Tai Chi Chuan

A new class began on May 13, 2023 and it meets at 11:00 a.m. each Saturday.
New students are welcome to join up to one month after the start of a new class.

Tai Chi Chuan at the Chinese Cultural Academy

The Chinese Cultural Academy was founded in the early 1970s by Professor Huo Chi-Kwang who left the Academy to Richard Langlois (Kongō Rōshi) in 1988 when he retired from teaching. Professor Huo died in January 1998 and Kongō Rōshi in October 1999, and currently Louis Ucha maintains Professor Huo's tradition and he continues to teach the Chen Family and Yang Secret styles as they did.
Professor Huo with arms raised in Tai Chi form.
Prof. Huo Chi-Kwang
Based on ancient Taoist beliefs, Tai Chi Chuan is ultimately a spiritual practice. As a beginner it initially strengthens and relaxes the body. It cultivates balance and incorporates elements of Chi Gung, the training of Chi or universal energy. Refining and focusing this energy, it will become a profound meditation. This mindfulness practice is a key to self knowledge. If you already meditate, Tai Chi Chuan is a rich addition to sitting meditation, helping one to incorporate meditation into everyday life.

The styles that we teach at the Chinese Cultural Academy are unique in that your feet are always in motion. You are in the process of shifting your weight continuously between the feet. Except in the Basic exercises, you never set both feet flat on the ground. Balance is maintained by constantly shifting the weight and sensing the energy within the moves. There is not even a millisecond pause between the moves and they flow like waves one into the other. The only way for you to be in the moment, both body and mind, is to play. The mind is engaged in intense observing, yet the body is relaxed. Your mind and body are not separate, but rather are in accord with each other and with the universe.

Tai Chi Chuan forms are an excellent meditation practice by themselves and they also can be a rich addition to sitting meditation. We strongly encourage everyone who is serious about Zazen to practice Tai Chi Chuan or to incorporate some other activity promoting mindfulness of body and mind in motion. This strengthens one's Zazen practice and enables one to incorporate universal mind in everyday life.

We start with the Basics, a short set of exercises that teach the principles of Tai Chi Chuan, promoting mindfulness of body and mind in motion. The Basics help strengthen the legs and overall balance. They incorporate elements of Chi Gung, the training of Chi or universal energy and one of the most significant is Metta Meditation, an excellent model for a compassionate practice.

Our teacher

Louis Ucha

Lou studied and taught Tai Chi Chuan for over thirty years. He trained under Professor Huo Chi-Kwang for ten years and Grandmaster Hsu Fun-Yuen for three years. Besides Tai Chi Chuan, Lou studied Pa-Kua Chuan, Chinese sword and saber. He currently works with Master Scott Rodell in traditional Chinese sword fencing.

Lou has trained in the Wu Dang tradition of Taoism for twenty years.

Louis Ucha

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