Perhaps, I will start out by telling you what I am not so you get a better sense of who I am and my approach to Tai Chi.
I am not a master of Tai Chi or an expert on Tai Chi nor can I change your life with our products or services. That’s really up to you.
What I am is a fellow who is a teacher of Tai Chi and have a great passion for Tai Chi.
I believe my strength lies in being able to make the language and movements of Tai Chi easier to understand and learn for those who are curious about or beginning Tai Chi.
I started my Tai Chi in 1987 by joining a Wu style club in Blackburn, Melbourne, Australia. It was then a member of the Australian Federation of Wu Style Tai Chi.
I spent 7 years there, progressing through the ranks, and in 1994 set up my own Tai Chi club in Olinda, near where I live.
For the next 7 years I taught at Olinda. And I also taught short courses in Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Women’s Self Defence and personal development programs at TAFE colleges and Community Houses.
Around the mid nineties I was fortunate enough to help set up the Melbourne Push Hands Club. The club was open to everyone, including internal and external martial artists to test their skills in freestyle push hands in a safe environment.
I currently work in the aged care and disability sector delivering up to six Chair Chi workshops per week for low care and high care residents here in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Due to the popularity of the workshops I’m booked out 12 months ahead. Over the past six years I’ve run over 1000 workshops in over 25 aged care centres.
I also run our Aged Care Chair Chi Training Program for lifestyle staff, diversional therapists, physiotherapists, carers, volunteers and health professionals. A three level program that teaches staff how to deliver a Chair Chi workshop effectively. And with Sue James developed a new workshop ‘Ease Pain … the Chi way.
My one claim to ‘fame’ is that my students ages range from 5-103 years old 🙂
Besides teaching Tai Chi in various formats which keeps me very busy I continue to train six to seven days a week to keep up my skill level and I also continually research Tai Chi to deepen my learning.
Although I’ve learnt the self defence component of Tai Chi my focus is on teaching the health and wellbeing side of Tai Chi only.
My goal in Tai Chi is to introduce this wonderful art to as many children and adults as possible.
In my past life I was a basketball coach for 15 years and am a co-founder and life member of the Southern Basketball Association. And in my ‘spare time’ I’m into street photography and I write. My current writing project is a memoir – about growing up in Fitzroy in the 1950s and 1960s. Yes, I’m that old 🙂
I hope this gives you an idea of who I am and what I do.