The Tai Chi Foundation

Mission Statement

To study and teach tai chi chuan as a way to bring health and consciousness to humanity.

Who We Are

The Tai Chi Foundation (TCF) is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting, funding and teaching programs relating to the embodiment of Tai Chi. The School of Tai Chi Chuan (STCC), as a subset of TCF, exists to continue the teaching of the Cheng Man-Ch’ing style of Tai Chi Chuan (Yang style short form) as passed down through Patrick Watson.

Our School today is composed of over 200 instructors teaching Tai 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 full Tai Chi form curriculum and then entered into apprenticeship, learning to teach each level, one third at a time. We gather together once or twice a year to continue to learn from Patrick’s senior teachers, practicing Tai Chi Chuan, push hands and sword form.

As a Tai Chi teaching school, our School prepares our apprentices through intensive trainings each year. 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 Short Form.

Why Choose Us?

The hallmark of our Tai 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.