My love of Tai Chi and Qigong began in 1996 when I started training with Karel and Eva Koskuba of the Chinese Internal Arts Association (CIAA).
I started teaching in 2001 and have taught many classes and held numerous workshops. I’ve taught for Adult Education Centres and have worked with various groups and organisations including the BP Technology Centre, Guernsey Multiple Sclerosis Group, Healthcare Research Worldwide (HRW), Oxford Brookes University, Purley Park Trust, simplehuman and the Women’s Institute (WI).
I received my City and Guilds 7370 teaching certificate in 2002, and have completed Advanced Instructor Training in both Tai Chi and Qigong with my teachers Karel and Eva. I hold professional membership of the CIAA, the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA), and am listed as an Advanced Instructor (Grade A) with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain (TCUGB).
I've studied Chen Laojia (Old Style) and Paochui (Cannon Fist), Xinjia (New Style), Yang (Long Form), Qigong, Push Hands and Yang Two-Man Form (San Shou), and Chen Style Straight Sword, Broad Sword and Spear.
In my continued quest to develop my skills, I regularly attend classes, workshops and private lessons. I still study with Karel and Eva and still enjoy their humour and wonderful teaching. Karel and Eva are lineage disciples (20th generation of Chen style).
I've also trained with Grand Master Chen Xiaowang and his son Master Chen Yin-Jun, and attended workshops with Master Lo De Xiu, John Ding, Mike Sigman, and the late Linda Chase Broda.
Quotes from BP Technology Centre employees after attending a Tai Chi taster session with me in September 2015:
Thanks so much for yesterday’s tai chi session. I really enjoyed it. I thought Karen was great ... that is the first hour since being back at work after maternity leave that … there was no other space in my mind to worry about work or my son – so I felt worry free for the first time in over a year! I felt so relaxed afterwards – was pretty amazing really!
I very much enjoyed the class today and found it both relaxing and re-invigorating. It was delivered in a professional but informal and friendly way that was suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
There is an ancient phrase that Tai Chi teachers like to quote ...
The teacher leads you to the gate, but only you can pass through. At some point, students must take Tai Chi unto themselves and make it their own.