Details on the location of the class.
Billingham Forum is a huge leisure complex which is centrally located within Billingham Town Centre offering services for all ages and abilities.
Billingham Forum is a much loved leisure centre that has been serving the community since 1967. The facility was opened by Queen Elizabeth II and has since been given an £18.5 million re-development which took place in 2009. The venue was temporarily closed for three years whilst major changes took place. On 13th November 2012, the iconic venue was officially re-opened by HRH the Countess of Wessex. The new spacious ‘atrium’ now welcomes visitors to a hub of activities when they arrive.
Billingham Forum has always been most famous for its spectacular ice skating rink that provides guests of all ages with fun sessions such as disco nights, family skates and student skates. If your ice skating skills are a little rusty around the edges, you can brush up on them with the ice skating lessons available for both adults and children.
The forum offers much more than just an ice skating rink, with an excellent range of facilities for all of the family including a swimming pool, Activ8 gym, fitness classes, squash courts, theatre and much more! The modern facilities available provide guests and members with the ultimate fitness and leisure experience.
Get the most for your money with one of our memberships which are available for a range of groups including adults, juniors, families and senior citizens. Members will receive exclusive discounts on activities, the chance to pre book their favourite classes and bring along spectators for free.
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.