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Ian Deavin with Karel Koskuba“The purpose of CIAA is to promote the Internal Martial Arts (Neijia) of Taijiquan, Yiquan, Baguazhang, Xingyiquan and the therapeutic exercises of Qigong.

All of the internal martial arts rely for their effectiveness on Internal Power – the power cultivated by the alignment and co-ordination of the whole body and will. Essentially martial in nature, these arts are practised by most people for their health-giving properties rather than just for self-defence. Ultimately, each of us has our own path in life and the practice of Internal Martial Arts can help us find this path and give us the ability and health to travel it to its fullest.”

Ian is a long term student of Karel Koskuba, B.Sc., Dip.Ac.

“Karel has been studying Internal Martial Arts since 1978 and teaching since 1984.
Past teachers: Chu King Hung (5th generation of Yang style) 1978 – 1998
Du Xianming (student of Chen Zhaokui, 18th generation of Chen style) 1994 – 2010
Yao Chengguang (3rd generation of Yiquan) 1999 – 2007
Current teacher:
Chen Xiaowang (19th generation of Chen style) 1994 – now
In March 2006 Karel was accepted as a lineage disciple (20th generation of Chen style) by Master Chen Xiaowang.”

Tai Chi and Meditation Retreats




Ian has recently got together with friends Andy and Denise Spragg to co-operate in running retreat programs for their Re-Vitalise organisation.

Practicing Tai Chi at Braziers Park in OxfordshireBraziers Park in OxfordshireRe-Vitalise have been running retreats now for 6 years. They have taken over 700 people through their retreats and many come back time and again. They find venues that have built-in calm and tranquility and aim to convey the fundamentals of the arts they teach in a way that is relaxed, informal and fun.

Re-Vitalise offer a gradual progression through the arts without a formal grading system. You won’t find tests, certificate or exams on Re-Vitalise retreats. That isn’t their purpose

The goal of the organisation is to convey these fascinating arts to people in ways that are relaxed, entertaining and fun with the hope that their customers will continue to practise and begin to experience some of the benefits of these fascinating arts.

If you need to find time and space in your busy life, to learn to unwind and concentrate on what matters, then a Re-Vitalise Tai Chi and Meditation Retreat will be just for you. During the retreat you will be taken through the foundations of these amazing mental and physical disciplines.

Suitable for all, young and old, male and female, total beginner and experienced practitioners.

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“Moving Mindfully is an unJudy Hammond at Moving Mindfullyusually eclectic, enjoyable approach to movement and alignment, including key elements of Pilates, Yoga and Chi Qong, and always incorporating the AlexanderTechnique principles of safe conscious use of the spine and joints.”

Ian co-hosts joint seminars with Judy Hammond (B.Ed, ANATD, MSTAT) “who has been teaching Alexander technique for 30 years and studying for even longer a broad range of dance and movement techniques, particularly Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi and Chi Qong. She holds teaching qualifications in Alexander Technique, classical ballet and Egyptian dance and for years studied contemporary dance with eminent teachers, including a post graduate term at the Laban Centre. For years she has been Alexander tutor on the annual teacher training courses led by the UK’s first ever Pilates teacher!”



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Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living gardenIan teaches Tai Chi and Tai Chi community exercise classes at the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living – “A hub of healing and wellbeing, the Centre is the largest provider of complementary approaches to health in the region. Over 1,400 people a week attend their classes and clinics.

Visitors can choose from over 80 classes a week, which include: Yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Alexander Technique, Tai Chi, Meditation, Ballet, Five Rhythms, Moving Mindfully, Circle Dance, Keep Fit, Zumba and Salsa. We offer special programmes for the over-50’s, for Carers, and for people with Parkinson’s. For children, there are nearly a dozen ballet for kids classes and for teenagers, Yoga for Teens.”

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