Lively Tiger is a Chen Style Tai Chi school based at the Avon Business & Leisure Centre in Cannock, UK. The school was founded in 2007 by Shifu Garry Seghers. Shifu Alan Smewing has been running the classes since Garry retired in 2016.

We're a friendly club where all try to help each other. The senior students often help with the teaching. This not only helps the beginners by giving them multiple ways of remembering something but also helps the senior students to refine their understanding of the moves.



We teach Chen style Tai Chi (tàijí quán) as taught by Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei (19th generation master) and Grandmaster Liming Yue. Teaching content includes:

  • Chen 11 Form
  • Chen 18 Form
  • Lao Jia Form (74 moves)
  • Chen Sword Form
  • Chen Sabre Form
  • Pushing Hands


For students that wish to further improve their health and well-being, these exercises co-ordinate breathing patterns with movements to improve the respiratory, circulatory and immune system. We teach Qigong as taught by the British Health Qigong Association.