At LCTKD we teach authentic, classical Tai Chi with a team of very well qualified, highly experienced teachers under the direction of Neil R. Hall, one of our founders.
LCTKD's approach to Tai Chi has been so successful that it has grown to become one of the biggest Tai Chi schools in the UK. The experience this has given our teachers has brought us considerable expertise in how people learn Tai Chi, what works, and what does not. Neil R. Hall drew on this expertise to design a fresh approach to teaching Tai Chi to beginners, which is known as Chinatown Dragon Tai Chi. The Chinatown Dragon approach allows us to bring authentic, classical Tai Chi to students in a way that helps them to learn quickly and easily. So as a beginner with LCTKD you discover what true Tai Chi is and get the feel - and benefit - of it very quickly. As you settle in, we help you to increase your understanding, and to explore further ways of doing your Tai Chi, including some of the most famous classical sequences as taught in China, as well as the closely related Chinese art of Qigong.
This new approach is centred around a specially designed sequence for beginners called the Chinatown Dragon Form. ("Form" in Tai Chi commonly means a sequence of movements.) The Form, the way it is taught, and the way it can be extended and adapted as students gain in confidence and understanding, allowing them to progress into classical Yang Style Forms, is what we mean by Chinatown Dragon Tai Chi.
Why the title?
LCTKD was born in London Chinatown, and has gone on to become Chinatown's longest established and biggest martial arts school. Though we have spread far and wide, our home is important to us, and has been the seat of our learning. For some years now, the Chinatown Dragon, which is our own design, has been important in what we have done. Dragons are the backdrop to our Black Belt examinations, Dragons are on the t-shirts of our Tai Chi students and the jackets of our Instructors. A Chinatown Dragon even features in the slogan for one of our competitions, in the name of one of our classes and on the cover of one of our books!
What is more, 9 is the number of the Dragon. In approaching its design, Neil R. Hall said that he faced 9 challenges. It began to emerge in the springtime (which being creative is the Dragon time) of 2019, and it has 9 movements at its heart. And the powerful, swirling nature of the form seems to be suffused with Dragon Spirit.
You can watch the video of the Chinatown Dragon Form, featuring Louise Morey, below. The beautiful music that accompanies the Chinatown Dragon Form video is "The Good Part" by Dr3w Hall, featuring Molly Green. You can find a more recent version of it on Apple Music, Spotify and more by searching Dr3w Hall.
You can see more videos of the Tai Chi and Qigong we teach by carrying on watching as the next videos follow on, or using the "watch on YouTube" link on the bottom of the video to go to our YouTube channel and look through the videos there.
Or see our top videos right here on the website, and check out our Tai Chi books, in our resources section.
We also teach our traditional Tai Chi in a seated formats. It's the same Tai Chi, but adapted for a different student and a different situation. Seated Tai Chi preserves the authentic movements, while adapting them to flow with chairs, wheelchairs, or water as a support. You will be able to find more about seated Tai Chi on our website soon.
And we teach Aqua Tai Chi too. The Aqua Tai Chi we teach is also the same Tai Chi, adapted to work with and benefit from the support and resistance of the water.
You are always welcome to come along and try any LCTKD class. You can find Tai Chi classes and courses on our classfinder page by clicking on the button below. (You can find payment links there too.) Or contact us for more information using the link at the bottom of the page.