Tai Chi With Helen & Tim

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Helen England
Helen England

Tai Chi First Instructor

My name is Helen and I have been practicing Tai Chi since 2003.  I started my journey at Rocheway Adult Education Centre, in Rochford as an evening class with my Sifu Ann Spreadborough.  We took our practice to many places and she even took us to Oxford to meet our Grand Master Dan Docherty in 2009.  Sadly on 11th February 2014 unexpectedly we lost her and so our group decided to stay together to practice the form she so lovingly taught us.

We take our practice to new places, Nature reserves, the woods and even the beach.  We are always trying to find magical places to go to practice.  We are often kindly approached to ask if we are doing Tai Chi.  I find it so heart warming.

I completed my adult education qualifications and assessor qualifications at the same college and decided to use them to teach Tai Chi and QiGong to others

Timothy Hillier
Timothy Hillier

Tai Chi Second Instructor

Tim's Tai Chi journey began on Wednesday 9th Feb 2005 at Rocheway Adult Education Centre in Rochford, Essex. I had tried to get onto the course the previous September but it was fully booked. I carried on there with our class soon moving to Thursdays and led by our dear Ann Spreadborough, ably assisted by Jo Crancher.  During the first Summer of my journey we used Hawkwell Parish Hall to continue learning the Square form, before we moved on to the Round form of Tai Chi Chuan.  In 2006 I was honoured by Ann and the lovely ladies in my class by being put forward for an award which I was really chuffed to accept.  By the close of the Summer term in 2007 Ann gave up teaching at Rocheway and we then joined her class at the Guild Hall in Prittlewell where we remained.  In April 2008 Ann arranged for us to attend a Tai Chi event in Oxford, where we practiced other forms of Tai Chi and where we met Ann's mentor Dan Docherty. A brilliant weekend bringing our Tai Chi family closer together and with snowball fights too! Sadly our dear Ann left us for a Home in the Sky in 2014, but our smashing Jo has kept us together.  From my original class of around 14 eventually only 7 of us remained from Rocheway, the rest just faded away. Now only 6 (including dear Ann's constant presence). What a mentor and dear friend she was and is - so inspiring. I'm blessed and glad to have found such a rewarding and spiritual family. Thank you.  
On The Beach
On The Beach
On the Beach
On the Beach
Many years ago after meeting our Grand Master Dan Docherty
Many years ago after meeting our Grand Master Dan Docherty
Helen T England