William Walker is a practioner of Chi Kung and Tai Chi with over 20 years experience. He currently teaches Chi Kung, Tai Chi and Dragon Sword Form in South London.
Chi Kung (here called Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung – or standing like a tree) consists of standing postures (also seated and lying) either held for a period of time, or combined with specific movements and steps.
Tai Chi (here called ‘Lam Style Tai Chi’) consists of slow movements accompanied by natural breathing that calms your mind and lifts your spirits, improving both mental and physical health.
These are ancient Chinese practices and well known to have a wide range of benefits including:
William began his practice of Chi Kung in the early 90’s after a temporary injury. Living at the time in Singapore he was introduced to Master Xie Li and ‘Kong Jin Chi Kung’.
In 1994 William started training in Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung with Master Lam Kam-Chuen in London and subsequently became an instructor within ‘The Lam Association’, being given permission to teach Chi Kung, Tai Chi and Wudang Dragon Sword Form.
Since 1999 William has taught weekly classes in Chi Kung and Tai Chi, at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, south London. He has also led workshops and taught privately.
By profession William is a teacher of special needs children and has taught Tai Chi and Chi Kung, within the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, to children with autism and learning difficulties.
William has followed courses and retreats in mindfulness and meditation as well as studied Buddhism at Jamyang Buddhist Centre. He has masters’ degrees in Theology and Philosophy of religion and a long-term interest in Eastern philosophy.
Monday evenings at Jamyang Buddhist Centre
The Old Courthouse, 43 Renfrew Road, Kennington, London SE11 4NA (www.jamyang.co.uk)
Chi Kung: 6.15 to 7.15pm.
Tai Chi: 7.20 to 8.20pm
Tuesday evenings at The Herne Hill Methodist Hall
155, Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, SE24 9HU.
Chi Kung / Tai Chi: 7.00 – 8.00p.m.
Chi Kung / Tai Chi: 10.00a.m. – 11.15a.m.
Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung and Tai Chi classes:
Classes start with gentle warm up exercises drawn from the Chinese exercises of Toa Yin, as well as internal stretching exercises and walking Chi Kung. These are followed by either Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung or Tai Chi.
The current cost of classes is £8.00 for 1 hr classes.
First timers: sign up to 5 and get one free
Private lessons can be arranged with the teacher personally
"Chikung is a wonderful energy exercise bringing renewed energy and total relaxation. William teaches in a relaxed friendly style whereby the classes are rewarding and fun. William is a great teacher with a vast knowledge on a range of Chinese arts. You will love this class."
"I started learning tai chi and chi kung with William in 2007, almost ten years later. I still attend his classes. His tuition and encouragement has been central to me adopting these exercises as part of my daily life. I found many benefits to my health and wellbeing in putting into practice what I have learnt in these classes. William provides a friendly and welcoming environment in which people of all levels of ability can learn and enjoy the health benefits of tai chi and chi kung."
"We have been going to William’s classes for eight years and every week we look forward to them. It is something we can enjoy doing as a couple and it keeps the body and the mind supple. We recommend William and his tai chi class as an antedote to the stresses of a working day and long may it remain so!"
"William's friendly class is a brilliant mix of warm up routines, conversation, and tai chi short and long forms. He integrates new pupils quickly and makes them feel instantly welcome. For the more established members William's class is one the few places in London where you can also learn the tai chi sword moves"
Jamyang, The Old Courthouse, 43, Renfrew Road, London, SE11 4NA