Our Mission

“To improve health, well-being, and awareness through the study, practice, and teaching of Tai Chi and Qigong, by an increasing number of people worldwide.”

The Tai Chi Foundation (TCF) is a not-for-profit educational organization that develops and promotes programs that enable people to learn to practice, and ultimately teach, Tai Chi Chuan and its internal principles.

Today, we have over 250 instructors (“apprentices”) teaching Tai Chi classes in 30-plus cities around the world. Each teacher follows the curriculum and team teaching method developed by Patrick Watson. The school’s instructors also gather together regularly (at Winter and Summer Trainings) to continue learning from our most senior teachers.

This helps maintain high standards of teaching and consistency in how the art is taught. Students can study with an TCF teacher and receive the same careful attention to the principles and details of the art of Cheng Man-Ch’ing’s form.

Why Study With 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 and embodiment of principle. The clarity of our teaching method emphasizes the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of Form, Sensing (Push) Hands, and Sword practice.

We have been teaching for over 40 years, preserving the lineage and tradition of this ancient art with a unique, modern, easy-to-learn method. Our students report that we teach with a balance of disciplined focus, relaxation, inspiration, and humor.

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Who runs TCF?

TCF is primarily a volunteer-run organisation, with only a few people paid for specific administrative support. The sub-pages to this one provide details of our Board, our most senior teachers (“Legacy Holders”) and the people doing certain key administrative roles.