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Lighthouse Tai Chi® was established in 2010 by Helena Kean with the aim of bringing the health, fitness and well-being benefits of tai chi and qigong to people of all ages and abilities across the East Lancashire region. As a business, we provide professional instruction as part of a complete service package for leisure industry clients, sports centres and community enterprises, seeking to hire a professional, specialist service that is safe and effective and generates memberships for our clients. Lighthouse have three registered trademarks, establishing the brand in the UK fitness and well-being sector.


Helena and David have many years’ experience, both learning and teaching tai chi. They continue their own studies to develop their teaching and tai chi skills, passing on the benefits they have seen from their own experience. They work closely with local leisure services and health professionals to provide appropriate tuition and support.


They were most honoured when Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei visited from China to attend a special event in Rossendale organized by Lighthouse Tai Chi. There was a training session, book signing and presentation by the Mayor of Rossendale.


They also organize an annual free Summer Tai Chi in the Park event for Pendle Council Parks, attended by over 400 people every year.


Helena Kean is a certified Tai Chi instructor with over 13 years' experience in tai chi and qigong. She began her tai chi training with Sharon Poole, an instructor trained by Paul Underhill of Gateway Tai Chi Chuan, studying a variety of qigong forms, Shibashi and Cheng Man Ching 32 form intensively for 2 years.


 At Steven Burton's Dragon Society Martial Arts School, she studied Chen style tai chi and was proposed by her instructors Steven Burton and David Eccles at the School, to train as an instructor with Grandmaster Liming Yue at the Tai Chi Centre in Manchester. She has also studied Lau Gar Kung Fu, Dim Mak pressure point combat and Krav Maga.


In 2010, Helena qualified as an instructor and using her C&G Adult Education Certificate 7307, Aqua Instruction, Pilates and YMCA fitness qualifications, she founded Lighthouse Tai Chi® to provide professional teaching to the Leisure Industry and Third Sector community organizations. With her partner David Pelling, she also developed Lighthouse Aqua Tai Chi® to assist people who found standing in classes too strenuous and to encourage people to return to fitness activities following injury.


As co-owner of Lighthouse Tai Chi & Qigong, Helena continues to research and study to develop her own skills and create accessible workshops for others who wish to explore and enhance their tai chi and qigong practise. She has also trained with Sifu Aamir Rafi, Andrew Plant and Dr Paul Lam, in addition to attending training opportunities with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, Master Faye Yip, Grandmaster Tom Muncy and Adrian Simon.



David Pelling is a certified Tai Chi and Qi Gong Instructor. He is also a Black Belt instructor of White Cloud Kung-Fu system, created by Derrick Gordon; incorporating Wing Chun, Xing Yi and Tai Chi Chuan, with an NVQ National Coaching Certificate Level 2.He has also completed Sport England 'Keeping children safe in sport' awareness programme, Open University Certificate in Health and Social care, Intermediate Food Hygiene Certificate and Advanced Sports and Exercise Nutrition Advisor Diploma.


 After training in various Martial Arts for over 20 years, he has been teaching tai chi for over 7 years. He is the joint owner of Lighthouse Tai Chi® and owner of Silver Wolf Martial Arts.


He is also the joint founder and instructor of the Lighthouse Aqua Tai Chi® programme. His range of workshops and seminars include a variety of Qi Gong and Tai Chi weapon forms. David has also trained with Michael Fielden, Grandmaster Liming Yue, Sifu Aamir Rafi, Barry Spendlove and Dr Paul Lam and attended training opportunities with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, Sifu Steven Burton, Master Faye Yip and Master Kit Wah Hui. He has experience in Judo and Systema defence and is a qualified Usui Reiki Master with 12+ years of experience, Takata lineage


'Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei's visit to Rossendale'