The philosophy of Yin Yang epitomises the
essence of Tai Chi. Yin Yang
teaches us to flow with life’s changes. The way to happiness is through balance
and harmony in all aspects of life.
The nature of Yin Yang is embodied in Tai Chi
itself. Just as life is always
changing, so do Tai Chi movements, as they flow from one to the next. The movements lose their flow if there is too much tension due to excessive
physical force and mental effort. This is the same in life. Accepting change, going
with the flow brings contentment
Following the Yin Yang philosophy develops an optimistic
attitude in dealing with the challenges of life. Understanding the impermanent nature of
all things allows one to remain centred as one journeys through the peaks and troughs of
Learning Tai Chi with the Academy
Chi Academy, which has no religious connections, has been conducting
courses at many convenient locations in Canberra since 1982. Chief
Instructor Brett Wagland, who is the director of the Academy and Fontane
Ip, assistant director, have studied with well respected teachers,
including Grandmaster Fu Sheng Yuan, 5th generation ambassador of Yang Style.
Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang (1928-2012)
with Brett and Fontane in Beijing
Brett and Fontane also
had the good fortune to train with the founder of the Hun Yuan Tai Chi
system, Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang, Feng Xiu Qian (his daughter) and
Chen Xiang (his senior disciple.)
Brett and Fontane are the creators and
presenters of the television series "Let’s Get Fit", an innovative exercise
program of 65 episodes, based on Tai Chi. This most popular program on Foxtel’s
Lifestyle channel is the first of its kind in Australia. The series is
also broadcast in Central America, South America and Europe.
Feng Xiu Qian
(daughter of Grandmaster
with Brett and Fontane in Beijing
The Academy aims to offer its students the very best Tai Chi
training at an affordable price. Its professional instructors have successfully trained
thousands of people of all ages and occupations to enjoy the many health benefits of Tai
The Academy also conducts stress management
workshops and courses for
government departments and private companies.
For more information about Tai Chi, see What
is Tai Chi?
Chief Instructor Brett Wagland
If You were to Gather this Knowledge of Tai
Chi Yourself ...
... you’d have to invest much time and money to study
and train for at least 13 years.
In the beginning ...
... you’d have to abandon your career or forego your
income. It would be necessary to study the Chinese language, culture and customs of a new
country or employ a translator
– a very expensive alternative.
You’d need to purchase a ticket to travel to China and
organise appropriate accommodation in a very different culture and lifestyle
– not easy.
Once you were in China ...
... you would then have to find the right school with a well
established and documented lineage. A wrong choice would mean a great waste of time and
And then ...
... an introduction to a master would be required. There is
no guarantee that he would be prepared to teach you. The great masters guard their
knowledge closely and take some time testing the character of the student before they
agree to teach. Training with a master would be very challenging
– no repeated
explanations and demonstration and no notes! A wrong understanding
would be very costly in time and money.
You could do all this at enormous cost and over many years ...
OR ... you can tap into the resources available from the Tai Chi Academy at a
convenient location close to home!
There you will find a well formulated and time-proven method
of teaching Tai Chi which has been developed by the Academy over many years. This system
is most enjoyable and produces fast and effective results.
Read what our students have
to tell us in their testimonials!