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Taiji and Qi Gong - What's the Difference

which class is right for me?Qi Gong is just for health where Taiji is a martial art. We practise the martial aspects of Taiji gently, and it is not the main focus – we practise for health and personal development. However, the martial element is there. Both of these arts involve cultivating your internal energy, and some say in ancient times no distinction was made between them. In modern practise, Qi Gong aims to make the qi of the five major organs balanced and sufficient. Taiji practise, which itself cultivates balanced qi, aims to take this qi and transforms it into ‘powers’ which can be used martially. Due to the school’s teaching style, Qi Gong is slightly easier to learn than Taiji.

Wudang Qi Gong for Health

Qi Gong for healthThursdays @ the Fire Hall 6.30-7.30pm (£10/7.50)
This hour-long class features a gentle warm-up with some stretching on the floor, breathing exercises, Wudang basics and exercises from Wudang Five Element Qi Gong. Through simple movements, students learn how to let the breath move the body in a way that increases energy, mobility and mental stillness. We are currently studying the form for each of the Five Elements in turn. Since each element is linked with a season, where possible we like to practise the element for that season. This class is suitable for people of all health levels.


Foundation Tai Chi - Partner WorkThursdays @ the Fire Hall 7.30-8.30pm (£10/7.50)
This hour-long class is suitable for all levels and features a stretch warm up, standing stake and basic skills for learning the 13-step Wudang Taiji form. This short form is an excellent way of getting to grips with the eight main energetic principles of Taiji. Students learn the eight powers by drilling basic skills until the body becomes familiar with the movements, then we start to hone in on the ‘feeling’ of that power.  Two-person application exercises practised gently can also help students to understand how a Taiji power works. These elements are then drawn together in the 13-step Wudang form, which can be practised at a slow meditative speed or with emphasis on changes of tempo for a more invigorating practise.


Tai ChiTuesdays @ Methodist Church 7-9pm (£20/15)
This two-hour class for all levels features a thorough stretch warm-up, standing stake, an exploration of Wudang basic skills and the 36-step secret transmission Wudang Taiji form. In the basic skills section, each term we take a different element of training and focus on it, for example meditation, kicks or relaxed power. The 36-step form is like the 13-step Taiji in that it features the eight main Taiji powers, but expressed in a more complex way. Each step is broken down into simple repeatable movements that allow students of all levels to obtain a decent understanding of the form. These exercises are then drilled in a traditional style. Beginners are welcome to join this class in the first two weeks of each term. 

Wudang sword

Wudang SwordThe Wudang sword style is famous for its mix of fast and slow movements which make it exhilarating to practise. Since the sword becomes an extension of the body, this art should only be studied once students are proficient at the empty-hand Wudang Taiji forms. At the school, students initially look at individual sword strokes before going on to study the Wudang Seven Star Sword Form. Attendance of this class is by invite only.

Weekend workshop

Wudang SwordOne Saturday per month @ Shellgrove Community Hall 10am-1pm and 3-5pm (£35/30 and £25/20)
These workshops usually take place one Saturday per month, with a 3-hour Taiji workshop taking place in the morning, and changing content in the afternoon. Options for the afternoon include Five Element Qi Gong, Wudang Special for body conditioning, and Wudang Sword. Please contact Lucia to book your place.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong for Older Adults

Wudang SwordThursdays @ Core Clapton 11-11.30am (Pay As You Feel)
The warm-up for this pay as you feel class is very gentle and the class is only 30 minutes long. Movements can be practised standing up or sitting down. Our aim is to build up energy levels, mobility and balance in older adults through the fluid movements of Qi Gong and Taiji basics. Once students have more confidence and ease in movement, we will move on to studying whole Taiji forms.

which class is right for me?

which class is right for me?The Thursday daytime Taiji and Qi Gong class is especially designed for older adults. Qi Gong on Thursday evenings is also gentle, but it is a longer, one-hour class with a more thorough warm-up. The Thursday Taiji class is taught at a similar pace but occasionally features fast, martial or more demanding movements. Beginners are welcome to join all three of these classes every week, and the first hour of tuition on a Thursday evening is free. The Tuesday evening class is two hours long and is more challenging. Beginners are welcome at the first two weeks of every term so they can progress step by step with the class. For the weekend workshops, the 3-hour morning Taiji class is suitable for beginners with stamina, and the 2-hour afternoon class varies. The Tuesday sword class is currently for intermediate students by invitation only.


Thursday evenings: FIRST HOUR OF TEACHING ON A THURSDAY IS FREE. Thereafter Thursday classes are charged at a rate of £10 per hour for a drop-in class, or £7.50 per hour for the monthly advance rate (£32.50 for one calendar month of 1 hour weekly classes).

Tuesday evenings: Tuesday classes are sold in term blocks, which are around 12 weeks long. The rate is £15 per class so £180 for a 12-week term. Students unable to make a class within that term can attend a Thursday class for free. Alternatively, the pay as you go rate for Tuesdays is £20 per session.

Weekends: The advance rate is £30 for three hours of Taiji in the morning, and £20 for the afternoon class which has changing content. The drop in rate is £35 and £25 respectively.

Thursday daytime: The older adults class is pay as you feel.

Concession rates are available for those on benefits and the low waged. Please contact Lucia for details.


Tuesdays 36-step Taiji 7-9pm
Stoke Newington Methodist Church
106 Stoke Newington High St,
London, N16 7NY

Thursday Qi Gong 6.30-7.30pm and 13-Step Taiji 7.30-8.30pm
The Old Fire Station
61 Leswin Road
London, N16 7NX

Saturdays Taiji 10am-1pm and Afternoon Session 3-5pm
Shellgrove Community Hall
Shellgrove Road
London, N16 8UU

Thursday Taiji and Qi Gong for Older Adults 11-11.30am
Core Clapton
161 Northwold Road
London, E5 8RL