Anthony practising Qi Gong in China

About the Teacher

My name is Anthony Fidler.

I'm now 50, and have been a serious practitioner of Tai Chi since 1997.

I've been very fortunate over the years to have been able to carry out most of my Tai Chi training intensively in China, on a personal basis with good teachers.

My Tai Chi encompasses both Yang and Chen and I'm passionate about both.

I practiced Simplified Yang 24 & Competition 42 for ten years, but switched over to Traditional Small Circle Yang Long Form in 2009.

Small Circle Yang 85 (108) is a beautiful form.

I also practised Chen Lao Jia for many years, finally studying with Chen Zhao Sen in Chenjiagou, but in 2011 was introduced to Chen Xiao Jia 64.

A simply beautiful form, it answers my desire of many years to find a Chen form which combined the inner depth and sensitivity that I find in the Yang style taichi, with the circular silk reeling energy of the Chen Style. Amazing!

My Teachers

Anthony with Yang Dong Bao, Yangshuo 2013

In 1997, I met a teacher called Wang Zhi Ping in China. We met 1-1 for many years in Yangshuo park and then later at his school. I liked his movement and it inspired me very much at the time.

In 2007 I learnt Chen Style with Chen Gao Qiang, a young teacher from Wang Xi An's training school in Chenjiagou.

In 2008, I met Chen Zhao Sen in Chenjiagou and continued my study with him through to 2010.

Since 2009, my main teacher has been Yang Dong Bao, a very quiet, gentle man, with a good lineage and clean high level Tai Chi. I have learnt Yang Long Form 85 (Xiao Jia - Small Frame) and Chen 64 (Xiao Jia - Small Frame) with him and am really happy with them both.

My own journey is still an ongoing process, but Tai Chi is a very rewarding part of my life and one I wouldn't want to have missed for anything.

Detailed Tai Chi CV

Anthony with Wang Zhi Ping, Yangshuo 1997

My experience of Tai Chi started in a minimal way while at University 1989-92, and then restarted in a life changing way in 1997 when I encountered my first teacher, Wang Zhi Ping in Southern China.

I practiced every day from then on and returned to China specifically to study in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 each time staying for 2, 3 or 4 months and having one to one classes each day, generally twice a day.

My average training time would be four hours a day, sometimes six.

In 2008 I built up a new relationship with one of the Chen family Grandmasters, Chen Zhao Sen and continued my training with him for month long visits in 2009 and 2010.

I also learnt Traditional Yang Long Form with Small Circles with Yang Dong Bao in 2009, letting go of my practice of Beijing Style 24 & 42.

We continued our work together through the Autumn of 2010.

Anthony learning with Chen Zhao Sen, Chenjiagou 2009

My training with Yang Dong Bao continued for further 2-3 month stays in China throughout the Spring and Autumn's of 2011 and 2012 and through the Autumn of 2013.

And then I switched to annual one month visits from 2014 to 2018.

I now practise Traditional Yang Long Form 85 (Small Frame) & 24 in the same style and a soft Chen Style Tai Chi Xiao Jia 64.

I offer teaching in Yang Style 24 and 85 Long Form with an emphasis on the traditional style of movement with small circles.

I am also now planning to teach soft Chen Xiao Jia to appropriate students.

News / Events

New: The EasternPeace Tai Chi & Qi Gong Thai Island Holiday

When: January 25th - Feb 4th 2023

Where: Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

A 10 day, 20hr sunrise & sunset introduction to Small Circle Yang Style Tai Chi in an amazing setting. Maximum 5 people.

Fee: £400

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New: HeartTouch Training: Mindfulness & Compassionate Touch

When: October 22nd 2022 10am to 5pm

Where: The DOJO, Kensal Green, NW10 London

What: A mindfulness & touch based training for people experiencing extreme states and those who care for them.

Why: To come to a good feeling within yourself & enhance your capacity to hold safe space for others, even if you are an experiencer (at times) of emotional pain, trauma or 'psychosis'.

Who: For Psychotherapists / Clinicians, Shiatsu / Bodywork therapists, Family Members & Experiencers of Extreme States.

Fee: £90 / £45 Concessions. £120 Family of 2

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New: Sei Ki HeartTouch: Trauma-Informed Touch Training for Therapists

When: September 18th 2022 9.30am to 1.30pm

Where: Shiatsu Milano Editore, Milan

A Sei Ki HeartTouch Training morning for Shiatsu therapists and psychotherapists

Fee: Please contact the school

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New: Sei Ki HeartTouch: Trauma-Informed Touch Training for Therapists

When: September 23rd-25th 2022

Where: Kientaler Hof, Switzerland

An Intensive Sei Ki HeartTouch Training. Beginners and experienced therapists welcome!

Fee: See Kientaler Hof's website

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New: HeartTouch: The Therapist & Clinician's Thai Island Holiday

When: January 25th - Feb 4th 2023

Where: Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

A HeartTouch training with a focus on 'self-nourishment' exploring the embodied foundations of co-regulation and trauma-informed care essential for assisting people experiencing complex trauma.

Fee: tba

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One to One Tai Chi Coaching

Sessions can take several forms:

  • General Tai Chi training for Health & Well-being.
  • Tai Chi Movement Therapy to help with a specific problem such as fall prevention, stroke recovery, heart attack recovery, chronic fatigue recovery or mental health recovery.
  • Adhoc sessions to support a student attending a group based course.

We usually have a good conversation at the same time. No topics are off the table. I am not a psychologist or counsellor. I'm a human being who has had plenty of tricky experiences and come through them.

I am happy to consider sessions with anyone whatever their state of physical or mental health.

Session Fee: £50 / hour

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Hara Conditioning Online Classes

  • Tuesdays: 7.15-8.30pm - Hara Conditioning

These classes have much to offer us to develop greater embodiment and enhanced physicality which serve us well when we need to strengthen our physical or mental health resilience.

Open to people with any physical or mental health condition.

Class Fee £15 / session. £7.50 concessions. Maximum 5 people per class.

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Tai Chi Qi Gong Online Classes

  • Thursdays: 7.15-8.30pm - Tai Chi Qi Gong

These classes have much to offer us to develop greater embodiment and enhanced physicality which serve us well when we need to strengthen our physical or mental health resilience.

Open to people with any physical or mental health condition.

Class Fee £15 / session. £7.50 concessions. Maximum 5 people per class.

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Tai Chi based Movement Therapy (Online)

  • Wednesdays: 4.00-5.00pm - Fall Prevention & Body Confidence

This is a very gentle class inspired by the needs of a friend with osteoperosis and other health issues associated with advancing years!

Open to people with any health condition.

Class Fee: £15 / session. £7.50 concessions. Maximum 5 people per class.

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