About Joe Salmon
Joe began a regular Tai Chi and Qigong practice in 1995, training with Ian Harris in Cornwall and then acclaimed author and musician Matthew Rochford, founder of the Devon School of Tai Chi. Joe undertook a two year teaching apprenticeship with Matthew and a further two year Instructor Training course before becoming a senior Instructor of the school.
Through Matthew, Joe met and trained with notable teachers including Peter Warr, Professor Li, Patrick Kelly and Luke Shepherd. Joe was a Director of Tai Chi Nation CIC, where he ran many weekly classes, taught on retreats and supervised the Tai Chi Nation Instructor Training Programme. Tai Chi Nation were early pioneers of online Tai Chi.
Joe practices and teaches Yang Style Tai Chi, in both the Simplified Beijing style and the Cheng Man Ching lineage. He also teaches Yang Style Jian (Straight Sword) and Dao (Sabre). He teaches many different forms of Qigong, including Shibashi, Five Elements Qigong, Eight Brocades and Five Animal Games.
Before becoming a full time Tai Chi and Qigong Instructor, Joe worked as an NVQ trainer and project manager for one of the UK’s largest Conservation charities where he lead volunteer groups, managed staff and ran many courses including Leadership and Health and Safety.
Joe has practiced meditation since childhood. He holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Wales. He enjoys walking and once walked from Cornwall to London to raise money for charity. He loves history and practices Historical European Martial Arts, with the Iron Door Collective and Cornwall Sparring Group.
Joe loves teaching Tai Chi and Qigong and has taught in many places , including schools, charities, NHS hospitals, residential homes, universities, summer camps, WI groups, local authorities and many other settings both community based and corporate .
Joe Salmon is an Instructor member of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.