Tai Chi and Qigong Teacher

My love of tai chi and qigong began in 1996 and in 2017 I was honoured when asked to be a Chen style 21st generation disciple (indoor student) of my teachers Karel and Eva Koskuba, who are 20th generation disciples of Master Chen Xiaowang. 

I continue to train with Karel and Eva, and enjoy their humour and wonderful teaching. 

Karen Pounds with Grand Master Chen Xiaowang

Grand Master Chen Xiaowang 
and Karen in 2014

Over the years I’ve also trained with Grand Master Chen Xiaowang and his son Master Chen Yin-Jun, Master Lo De Xiu, John Ding, Kinthissa, Mike Sigman, and the late Linda Chase Broda.

I am registered as a Senior Instructor with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain (TCUGB), have a City and Guilds 7370 teaching certificate, have completed instructor training in both tai chi and qigong with the Chinese Internal Arts Association (CIAA), and am a member of the CIAA and the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA).

I've studied Chen Laojia (Old Style) and Laojia Paochui (Cannon Fist), Xinjia (New Style), Yang (108 move Long Form), Push Hands and Yang Two-Person Form (San Shou), and Chen Style Straight Sword, Broad Sword and Spear. 

I started teaching in 2001 and have since taught various groups and organisations, including the BP Technology Centre, Guernsey Adult Education and Multiple Sclerosis Group, Healthcare Research Worldwide (HRW), Oxford Brookes University, Purley Park Trust, simplehuman and the Women’s Institute (WI).

Quotes from BP Technology Centre employees after a tai chi taster session 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.

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