Welcome to Tai Chi Gainesville
The Gainesville T’ai Chi Center of Gainesville, Florida, teaches the Yang family short form developed by Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing. We are affiliated with The T’ai Chi Foundation. We offer comprehensive series of classes for beginners and more advanced students. The full form of T’ai Chi Chuan, which is popularly known in the West as T’ai Chi, can be learned in the Beginning Form courses (30 one-hour classes), divided into thirds that we refer to as B1, B2, and B3.
Our principal teacher, Paul Campbell, has been teaching T’ai Chi for over 40 years. He is a guiding teacher in the The School of T’ai Chi, which has over 30 branches and 200 teachers around the world.
About Our Studio
The T’ai Chi Center of Gainesville is a teaching member of the T’ai Chi Foundation (TCF), which is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting, funding and teaching programs relating to the embodiment of T’ai Chi Chuan. TCF exists to continue the teaching of the Cheng Man-Ch’ing style of T’ai Chi Chuan (Yang style short form) as passed down through Patrick Watson.
The School of T’ai Chi Chuan today is composed of over 200 instructors teaching T’ai Chi Chuan classes in 30 cities around the world. Each teacher follows the curriculum and team-teaching method developed by Patrick Watson. All teachers are apprentices of the school who have gone through the school’s public curriculum and entered into apprenticeship, learning to teach the sequence of T’ai Chi coursework. We gather together regularly to learn from Patrick’s senior teachers, the Legacy Holders, practicing T’ai Chi Chuan form, push hands and sword.
As a T’ai Chi teaching school, our Center prepares our apprentices through a sequence of intensive trainings. This continued study helps our apprentices maintain a consistency in method. Students can study at any of our branches and receive the same careful attention to the principles and details of the art of Cheng Man-Ch’ing’s Yang-style Short Form.
The hallmark of our T’ai Chi center is team-teaching. Our method provides students with a friendly setting where the focus is on the clarity of the course material. There is always a teacher in front of the class for students to observe. Our students report that we teach with a balance of disciplined focus, relaxation, inspiration, and humor.
About Our Teachers
All of our teachers have been trained by The School of T’ai Chi Chuan, an international school with over 200 teachers in six countries. Most classes are taught by teams of two or more teachers so that there is always a teacher to follow up front. The School of T’ai Chi Chuan has developed a precise teaching method that makes it easy for students to learn the T’ai Chi form and principles.