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The practice of Tai Chi Chuan may easily change your life - if you let it.

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The potential benefits to beginners of learning Tai Chi are enormous and varied:


If you suffer from tension and stress, you will find that, with practice, Tai Chi will help

you will learn to relax, and be able to do so whenever you wish.


If you are shy and timid you will find that in time your posture and breathing will improve,

making you in turn feel more balanced, confident and in control of yourself.


If you suffer from anger and frustration you will soon remember again the natural

beauty and rhythm in life, which cannot be forced, but lived with in harmony.


If you suffer from ill health, you will find that the practice of Tai Chi will help improve your

general health and well-being, increase your energy, tone your muscles, stretch your body,

improve your posture and balance, improve your immune system and circulation,

improve your strength and flexibility.  We could go on and on...


And if you are perfectly healthy and happy,

 you will find that Tai Chi is a beautiful, life-affirming thing to do.


We asked some of our regular Tai Chi students what is was that prompted them to attend their local Tai Chi classes originally. 



Who is Howard Gibbon?


Howard Gibbon was born in Hull in 1946 and began training under Chee Soo in 1973. He has been an instructor of both Tai Chi Chuan and Feng Shou Kung Fu since 1976 and is the holder of the 6th Tengchi Master Grade. He lives with his wife and mosaic artist Gisela in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. 


Howard’s early fascination for Tai Chi soon grew into a life-time vocation, realizing that Tai Chi went beyond a purely physical discipline, but Tai Chi was also a tool for self-development, spiritual growth, and a way of helping himself and others to achieve holistic health and well-being. Extremely proficient in the Feng Shou self defence arts, Howard nevertheless felt a special love for the various Tai Chi Forms, K’ai Men and Dao Yin. In fact he is famous for being Chee Soo’s only instructor who practised the Tai Chi form every morning, with the exception of Christmas Day, for 15 years! (And he is still practising the Tai Chi form, with an odd exception, on a daily basis!) 


Chee Soo had hundreds, perhaps thousands of Tai Chi students who entered his training halls through the years, but in the end there were only four in the country who stayed long enough to gain the highest Master Grade Chee Soo issued in his life time. One of those students was Howard, respected by his peers as the foremost authority on the Lee Family Tai Chi form. Howard’s and Chee Soo’s friendship was legendary and it is a privilege for those who today train under Howard to be shown an art so ancient, taught as he was taught, undiluted by fads and fashions, imbued with love, enthusiasm, precision and quality. 


Chee Soo passed away in 1994. In order to safeguard the continuation of the Arts and their philosophy, Howard founded the East-West Taoist Association in 1999. Howard has a weekly Tai Chi evening class as well as taking regular all-day Tai Chi courses and grading days. 


The many who are and wish to become Tai Chi instructors for the Association are keenly supported. See Teacher Training.


Howard is also the author of the Amazon Kindle book ‘You Me & Tai Chi’ and also various

Tai Chi training DVD's and Manuals, published by East - West Publications.


Students Say How Long They Have Practised Tai Chi 
And The Benefit They Get From It. 


Letter from Chee Soo to Howard - June 1984



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Just a note to say hi,

I have been taking my time with each move.  I'm up to move 21, yeah!!!!!  Your instructions are excellent.

First I watch you do the move.  Then, I try the move, while watching you. Then, practice until it feels right.  Then add it to the moves learned so far...practice and practice some more.

Truly enjoy watching you and Gisela; and your UTUBE video (with the group). Watching you doing the first 50 moves, on the DVD, helps to get the timing down for individual moves, flow from move to move, timing between the upper and lower body movements, when to shift your weight, etc.

Taking it slow gives me time to see/study the subtle moves, such as the feet.  The hand movements are easier to see, but the slight foot movements, take a little longer to get right.

Would love to travel to Scarborough, to take part in your classes. Maybe once I have the first 50 moves down. Hopefully, I will be retired in a year or two... Then, my husband and I hope to travel a bit. All the best to you and yours.

