Meet the Team

Barry McGinlayBarry (Man) McGinlay
Principal Teacher

Barry is a World Tai Chi champion, European Gold medalist, and has coached International World, European and National tai chi champions. He is a trailblazer for tai chi in the UK.

He is certified as an Advanced Instructor by the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain (TCUGB) and is an Instructor of the Longfei Taijiquan Association of Great Britain. Barry is also an Executive Committee (EC) member of the TCUGB. Barry is taught Tai Chi by Master Simon Watson, Master Richard Watson, Master Wang Yanji, Professor Li Deyin, Master Faye Li Yip and Master Tary Yip under the lineage of Master Li Tianji.

With over 30 years of experience, Barry is dedicated to teaching all aspects of martial arts and has been a Tai Chi and Qigong practitioner for 18 years. He is a full time professional martial artist and teaches internal and external
martial arts to a diverse range of students. He also teaches internationally and organises workshops and retreats in England, Thailand, Cambodia and China. These trips combine experiences of Eastern culture and philosophy with Tai Chi and Qigong training. All of these events have been popular and successful.

Being active within the London Chinese community, Barry has built strong links through teaching Tai Chi and Qigong, and from participating and performing at their cultural events. He is interested in the fusion of the performing arts and martial arts and has studied at the traditional school of Beijing Opera in China, and amongst other projects, has collaborated with professional dance choreographers to bring Tai Chi to the stage.

Barry works consistently within the local community. He has worked with children with special needs and behavioural issues, and students with medical conditions, including recovering cancer patients and students with heart-related conditions.

He has a very hands-on approach to his teaching practise and is dedicated to teaching the self empowerment that is generated within the individual’s learning experience. He focuses on one-to-one attention for individual and specific needs and encourages all students to explore new boundaries and so reach their full potential.

Barry remains focused and committed to both the internal and external aspects of martial arts. Barry has studied Hap Ki Do for over 30 years and has been teaching the discipline for more than 15 years. He is the head instructor of the London School of Hap Ki Do and is the founder of Tai Chi Life School, a vibrant contemporary school based in the heart of London.

Barry is a family man, with a long-term partner and three children. He currently practises and teaches in north and central London.

Emma NorthEmma Lee
Teacher

Emma is a World Tai Chi gold medallist and two times European Tai Chi pushing hands champion.

She has been a practitioner of Tai Chi and Qigong since 2002. In January 2010, Emma became Barry McGinlay’s first apprentice and trainee assistant teacher for Tai Chi Life School.

Emma has additionally been taught by masters Simon Watson, Richard Watson, Wang Yanji, Professor Li Deyin, Faye (Li) Yip, and Tary Yip. Emma has also travelled to China several times to reinforce her Tai Chi training.

Emma is recognised as an Intermediate Instructor by the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain (TCUGB) and is a certified instructor of the Longfei Taijiquan Association of Great Britain and the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA).

Emma is married and works full time as a nurse in London.