About Me

Nick Taylor

I'm Nick, and I will be your Tai Chi & Qigong teacher.

I have been learning Tai Chi for over two decades. For me, Tai Chi started as a hobby, but it soon became to mean much more, and so my Tai Chi journey started - I am now a 5th Duan Wei Tai Chi Sifu, and I teach within my local community. I have also created a global Tai Chi community, via my online courses.

My students practise Tai Chi and Qigong for a whole range of reasons, some of Tai Chi's benefits can be found here - some are on a Tai Chi journey much like mine, but many do Tai Chi with me for fun, for fitness and health reasons, or simply to be a part of a kind and caring community.

So, if you'd like to start learning Tai Chi with me, please browse my classes. If you'd like to know more about me, please read on!

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My Tai Chi journey

 

From the very first time of training with Master Liming Yue, I instinctively knew that something very special had happened. The beauty of his Tai Chi forms, and the power of his explosive energy release, seeming to come from nowhere, set me on a pathway of discovery that is just as exciting now, as it was then. In the following years, my Master has become a Grandmaster, and I have become a 5th Duan Wei Tai Chi Sifu, through his expert guidance, instruction and advice.

 

​At the start of my personal Tai Chi journey, this was just a hobby, something that made me feel good and I really enjoyed. When my Master told me that I should start teaching, I just couldn't see myself doing it. Teaching Tai Chi was not part of my plan, but coincidentally my friends also wanted to learn from me at the same time. It was as if everyone was seeing something in me, that took me a while to believe was there. Finally, a few months later, I took the plunge and started a class. I absolutely loved it, and thankfully so did my friends and new students!

Over 20 years later, and having taught hundreds of students, from different parts of the country and the world, my passion for, and love of teaching and communicating Tai Chi & Qigong is undimmed. As an instructor, I am constantly amazed at the different kinds of health conditions that Tai Chi and Qigong have helped with, in fact it’s seems impossible to predict who will try Tai Chi, and what their outcomes may be, however, the most important thing is for potential students to get stuck in and have a go! For some it is being part of a community, for others it has been the desire to see real changes and improvements in their health and fitness. One of the great things about training Tai Chi and Qigong is that even if the sessions are intense and challenging, I always feel a lot better, more energised and full of life afterwards, something that I have also observed in my students as well. I feel humbled that I too can help to make a real difference to my students health, in the same way that my Master showed me at the beginning.

In China, it is normal for martial arts practitioners to develop good healing capabilities, (some might say necessary even!) so I studied Chinese medical massage, known in China as Tui Na. Studying human Anatomy & Physiology, and the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has enabled me to understand the concept of Qi energy, the importance of keeping the energetic channels, or meridians open, and how they relate to Tai Chi & Qigong.

​Now in my 60th year, my physical skills, movement and Tai Chi abilities are the same as when in my 40's, but with a huge amount of training and experience behind me. Teaching Tai Chi online has been in my mind for some time, and now I am really proud and excited to offer you the chance join me on your own journey, and to enjoy the benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong for yourselves.

Over 20 years later, and having taught hundreds of students, from different parts of the country and the world, my passion for, and love of teaching and communicating Tai Chi & Qigong is undimmed. As an instructor, I am constantly amazed at the different kinds of health conditions that Tai Chi and Qigong have helped with, in fact it’s seems impossible to predict who will try Tai Chi, and what their outcomes may be, however, the most important thing is for potential students to get stuck in and have a go! For some it is being part of a community, for others it has been the desire to see real changes and improvements in their health and fitness. One of the great things about training Tai Chi and Qigong is that even if the sessions are intense and challenging, I always feel a lot better, more energised and full of life afterwards, something that I have also observed in my students as well. I feel humbled that I too can help to make a real difference to my students health, in the same way that my Master showed me at the beginning.

In China, it is normal for martial arts practitioners to develop good healing capabilities, (some might say necessary even!) so I studied Chinese medical massage, known in China as Tui Na. Studying human Anatomy & Physiology, and the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has enabled me to understand the concept of Qi energy, the importance of keeping the energetic channels, or meridians open, and how they relate to Tai Chi & Qigong.

​Now in my 60th year, my physical skills, movement and Tai Chi abilities are the same as when in my 40's, but with a huge amount of training and experience behind me. Teaching Tai Chi online has been in my mind for some time, and now I am really proud and excited to offer you the chance join me on your own journey, and to enjoy the benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong for yourselves.

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Devon Tai Chi Centre

 

I opened the Devon Tai Chi Centre in January 2004 to facilitate the promotion of Chen Style Tai Chi, bringing the life affirming health benefits of this authentic Chinese health exercise system, including Silk Reeling Energy (Chan Si Gong), Qigong Health Exercises, Jian (Chen straight sword) training, and Forms training to students living in the South West.

  • Regular Tai Chi classes for students who are beginners through to advanced levels.

  • Regular workshops for Chen Style Tai Chi practitioners, including sword and push hands.

  • Classes for the general public.

  • Private one-to-one classes.

  • Specialised seated Tai Chi classes for care homes and associations.

  • Public demonstrations of Chen Style Tai Chi at outdoor events such as the Totnes Festival of Chinese Arts, Motor Shows and Local Fayres. 

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Tai Chi Qualifications & Lineage

 

Whilst Tai Chi started off as a hobby for me, my Master saw something in me and encourage me to develop my skills and knowledge. After years of training and tutorage under Master Liming Yue, I have now been accredited with several high level Tai Chi qualifications, recognised internationally.

  • Level 7 Advanced Instructor, Chen Zhenglei Taijiquan Federation.

  • 5th Duan Wei, Chen Style Tai Chi - Chinese Wushu Association, Beijing.

  • 2nd Duan Wei - Chinese Health Qigong Association, Beijing.

  • Tui Na Master Practitioner - BODYHARMONICS.

  • Tui Na Master Practitioner - I.T.E.C.

Tai Chi lineage is important within martial arts. I am proud to have studied under Grandmaster Liming Yue, who was a disciple of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei. In 1995, Chen Zhenglei was recognised as one of Top Ten Martial Arts Masters of Present Day in China. Chen Zhenglei awarded me with a Chinese name, 'Chen Li De', which is a great honour.

  • Senior Indoor Student of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, 9th Duan Wei.

  • Disciple of Grandmaster Liming Yue, 7th Duan Wei.

  • 12th generation transmitter of Chen Family Style Tai Chi.

  • Chen Li De - Chinese name, given by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei.

Awards

 

In 2016 I competed in the British Open Championship. I came away with:

  • Gold - Sword Form

  • Gold - Overall Best Weapons Routine

  • Silver - Chen Style Tai Chi Bare Hands Routine.

Co-operation with Tai Chi Centre U.K.

 

I have developed a very close relationship with Master Liming Yue who is the owner and director of the Tai Chi Centre U.K. founded in Manchester, 1995.

 

Together with Master Liming Yue, and the help of other senior students we helped to translate, and co-author a book written by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei on Chen Style Tai Chi called 'Tai Chi for Health'. The book was initially released at the International Tai Chi Festival and the third International Taijiquan Exchange Competition opening ceremony in China on 20th August 2005 (ISBN 1-904719-11-2).

Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei is the 11th Generation Head of Chen Style Taijiquan, and from the 19th Generation of the Chen family lineage. Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei is ranked as one of the Top Ten Martial Arts Grandmasters in China, and is honoured for numerous contributions to Martial Arts by the Chinese State Sports Council.

The main authors were Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei and Master Liming Yue, co-authors Sifu Nick Taylor, Dan Chisholm, Steven Burton, Bill Wilkinson, Professor Shulan Tang, Tim Birch.

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