Tai Chi Masters Chee Soo - Howard Gibbon


Sue Bridges

County Coach - Sunderland Division

Tai Chi Sunderland

Susan has been practising Lee Style Tai Chi for some 20 years, and teaching for some 12 years. Susan began her training in Hull where she trained with Howard and on occasions other instructors in the area such Ted, Brian, Paul.  I remember clearly the very first class I attended; I loved it …I didn’t understand any of it at all…but I remember leaving feeling great and wonderfully bewildered.

I felt I had found something very special. No idea what it was but it felt good…

Today I run three weekly clubs in the Sunderland area with a fourth opening up in December.

Also, as county coach I give a monthly Saturday morning class for instructors and those who are keen to learn. Sometimes I run classes for adult education, the disabled and school children.Here in the North East we are lucky to have a good team of instructors, trainee instructors and students who all come together regularly, like a family.  

 It is always a pleasure to train with like minded people and an honour to pass on what I have learnt over the years.

The beauty to be found in witnessing  peoples’ worries dissipate, to see them change and develop as they apply themselves to the art of Tai Chi Chuan is amazing.

I prefer to teach the full range of applications in my classes, such as sticky hands and two hands  against one –which although these can be baffling to beginners, gradually, as their depth of experience increases things begin to come clearer ……at least that’s what I keep telling myself.!!!!

To fully embrace the depth to be found in practising Tai Chi one has to allow themselves to be led, to have a truly open mind one must release the ego and be willing to follow the teachers instructions.


Monday  10 - 11 a.m.

East lea community centre,

Stockton Road, Seaham

  Ken & Glynis

0191 5343011

email Ken
Wednesday 9.30 - 10.45am

Ryhope Community centre,

Black road, Ryhope.


0191 5518802

Mob: 07981832409

email Sue


 6.30 - 8 p.m. Agnew Community centre,

Morrison Close, Newton Aycliffe.

Co Durham


Mob: 07903718088

After 6pm email Brett

Wednesday  7 - 8:30 p.m. Glebe Centre, Murton,

Co Durham


0191 5172503

 Thursday  7:30 - 9 p.m.

Ryhope Community centre,

Black road, Ryhope.


0191 5518802

Mob: 07981832409

email Sue 

Friday 10 - 11.30 a.m.

The Washington Arts Centre,

Fatfield, Washington.


0191 5518802

Mob: 07981832409

email Sue



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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