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* * Holiday Period Closure Dates * *

The last classes of 2021 are on Wednesday 15th December. The first classes of 2022 are on Wednesday 5th January.
Our next Adults Free Taster Class is at 7pm Wednesday January 5th in lower Hargrave hall.
Our next Eight Week beginner's course starts on Wednesday January 12th 2022 @ 7 - 8:30pm in lower Hargrave hall.

We are pleased to announce that we are restarting our Children's classes each week during term times on Thursday afternoons 4:30 - 5:30 pm.

Regular Children's classes will begin on Thursday January 13th

More details of the individual classes can be found on our Children's Classes page

Children's Classes

Our original idea was to start the classes in November, but following our taster class on 28th October it was clear that due to commitments for the rest of the term many of the children would not be able to make classes before the New Year.

There will be another Children's free taster class on Thursday January 6th, regular classes start the following Thursday.

Class Day & Time Location Instructor(s)
Beginners Class Monday 6:30 - 8:00 pm Lower Hall Chris Curtis
Combined Intermediate and Senior Levels Class Monday 6:30 - 9:30 pm Lower Hall Dave Mighall & Don Spargo
Beginners Class Wednesday 7:00 - 8:30 pm Lower Hall Gillian Goodchild
Intermediate Class Wednesday 8:00 - 9:30 pm Upper Hall Don Spargo
Children's Class Thursday 4:30 - 5:30pm Upper Hall Don Spargo
Advanced Class Thursday 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm Upper Hall Don Spargo
  • Covid security
    Even though restrictions are being lifted we still require class members to socially distance from one another because the virus is still amongst us but at low levels. So to minimise the risk of transmission we ask members to sanitise their hands on entry and it is wise to stay 2 metres apart during training sessions.

    Please note, the upper hall is large enough to accommodate 15 people at a safe distance of 2 metres, so class numbers will be restricted to 12 people maximum (+instructors-in-charge). To view our Covid-19 security procedures click on the blue link above. Click on this link to see the Government Guidelines .

  • Try a Free Taster Class
  • The next free taster class will be on Wednesday 5th January 2022 pm in lower Hargrave Hall. Click on the blue link above for more details and to send us an e mail
  • Eight Week Beginners course
    Our current course started on Wednesday 15th September @ 7:30 - 9PM

    Our next 8 week course starts 12th January 2022

    Click here for more details of our future courses.
  • You can listen to an audio file of instructions for performing the 12 step form that you will learn on the eight week course.This is one of the aides to help beginners learn the form.
  • Our location

    is at Hargrave Hall, Hargrave Road, Archway, N19 5SP.

    For directions click on the blue link above.

  • Other News
    It is with great sadness and regret that we announce that one of our former instructors - Steve Wright - passed away on April 19th 2020 due to Covid-19. To read the tributes that were paid to him by his colleagues and students please click here
  • Support our Charity.
    When the Academy closed in March due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we ran zoom classes and classes in Whittington Park, London, for which no money was charged. Instead, anyone who could, made a donation to the homeless people's charity "Crisis". We had experienced what it was like to be made homeless through no fault of our own and found a resonance with individuals who had suffered the same fate. This is how we came to support Crisis through a 'Just Giving' page. When we reopened in a new 'home' it could have been the time to drop our support of the charity, however the economic fallout from the pandemic means that there will probably be more homeless people not fewer as unemployment rises; so the need for donations will be greater. If you agree with this and would like to donate something please click on the link above and make a donation, big or small it doesn't matter it all counts. Thankyou.

  • Due to the Coronavirus outbreak There was no Residential Course held in 2020. We are unlikely to be able to hold one in 2021 at least until we know what the long term implications of the pandemic will be.

About Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy, Archway

We are 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 Academy offers a full syllabus of an authentic style of Tai Chi Chuan with a 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.

Starting Tai Chi Chuan

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

Joining the Academy

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

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 only contact us to arrange a booking.

Workshops, Demonstrations and Corporate events

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.

We are located at Hargrave Hall, Hargrave Road, Archway, N19 5SP

Hargrave Hall - Front Entrance

Hargrave Hall - Lower Hall

Hargrave Hall - Upper Hall

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