At the request of Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing, the School of T’ai Chi Chuan was founded in 1976 by one of his senior students, Patrick Watson.
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- The New York School of T’ai Chi Chuan & The T’ai Chi Foundation
- Why Us
- Some Comments From Our Students
- Radio Interview
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The School of T’ai Chi Chuan now exists as a network of more than 20 teaching locations around the world, all under the auspices of the non-profit organization, the T’ai Chi Foundation, carrying on Professor Cheng’s tradition of keeping alive the lineage of Yang Family T’ai Chi taught to him by his teacher, Yang Cheng-Fu. Programs offered include both public instruction and teacher training.
The clarity of our teaching method emphasizes the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of Form, Push Hands, and Sword practice.
The New York School of T’ai Chi Chuan is the New York affiliate of the T’ai Chi Foundation and is an independent nonprofit educational corporation.
The New York School of Tai Chi Chuan presents the best in T’ai Chi instruction. We have been teaching for over 35 years, preserving the lineage and tradition of this ancient art, while presenting it in a unique, modern, easy-to-learn method. For a sampling of our instructors’ wide range of experience offering T’ai Chi and Qi Gong to a broad spectrum of organizations around New York, click here.
The hallmark of our school is team teaching. Our method of team teaching provides our students with a setting where the emphasis is on the clarity of the work. When two or more of our instructors work together in a single class, the students always have one instructor’s movements to follow while another instructor helps guide the class and follow up on specific needs of the group. Team teaching is also our approach to avoiding the distraction of an ego trip, a potential drawback in a school run by a single teacher.
As a teaching school, NYSTCC prepares and certifies it’s instructors through ongoing apprenticeships, starting with intensive trainings held each year by the T’ai Chi Foundation. This program of apprenticeships develops both precision in demonstrating the T’ai Chi form and a thorough grounding in the application of principles of T’ai Chi for health and well being. Continued study helps instructors maintain high standards of teaching, as well as consistency in method: students can study at any of our affiliated T’ai Chi Schools and still receive the same careful attention to the principles and details of the art.
Following an older model of T’ai Chi history, many of our instructors might have branched out as teachers starting their own schools. But by continuing to work together, our school gains much strength from the unity and shared goals of our instructors. This unity helps us preserve T’ai Chi as a living art, while providing a bedrock for consistent growth into the future, serving humankind through the study and practice of T’ai Chi Chuan.
“I first learned T’ai Chi from the New York School of T’ai Chi Chuan and have been practicing for over ten years. T’ai Chi has had positive effects on almost every aspect of my life. Physically, T’ai Chi practice has reduced long-standing stress injuries and given me better balance and grace. But perhaps more importantly, the practice of T’ai Chi taught me lessons of patience, relaxation, and awareness that I carry into all of my interactions. I can’t thank the teachers of the school enough for introducing me to my practice and giving me such a powerful tool for all of the stresses of my life.” — Nick