My Tai Chi Journey

I was taken to Judo classes with my sister aged 5, and stayed till about 8.

I went to Western boxing for some time until I became interested in Eastern Philosophy, mainly because of the KungFu series on TV in the early seventies. This fascinated me as the focus seemed to be to resolve conflict rather than just fighting.

I found a Karate school – Shotokan and Aiki-Jitsu classes based locally, where I practised hard, and then discovered a KungFu school led by Omar El-Kilany.

I continued with KungFu and Aiki-Jitsu  6 days a week, practiced daily, entering Tournaments until I  stopped Aiki-Jitsu focusing only on Chinese Martial Art.

I started teaching by default. The Instructor of a class I attended left , and as highest grade, I took the class until a replacement came – None came. I first saw Tai Chi in 1983 with Master Yau while attending  a week long workshop.

I ran classes in Traditional KungFu and Kickboxing (Full, semi and Light contact) in Hampshire until 1985 when I moved to Kent to expand the school. In Kent, I started to seek out new knowledge about Martial Arts. I met exponents of Master Chu King Hung, and began training in Tai Chi Chuan, and trained with practitioners of Wing-Chun and WTF Taekwondo.

Upon meeting Tay Soon Tuan  in 1989, I learnt more external Chang Chuan, BaJi, Mantis, and internal variants including Tai Chi, Ba Kua and Hsing-I.   The relaxed almost informal style of teaching was at first odd but soon became desirable. Over time though, the school expanded it’s commercial focus and it was time for me to refocus on the Art.

I continued  to seek knowledge, and found Wang Hao Da, a Wu Tai Chi Master, with George Zu as translator. This meeting changed my understanding of  the possibilities of Tai Chi. Experiencing expanding and releasing energies ( Peng-Lu) in a way i’d not previously felt. I was now looking to deepen my level of understanding, and find an advanced teacher willing to share. 

After moving to Germany, I continued my search, attending workshops and events seeking for that elusive ‘something’.

I finally found the school Ma Tsun Kuen , led by Argentinian Fernando Chedel. Here my Tai Chi journey started once more. Ma Tsun Kuen was a Chinese Ambassador to Argentina, and a colleague of Cheng Man Ching. Fernando Chedel became master after Ma’s death. I have studied deeply with Fernando,  in Argentina, Spain and Germany.

After 13 years of learning and teaching this genuinely internal martial art, I continue my own learning and teaching with passion and joy.

Come and push hands with me and feel the difference too.

Kevin

Some Styles practised

Tai Chi Chuan styles practiced

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