I teach all aspects of the internal arts for mind - body reintegration.
If you genuinely aspire to make qualitative shifts either creatively or for greater internal strength/health, psycho emotional wellbeing then my studio awaits you.
Not all stresses are bad for us. It is our habitual responses to stress factors that determines outcome.
Self remembering, witnessing habitual patterns of tension. Physical, mental and emotional balance.
Mental calming. Mental focusing.
including conditioning and internal strength training. Taoist Nei Gong. Authentic practices (Health and Martial) Tai Chi Chuan. Ba Gua Zhang and Hsing I Chuan .
To enhance ones breathing, core awareness and energy levels.
In the midst of unforeseen events and embody strategies to accept self restriction and to move seamlessly through events without being conditioned by them.
Bringing together practical elements of Taoist and Buddhist approaches of inner cultivation.
“Chris Ray is a rare instructor who is able to combine an understanding of modern physiology with the traditional practices of qigong and martial arts. He draws on his deep experience of dance, martial arts, meditation and yoga to explain synchronised mind and body control in a manner that is concise and practical. Over almost two decades, I have worked with Chris and witnessed him develop his students based on their individual requirements, from rehabilitation through to peak physical and mental performance. It takes personal commitment and is not easy, but if you are looking to make profound change with a dedicated and sincere instructor, then I cannot recommend Chris Ray highly enough.”
Julian McIntyre CEO of McIntyre Partners
“Chris Chappell has an approach to the internal arts which is simple: does it work and can you learn it? In this, he follows a traditional Chinese logic. The Chinese don't ask why, they ask how. Chris combines utterly fearless practicality with a ruthless eye for perfection and a nose for bullshit. In all our China adventures, I have had to rely on him for guidance. Chris has insights into bodywork which amaze me, and his continuing education, most recently in Myo-fascial Integration, is testament to his high standards and restless search for perfection. There is no better person in England, and perhaps in Europe, who can teach Chi Gong and Tai Chi, than Chris Chappell. I am proud to call him my colleague, but he is also my mentor, and my Tai Chi Elder Brother. If it's Internal Arts you seek, look no further.”
Jan Golden Dir: Tai Chi Ireland
“I have known Chris for over 10 years as a teacher, a colleague and a friend. Throughout that time, Chris has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence in everything that he teaches and practices. I have been struck, not only by his mastery of the internal martial arts, but also by his commitment and open-mindedness in understanding the nature of the human condition. There are very few people who truly embody what they teach; Chris is an exception to this rule. I highly recommend his work.”
Graham Kennedy Principal, Institute of Craniosacral Studies
“Chris Ray is able to cut through the mystique of an art shrouded in secrecy to offer a direct, coherent and effective training method. Whether your interest is in meditation, martial arts or health and rehabilitation Chris offers an unparalleled breadth of knowledge. I have studied with him for fifteen years and his continued quest to improve his own practice is a perennial source of motivation. The level of functional training he offers is truly rare and grounded in the length and seriousness of his own practice. Chris is absolutely committed to teaching and improving the well being of others, and has all the requisite skills to transform a serious student’s well being.”
Matthew Wood CIO. Lancaster Investment Management
Master Chris Ray Chappell has worked professionally in Film and Theatre as an actor, dancer and choreographer, fight director. Since 1995 he dedicated his time mainly to the teaching and researching Taoist Internal Arts and Tibetan Mind training practices. He has been visiting China since 2004 to investigate first hand these arts via active lineages in Tai Chi, Ba Gua and Hsing-I and Qi Gong practices.
Over a 50 plus year time frame he has trained with masters in various fields of expertise. Beginning with Wado Ryu Karate Do in 1973 and later Classical Ballet with Christopher Gable former Principle Star of the Royal Ballet and Simon Mottram. In Contemporary Dance Graham technique Chris was fortunate to train with a major principle of the Martha Graham Company the inspirational William Louther.
Chris holds lineages in Tai Chi Chuan, Cheng Ba Gua Zhang and Hsing-I and Hun Yuan Qi Gong. Being an indoor student of the late Grandmaster Tian Ying Jia provided many insights into Yang family Tai Chi Chuan practice not in the public domain which was later supplemented by private study with Master Robert Boyd 2nd Disciple of late Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak.
Chris has broadened his research to include study with Master Practitioners of western body work, in the 1980’s Chris studied Pilates with Michael King and Hanna Gordon and taught Pilates in London. Chris also studied the ground breaking myo-fascial Bodywork of Thomas Myers and Dissection studies with Gil Headly as well as Hypno-analysis with Neil French.
Chris has studied with several Tibetan Buddhist Rinpoches over the past 20 years his main teachers being Chögyal Namkhai Norbu and HH Gangri Karma Rinpoche. He has recently completed the Martsang Kagyu Lam Rim and is currently researching Buddhist approaches to Mindfulness of the body.
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