstly, to relax a usual class would start with some breathing movements taken from Chen Style Qigong, Wu Qin Xi (Five-Animal Qigong) or other appropriate health systems. Next comes a warm up including exercises to stretch the muscles and open up the joints, making the body feel loose and flexible. A Silk Reeling session would follow, offering spiralling, turning and twisting movements which, amongst having other positive effects, massage the internal organs, improving their function. Then the students continue their training with a tai chi form, bettering balance and posture, toning and strengthening the muscles. The form also gives a good cardio-vascular work out to suit different levels of fitness. The final part offers co-ordination and breathing movements to enhance a positive feeling after a balanced work out.

The School's syllabus includes various Qigong systems, Silk Reeling exercises, Push Hands, Chen Style 18 Movement form, Chen Style Old Frame 1 (Laoja Yilu), Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan.

Dates Classes Venues Tutor's Notes

Monday 18.00 19.00

Chen Style Lao Jia Yi Lu Form and Qigong Relaxation


All Levels


St Paul's Church Hall
Church Street
Canterbury
CT1 2NH

This traditional form, together with Qigong, is excellent for keeping body and mind healthy and relaxed. Great tool for working on toning, stretching and balance.

Tuesday 11.10 - 12.10
U3A Beginners

Tuesday, 12.30 - 13.30
U3A Advanced


Chen Style Lao Jia Yi Lu Form, Wudang 5 Animal Qigong and Stick Qigong


U3A Members Only


Catholic Church of The Virgin
Mother of Good Counsel

2 Lower
Blackhouse Hill,
Hythe,
CT21 5LS

Learning Lao Jia Yi Lu main form of Chen style Tai Chi, designed for conditioning body and mind and exploring Tai Chi principles. Qigong exercises are excellent for keeping relaxed and healthy.

Tuesday 18.30 19.30

Chen Style Lao Jia Yi Lu Form

Chen Style Qigong



Intermediate


Ambition Hall
East Kent College

Shorncliffe Road
Folkestone,
CT20 2TZ

Learning Lao Jia Yi Lu main form of Chen style Tai Chi, designed for conditioning body and mind and exploring Tai Chi principles. Qigong exercises are excellent for keeping relaxed and healthy.

Tuesday 18.30 20.00

Chen Style Lao Jia Yi Lu and
Double Sticks



Advanced


Ambition Hall
East Kent College

Shorncliffe Road
Folkestone
CT20 2TZ

Refining of Lao Jia Yi Lu and Dao (broad sword). Learning double sticks excellent Chen Style form for developing good body co-ordination.

Wednesday 15.45 - 16.45

Tai Chi and Wudang 5 Animal Qigong


All Levels


Alkham Village Hall
Wootton Village Hall,
Wootton Lane,
Wootton,
Canterbury,
CT4 6RP

Learn effective breathing and relaxation exercises. Explore the health benefits of tai chi using examples of finest Qigong routines.

Wednesday 18.00 19.00

Chen Style Lao Jia Yi Lu Form and Qigong Relaxation


All Levels


Alkham Village Hall
Hogbrook Hill Lane
Alkham
Dover
CT15 7AR

Learning Lao Jia Yi Lu main form of Chen style Tai Chi, designed for conditioning body and mind and exploring Tai Chi principles. Qigong exercises are excellent for keeping relaxed and healthy.

Thursday, 09:30 - 10:30

Wudang 5 Animal Qigong


All Levels


Burton Hall,
Albert Lane
Hythe
CT21 6BY

Learn effective relaxation and breathing exercises. Explore the health benefits of tai chi, using examples of finest Qigong routines.

Thursday 16.45 - 17.45

Wudang 5 Animal Qigong All Levels


All Levels


Studio One,
Folkestone Sports Centre
Radnor Park Avenue
Folkestone
CT19 5HX

Learn effective relaxation and breathing exercises. Explore the health benefits of tai chi, using examples of finest Qigong routines.

Thursday 18.00 19.00

Chen Style Lao Jia Yi Lu Form and Qigong Relaxation

Intermediate


Capel-le-Ferne Village Hall
Lancaster Avenue
Capel-le-Ferne
CT18 7LX

Learning Lao Jia Yi Lu main form of Chen style Tai Chi, designed for conditioning body and mind and exploring Tai Chi principles. Qigong exercises are excellent for keeping relaxed and healthy.

Friday 09.00 - 10.00
Chen Style 18 Movement Form and Qigong Relaxation

U3A Members only


Saltwood Village Hall
Rectory Lane
Saltwood
Hythe CT21 4PZ

This short form, together with the Qigong movements is excellent for keeping body and mind healthy and relaxed.

Friday 11.00 - 12.00

Tai Chi and Wudang 5 Animal Qigong


All Levels


Hawkinge Community Centre
Heron Forstal Avenue
Hawkinge
CT18 7FP

Learn effective breathing and relaxation exercises. Explore the health benefits of tai chi using examples of finest Qigong routines.


    Your Tai Chi Instructor
My name is Anna Dashwood. I've set up the School to share enjoyment of movement and health benefits which can be experienced with regular Tai Chi practice.

Born in Minsk, Belarus, where from the age of 7 for a decade I did gymnastics winning gold and bronze in a number of national tournaments. My studying of Tai Chi started in 2004, first with Catherine Robinson in the East Kent of England.

In 2007 I went to an intensive course given by Master Wang Hai Jun, who was teaching Chen Style 18 Movement form at Tai Chi Caledonia in Sterling, Scotland. I was taken by the fusion of softness and power radiated from the silk reeling, spiralling movements of the Chen Style and impressed by the level of skill and the quality of Master Wang's coaching. Since then I practice Chen Style Tai Chi under the guidance of the Shifu to deepen my understanding of the art.

 


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