The Society runs classes in halls and centres of all kinds, in areas where there is an instructor able to lead a class. Typically these halls are rented for an afternoon or an evening, and provide a way of reaching out to all parts of the communities which we serve. However we also have some homes of our own, in communities where we teach Taoist Tai Chi™ arts.
Being in our own home allows us to gather together, share and develop our capacity for providing the full range of internal arts and methods taught by the Society, including wider service to the community. Members and visitors are welcome at our homes.
At present in GB we have four homes:
National Centre, Edinburgh:
69 Marionville Road was purchased by Fung Loy Kok in 2011 to serve as the UK Centre for Taoist Tai Chi™ arts. It was in a bad state of neglect and had suffered from vandalism both inside and out. The purchase was made because of the large internal space, ideal for practise of Taoist arts, and the wish to contribute and engage with the local community by improving the condition of the site and locale and by offering the health benefits of Taoist Tai Chi™ arts to all who wish to receive them.
It is currently the largest Taoist Tai Chi™ arts Centre in Europe and is host to local, regional, national and International events that so far have seen participants from 22 of the 27 countries where Taoist Tai Chi™ arts are practised.
The site has served the community for over a hundred years, first as a printing works, then car depot and showroom, and most recently, a supermarket, and continues to do so as the home of Taoist Tai Chi™ arts in Scotland. The community now is not just local or national, however, but also global. And the purpose? To bring people together from all around the world to improve health and cultivate spirit through learning, practising and enjoying together the Taoist arts and traditions.
European Centre, Colchester:
The Centre in Colchester was our first home in GB. It has a practice hall which can accommodate 250 people, residential accommodation for 50+, facilities and access for wheelchair users and a fully operational Chinese kitchen. The Centre serves as the administrative hub of the Society in GB and in addition to local classes can host European and International events.
Local Centre, Maldon, Essex:
Purchased in 2003, the former church hall has been, and remains, very much a focus for community life. Although only a few miles from our European Centre, it is in daily use, where activities have a more local focus.