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West Lothian Tai Chi Chuan


Hello, My name is John Bunyan I teach the Wudang style of Tai Chi Chuan as a complete Martial Arts system. 

I teach all 5 elements of Tai Chi Chuan:

  • Hand Form
  • Pushing Hands
  • Self Defence
  • Weapons (Sword, Sabre and Spear) 
  • Internal Strength


I’ve been studying Dan Docherty’s Practical Tai Chi Chuan style since 1990 and teaching in the UK for the last 25 years.  I am a certified level 8 Chief Instructor of this style (see resource on the menu for Instructor levels) and a Tai Chi & Qigong Union for Great Britain senior instructor.

Students of other styles who want to learn more about the martial side of Tai Chi Chuan are welcome. 


Tai Chi Chuan

We train using the hand form and pushing hands, but we also learn the self-defence applications, which is where the hand form was derived from. Learning the applications also helps with focus when practising the hand form. We use other training techniques such as running thunder hand, pad work, 5 element arm, San shou etc. The Spear, Sabre and Sword are taught as forms with applications.

Tai Chi for Health

Using the hand form our aim is to offer a series of flowing, connected movements that help improve balance, coordination, posture and circulation. It also helps to relax the mind as well as the body. The hand form is a type of moving meditation.
We also use pushing hands. These are partner drills used to train whole body coordinated movements. They are beneficial because you are training to move with your partner, not against them.

8 Pieces of Brocade Qigong is taught to help improve movement in the body’s joints. To stimulate the nervous system and circulation.

Students who are practising for the health-giving aspects are always welcome to join in and learn the martial aspects of the art.


Bridgehouse Village Hall

Classes are held at Bridgehouse Village Hall at 19:30 – 21:00 each Thursday

Monthly Fees (whether 4 or 5 weeks in month)
£30 per month adults
£20 per month concession (over 60/student)
£10 under 16

Single Session Fees
£8 adult
£5 concession  (over 60/student)
£3 under 16

Taster Session

If you use the location of the front door of the village hall is ///picturing.leaned.diets

Armadale Community Centre

Classes are held at Armadale Community Centre at 19:00 – 21:00 each Wednesday

Monthly Fees
£25 per month adults

Single Session Fees
£7 adult