Peter Farrell NIMH AMAA
Peter is the Chief Instructor at the Fylde Tai Chi Association. He has studied and practised Gung Fu, including Tai Chi and Chi Gung for half a century. Since first learning Peking Tai Chi, a standardised form of Yang Tai Chi, from Miss Rose Li in the early 70s he has studied other forms with various teachers: most notably Sun Style internal arts from Master Bob Melia, his teachers, Master Lei Shi Tai and Sifu Dave Martin, a first–generation student of the late Grandmaster Sun Jian Yun. In addition to Tai Chi, he has studied Wing Chun Gung Fu and Chu Gar Hung Kuen and Chi Gung under the guidance of his brother, Master John Farrell, the senior student of Grandmaster Chu Shiu Woon.
He holds honours degrees in Health Science and Herbal Medicine. Prior to retirement, he lectured in Human Physiology and other Biosciences at Blackpool and the Fylde College,
and in addition, for several years there, gave non–vocational tuition in Tai Chi. He continues to teach Tai Chi and Chi Gung for the Fylde Tai Chi Association of which he is a founding member, along with his senior student Martin Brady and other Tai Chi stalwarts.
Peter is a Consulting Medical Herbalist (retired) trained under the auspices of The National
Institute of Medical Herbalists, of which he remains a member. As a Medical Herbalist, he incorporated bodywork modalities such as Chi Gung, Tai Chi and associated techniques as an important part of his treatments. For several years he lectured in clinical examination skills to trainee Medical Herbalist and Homoeopaths at the University of Central Lancashire Gung, Tai Chi and associated techniques as an important part of his treatments. For several years he lectured in clinical examination skills to trainee Medical Herbalist and Homoeopaths at the University of Central Lancashire.
He is author of Limitations in Current Theories of Understanding Bereavement and Grief published in Counselling Journal and Counselling Reader, and Qigong: A Scientific Perspective, published in Qi Journal.
He is co–author of Understanding Chi Kung and author of Tai Chi for You: Simple Daily Exercises for Health Maintenance; Clinical Examination Routines, Common Signs and Symptoms and Support of Health and Wellbeing: Rational Disease Resistance.
Peter is a strong advocate for personal responsibility for health and a pro–active approach
to healthcare within a robust NHS. As part of this approach, he is proud to be able to pass on experience and knowledge gained over almost half a century of study and practise, being solely the result of the kindness of his wonderful teachers.
“Understanding Chi Kung”
Please email Peter if you require more information.
Martin Brady AMAA
Martin is a Senior Instructor and one of the founding members of the Fylde Tai Chi Association. He has studied Tai Chi for over 15 years, in particular, the Yang Style and Sun Style Tai Chi under the guidance of Peter Farrell and Bob Melia.
He studied Wing Chun for four years under Sifus Samual Kwok in Blackpool and Joseph Oliver in Preston. He also practised the Filipino martial art eskrima for a couple of years under the guidance of Sifu Bob Melia. Martin also trained the Israel martial art Krav Maga under teacher Lee Douglas, the former World Kickboxing Association light heavy weight champion. Throughout this time, though, Tai Chi has been a constant with the other arts complementing his training.
Martin has a keen interest in Tai Chi and Qigong as a preventative health strategy. He holds an Honours degree in Medical Microbiology and a Masters degree in Industrial Biotechnology.