Dragonfly Way Classes:


" ... In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired. In the pursuit of the Tao, every day something is dropped.

Less and less is done until non-action is achieved.  When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.

The world is ruled by letting things take their course. It cannot be ruled by interfering..."     Tao Te Ching



Class information:

Classes have been ongoing since they started on Tuesday 10th April 2012 - and run from 7.15 -8.15 pm in Wilstone Village Hall, Wilstone - near Tring - contact Dragonfly Way for further details

Training is carried out in small study groups in the traditional manner - with students ranging from beginners to more advanced. All levels welcome - everyone has stilll got something to learn...

 No special outfit is required - wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat-soled flexible shoes.   

Class sessions cost £5 each.  

Occasional optional master classes are offered to students who have undertaken sufficient groundwork.


Private instruction can also be arranged on request.


For the second year running, Joe is awarded Silver for Yang Tai chi Form at the London Tai Chi Championship 2013 - pictured with Sifu Simon Watson of Longfei Taijiquan

 Joe Boake, Dragonfly Way's principal instructor, has studied Chinese internal arts (Tai Ji Quan, Qi Gong, Dao Yin and Ba Gua Zhang) since 1991, after spending 20 years studying other martial arts & related disciplines including Shotokan karate, Goya Ra Ryu Karate, Judo, Aikido, Wu Shu Kung Fu, Yoga & Shiatsu.

Joe was awarded a Silver medal in the Yang hand form category in the 5th London Tai Chi Championship in June 2012. He was also certificated for his demonstration of the 12 Postures of Dong Kong in the Traditional Qi Gong forms category.  

He repeated both these successes in the 6th London Tai Chi Championship in June 2013 - winning another Silver medal and certification for his demonstration of a traditional Wudang Ba Duan Jin Qigong form. 

In June 2014  at the 7th London Traditional Tai Chi Championship he was awarded a Silver medal for his demonstration of the Ba Gua Zhang Lung Dao Yin form, and one of his students, Annemette Banks, won a Bronze medal for her demonstration of the 12 postures of Dong Kong Qigong form.

In June 2015 at the 8th London Traditional Tai Chi Championship he was awarded a Gold medal for his Tai Chi staff form, as well as a Gold medal for his Dong Kong Qi Gong form and a Silver medal for the Wind Fire Wheels weapons form. 

He has taught Chinese Internal Arts since 1997 - for Enfield Council, Haringey Council, Age Concern, University of the Third Age, Homes for Haringey and the private sector including UK Martial Arts, PMRC and Microsoft.

He holds martial arts instructor insurance, a current first aid certificate, a current CRB/DBS check, and has provided high quality professional Chinese internal arts tuition since 1997.

Joe is committed to lifelong learning, and continues to study and research the diverse array of skills, knowledge and experience offered by the Chinese Internal Arts - he is currently studying Yang Tai Ji Quan, Daoist Nei Gong, Dao Yin and Qi Gong.  


"...The wise student hears of the Tao and practices it diligently.

The average student hears of the Tao and gives it thought now and again.

The foolish student hears of the Tao and laughs aloud.

If there were no laughter, the Tao would not be what  it is ..." 

                                       Tao Te  Ching 

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