Regards, Irene Jones - Canada


Howard is a superb teacher. I have learnt the short form from his excellent and painstakingly produced DVD. Being unable to find a style I enjoyed which was taught at a reasonable hour for me his DVD has been a godsend. I am only sorry that I cannot attend his classes in person. I thank him sincerely for his thoughtful and precise work. 

Paul Hillman


Hi Howard,

Can I say that it was nice to meet you in person for the first time when you came up to Edinburgh in November this year, and as Denise (myown instructor) said I would, I certainly enjoyed all of your classes that I attended. I met some really nice people and I went away from each one having a had a great time, but also realizing that I have a lot to learn; a challenge which I will (hopefully) over the future years meets.I look forward to seeing you again when you are next back in Scotland.

Best Regards,

Jim. Anderson - Edinburgh


Dear Howard,

At the age of 21 I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and have taken medication ever since (I am much older now!). A friend of mine, introduced me to Tai Chi and like so many people, I struggled at the beginning because there seemed to be so much to learn! However,I was confident enough to attend a day course. I was both excited and nervous - after all I was going to meet 'The Master'! You were not only helpful and encouraging but inspirational - I was hooked and began to take Tai Chi far more seriously. The results of my revised approach was that later in the year my blood pressure had reduced so much that I was taken off one tablet. My blood pressure has continued to reduce, in fact last Monday, I was taken off yet another tablet.

I appreciate that many factors may influence blood pressure however, I am convinced that the improvement in my blood pressure correlated directly with my involvement in T'ai Chi.

Thank you for being you and helping me and others like me to raise our horizons for personal achievement and enjoyment.

Kindest regards.

Barbara Lawes


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Hi Howard,

Many thanks for the replacement “Relax” DVD which I received the day after my email to you.  I couldn’t believe it!  This is the best customer care by far that I have ever experienced.

Thanks again.

Di Beckett – Derbyshire


Hi there,

Just a line to to express my appreciation of your New Version Tai Chi form DVD.

It presents me with an excellent opportunity to study the minutia of movement required to perform and  correct myself accordingly, so many thanks for your efforts in the production of this DVD

Regards Charles Atkinson



Many thanks for your prompt response - I received the new DVD yesterday. As I have been struggling with "The Stork is Aroused" and "The Double Whip" sequences at my local Tai Chi classes for the last three weeks, I am pleased to say that I have now cracked it by following your crystal clear instructions on the DVD.

Thanks again,

Mr. Joseph William Taylor



Just to say thank you for your very prompt response to my order for the DVD.  It arrived within 48hrs. It's a gift for my sister in law who has recently joined a Tai Chi class and is enjoying it as relief from a stressful job. I can't wait to see the results of using the DVD!!

Wishing you all the best for a peaceful Christmas and new year.

Julia Lee


Many thanks Howard,

The Silk DVD is wonderful and I have already printed out the manual. Hope it isn't as cold with you as it is here.

Regards from Helen


Thank you, Howard, for speedy delivery of DVD, which arrived yesterday and have also printed your eBook. 

I have practiced with your DVD and find it easy to understand and great for learning.

It is daunting when you first start to learn Tai Chi when you see all the moves you have to remember for feet, hands, arms & legs all at once, but you have broken it down into 'bite size' chunks which makes it much more managable. 

The eBook is very helpful & informative. 

Many thanks. 

Caroline Boom 


I would also like to say that I recently received one of your DVDs - T'ai Chi Dance Vol 1 - as a gift (my partner bought it for my birthday, at my suggestion) anyway, what I wanted to say was how delighted I am with it, and how I am struck, pretty much every time I use it, by the thought that the people who made this DVD clearly cared about the quality of the experience that would be had by those using the DVD as an aid to learning. So, thanks for that; I'm sure I am very far from alone in appreciating it.
Best wishes.

David Littlewood