Hampstead

TAIJI QUAN

Hampstead       TAIJI QUAN

 

Shira Klasmer has been teaching Taiji Quan over the past ten years since finishing her instructor training diploma course with Master Wen Linjun.


Her teaching system is based on the Wushu and Taiji Quan foundation passed on to her from Master Wen, as well as her own system developed over the years from training in martial arts, dance and physical theatre.


Shira began her martial arts training at the age of 15 after switching to Taiji Quan from ballet. Ever since, Taiji Quan has become essential to her way of living and she has incorporated its values into her professional photographic and artistic career.


In 1998-2001 she enrolled in the intensive three-year instructor training course at San Ling Wushu College and completed the diploma majoring in Taiji Quan, including weapons, and minoring in the Daoist circular fighting art of Bagua Zhang. As part of the program she also studied with guest teachers from China such as Deng Jie-Wei and Huang Ping. At Master Huang’s school, Dreaming Dragon Martial Arts, Shira later studied Wushu, Taiji sword and fan.


At San Ling Wushu College, Shira was invited to teach beginner classes which later led her to found the London Institute Taiji Club, while studying at Central Saint Martins, and to run her own evening classes for students there. She later set up classes at Abbey Community Centre in North West London.


In recent years she has been teaching group and private classes of Taiji Quan around London. In 2005 with fellow Taiji teacher, Millicent Hodson, she set up ‘Hampstead Taiji Quan’. Shira also teaches children’s workshops and classes in Wushu basics and for four years she was a martial arts coach for the company, Urban Activities.


With seven other alumni from Master Wen’s instructor training course, Shira helped found the Wushu Circle, a platform for exchange of knowledge and skills of Taiji, Wushu and other Chinese martial arts. Wushu Circle activities have included martial arts demonstrations performed around London for national and international audiences.


Apart from teaching, Shira continues to study, develop and research the art of Taiji Quan independently and attends workshops run by international grandmasters and masters from China such as Li Deyin, Chen Xiao Wang, Liu Quan Jun, Gianna Sabatelli and Wang Hai-Jun. 


As a professional photographer and Artist, Shira has created projects focusing on movement and martial arts, notably her 12 meter photographic murals dancers in motion. Her photographic and video works have been exhibited at the Israeli and Tel-Aviv Museum in Israel, at the Roundhouse in London, and the Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham. Her works have also been published in periodicals such as Ballettanz in Berlin, Dialogue in Tel-Aviv and Traces for the Invideo 2010 festival in Milan.


In 2014 Shira, Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer self-published a book called ‘The Lost Rite’ with essays and texts by Millicent and Kenneth about their reconstruction of the lost ballet ‘The Rite of Spring’ and with over 400 photographs by Shira of the ballet performed on stage by the Polish National Ballet. For more information please visit: Amazon.com

Millicent Hodson began Taiji Quan in New York with Da Liu and then continued in London with Li Rose Shang Qiang. In 1996 she began intensive study of martial arts with Master Wen Linjun at San Ling Wushu College. She has been teaching Taiji Quan for more than twelve years. In 2008 she received the teaching level certification, IV Duan Wei, from the international Chinese Wushu Association.


In 2002 she began teaching her own classes in Taiji Quan at North London venues, including Hampstead Community Centre, Jubilee Hall and Hampstead Parish Church. She continues to teach group and private classes, particularly in Chen style, Taiji sword and Taiji fan. She also works as a personal trainer in body/mind conditioning, incorporating Qigong, and coaches professional dancers in these systems.


In Master Wen’s intensive three-year instructor training course, from 1998-2001, she majored in Taiji Quan and minored in the Daoist circular fighting art of Baqua Zhang. At San Ling and later at Dreaming Dragon Martial Arts School, Millicent studied with Master Huang Ping, including private coaching in Wushu and Taiji sword forms.


With seven other alumni from Master Wen’s instructor training course, Millicent helped found the Wushu Circle, a platform for exchange of knowledge and skills of Taiji, Wushu and other Chinese martial arts. Wushu Circle activities have included martial arts demonstrations performed around London for national and international audiences.


