I started learning Tai Chi Chuan around 2003 soon after becoming ill due to a neuro-otological condition (an illness affecting my balance). Tai Chi was recommended to me by all the specialists I saw during my period of treatment and rehabilitation.
Tai Chi plays a hugely important role in my life, partly due its role in my rehabilitation and the ongoing management of my balance disorder but also because of how it benefits me in all aspects of my life, from physical function to mental wellbeing and self-cultivation.
I practise and teach Chen-style Tai Chi Chuan. I have completed a 3 year Chen Tai Chi Chuan Instructor training programme with the Chinese Internal Arts Association and my teachers are Karel & Eva Koskuba, both of whom are accepted 20th generation lineage disciples by Master Chen Xiaowang. Master Chen Xiaowang is the 19th Generation lineage holder, or standard bearer, of Chen Style Taijiquan worldwide. Lineage is a very important part of Tai Chi because it ensures that the correct principles of practise are passed on consistently, and that the art receives continuous development of knowledge and refinement.
I am a member of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA) and carry insurance to teach Tai Chi Chuan.