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 The Chi-Do Association was set up  in 1999 to teach the practices of Chi Healing, Martial Arts and associated arts under the direction of the Master, Tony Hardiman.  His history of training and experience is set down as precis in the menu box to the left.
Trading as The Chi Clinic, a stand alone Association authorised to teach and award our own students qualification certification to practice. 
Our association with The Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine arose from the direct final qualification of Mr Hardiman to that prestigious association in 2000 and entry on the British Register for Complementary practitioners.  An Advanced member of the Oriental Medicine category. 
The ICNM is being merged with the Confederation of Healing Organisations which will take over the management of the British Register of Complementary Practitioners.
You can contact us on 020 8641 3756 for appointments or to ask any questions between 10am to 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday. 
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Our Business Philosophy

The objective of our business is to provide a high quality, reliable service for our clients, students and visitors.  Whether one is here for training or for treatment, you will find a friendly and informal reception with a welcoming atmosphere that encourages all who come here.  We hope you will enjoy visiting our web site. 


On 17th June 2007 Vicky was raised to 2nd Dan for her outstanding work in Healing & Martial Arts.  Since then she has gone on to win many medals and been awarded many honours for her work and expertise.

In June 2008, we were pleased to award to Paul Smith the rank of 2nd Dan in Chi-Do Martial Arts.  Paul has been with us since 2000 and has shown the mercy and good grace that we look for in all of our instructors.  The award has been made by the concensus of the examiners, Master Tony, Sensei Norman & Sensei Carl Ryan.  He continues his practice here every Sunday and is a formidable exponent of Chi-Do.


James receiving his 1st Black belt from Tony, Paul and Vicky

On 1st May 2012 we were proud to award James Norman with his well earned Tai Chi 24 Forms Instructors certificate.  James is a naturally gifted teacher who shares his enjoyment & experiences from his daily practice of Tai Chi & Qigong with his class mates, colleagues & friends.  He has been teaching his first Tai Chi and Qigong class in Dorking since in June 2012 & continues his study & practice of the arts & teaching within Vicky's Tuesday evening class.

On the 26th October 2014 we were pleased to award James a very well deserved 1st Black belt after training in Chi-Do for 8 years.  He was awarded on the 17th June 2018 a well deserved 2nd Dan. He has proven himself to be a most worthy student of the arts and has earned the respect of his fellows and students in his Tai Chi classes.  Having shown more than the expected respect and having diligently studied the arts we are pleased to welcome him to the senior ranks of Chi-Do.


Team Chi Clinic - James, Vicky, Anne, Tony, Adam, Sue & Pete entered the London Competition of Traditional Tai Chi Ch'uan on 2nd June 2013 held in Hackney & organised by Gary Wragg & his team from Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy as part of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain's Judging Seminars Program.  We attended for the Sunday competition which was enjoyable & interesting, having insights & seeing enthusiasts from all over the UK & some from Europe performing many different forms & styles.  It is always inspiring to see others perform their arts & this spurs us on in our practice.  The expert judging was by top Masters Faye & Tary Yip (Deyin Taijiquan Institute), Masters Richard & Simon Watson (Longfei Taijiquan Association) all from our lineage & style. 

We were rewarded for our efforts as everyone put in a good individual performance on the day.  James was awarded Silver in Health Qigong for his 5 Animals Play & Vicky was awarded the Gold - both were happy to have increased their points score from last year.
Vicky also went on to win the Bronze for her Tai Chi 24 Forms & scooped the Gold for her Taiji Kung Fu Fan Form.
Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable day at a friendly, well organised & fair competition with insights & new friendships made.  Thanks to all the experts who gave their time to make this another successful London Competition.


This was our 3rd year of attending & participating in the London Competition of Traditional Tai Chi Chuan & Health Qigong on Sunday 1st June 2014.  Once again, well organised by Gary Wragg & his team from Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy in Bethnal Green on behalf of the Tai Chi Union for GB & their Judging Program & Faye Yip, President of the British Health Qigong Association.  It was well attended & with the added popularity, held at a larger venue with nice light space & good healthy food choices in the cafe.

Team Chi Clinic consisted of 9 players who entered the Health Qigong Group & Individual Events, Tai Chi 24 Forms at Beginners & Open level, Tai Chi 32 Sword Forms at Open level & Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan at Open level & Push Hands.  We had a magnificent day of learning & friendship whether participating, spectating or judging.  It was great to meet friends from all over the country & to make new ones too.  Our team did extremely well both as a Group & Individually which earned us 17 medals in total.  We feel so proud of everyone who participated & although it is nice to earn a medal, it is the friendship, taking part & practicing the arts we love & which are so beneficial to our health, happiness & life that is important!
On the 7th June 2015 we again entered with a team of 8 & were awarded 18 medals across all categories entered.  Details and pictures are on Facebook.  Great work team !!!  It is very rewarding to appreciate that our teaching methods produce Gold Medalists who are prepared to practice and learn with dedication to the arts.

