T’ai Chi Chuan is an ancient exercise which embodies China’s most profound concepts and principles of health and movement. It offers true harmony between body and mind.
Based on softness and awareness (rather than force and resistance) T’ai Chi Chuan (also referred to as Tai Chi, Tai Ji, or Taijiquan) has been recognized for centuries as both a method of self-cultivation and an unexcelled form of self defense. T’ai Chi means “Supreme Ultimate.”
Practiced at a slow and even speed, T‘ai Chi promotes relaxation, straight posture, and balance.
T’ai Chi movements are widely acknowledged to help calm the emotions, focus the mind, and strengthen the immune system. In a very real sense, T’ai Chi helps us to stay younger as we grow older, thus making an outstanding contribution to our overall health and well-being.
To study and teach T’ai Chi Chuan as a way to bring health and consciousness to humanity.
Who We Are
The T’ai Chi Foundation (TCF) is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting, funding and teaching programs relating to the embodiment of T’ai Chi. The School of T’ai Chi Chuan (STCC), as a subset of TCF, exists to continue the teaching of the Cheng Man-Ch’ing style of T’ai Chi Chuan (Yang style short form) as passed down through Patrick Watson.
Our School today is composed of over 200 instructors teaching T’ai Chi classes in 30 cities around the world. Each teacher follows the curriculum and team-teaching method developed by Patrick Watson. All teachers are apprentices of the school who have gone through the school’s public curriculum and entered into apprenticeship, learning to teach the sequence of T’ai Chi coursework. We gather together regularly to learn from Patrick’s senior teachers, the Legacy Holders, practicing T’ai Chi Chuan form, push hands and sword.
As a T’ai Chi teaching school, our School prepares our apprentices through a sequence of intensive trainings. This continued study helps our apprentices maintain a consistency in method: Students can study at any of our branches and receive the same careful attention to the principles and details of the art of Cheng Man-Ch’ing’s Yang-style Short Form.
Why Choose Us?
The hallmark of our T’ai Chi school is team-teaching. Our method provides students with a friendly setting where the focus is on the clarity of the course material. Our students report that we teach with a balance of disciplined focus, relaxation, inspiration, and humor.
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