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​Master Mark Raudva

Hamid and Mark
Hamid and Mark

Hamid has studied T’ai Chi since 1996 at The T’ai Chi Centre with Master Mark Raudva. He regularly studies with Steven Moore at his ‘T’ai Chi Heart Work’ intensives in London. In 2006 he began studying with Grand Master Dr. John Kells founder of British T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association.

Grand Master Dr. John Kells 1940 - 2017

Hamid and John
Hamid and John

Dr John Kells founded the B.T.C.C.A. in 1968 - it is the oldest T’ai Chi organisation in Europe. In 1976 Dr. Kells was the first Westerner to become an internationally recognised Master of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, he has had many notable teachers, one of the most important being Dr. Chi Chiang Tao.

Grand Master Dr. John Kells died on 6th January 2017.

Dr. Chi Chiang Tao and Professor Cheng Man-ch’ing

Cheng Man-ch'ing and Dr Chi Chiang Tao
Cheng Man-ch’ing and Dr Chi Chiang Tao

Dr. Chi Chiang Tao was one of Cheng Man-ching’s student. He became Vice President of the Taiwan T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association and its senior instructor. After a conversion to Christianity Dr Chi disappeared from the T’ai Chi scene for nine years until Dr John Kells met him. He had to find a reconciliation between his Taoism and his Christianity.

Water Style Boxing - Liu He Ba Fa

Water Style Boxing
Water Style Boxing

Water Style Boxing is an internal martial art based on the Grandmaster Tao Ping-Siang a study of harmony. It is an excellent system of yielding, using the energies of Taichi, Pa Kua and Hsing-I as they unfold as one in the more than 250 moves in the main form. Liu He Ba Fa has remained until recently, relatively unknown in comparison with the three main internal Chinese martial arts, but has been gradually gaining more publicity over the past decade due largely to the internet.

Since January 2009, Hamid Momtahan started learning Water Style Boxing from: Sifu Nathan Menaged in USA: The T’ai Chi Corner and his senior students in UK, Paul Andrews and: Cheyne Towers. Paul Andrews, is Nathan’s UK representative, and travel to train directly with Sifu Nathan at several times throughout the year.

Sifu Nathan Menaged

in 1976, Sifu Nathan Menaged started his journey in the Martial Arts with Taiani Kancho in Okinawan Gojuryu and was awarded 3rd degree black belt in that system. This quest then brought him to the Chinese Internal Martial Arts, becoming a senior disciple of Grandmasters Wm. C.C. Chen and the late Dr. Tao Ping-Siang. Grandmaster Chen regularly visits and teaches at this school.

The Art that is taught at the school is a distinct culmination of the modern approach of the Body Mechanics of Wm. C.C. Chen Tai Chi Chuan, the unique style of Dr. Tao’s yielding and the importance of nimbleness and assessing a situation as learned from Taiani Kancho.

Master Jennifer Lee

Workshops with: Master Jennifer Lee, Liu He Ba Fa - Water Style - April 2014

Jennifer Lee
Jennifer Lee

Awarded the 7th Duan Black belt in 2009 by the San Shou Dao Association in China and recently awarded the title of ‘World Famous Martial Art Master’ in the book of 100 Extraordinary Martial Artist 2010/11. This was one of the Jennifer’s first of many planned visits to London as part of her commitment to allowing more people to benefit from Liu He Ba Fa practice.

Grandmaster William Chi Cheng Chen

William CC Chen
William CC Chen

Grandmaster William Chi Cheng Chen was born in the province Zhejiang in China in 1935. For over 60 years he has been practicing Tai Chi Chuan in the tradition of Professor Cheng Man Ching, whose short form he has further developed to a form with 60 postures and application-oriented body mechanics. Grandmaster William C. C. Chen has been teaching successfully in his school in New York since 1965 and he gives numerous workshops in the USA, Asia and Europe.

Andy Mack and Adam Mizner

Adam Mizner
Adam Mizner

Workshops by Andy Mack senior student of Adam Mizner and Adam Mizner - Birmingham 2016 and 2017

Adam Mizner, founder of Heaven Man Earth Taiji, teaches Yang Style Taijiquan, influenced by Huang Sheng Shyan and Yang Shouhou. Adam is also a senior lay student of Ajahn Jumnien in the Thai Forest tradition of Theravada Buddhism, which also informs his approach to Taiji.

The programme also included:

Co-operative partner work and ‘pushing hands’, Developing internal power and issuing power and Connecting to your practice - Yi, Qi, Jin, Shen