About Berkshire Tai Chi
Berkshire Tai Chi was established in 1996 by Philip Larsson and Trevor Priest, both students of Karel Koskuba and founder members of the Chinese Internal Arts Association.
The School offers regular weekly Tai Chi Chuan classes in Chen Style and Yang Style across the Royal County of Berkshire, with main centres currently in the Reading area, in West Berkshire, in Wokingham Borough and Yateley in Hampshire. It aims to provide a practical balance between health and fitness programmes, and those which place more emphasis on self-defence and the martial arts, thereby providing something for everyone – wherever their interests, capabilities and experience lie. Since 1999 Philip has been training under the personal guidance of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, the 19th generation head of Chen family Tai Chi, and all our instruction is directly influenced by his teachings. In 2002 Philip also began to train under Master Chen Yingjun, one of the so-called “Seven Dragons” who will take Chen Family Tai Chi forward into the next generation. Master Chen has since run several workshops in Berkshire, and, after a short break, he returned in 2013 when Berkshire Tai Chi helped to host him and organise seminars on his behalf. We hope to make these a regular feature of the annual Berkshire Tai Chi seminar programme from now on.
In addition to our weekly classes, we also design and deliver corporate training programmes to help with stress management and various organisation development initiatives as well as organising retreats for both corporate clients and individuals needing to relax and rejuvenate.
Over the last 18 years we have built up considerable experience of tailoring programmes to suit various Special Needs groups, such as Parkinson’s sufferers, recovering cardiac patients, and the elderly, including those with dementia. We also run several balance improvement programmes.
Private lessons can be arranged on request.
Chris Nicolaou, Melanie Reichelt, Seth Russell