Monthly Archives: June 2016

Tai Chi performance at WAM Concert, Leytonstone Festival 2016

Sunday 3rd July 2016, 13.00-15.00

  • Collaborative music project with Walthamstow Acoustic Massive (WAM) and urban dance group X7eaven
  • Meet at 13.00 at the venue
  • Land of Shadows Tai Chi and dance performance at 15.00
  • At St John’s Church, Leytonstone High Road, Church Lane, Leytonstone E11 1HH

Read the programme for the day at:

Tai Chi demo and join in at Hornbeam Health and Wellbeing Day


20160420 4 women with fan at Pimp Hall

Saturday 2nd July 2016, 14.00-15.00

  • Meet at 14.00 at the venue
  • Performance and Join In at 14.30 – 15.00
  • At Pimp Hall Learning Lodge and Nature Reserve,

Read full programme for the day at:

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Tai Chi Performance at Hornbeam Chirstmas Farye

Women’s Tai Chi Corner at Chingford

Tai Chi in Chingord


Rebecca’s Tai Chi journey

photo 2My name is Rebecca and I’m 15 years old. I’ve enjoyed doing Chen style Tai Chi for almost 9 months and it is something I can look forward to every week.

So far I’ve learnt all of first form and am learning the fan form. Tai Chi helps me in a number of different ways. School is becoming increasingly stressful as I’m doing my GCSEs. Tai Chi has been the thing I can do to calm my mind and relax my body, whilst having fun. Also, it has helped me with balance, flexibility and strength. All the events and volunteer teaching I’ve had the experience to do has boosted my confidence. Not only that, it has helped me understand the movements a step further.

Finally, I’ll be doing Tai Chi for the rest of my life and learning as much as I can from it!

May 2016

Danny’s Tai Chi journey

photo 3I started Tai Chi a year ago training with Lead Instructor Aileen Hamdan and occasionally with Lead Instructor Aaron Whitaker.

Four years ago I retired and stopped working, I am now in my late 60s.  During the last years previous to my retirement from a very demanding job, I experienced a considerable amount of stress causing anxiety and disrupted sleep patterns. This eased slightly the first two years of retirement but eventually problems with sleep returned leading to progressive tiredness.

At the very beginning of my Tai Chi training I felt tired with joints aching everywhere but after about a month I started feeling more energetic. Since the beginning of September 2015, I was able to join two more classes to top up my training. My sleep has improved to the extent that I now rarely have uninterrupted sleep and when I do, I can go back to sleep straightaway. My breathing and posture are improving too and I cannot remember when my energy level had been as high as at present.

Tai Chi is so wonderful because anybody at any age can join and feel the benefits both mentally and physically. The slow movements and gentle exercises can be adapted to one’s physical requirements. That is why it is so good for the needs of the older generation who cannot withstand more strenuous physical activities, but equally for those who have a temporary or permanent physical disability.

I have become a volunteer after seeing all the instructors and volunteers dedicating their spare time to Dao Lu, a non-profit community interest company promoting this amazing art for the benefit of all sections of society. In particular I have been inspired by my Instructor Aileen in her incredible and ever increasing dedication in spreading the knowledge and promoting the practice of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and other related form of arts.

I have personally truly benefited from Tai Chi and my future journey is to continue to practice and improve as well as dedicate my spare time, and with other volunteers and instructors, to help Dao Lu achieve its objectives.

May 2016

Marilyn’s Tai Chi journey

20160513 MMs profile photoI have been studying Tai Chi for three years with Aaron & Aileen as my teachers.

I feel that with Tai Chi I am slowly learning various new skills while exercising.

In three years I have achieved the yellow belt. I have almost learnt the fan dance, and I am learning the broad sword. You can’t imagine the satisfaction you get the first time you make the sword “sing” which I did for first time recently when thrusting it out – not bad for a woman of over 60! It is brilliant that there are several classes available to me locally at different times, and all at such a reasonable cost. I love exercising in the open air surrounded by trees and grass. Even in the midst of winter we exercise outdoors most of the time – you just need to wear lots of layers of clothes! I find exercising outdoors increases my sense of wellbeing.

Tai Chi works for me on lots of different levels. First of all I would say that it increases my energy levels – I have been known to come back from class & then hoover my house top to bottom, as I’m buzzing with energy!

Secondly it has made me more confident. In class, we are encouraged to show others what we have learnt, so you learn to forget about being shy. Then you learn a bit of humility, when corrected, because there seems to be always another level of learning involved with Tai-Chi, be it posture or breathing or understanding the reason behind a certain movement.

Thirdly I like learning some self-defence moves – I feel that this is important for a woman of any age.

Finally I enjoy Tai Chi because I have made some new good friends at Dao Lu.

I volunteered to help run Dao Lu as a Director because I am full of admiration of dedication of my teachers Aaron and Aileen, who both work full-time and have a family life yet still find time to teach us. I felt it was pay-back time.
May 2016

Tai Chi at Barbican Ideas Kitchen Community Dinner


Saturday 18 June, 7-9pm
Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow E17 6DS

One of Dao Lu’s creative ideas has been shortlisted by Barbican Ideas Kitchen, a crowdfunding initiative to help support Walthamstow Garden Party 2016. We’ve been asked to pitch our idea (5 minutes only) to a panel and a live audience on Saturday 18 June. We need your help to come along and cast a vote, if you are available at 7-9pm and think our idea is the best!

Ideas Kitchen: Community Dinner is happening this Saturday at 7-9pm at Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow, E17 6DS.

You can find out more details about the Community Dinner here and we have attached the flyer for you to share with your friends and family and invite them along!

All donations raised at the door will be match funded by the Barbican and given to the group that receives the most votes from the community audience. So the more people that you invite, the more funds raised at the door, and the more votes for our project!

To book a ticket please visit:

Related projects:

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Three performances in a day! Saturday 11 June 2016

The festival season is upon us! We will be multi-tasking and delivering three events on Saturday 11 June!

1. Tai Chi demo at Culture Day, Old Chingford Church

20160315 Group photo 2 at Chingford Old Church

  • Meet at 12 noon
  • Performance at 12.30 – 12.50
  • Fans only. Please keep your swords in your bag at all times. We are not allowed to use swords.
  • At the Chingford Old Church, 121 Old Church Road, Chingford, London E4 6ST

Related project: Tai Chi in Chingford


2. Tai Chi demo at Chingford Village Festival 2016

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  • Meet at 13.45
  • Performance at 14.30 – 15.00
  • On the Front Green (opposite to co-op), Station Road, Chingford E4

Read the event programme for full festival information.

Related projects: Chingford Village Festival


3. Tai Chi demo at Health Awareness Day in Waltham Forest Town Hall

20160308 Group photo with Cllr Osho - IWD event in Town Hall

  • Meet at 15.45
  • Performance at 16.00 – 16.20
  • On the main stage in the Town Hall, Forest Road, E17

Related projects: Celebrating international Women’s Day