Oriental martial arts develop your inner self as much as your body. They combine discipline with self-control and rigorous practice. Some martial arts emphasise strength and agility; others clear your mind; all are gloriously invigorating and life-affirming. Our martial arts expert, Dr Sifu Reginald Cann, has been practising since he was a young teenager. He’s now a master of the following disciplines: the Shaolin style of Kung Fu, Qi Gong (Including Medical Qi Gong), and Tai Chi. At COHA, he leads regular classes and private lessons, and is available for seminars.

Nothing beats trying it yourself

If you’ve never tried a martial art, the time to start experimenting is now. And if you’re already an expert, this is the place to raise your skills and understanding to the next level.


Tai Chi

This slow and graceful Chinese martial art leads you through a series of postures and meditative breathing techniques. The rhythmic movements enhance your chi or life force, build strength and stamina, develop posture and good bodily alignment, and inspire inner peace. Anyone can practise Tai Chi (pronounced ‘tie-chee’) alone or in a group. Absolutely no equipment is needed.

  • Superb for posture and balance
  • Wonderfully calming
  • Improves strength and flexibility
  • Beautiful to see and to perform

Qi Gong

Qi gong (pronounced ‘chee-gong’) teaches you how to control your own personal energy through breathing, postures, and meditation. By controlling your chi or life force, you can improve your physical and mental wellbeing.

  • Strengthens your immune system
  • Increases concentration and mental faculties
  • Treats many chronic illnesses
  • Increases physical and sexual energy