STEPHANIE FOWLER, BSc (HONS), Dip ITEC, RCST
TAI CHI BACKGROUND
Stephanie Fowler first began learning martial arts in 1992 at the age of 17. After initially trying Kung Fu, and a few other other martial-art styles, she found Tai Chi Chuan a year later, in 1993. She has been practising Tai Chi Chuan ever since, and has been registered as an instructor with the Tai Chi Union Of Great Britain since 2002. She began her training in Yang-style Tai Chi, then moved to Chen-style Tai Chi in 2001, which is now her primary practice.
Stephanie has trained with many top masters from all over the world, including her current teacher Master Wang Haijun. She is constantly seeking to further her own practice, which tends to take her to China at least once a year, to train with masters including the current Chen-style lineage holder Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei and 12th-generation successor of Chen-style Tai Chi Master Fu Nengbin. Other noted masters she has trained with include Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang. She has also practised another internal martial art, Bagwa, for a number of years, as well as Qigong.
She has performed at a variety of Tai Chi and Martial Arts demonstrations and events, including in Budapest, Hong Kong Day at the races at Royal Ascot, and throughout London for various organisations. She has also successfully competed at an international level, gaining a silver medal and bronze medal in the open hand and sword events at the International Taijiquan Exchange Competition in Jiaozuo, China in 2007.
Stephanie has run regular classes, as well as events and festivals for Islington council and EC1 New Deal, for a number of years, and has taught classes for privately-run gyms and centres such as Virgin Active (formerly Holmes Place) and Aquaterra Leisure.
Over the last few years Stephanie has taught for various projects/groups on council estates in Hackney and EC1, for different ages, races and needs. She also caters for corporate groups, and is available for private lessons. For a current class schedule, please click here.
Stephanie began training as a therapist to complement her work teaching Tai Chi. She began studying as a Craniosacral therapist in 2003, gained her ITEC qualification as a massage therapist in 2004, and her Craniosacral therapy qualification with the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy in 2005.
She has trained with the Upledger Institute focusing on the body’s viscera (internal organs), and has trained directly with renowned French osteopath Jean-Piere Barral, who developed the visceral modality of working. She has also attended various other courses to enhance her skills, including a workshop in qigong tuina with Bruce Frantzis. Alongside her work as a practitioner, in 2006, she started working as a tutor at the College of Cranio-Sacral Therapy in London. She is currently a registered practitioner with the Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK and the Complementary Therapists Association, and also runs postgraduate workshops through the Blue Turtle collective.