Tai Chi, also called Tai Chi Chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is today practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.
Sam started training in martial arts as a young teenager. For the last eighteen years he has focused upon training in the original Chen style of Tai Chi. He has also trained extensively in the related arts of Qigong (Chi gung) and Yiquan (mind-boxing).
Sam has studied extensively in China making numerous trips over the years to Beijing, Zhengzhou & Chenjiagou (Chen Village) for intensive training (and delicious food). His mentors are Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang, Master Chen Bing and Karel and Eva Koskuba.
Sam is an instructor certified by the Chinese Internal Arts Association and the Chen Xiao Wang World Taijiquan Association. He has a BA(hons) in Philosophy and History, diplomas in Classical Massage and Anatomy/Physiology & is a keen wildlife enthusiast. Sam is well known for his down-to-earth and modern take on this incredible ancient art. It is his aim to promote Tai Chi as simply and clearly as possible so that all can enjoy the vast benefits of ‘the pearl of Chinese culture’.