Who are we?
The School of Tai Chi Chuan Amsterdam (STCC Amsterdam) is a body of teachers that, as a subset of the T'ai Chi Foundation (TCF), exists to continue the teaching of Cheng Man-Ch'ing style of Tai Chi Chuan (Yang style short form) as passed down by Patrick Watson. STCC Amsterdam has been teaching T'ai Chi classes in Amsterdam since 1977. We have been located in the Kerkstraat since 1979.
The Amsterdam branch of the school today is composed of 18 instructors teaching Tai Chi classes. Each teacher follows the curriculum and team-teaching method developed by Patrick Watson. All teachers are so called apprentices who have gone through the school’s full T'ai Chi form curriculum and then entered into the apprenticeship program, learning to teach each level, one third at a time. We gather together once or twice a year with all the apprentices of the School to continue to learn from Patrick’s senior teachers, practicing Tai Chi Chuan, push hands and sword form.
So as a T'ai Chi teaching school, our school prepares our apprentices through intensive trainings each year. 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 Short Form.
Why Choose Us?
The hallmark of our T'ai Chi school is team-teaching. Our method provides students with a friendly setting where the focus is on the clarity of the course material. Our students report that we teach with a balance of disciplined focus, relaxation, inspiration and humor.