Tai Chi Classes and Workshops
The art of Tai Chi(also spelled: Taiji)is a practical application of the principles of Taoism.
Through the daily practice of forms and partner work, we cultivate our awareness, sensitivity and balance, which transforms the way we move, stand, act and interact in all aspects of our life.
And as we develop and refine the principles we can create a state of aliveness - physically, energetically and spiritually.
The school was founded by Tony Ward who is a student of Master Huang Sheng Shyan (also spelled: Huang Xingxian).
Tony has over 40 years of experience in various styles of Chinese and Japanese martial arts.
He is an internationally recognised teacher who has studied martial arts in China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Australia.
His main influence and teacher is the late Tai Chi Master Huang Sheng Shyan. In 1982 he began training with a Chinese student of Master Huang living in Sydney. In 1986 he travelled to Taiwan and met Master Huang for the first time, he then had regular intense training with him until his death in 1992.
Tony is one, of only two westerners to have received intense personal training with Master Huang. After the Master's death he continued his study with his more senior students.
His studies have also included such arts as Karate, which he began at the age of 14. Aikido, Hsing I, Ba gua, and many different forms of Tai Chi, Chi Kung and healing arts including many aspects of Traditional Chinese medicine.
For the past 25 years he has been directing and teaching full time at his school in Sydney. He also runs regular workshops and seminars throughout Australia for other teachers and their students.
Since 1997, he has been traveling regularly to Europe and Japan, where he has established a following for his method.
For him the principles of Tai Chi are the thread or link to all other areas. If you thoroughly understand these all of the different forms and movements are just external differences.The principles remain the same; understand these and everything you do can become Tai Chi. In this way Tai Chi can begin to have profound effect on every aspect of life.
The key here is to embody the principle rather than just understand them with the intellect.
In 1989 Tony established a school called Tai Chi Works to promote the teachings of Master Huang Sheng Shyan.
Today Tony is the head teacher and director of the Sydney Tai Chi School. The main focus of the school is again to promote and spread the teachings of Master Huang Sheng Shyan who is now widely recognised as one of the truly great modern masters of the art.