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March 2022

We are now up to 29 FREE tai chi & qigong in the park classes.

We have started a FREE indoor class, also available via zoom. This is funded by Sports England tackling inequalities fund

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January 2021

There have been lots of changes due to COVID. All out face-to-face classes closed, but we are running one free session on zoom on Thursday mornings at 10.30am. You can request login details by emailing or join in via the tai chi in the park Facebook group at or even follow along to the videos uploaded to YouTube at

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March 2020


November 2018

This has been a busy year for PtR with more and more organizations and clubs contacting us to arrange for us to deliver classes and discuss forging links with their association and to discuss their individual needs.

October 2018

Our Access tai chi run group run by Neil Rankine were presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.This is the equivalent of an MBE, for voluntary groups, and is not given lightly.

September 2018

Featured in Trust me I'm a Doctor in a research project from Birmingham University comparing tai chi and Zumba. Find out more at

January 2018

PtR is celebrating its 10th year

September 2017

Tai Chi Tops now available for sale

PtR Tai Chi newsletters are FREE and downloadable (PDF) every month from

The September Newsletter can be downloaded by clicking here


Since PtR was formed in 2009 Mark & Jenny have worked hard to increase its profile around Birmingham and the Midlands. Our faith in its benefits for people, who before its creation may have felt excluded from taking part in a class, is what has driven us and our loyal instructors on.

We now have calls daily requesting us to supply instructors for new classes or for Mark to go out to have a chat with organizations who want to know more about our Association.

The only thing that limited us was the constant need for more instructors as we cover so many areas most times and days of the week, plus the Active Parks programme.

To this end we now have a bespoke training scheme that is run in four modules over a year which has had a very good uptake from many areas of the NHS including Physiotherapist, occupational therapists, and their class assistants, plus main stream Tai Chi instructors who wish to specialize in this area. They come from all around the country and because of this PtR now does have some affiliated teachers in those areas.

It has been a really motivating experience hearing from the people who have been helped by attending open day time classes or taking part in them at residential establishments, who previously would have been excluded because of health or travel problems.

If your group cannot get to us we will get to you.

We have been very lucky to have kept a loyal and dedicated group of instructors who continue to put in time and effort to fulfil their commitment to the people they teach.

This means PtR classes will never be static, and people will always improve, however small that improvement may seem.

There is a saying within Tai Chi “Every journey starts with the first step”and more and more people are now able to take that first step.

August 2017

We now have three tai chi books plus the park classes continue to expand

September 2014

Funding available to launch FREE class in Bournville

August 2014

Tai Chi and chi-kung for Chronic conditions DVD now available

February 2014

World Tai Chi announced for April 26th and will act as the launch for citywide \\\'Tai Chi in the Park Project\\\'. for more details please click here

January 2014

New Video Clip added to videos page

July 2011

Just filmed lasted DVD on tai chi for Chronic conditions. Currently being edited. Release date will be published ASAP.

Gallery page added to the site. New class photos will be regularly added so please keep checking back.

June 2011

Due to the excellent feedback from around the world from people who bought the seated tai chi DVD, a second seated and standing DVD is planned this year. The DVD will focus on clients with heart failure (CCF), Chronic Fatigue syndrome, chronic pain (fibromylagia), strokes and conditions resulting from Diabetes etc.

With this in mind we have developed a chi-kung set that can be practised seated or standing, mindfulness exercises and relaxation techniques that will help both client and career.


November 2010

Great News.... The New seated DVD is now available from us. It will be available on Amazon, etc from January


June 2010

Seated DVD completed filiming and will be available very soon - e-mail us for details via the contacts page


April 2010

IMPORTANT NOTE - Next PtR training day is on Saturday 22nd May and will focus on anxiety & pain management.




March 2010

We are currently working on a seated tai chi DVD which will be available in the next few months. please e-mail us for details via the contacts page

December 2009

Site has been updated with class locations and an \\\'about us\\\' section


We now have more qualified and CRB checked instructors than ever before


We are providing open classes and on-site sessions across north & south Birmingham, Worcestershire and more


We are the only tai chi organisation who are registered NHS providers, in addition to which we are the main providers for Age Concern, Birmingham City Council, Bromsgrove and Redditch Council, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust, South Birmingham PCT and many more....

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