Classes And Teachers

Metta T'ai Chi / Classes And Teachers

We learn best from an experienced and accredited teacher for whom T’ai Chi is a central feature of their life – not just an ‘add on’. 

Many teachers offer one-to-one training but usually the most appropriate way of accessing a teacher is through attending their classes.  Classes may be offered privately or through organisations such as Adult Learning.  Each session is usually between 1 and 2 hours in duration, with the number of participants kept small to allow opportunity for personal attention.

Within the framework of the philosophy and practices of the School, each teacher will have their own approach to teaching T’ai Chi.  However, classes are likely to include energy-raising exercises, Qi Gong, and either the Short or Long Yang-Style Tai Chi Form.

A Form is a sequence of movements; the Yang Style Short Form has 24 different movements, one flowing into another just as words flow together in a sentence.

Yang Style Forms were developed in China by Yang Luchan in the mid-19th Century.  Today, there are many different interpretations of Yang Style Forms, but they differ only slightly; there is no one ‘correct’ version.

You can find the nearest classes to you from the Teachers’ section; if you would like to attend the class, simply contact the teacher for details of where and when classes are held. Let them know if you have any mobility problems and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

No special clothing is required – just wear garments which do not restrict your movements. And do not worry if you are thinking of joining a class that has already been running for some time – a good teacher can manage integrating new students.

Both Video Classes and Attended Classes are Offered 

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Video Classes


In attending our video class, please make sure you are medically fit to practise Qi Gong and Tai Chi. It is also your own responsibility to take all appropriate Health and Safety measures to ensure your well being and safety in the space in which you are practising. 


Teachers now offering streamed video classes include:

Jos Hadfield

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Qi Gong and Tai Chi

Jos expects to be offering video classes for her existing students.

Depending on demand, she may also offer open classes.

Details to be confirmed.



Anne Mackintosh

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Qi Gong and Tai Chi

Anne is now offering the opportunity to attend her classes by video link, both to existing students and anybody from the ESTCC tai chi community.  Please contact her for details.

Qi Gong and Short Form Tai Chi for beginners

Online – New beginners Qi Gong and Yang Style Short Form class starts on 16 September 2020, from 16.15 to 17.15. Will run for 12 weeks with a half term break in last week of October, finish date 9 December 2020.

Qi Gong and Long Form Tai Chi for beginners

Online – Students should have learnt the Short Form before starting this class. Qi Gong and Yang Style Long Form class starts on 14 September 2020, from 18.00 to 19.00. Will run for 12 weeks with a half term break in last week of October, finish date 7 December 2020.

Qi Gong and Tai Chi
Sue will provide video classes for existing students should Covid 19 considerations preclude attended classes.  If there is demand, she will also be pleased to offer an open course of 10 classes for those who are shielding or who otherwise are not able to join attended classes.
Bereaved Parents

Sue is also offering a course for bereaved parents; this will run over ten classes.

Details of all courses to be confirmed

Attended Classes


Click on photos for teacher profiles and contact details.

Please contact individual teachers for information about whether attended classes are currently being offered.

Scotland and North East England


Tracey Underhill-Law
Benderloch, Oban
Chris Sadler
Richard Siwiak

South England

Jos Hadfield
Helston, Cornwall
Louanne Richards
Sue Webber
Egham, Surrey
Anne Mackintosh
Terry Griffin
Shoreham by Sea



Rodney Adams


Sue McAlpine
Kamal Thapen


Kamal Thapen

Adriana Florez
Crystal Palace



Caroline Purkhardt
Vénosc, France
Julia Webster
Gers, France
Kristina Gjems
Saskia Handley & Val Osborne-Androutsopoulou
Corfu, Greece

Thalia Gonda
Corfu, Greece