Rachel offers a wide variety of tai chi skills:
  1. Qigong
    - standing qigong (various)
    - moving qigong (various)
  2. Form
    - slow form (regular & mirrored)
    - sabre form (regular & mirrored)
    - 2-person stick form (regular & mirrored)
    - staff form (regular & mirrored)
    - walking stick form (regular & mirrored)
    - jian form (regular & mirrored)
  3. Self-massage
  4. Psoas exercises
  5. Neigong (whole-body strength)
  6. Taoist yoga (tao yin)
  7. Women's self defence (including syllabus design)
  8. Martial skill (kung fu)
Rachel is also proficient with Jiang-style baguazhang.


An ancient art

We offer the traditional form of tai chi.
The ancient art.
It was developed by another culture, in another time.
Students can learn remarkable skills not widely known or practiced in the modern era.


The principles, tactics and skills of tai chi chuan are radically different from those of the much greater number of external martial arts styles.
Although all martial arts styles are designed to be effective in combat, the internal martial arts styles and tai chi chuan in particular, emphasis efficiency as much as effectiveness.
Efficiency is measured by the ability to achieve success by using the absolute minimum amount of effort necessary.
(Zhang Yun)



Unlike other martial arts, tai chi chuan is concerned with the means rather than simply the end result.
The how rather than just the what.
Pragmatism. Effectiveness. Economy. These are our focus. Minimum effort produces maximum effect.

Body use is very important.
Neigong (whole-body strength) and jing (internal power) enable tai chi chuan students to generate kinetic energy, which we employ in combat.



Martial arts are quite demanding to learn; requiring the student to significantly increase their strength, agility, endurance and speed.
The challenges are both physical and mental.
A casual approach will not work.
Body, mind and emotions need to be conditioned and honed through sustained, regular practice.
The training must involve a wide range of challenging martial concerns; increasing in difficulty as the student becomes more adept. 

To possess combat skills, you must train combat skills.