Since 2004 she has been affiliated with the London Taiji Circle of Chen Master Liu Quan Jun, and earned his foundation level diplomas for Ying Qigong and Standing Qi Gong, and for teaching introductory Da Bei Qigong.


In 2003 she began to study Chen style with Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang (19th generation heir) in the UK and Russia and eventually with various of his lineage holders, Ren Guang Yi in New York, Jan Silberstorff in Hamburg, Gianna Sabatelli in Rome, and Liu Quan Jun at Taiji Circle in London. In 2018 she completed Master Sabatelli's four-level diploma for teaching Chen style. One thesis Millicent did for the Rome course explored the 20th century Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky’s discovery of internal energy comparable to ancient Daoist Theory. (For more details, click Links).   


Millicent works professionally as a choreographer, creating and staging theatrical productions, often involving martial arts.  For the Rome Opera's production of Stravinsky's Persephone in 2007, she designed the props as well as the dances, developing triple-bladed sabers. Photographs of the production by Shira Klasmer are featured on dancetabs.com. Other martial choreography includes Theogonies, her own solo performance with sculpted weapons, London, 2004 and Polarities, a Prokofiev duet based on Bagua Zhang, Stockholm, 2000. She documents and develops her work in the martial arts through drawings which she exhibits and publishes internationally.


In 2014 Millicent, Kenneth Archer and Shira Klasmer  self-published a book called ‘The Lost Rite’ with essays and texts by Millicent and Kenneth about their reconstruction of the lost ballet ‘The Rite of Spring’ and with over 400 photographs by Shira of the ballet performed on stage by the Polish National Ballet. For more information please visit: Amazon.com

CONTACT

(Yang style) Shira Klasmer Tel: 07838 339 948        (Chen style) Millicent Hodson Tel: 07549 919 320

hampsteadtaiji@gmail.com

Darrell Siebert has trained in Yang and Chen style Taiji Quan for more than a decade.


Darrell studied Yang style at JASMA (Jeffrey Alexander Martial Arts School) and with Master Linjun Wen at San Ling Wushu Collage, London. He also studied Zhan Zhuang Qigong with Renzo Tat, Adam Hellinger and Ole Eskildsen.


Since 2010 Darrell has been studying Chen style with various masters, including workshops with Rome Master Gianna Sabatteli through Hampstead Taiji Quan/BaDao from 2010-2017.


For a decade he has been a committed student with Master Quan Jun Liu at Tai Ji Circle, London, where he is currently on their Board of Trustees.


Through Tai Ji Circle he has studied with various masters from China including Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang and Chen Zijiang.  Currently he is studying with Chen Bing through Gianna Sabatelli’s Rome school, Il Campo del Cinabro. Darrell passed Duan Wei grade III in Belfast in 2016 with Master Zhu Changhai, and was certified in foundation level Ying Qigong and Da Bei Qigong with Master Liu.



Darrell professional work as the Natural History Museum Collections’ Database Manager. He leads a management team to digitalise 80million specimens in the NHM’s collection. 


Darrell is covering classes at the Hampstead Community Centre which Millicent Hodson teaches with Shira Klasmer who is currently on maternity leave.

ADDITIONAL TEACHING TEAM

Mimi Suzuki has trained in Chen style Taiji Quan for more some five years.


Mimi has studied at Hampstead Taiji Quan with Millicent Hodson and Shira Klasmer, serving recently as an assistant in Chen style.


She has attended workshops with Rome Master Gianna Sabatteli through Hampstead Taiji Quan in 2017, focusing on Lao Jia, Chansi Gong and Chen Shan (fan). She has long been a student of meditation at the Theosophical Society, London.


Professionally, Mimi is a pianist and piano teacher, coaching students for exams and competitions. She also works as a artistic administrator at Cecil Sharp House, London.


Mimi is covering classes for Cancerkin at the Royal Free Hospital which Millicent Hodson teaches with Shira Klasmer who is currently on maternity leave.