- Ba Hons Fine Art Sculpture, John Moors University Liverpool. 1991 to 1993.
- PTCC 7th Master Level Teaching certification(Wudang Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Nei Gong) Awarded by Sifu Dan Docherty. London 1999 to 2011.
- Teaching Diploma in The Feldenkrais Method, Awarded By Garet Newell. Lewes 2003 to 2007.
- 2008 Awarded advanced Level Teachers Certification by Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.
- 2010 – 2012 Post Graduate Certificate in Integral Theory, awarded by Ken Wilber and the JFK University, San Francisco.
- From 2008 to 2012 Stuart Verity competed in National and International Tai Chi Chuan Championships and Tournaments, and has won all colours of medals in Fixed Step Push Hands , Hand Form and Weapon Forms.
Stuart grew up in Darlington in the North East of England. As a child he was a very keen Gymnast and Swimmer and from the age of 10 to 16 he learned Karate. At the age of 23 he attended Liverpool John Moors University to study Fine Art specialising in Art Installation and Performance. It was during his time at college that he started practicing Yoga and Meditation.
He visited India for the summer of 1991, 1992 & 1994 to continuing his research and study of Yoga and Meditation. He graduated from his Fine Art BA Hons in 1993 after which time he moved to London and developed a Freelance career in Stage Set design and construction for Film Theatre and TV.
His interest in Movement and Meditation lead him to a study of Chinese Qi Gong. He started teaching Qi Gong part time in 1998, around this time he came across the work of Ken Wilber and his ideas about long term Integral Transformation Practice.
In 1999 he began a 12 year training in Wudang Tai Chi Chuan and from 2003 – 2007 he studied a 4-year Diploma training in The Feldenkrais Method. He received permission to teach Wudang Tai Chi Chuan from Sifu Dan Docherty in 2005 and went on to received a 7th level Master teacher certification in 2011. In 2011 he received a Post graduate certificate in Integral Theory form Ken Wilber through the JFK University San Francisco.
- Level 4 Intermediate Instructor Wudang Tai Chi Chuan
- 1st class Honours BSc Physiotherapy
- Diploma TUI NA
- Diploma Medical Qigong
- ITEC Massage Diploma
- Post Graduate Diploma medical acupuncture
My interest in martial arts grew from an early age. I competed and practiced in Judo into my teenage years and then tried many other styles of martial arts from Ninjitsu, Wing chun and Karate. It wasn’t till studying Physiotherapy at University that I was introduced to Tai Chi as an exercise system. Initially I became an instructor in teaching Taoist tai chi which was a non- martial exercise version of the yang style.
Through my training in classic Chinese acupuncture and massage I was introduced to other types of oriental exercise such as qiqong. As a part of my massage training I was taught Shaolin Liangong a form of exercise used to strengthen the body and prevent injury to the massage practitioner. Through my western medicine training I was able to appreciate how these ancient exercises developed healthy changes within the physiology of the body.
Through extensive research I trained with various teachers in order to advance my Qiqong training. I contacted a local tai chi instructor Sifu Stuart Verity to discuss a body strengthening system called neikung which he taught to his senior students. From this point I was introduced to the Wudang Tai Chi Chuan syllabus as passed down from the late grandmaster Cheng Tin Hung. Through both patience and kindness Stuart cultivated my Tai Chi Roots and the Intelligence and cleverness of the martial art became increasingly apparent.
Wudang Tai Chi Chuan is an authentic martial art system with all aspects of the training still intact and not watered down. Since this point I continued to study with Sifu Stuart Verity and trained with several other accomplished teachers within the system in order to develop both the healing and martial art aspects of Tai Chi. At present I am a disciple of the Wudang lineage under the guidance of Sifu Stuart Verity and continue to train and compete in both national and international competitions achieving silver and gold medal placements in both push hands and tai chi forms.
Basic Level Instructor/Teacher
Biography & Qualifications
Alfia Nakipbekova is a classical cellist and is well known worldwide as a professional soloist, chamber musician and teacher, with many critically aclaimed CD recordings to her name.
She was born in Kazakhstan, Central Asia, and lived and studied in Moscow, before coming to England in the 1980s.
Alfia received the BA and MA in Music from the Moscow Conservatoire, and won important prizes in international chamber music competitions.
Her interest in the psychology of performance, the expansion of technical possibilities of the cello playing, and integral physical training, led her to the study and practice of Buddhism, meditation, Alexander Technique and Tai Chi Chuan.
Alfia continues studying Practical Wudang Style Tai Chi Chuan with the Sifu Stuart Verity – Dan Doherty lineage – in North London, and also teaches Tai Chi Chuan & Qi Gong exercise. She regularly participates in National and International Tai Chi competitions, and has won a number of medals for Tai Chi Hand & Weapon Forms.