Details on the location of the class.
The Thornaby Pavilion leisure centre is centrally located within the heart of Thornaby town centre. The club offers modern fitness and leisure facilities for all the family.
The Thornaby Pavilion leisure centre is located on the top floor of Wrightson House, above the central library, which can be accessed via our glass lift, stairs or ramp. The centre has been serving the local community for over 40 years and has recently been redeveloped into a 21st century leisure facility offering a wide selection of quality facilities and services available to cater for all of your fitness and leisure needs!
Thornaby Pavilion is a place for all ages and abilities to enhance their fitness and have fun. They offer a number of membership options that cater for various groups including adults, juniors, families and senior citizens. Their leisure card enables members to enjoy discounted prices on various activities, book classes in advance and bring along a spectator for free.
Inside the centre you will discover a spacious Activ8 gym equipped with the latest fitness equipment, a large indoor bowls rink, a huge multi-use sports hall, squash courts, a cossy café for food and drink and so much more! They also have a number of fitness classes for you to attend to help you reach your fitness goals.
At Thornaby Pavilion they also cater for children's parties with an array of events including soft play and disco parties. They also offer party catering options including buffets with hot and cold food and self-catering options.
Details on the instructors teaching the class.
I was introduced to Yang style tai chi by 2 local instructors, Edwin Tolputt in 1999 and Martina Marie-Luise Paulinus in 2000. After years gaining a good foundation and as a keen student I was encouraged to take part in advanced Yang style training which gave me the confidence to train with Master John Ding.
I made two visits to China with Master Ding to work with numerous Yang masters to improve my skills. Meeting with Grandmaster Yang Zhen Guo was a real highlight. I studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in more depth and qualified as a Medical Qigong Therapist in 2005, then qualified through ICHM as a Senior Yang style instructor in 2006.
I was able to offer Qigong exercises and tai chi forms including Medical Qigong, Shibashi and Wild Goose, Meditation, Yang 8, Yang 10, Yang Foundation form, Yang Long form, Yang Straight sword, Yang Staff form, Yang sticky and Push hands as well as share my knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Wishing to broaden my experience in 2005 I trained with Grandmaster Xiao Wang where I first experienced silk reeling and Chen style push hands. Two further introductory experiences of Chen style were gained working with north east instructors Keith Thomas and Stewart Agar.
However, it was not until 2008 that I began my training with Grandmaster Liming Yue and in 2009 it was a delight to train with Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei. Over the years I have gained experience of Health & Breathing exercises, Silk reeling, Wu Qin Xi, Ba Duan Jin and Liu Zi Jue Qigong forms, Chen 11 Forms, Chen 18 Form, Loa Jia Form parts 1 & 2, Chen Push Hands, Chen 11 and Chen 16 Fan forms, Chen Sabre form, Pear Blossom Spear form and Chen Straight Sword form. Additionally, in 2014 I began training with Master Faye Yip working on Yang 24 Form and the Kungfu Fan Form. Experience has also been gained in Yang 18 Fan Form and the Beautiful Sunset Fan Form.
In 2012 I qualified as a 3rd level Chen style Tai Chi and Qigong Instructor. In the summers of 2012, 2013 and 2014 I was lucky enough to return to China with Grandmaster Yue and have also attended Internatial Seminars in Scotland, Germany and Italy during this period, where I was able to gain more experience of Chen style Tai Chi, various Qigong Forms, weapons training and also an introduction to Xin Jia. In 2014 I was honoured to be accepted as a Senior Indoor Student of Grandmaster Yue.