We team teach in pairs
Our aim is to transmit the form and deeper substance of Tai Chi Chuan with clarity, precision and respect for its tradition - while keeping it simple and fun.
It was during a demonstration of various martial arts in 1988 that I first came across Tai Chi. I was touched with its gentle flowing movements. I was moved without understanding why! The experience affected me deeply, a seed was planted inside me. As we know, a seed can lay dormant for many years until the time is right to take root, so it was not until 1998 that I joined the St Albans School of Tai Chi Chuan. The years since then have been part of an ongoing investment in body / mind awareness, bringing consciousness to my being. To me Tai Chi is not just a martial art, it's a way of embodying nature's very essence.
Anne Marie Gent
I joined the School of T'ai Chi Chuan in 2002 and began the Teacher Apprenticeship in 2006, receiving on-going training as a teacher through our annual Winter and Summer trainings. In Tai Chi, we re-connect with the natural way of life. Regular practice guides us back to embodied qualities that are often lost in the rush of everyday life - qualities like rootedness, alignment, relaxation and balance. These qualities increase life energy (Qi) and enhance relationships with others and to the web of life. What I love about teaching is the connection we have when we all move together in our practice of Tai Chi.
When I started practising Tai Chi, Kevin and Anne Marie taught me many of my classes, so I am delighted to now teach with them. I took up Tai Chi in 2007 and began my Teaching Apprenticeship in 2012. For me, the attraction of Tai Chi was always about creating more calmness in the mind via relaxation in the body, and that is the journey I am still on - seeking to cultivate an inner peace and quiet. My favourite STCC teaching is that "the real Tai Chi starts when you finish your practice". It reminds me that we are practicing for real life. That is where you really want to be relaxed and flexible, grounded and stable, calm and centred in the Tan Tien.
Griff Steer, Gail Lazarus, & Roger Noon
These are all experienced teachers who have taught for many years, but currently have limited time available for teaching.
Joop brought the School of Tai Chi Chuan to our St Albans location back in 1995, and all of us have at times been taught by him. He moved to Lancaster in 2013, but returns to run occasional Sword and Ch'i Kung (Qigong) workshops. In addition to this, we maintain our connection with Joop at the European TCF Winter and Summer teacher training weeks, run in January and August each year.