Team Chi Clinic 2015

On the 8th October 2015 Tony was awarded Best Complementary Medicine Practitioner

Our Company

The Chi Clinic was opened at it's present location in November 1999 upon the partnership with Vicky.  Tony Hardiman had conducted therapies and taught under that title since 1995 from his former premises in Stoneleigh.

Tony Hardiman has practiced martial and healing arts since 1958 and is skilled in many different therapies.  He was awared his 1st Kyu (Brown) authorised by Yawara in Merton on 25th November 1990 under Master Lee Ah Loi. Subsequently, his Shodan with The MAA on the 9th December 1995 and under the auspices of Epsom Council authorised Ladies Self Defence coach in March 1996.   He was awarded honorary 5th dan in 1997 and Master of Chi-Do in 1999.  He is registered as an Advanced Tai Chi Instructor with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain.  Tony was awarded a Gold medal at the British Open Tai Chi Championships in April 2009 for his 24 Forms & Bronze in 2012 at the London Competition for Traditional Taijiquan. 
In 2000 he was examined for direct entry to the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine, and approved to practice Acupressure, Chi Kung and Massage.   In December 2009, he was awarded the highly prestigious rank of SENIOR PRACTITIONER with the ICNM and upgraded on the British Register of Complementary Practitioners.  This is high honour and reflects a lifetime of training .  He also qualified elsewhere in 2003 to practice Sports Therapy and Sports Electro therapy.
He taught his first class as an instructor in Self defence in 1963 and has practiced ever since in Karate, Judo, Aikido, Chi Kung and has practiced Iron Shirt, Fire Walking and Taijiquan.

Vicky Ahern-Hardiman practises Acupuncture, Massage, Chi-Do Therapy (Hardiman methods) & teaches Tai Chi & Qigong.  She is 2nd Dan Black belt in Chi-do Martial Arts, Tai Chi & Qigong Instructor, having also trained in Aikido & Karate.  Her reputation for compassion & sensitivity has been built over the last 18 years of training, learning & practice.  Vicky is registered as an Advanced Tai Chi Instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.  She is registered as a Level Two Taijiquan Instructor with Masters Faye & Tary Yip's Deyin Taijiquan Institute.  Vicky who has been teaching Tai Chi & Qigong since 2004, has won medals in the British Open Tai Chi Championships, Oxford in 2009 & 2016 & the London Competition for Traditional Tai Chi Chuan & Health Qigong in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 consecutively.  She has also been learning & teaching Health Qigong since 2010 & is an authorised Instructor Revalidation Trainer with the British Health Qigong Association.


Vicky was proud to be among the first European instructors to qualify in 2008 to teach the Taiji Kung Fu Fan under Master Faye Li Yip, Founder & Chief Instructor of the Deyin Taijiquan Institute GB & Co-creator of the form with her Father, Prof Li Deyin.


She was honoured to be invited by the British Health Qigong Assoc to attend the 1st Health Qigong Seminar for International Instructors in Beijing from 13th to 19th December 2011 held at the Beijing International Spa & Fitness Centre.  124 instructors from 31 countries were given instruction & practice of 3 of the Health Qigong forms over 6 days of seminars by the creators of the modern forms & each was examined on all 3 forms to earn the prestigious certificate at the closing ceremony.  (For more indepth article, see www.healthqigong.co.uk)

In March 2019 Vicky was awarded the rank and status of Level 4 Instructor by the Deyin Taijichuan Institute.  High honour and recognition of 20 years training and teaching.

Awarded in March 2019

Steve Goulding has been a member of The Chi Clinic team and is a highly experienced Bronze medalist Tai Chi and Chi-Do Healing Arts instructor.  An ex police dog handler where he was an accredited Home Office Instructor. He runs regular classes in Westergate and Barnham in West Sussex.  Steve started training with us in 2001 and qualified as a Chi-Do Therapist (Tai Chi) in 2007.
Please visit his website at www.taichiwestsussex.co.uk for more information and email him at sabgoulding@sky.com.

Steve Goulding

Anne Norman

 Anne Norman qualified as a Chi-Do Therapist (Hardiman methods) in 2007.  She regularly attends Tai Chi and Chi Kung classes, as well as Continued Professional Development Seminars at The Chi Clinic, and has travelled with us to China.    Anne supports CREST Cancer Support Relaxation Days where she provides cancer carers with complimentary relaxation massages.  She lives in Staines upon Thames and can be contacted on 07894 037728 or via e:mail: annemdnorman@gmail.com  
In our classes there is neither ego nor anyone who is superior to any other.
We all have something at which we are good and have skills that others do not possess.
Whatever you bring to our classes will be greatly appreciated.
We will learn together.