Beginner Tai Chi classes

The school runs in 4 terms a year

  • January - March
  • April - June
  • July - September
  • October - December

All of our classes run right through the year, except Christmas and Bank Holidays, therefore duration for each term may vary from 9 to 14 week terms. Instead of charging students for the whole term, participants are welcome to try out 4 taster lessons prior to full term commitment. The cost for the 4 week taster lessons may vary between class venues but are typically charged at around £20-£24 (at £5-£6 per hourly session). There are some exceptions such as the self-defence class. Please note only cash and cheque payments are accepted. We do not accept credit/debit card payments.

So, after your initial 4 taster sessions, the remainder of the current term becomes due as a single payment. When you pre-pay for the full term, we will offer the last lesson for that term FREE. Payment falls due on that Free Week for the following quarter. So over time, you get 4 FREE LESSONS PER YEAR! This, hopefully, will compensate for any lessons you missed due to holiday or work commitments.

Annual membership fee: £15

Benefits of Tai Chi and Chi Kung

Tai Chi is suitable for all age groups and can be tailored for each individual's capability to improve balance, co-ordination and concentration. It also reduces stress and benefits people suffering with joint problems, back pain, asthma, ME or high blood pressure. As Tai Chi is a weight bearing exercise, it is claimed that it can help and delay the on-set of osteoporosis (brittle bone disease), a valuable consideration for women of all ages.

The exercises train the body's muscles and bones to be more resilient. It also trains the joints to be more flexible while the integrated Chi Kung (Qi Gong) stimulates the natural breathing process by exercising the lungs and maximising their efficiency in oxygenating the blood, which in turn feeds the body's organs and increases their ability to function.

In short, Tai Chi has the efficacy of treating chronic ailments by building up one's health and bring longevity. It is an exercise for the whole body and it trains both the mind and the body.

The effectiveness of all training routines is dependent on the individuals current fitness level, how often they train, and various other factors. However, the general concept/requirement of both Tai Chi and Chi Kung is that it commands commitment and dedication (perseverance) to get the best from it.

Advice - Don't expect too much to soon!

What do you learn in class?

  • Warm-up and stretching
  • Chi Kung (Qi Gong) exercise
  • The Tai Chi Hand Form

The main element in Tai Chi is called the Hand Form (a series of movements linked together in sequence). This is by far the most challenging part of training, because we need to gradually develop good co-ordination of the hands and feet to complete sections of the Form. If you are new to this type of exercise, you may find it takes quite some time to learn the moves, but after many repetitions, it will come naturally. Don't worry if it still seems complicated after the initial taster sessions because there is no pressure to advance to the next stage - progress is at each student's preferred pace.


Intake of beginners is usually accepted at the beginning week of each term (unless otherwise stated)

Here are the dates and costs for the next intake of beginners class starting in 2019. We recommend you enquire as early as possible as places fill up very quickly. To register for the 4 taster sessions, please email us at

Day / Date




(Can join anytime)

10am - 11am

Edgehill / Kensington


Monday 1st Apr 2019

6.30pm - 7.30pm

Ince Blundell


Tuesday 2nd Apr 2019

6pm - 7.15pm



Thursday 4th Apr 2019

10am - 11am

St Helens YMCA


Thursday 4th Apr 2019

5.45pm - 6.45pm



Thursday 4th Apr 2019

7.45pm - 8.45pm

Great Sutton


Friday 5th Apr 2019

1pm - 2pm



Please note that we do not offer pay-as-you-go or drop-in sessions (except where otherwise stated).
Advice - If you have any health issues, please consult your GP before joining our classes
To check availability for other classes not listed above, please email us at

Terms & conditions

  • All courses run in consecutive weeks (except Bank Holidays).
  • Course and membership fees are non-refundable.
  • If we have to cancel a lesson(s), then the fee for that particular lesson(s) will be carried forward to the next term.
  • Course tutors may be substituted due to holidays, illness and other commitments.

Forthcoming new class venues

We are planning to start new morning and evening classes in Skelmersdale and Ormskirk. To register an interest please contact us asap.