Chiltern Tai Chi

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Learn this ancient Chinese Martial Art for Health, relaxation, self defence and well being with Catherine Birkinhead, British Champion and 5 times Silver European Medallist 2015 (Advanced Instructor - Tai Chi Union of Great Britain)


WHERE: Cheddington Village Hall (side room) or weather permitting, outside on the village hall green, Church Lane, Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard, Bucks LU7 0RU

WHEN: Classes run on Mondays 7.00pm - 8.00pm , Tuesdays 7pm -8pm and Saturdays 10.00am - 11.00am.( cost £9 for 1 hour lesson or pay for 8 classes in advance and receive 15% discount - Cost £55.00)
Weapons (Spear/Sabre/Sword) Training (for intermediate/advanced students) Tuesdays 8pm - 9pm and Saturdays 11.00am - 12noon This class is open to students who've already completed the hand form.

TaiChi1All levels welcome, 1st trial class is free.

Classes cover all aspects of Wudang hand form, pushing hands and basic self-defence applications.

After four trial sessions, new students are required to pay £20 for annual insurance under the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA) if they wish to continue. This will cover students for the possibility of any injuries sustained during class although safety is always strictly maintained during training.
(Classes may change occasionally due to hall requirements so please check regularly for updates.)


Follow the link on the right to see more action photos!

PRIVATE TUITION AVAILABLE - get in touch for details

TaiChiTeacherAbout Catherine's Experience
She has over 14 years experience of the ancient martial art of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. In London she trained for ten years in Yang style and has experience that includes the Short Form (24 step), Long Form (108 step), Sabre Sword Form, Push hands drills, basic applications and gained teaching experience as an assistant teacher.

For the last 4 years Catherine has been studying Wudang Style Tai Chi Chuan, which strives to teach Tai Chi as it was originally intended, as a martial art, named after the Wudang Mountains, the spiritual home of Tai Chi and said to be where it originated from.

She trained under the guidance of Charlie Glasser at Chiltern Tai Chi, who is an “inside the door” student of Dan Docherty (who trained with Cheng Tin Hung) and now currently is training as an "inside the door" student herself with Dan. She attends his classes, training camps & workshops regularly for intense development of skill and technique.

Catherine regularly teaches classes and private tuition in the Beds, Bucks and Herts area. She regularly competes herself as well as training students (if they wish) at National and European level  (see seperate News items on this website or click on links at top right of this page!). She also has experience in Judging for competition Hand Forms.

The Wudang style includes Square short form for beginners, round short form, long square form, long round form, partner drills such as seven star stepping, four directions, nine palaces, silk reeling and pushing hands. Qi Gong, martial applications and Weapons to name a few.

Catherine is fully insured to teach Tai Chi and Qi Gong to the public, a fully certified First Aider and a member of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA)

For all inquiries please contact Catherine:


Mobile: 07961 072874


Latest News:

Success at the London Tai Chi Championships 2018 .....3 Silver Medals for the Chilterns and Tring Tai Chi team!

TaiChiAwards2016Well done to students Graham, David, Kim and Jill!

Graham has competed in Push hands competitions for a number of years and won his first silver medal yesterday against tough competition including a European Champion! Very well done to him!

It was a new experience as beginners for David and Jill who did themselves proud! And David bagged not one but two silver medals!!!! Jill also did really well and just missed bronze by 0.2!!

Also Kim performed her beginners Weapon form (spear) for the first time to a very high standard for a student who has only been training in Spear for 5 months! Excellent score of 6.9 in a category that was open to all levels including advanced practitioners! 

Tai Chi Book Launch

Catherine was lucky enough to be asked to participate in the creation of "The Tai Chi Bible" by her Teacher Sifu Dan Docherty. With other Tai Chi Teachers and Practitioners she is pictured in the book demonstrating some of the applications from the hand forms.
The book is a very good reference for the martial self defence applications that the hand forms and weapon forms originated from. It is suitable for beginners and practitioners as well as experienced Tai Chi Instructors.
The book is available through Amazon:


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