At a time in my life
where I had a new job and was managing a difficult separation, I needed
some time for me. I stumbled upon Dave, and Chi Kung (something that I
had not even heard of). I attended a Saturday workshop, and have not looked
back since (three years and counting...). I'm delighted to be exercising
my body while simultaneously attending to my emotional needs. The studio
is perfect, peaceful and warm in winter, with birdsong to be heard in the
really knows what he is talking about, and I always feel better after each
class. Tai Chi is brilliant for body awareness, and Xi Gong is very
I love the Chi Kung classes
because I always feel so much more relaxed after the class. A
perfect antidote to the stresses of work.
have been attending Dave's Tai chi classes for many years and have gained a
great deal from them in terms of increased flexibility and strength and also in
balance, concentration and general well-being.
an excellent teacher with patience to put up with slow learners like me!
We all aspire to move like him and he encourages us to make tai chi an integral
part of our lives."
I enjoy attending Dave's classes. He shares
his knowledge in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. I feel safe and open to
developing my practise at my own pace. He treats all his students as individuals
and gives us specific assistance as and when we need it.
I developed an interest in Tai Chi over
Twenty years ago when it started getting popular in this country. I joined
several different classes over a period of 10 years. They were all very
different in their approach to the art of Tai Chi and I have to say all were a
complete disappointment. One lined us up like toy soldiers with robotic moves.
Another had us sitting in a circle as a counseling session before attempting
any Tai Chi moves and the third instructor was unable to diversify with the
different levels of students ability and the form did not resemble Tai
Chi at all. Therefore I gave up but never lost the desire to try again. Then
two years ago I decided I needed to find another class that's when I was
browsing online I found "Dave Allen The balanced path" How I
wish I had found this little gem of a class sooner. An amazing instructor with
many years of experience behind him with a true in depth knowledge of both the
Tai Chi form and Chi Kung. Not just teaching the form but explaining the
benefits and the power behind it. Every session is an enjoyable experience.
Dave takes no prisoners, but is a very down to earth guy. He Constantly
inspires and gives encouragement to get the best from his students.
Even though Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise, after each session you
really feel you have had a good workout. I cannot recommend Dave highly enough.
His tuition and expertise is of the highest standard.
These sessions have been an eye opening experience with so much to master but
the health benefits are priceless. Long may it continue.
Thank you Dave!!
been coming along to Dave's workshops for a while now, I always leave feeling
refreshed, energised and grounded. I enjoy all aspects of the workshops and
have learnt many techniques that I use on a daily basis at home.
Since starting Chi Kung I have never felt better, both
physically and mentally. It is true 'me' time and I always feel so good in
myself after a class with Dave. Even in my 70's I have noticed that my body is
far more supple than it used to be and I love the idea of giving the internal
organs a workout. Connecting with the elements is fascinating and it really
works – if you let it! I heartily recommend this form of exercise to anyone of
any age. Changes happen slowly, but you will be amazed at how good you can
feel. Long may you continue Dave!, it is much appreciated. –
"I first encountered Dave at the winterfest event where he did a short session on Chi Gung, something I had never heard of, within just a few moves, I immediately felt the potential and went on to attend two workshops, and have since been attending private sessions with a friend. I can honestly say that it is a brilliant experience and each session feels like a gift to myself, I feel great and have been able to work through an awful lot of physical and emotional baggage. Dave is an instinctive instructor , talented and unassuming, he knows exactly where the work is needed before I do and the benefits have been huge and far reaching. He is able to effortlessly navigate around my lack of coordination and I experience eureka moments when everything falls into place. I have a long way to go but feel privileged to have Dave there to illuminate the path."
"Due to a medical condition diagnosed over 15 years ago, it was recommended by my consultant that I try tai chi. I knew very little about it at the time but I can honestly say all these years later, that it was the best advice I could ever have been given. I believe that it has kept me medication free and has improved both my physical and mental wellbeing Dave's knowledge of the subject is second to none and I thank him for his dedication and patience"