The Yang Tai Chi originator was Yang Lo Chan. His grandson, Yang Cheng Fu, wisely simplified the Tai Chi form to some extent, making it more possible for those of advanced age or with infirmities to accomplish the entire form. The Tai Chi discipline was carried forward by Yang Sau Chung, then Chu King Hung.
Traditional Tai Chi (Middletown, VA, and Springwood, Australia) is the vision of, and operated, by Dr Ranna-Lesley Lachlan (PhD, BCPP, RPP, RPE) who holds Black Belt/ 8th degree instructor accreditation from two teachers who were both skilled masters of the Yang styles of Tai Chi: Master Ian Garbett (Townsville Academy of Tai Chi & Wing Chun) and Master Erle Montaigue (Montaigue School of Tai Chi & Bagua).
In keeping with Master Garbett's approach, after his passing and that of Master Montaigue, and deploring current trends towards hierarchical business-based models of Tai Chi training and shameless disrespect towards senior masters by upcoming Tai Chi heirs, Ranna recognized the necessity to preserve a traditional approach to Tai Chi and Kung Fu training.
When her teachers accredited Ranna with her black belt / 8th degree Tai Chi Instructor certification (effective 1 Jan, 1986), Ranna had already undertaken 8 years of Tai Chi training with other teachers. Previously trained in Ching Chung Praying Mantis style taught by Sifu Ben Su, a respected martial artist and teacher, Dr Lachlan found herself without a teacher when Sifu Su retired from training and closed his school. Her search began. Upon being accepted by Master Garbett, and later through him also by Master Montaigue, Ranna rapidly advanced to black belt Instructor level within a year. After that, Ranna was brought into the inner circle of training with others of Master Garbett's instructors in Queensland, Australia.
Originally from Australia and based in the USA since 1998, Dr Lachlan has taught Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and other forms of therapeutic movement at various locations in Australia and the U.S.A. Dr Lachlan is a qualified Rotai-USA™ practitioner (Shaolin based method) and a Board Certified Polarity Practitioner, enhancing insight into and knowledge of the healing aspects of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Dr Lachlan is a life long member of the Australian Therapeutic Movement Association (effective 1 Jan. 1985) and the Pacific Kung Fu Federation (effective 1 Jan, 1986). To this day, Dr Lachlan currently continues to teach Yang Cheng Fu and Yang Lo Chan style long forms of Tai Chi in the USA and Australia.
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Traditional training approach to the Yang styles of Tai Chi. Yang Cheng Fu and Yang Lo Chan Tai Chi were handed down through the Yang family lineage.
Serving the Winchester, VA (USA) area and City of Blue Mountains, NSW (Australia) area.
Traditional training in Tai Chi and Qi Gong for contemporary times.
Our Vision is to share the martial, health, and philosophical benefits of the long forms of Tai Chi and Qi Gong in the traditional way, as done in bygone days in China.
"Progress" in Traditional Tai Chi is in terms of grasping and integrating the many subtle realizations and awareness that come with dedicated practice to Tai Chi and Qi Gong. In effect, the Tai Chi teaches you about itself.
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