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 (Melbourne, Australia).
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.
Since 2001 I’ve focused on delivering specialised Tai Chi presentations, workshops, programs and conference/meeting energizers. I work in various sectors; Aged Care, Primary and Secondary Schools, Corporate, Business and the not for profit arena.
I also work with Sue James, in our shared business BJ Seminars International. We’ve developed a framework we call AQ/KQ framework which combines Sue’s expertise in staff development and my Tai Chi experience.
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. I spend around one and half hours training per day 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 :). And I also write regular posts on my Memoir Reflections site.
I hope this gives you an idea of who I am and what I do.