Begins: Saturday 23rd September 2017 (new students)  
Location: The Crags Centre, 10 Bowmont Pl, Edinburgh, EH8 9RY
Course duration: 10 weeks/10 hours (Saturdays 1:30pm - 2:30pm)  

Course fee:
£13/hr payable via Paypal or online bank transfer (email us at for details). Includes Academy Membership. £40 off for Academy Members via CWA Online.


Course Description

Join senior Tai Chi teacher Li Ho 文莉 for this premier course combining Chen Style Tai Chi (陳氏太極拳) with Baduanjin Qigong (八段錦). Students will learn the foundation movements of Chen Style, consisting of 'Silk Reeling'. Silk Reeling is a set of repetitive spiral movements with the arms and hands, with alternating fast/slow motion and bursts of power. The Chen Style Tai Chi 11 form is a simplified form based on authentic Chen Style Tai Chi Old Frame or Laojia. Students will also become familiar with the 8 movements, or Pieces of Brocade, of Baduanjin Qigong.  Baduanjin is one of the most common forms of Chinese Qigong used as exercise and is primarily designated as a form of medical Qigong, meant to improve health. The name of the form generally refers to how the eight individual movements of the form characterize and impart a silken quality (like that of a piece of brocade) to the body.

This course is for health and exercise purposes and does not include combat. Please note however, that Tai Chi is a martial art and students should expect physically rigorous exercise during the course. If you have a physical disability or have suffered an injury which impedes flexibility and movement please seek advice from your doctor before reserving a place on the course. For more information see our Terms & Conditions under the 'About' tab.

Our Instructor

A practitioner of Chinese martial arts since the age of 12, Li Ho 文莉 is a senior Tai Chi instructor with TCUGB (Tai Chi Union for Great Britain). Having received training from Tai Chi grandmaster Xiao Xiang in China's Hunan Province, she worked as the Tai Chi teaching assistant for grandmaster Xiao Xiang, teaching Yang Style Tai Chi 24 Form from whe she was only 14 years old. She has extensive experience in Chinese martial arts in both hand and weapon forms. Li Ho began to teach in Edinburgh in 2011. Since then, she has been working with different organizations to introduce Tai Chi & health Qigong throughout Scotland, teaching 24 Form Simplified Tai Chi, 42 Competition Tai Chi Hands and Sword Form. She also teaches Chen Style Tai Chi 8, 11, 18 & Lao Jia Yilu 74 Hands Form, Chen Style Tai Chi 49 Form Sword, Chen Style Tai Chi Sabre, and Spear & Fan Form. Qigong movements include: Qigong 18 Form, 5 Animals Qigong, 8 Brocade & Yi Jin Jing Shaolin Training Qigong. 

Student Review (Facebook Page)

'Li Ho taught us Tai Chi and she was great - most of us had never done it before so it was very difficult but there were lots of laughs and Li made it fun. She looked so graceful in comparison to the heap of giggling mess in front of her!! I will certainly be contacting Clear Water Academy again soon to do some more great educational work together!'
- Daniela Machado, Religious Education department, Portobello High School (29/6/17)


Experience in the UK

Delivered Chinese New Year Tai Chi workshop in Perth High School, 2012–2015; Delivered tai chi workshops for CISS and Ricefield Chinese Arts and Cultural Centre, February 2013; Tai Chi group invited by the Scotland Chinese Culture Association to perform for the "Gold Autumn Festival Celebration" at St Andrew's Square, September 2013; Invited by the General Consulate of China at Edinburgh to be Tai Chi leader for the Chinese Community group at the Edinburgh Festival Parade, July 2015; Invited as the judge for the London International Tai Chi Competition, June 2016


Recent training

Training with Chen Style Tai Chi grandmaster Liming Yue (Tai Chi Centre U.K), 2014–2016; with Chen Style Tai Chi grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang (19th lineage holder of Chen Style Tai Chi), November 2015; with Chen Style Tai Chi master Chen Bing (20th lineage holder of Chen Style Tai Chi), May 2016; with Chen Style Tai Chi master Chen Zi Qiang (20th lineage holder of Chen Style Tai Chi), July 2016; with headteacher of Wudang San Feng Tai Chi School master Yuan Liming, September 2016; Training with Yang Style Tai Chi & Health Qigong master Faye Yip (Chairman of British Health Qigong Association & head teacher of Deyin Taiji Institute), July & November 2016 

Chen Style Tai Chi (Sep - Nov)