Lancaster School of Tai Chi Chuan

Instructor information

Paul Florkowski

Teacher and Founder
07708 896334

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Paul has been practicing and teaching Tai Chi Chuan since 1995 and founded the Lancaster School of Tai Chi Chuan in 2002. He is passionate about maintaining the essence of Old Yang Style Tai Chi, a rarer line passed down through Yang Shou-hou, the brother of Yang Cheng-Fu.

Paul has also been teaching a private group called simply: 'Martial Arts - Principles and Applications'. In this group he has taught instructors and practitioners from various martial arts backgrounds, including Kung-fu, Ju-jitsu, Karate, Taekwondo and Aikido, and also security professionals.

Due to the material taught, there will be a casual, informal interview for applicants.

Larry Jones

Functional Movement Therapist
07579 965016

Larry Jones is a Functional Therapist working at Dacrelands Health Clinic using techniques of yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine exercises and the more modern t'ai chi ch'uan focused muscular skeletal aerobic exercises.

He incorporates his work in social care, counselling and psychotherapy for those advised to use t'ai chi ch'uan as a repair for any emotional or physical conditions and holds t'ai chi ch'uan based aerobics group classes at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, rehab and repair classes at the Neuro DropIn Centre, and a relaxing end-of-the-day wind down class of zhan zhuang, taiji and qigong at Quaker Meeting House.

He is also available for one2ones/one2twos at Dacrelands Clinic.

Please contact Larry directly should your focus be more on tai chi for physical or emotional repair, balance, back pain and other health and well-being needs.

Steven Kidd

Student Teacher
07850 018763

Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan - The River Room

I will be teaching students the Yang Cheng Fu long form, qigong, push hands and various martial drills and applications to further the students' understanding of the form. There will also be a strong focus on good stance work, breathing, posture and alignment.

Available for regular classes at the Trinity United Reformed Church, and private sessions either at Halton Mill or a suitable space. Please contact me directly for further information. Students who are more advanced are advised to contact Paul Florkowski for further training. Thank you.

Maya Florkowski

Senior Instructor
07849 293477

Maya started training at the age of 5 in Shotokan karate, under the umbrella of the Karate Union of Great Britain. Taught by Keith Robinson (5th dan), Andrea Carbon (2nd dan) and several other karateka. At the age of 11 she achieved her 1st dan black belt under Andy Sherry (8th dan) and Frank Brennan (7th dan), also refereed by Matt Price (5th dan), world and European champion.

At the age of 12 she also started training under her father, Paul, the founder and head teacher of Lancaster School of Tai Chi Chuan. Maya also trained in Paul's Martial Arts - Principles and Applications group. at the age of 13 she decided to fully dedicate her practice to her father's teaching. She trained with an all-adult group, 95% of which were male, most of which have many years of martial arts experience.

Maya has trained consistently, steadily progressing to become the senior student of the group at age 18. In December 2022 she gained her advanced qualification with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain and is an instructor member. Maya has a good practical knowledge of the traditional Yang family Taiji, traditional empty-hand forms, partner forms, pushing hands and many fighting principles and applications.

Maya currently teaches Women's Self-Defence, and Taiji and qi gong for improved health, emotional well-being and relaxation.

• Established in 2002 by •
Paul Florkowski
☎ 07708 896334