is one of a number of Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academies located in various cities around the world dedicated to the promotion, practice and teaching of Wu's Style Tai Chi Chuan. We are also one of the few certification centres, authorised by the International Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Federation for the examination and certification of Wu style Tai Chi Chuan instructors.
The Archway Academy is located at the Whittington Park Community Centre, Yerbury Road, N19 4RS.
The Academy offers a full syllabus of an authentic style of Tai Chi Chuan with clear lineage and well recorded history linked back to its origins in China over 150 years ago. Our classes are run for beginners, intermediates and advanced levels and we aim to offer the highest possible standard of tuition from a staff of dedicated instructors.
Our instructors have a combined experience of over eighty years training and teaching. In addition many of the Academy's senior members are disciple members of the Wu family.
At the Academy we are dedicated to keeping the art intact and alive for future generations by providing the highest quality Tai Chi Chuan teaching and practise in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
In our web site you’ll find information about our classes & courses. Books and DVDs about Wu’s style Tai Chi Chuan can be purchased at our Products page, Videos & Photos of Wu’s style Tai Chi and other styles as well as records of past events can be found in our video links page. Information about recent and forthcoming events can be seen in our News page and how the Academy functions in the About Us page. Details of where we are and how to get in touch with us, and links to other academies,Tai Chi organisations and useful information can be found in the contact us page. If you simply want to find out more about what Wu's Style Tai Chi Chuan is, then click here.
Although it is a martial art, most people come to Tai Chi Chuan for health reasons or as a form of non-strenuous, low impact exercise, not realising its martial roots. The exercises developed to create the art of Tai Chi Chuan, emphasise balance, coordination, mental focus, correct stretching, breathing and posture and are based on ideas found in Taoist philosophy. The benefits of Tai Chi Chuan practice are holistic i.e working on the whole person, not simply one aspect of development.
The beauty and brilliance of Tai Chi Chuan is that even if the student is not remotely interested in martial arts, the health benefits can still be gained from practising the exercises and forms. It is also a gateway into another culture and an alternative view of the world.
There is irrefutable evidence that regular exercise and physical activity, such as Tai Chi Chuan, is beneficial in the primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular (heart) disease, diabetes, cancer, hypertension, obesity, depression, osteoporosis and premature death. So regular Tai Chi coupled with a diet high in whole plant foods is a recipe for good health, and longevity, which is another reason to take it up as a regular pastime.
There are as many reasons to take up Tai Chi Chuan as there are people. To see why some people took up Tai Chi click here.
To see an example of our Tai Chi Form being practiced by members of the Academy visit our Video Links page
New members are always welcome and can join classes at any time. Alternatively complete beginners may wish to join one of our Eight Week Foundation Courses which allows the beginner to sample the art before making a further commitment to membership. The course is designed to give the beginner with no previous experience a systematic and thorough introduction to the art of Tai Chi Chuan. At the end of the course the novice will be invited to continue as a full member, being able to make an informed decision whether to continue or not based on the experience gained on the course.
Private tuition either as one to one or in a small group (up to 3 people) can be arranged with Sifu Don Spargo by appointment by contacting us.
We would be happy to arrange demonstrations for your organisation or supply an instructor to provide a workshop as part of a corporate event or even regular classes with members of your organisation as part of a health at work scheme.
For further details please contact us.
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