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Curriculum

The study of Tai chi is one that should not be taken lightly. It is a serious study that takes time, perseverance, commitment and vision. Just like any other art form, tai chi is taught and learned in stages with each new level building upon the physical, emotional transformation and mental understanding brought about from previous instruction and practice. There are no short cuts in tai chi study and only with constant practice along with proper instruction will the student be able to reap the many benefits the art has to offer.

The curriculum I present to you on this site is based on my own experience with my teachers and on my own development both as a student and instructor of the art. I must admit that my current pedagogical approach to presenting tai chi has evolved partly from mistakes I made years ago as a younger instructor and from my own experiential awareness as I continue on my own studies.

It has been said by those who came before us many years ago, that tai chi chuan is not a beginner’s art. The early masters of the art would only teach tai chi to those students who already had some form of martial arts background. Thus the saying, “ The gates to tai chi are through Shaolin kung Fu”. It was then considered that a new student of the art would already have trained his body and mind in other disciplines such as kung fu as a preparatory step towards the more physical and mental demands of tai chi chuan study.

I’m fully aware that most prospective students do not have the prerequisites expected to commence tai chi training. To this end, I have designed a curriculum through which a new student can train his/her body and mind in preparation for tai chi practice.  The current program takes around 5 to 8 years to complete.  I’m equally aware that such lengthy process can be intimidating to the uninitiated and could potentially turn away those who want to just “try it” out of curiosity. It is not my intention to discourage anyone from studying tai chi. On the contrary. It is my wish that those seeking the art eventually integrate its principles into their daily lives. However, I feel it is my obligation as one who wishes to transmit a tradition, to inform newcomers of the task ahead.