Once upon a time there was a young man who wanted to learn how to defend himself. Like a lot of others who got into the traditional martial arts he was tired of being bullied and he'd watched a few too many martial arts movies as well as David Carradine's famous tv series about the renegade Shaolin monk. Our young man learned karate and jujitsu in the early 1970s for a couple of years but WOW those were hard work and he got tired of being bruised and achy and paying for endless belt tests. So our young "hero" started doing some reading and looking around finally found a tai chi class. It seemed perfect as it offered less hard work and almost magical martial abilities for those who "had faith" in the methods and who practised the solo forms well-enough and long-enough. Plus, it had the advantage of being from an exotic culture and before long our hero was a vegetarian and doing a lot of reading/exploration of Chinese culture and Taoism. The years passed; taiji teachers both good and bad, long-term and short-term followed and along the way other Chinese and Asian martial arts were sampled or studied with some seriousness as well as continuity.
Training seriously in the Chinese martial arts since 1973; accredited and teaching Yang Taijiquan since 1985 and Baguazhang since 1994.