Lancaster School of Tai Chi Chuan

Instructor information

Paul Florkowski

Teacher and Founder
07708 896334

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Paul has been practicing and teaching Tai Chi Chuan since 1995 and founded the Lancaster School of Tai Chi Chuan in 2002. He is passionate about maintaining the essence of Old Yang Style Tai Chi, a rarer line passed down through Yang Shou-hou, the brother of Yang Cheng-Fu.

Paul has also been teaching a private group called simply: 'Martial Arts - Principles and Applications'. In this group he has taught instructors and practitioners from various martial arts backgrounds, including Kung-fu, Ju-jitsu, Karate, Taekwondo and Aikido, and also security professionals.

Due to the material taught, there will be a casual, informal interview for applicants.

Larry Jones

Functional Movement Therapist
07579 965016

Larry Jones is a Functional Therapist working at Dacrelands Health Clinic using techniques of yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine exercises and the more modern t'ai chi ch'uan focused muscular skeletal aerobic exercises.

He incorporates his work in social care, counselling and psychotherapy for those advised to use t'ai chi ch'uan as a repair for any emotional or physical conditions and holds t'ai chi ch'uan based aerobics group classes at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, rehab and repair classes at the Neuro DropIn Centre, and a relaxing end-of-the-day wind down class of zhan zhuang, taiji and qigong at Quaker Meeting House.

He is also available for one2ones/one2twos at Dacrelands Clinic.

Please contact Larry directly should your focus be more on tai chi for physical or emotional repair, balance, back pain and other health and well-being needs.

Steven Kidd

07850 018763

Riverside Taiji Quan and Taoist Gong Fu

I am an instructor and student of the Lancaster School of Tai Chi Chuan. I have been practicing Yang Style Taiji Quan daily, for almost 10 years now under the tutelage of Paul Florkowski, a highly skilled teacher, martial artist and close friend. I became a qualified instructor with the Tai Chi Union of GB about 8 years ago.

During my time training with the school I have studied Yang Style Taiji Quan, Push Hands, Qigong, Neigong, Mixed Martial Arts and Martial Principles and Applications e.g. sparring, grappling and efficiency of applying applications. I am now studying the Yang Style Broadsword Form along with the deeper nuances of the art. Authentic Taiji practice has improved my health massively after a long battle with Myalgia Encephalitis which is a story in and of itself.

During my time training I have also took a deep interest in Taoism which is the underpinning philosophy of Taiji as an art. In this respect I have been practicing Taoist Meditation, studying Taoist texts like the Tao Te Ching, Qing Jing Jing etc. and seeking to embody the deeper teachings of the art by applying them into all aspects of my practice and life in general.

I often train on the jetty up the River Lune and I also teach regular students 1-1. I teach all levels from beginners to experienced practitioners who are looking to deepen their knowledge of Taiji and Taoist practice. I am officially teaching group classes and 1-1 tuition as Riverside Taiji Quan and Taoist Gong Fu. Classes will be held at the jetty or Williamsons Park depending on numbers. If you are interested in diving into this challenging and deeply rewarding art please feel free to get in touch via the FB page at Riverside Taiji Quan and Taoist Gong Fu or through our website here.

In my own time I am happily married father with 2 older and 2 younger children who loves to get out into the woods and fells. X

Maya Florkowski

Senior Instructor
07849 293477

Maya started training at the age of 5 in Shotokan karate, under the umbrella of the Karate Union of Great Britain. Taught by Keith Robinson (5th dan), Andrea Carbon (2nd dan) and several other karateka. At the age of 11 she achieved her 1st dan black belt under Andy Sherry (8th dan) and Frank Brennan (7th dan), also refereed by Matt Price (5th dan), world and European champion.

At the age of 12 she also started training under her father, Paul, the founder and head teacher of Lancaster School of Tai Chi Chuan. Maya also trained in Paul's Martial Arts - Principles and Applications group. at the age of 13 she decided to fully dedicate her practice to her father's teaching. She trained with an all-adult group, 95% of which were male, most of which have many years of martial arts experience.

Maya has trained consistently, steadily progressing to become the senior student of the group at age 18. In December 2022 she gained her advanced qualification with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain and is an instructor member. Maya has a good practical knowledge of the traditional Yang family Taiji, traditional empty-hand forms, partner forms, pushing hands and many fighting principles and applications.

Maya currently teaches Women's Self-Defence, and Taiji and qi gong for improved health, emotional well-being and relaxation.

Dominick Smith

07548 059450

Dominick is teaching beginners classes at the Versatile Clinic in Carnforth on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-1.30pm. Enquiries to the Versatile Clinic in Carnforth (01524 733033) or direct to Dominick (details above).

Dominick has been doing intensive study under Paul Florkowski, head teacher of the Lancaster School of Tai Chi Chuan, attending 5 classes per week and also 2 private sessions weekly for over 6 years.

Students will learn basics in qi gong, pushing hands and the Yang Cheng Fu traditional long form, for health, relaxation, balance, postural realignment and flexibility.
• Established in 2002 by •
Paul Florkowski
☎ 07708 896334