To help alleviate stress and osteoarthritis in her knees and back, Mary Anne began Tai Chi in 2006. Through her continuous practice, not only has she found relief from these conditions, but has discovered additional benefits of relaxation, improved balance and strength. Mary Anne embraces the challenges of learning new styles and movements and has made Tai Chi a continuous growth experience in her life. She is always there to offer assistance to students.
Wendy began her Tai Chi journey in 2006, as a way to help her deal with work-related stress, since she had heard that Tai Chi is sometimes called “moving meditation.” Besides developing a more relaxed mind, Wendy soon discovered other powerful benefits of core strength and improved balance, and has been a dedicated practitioner ever since. With her belief in continual learning and improvement, Wendy offers friendly and gentle assistance to our students.
Amy has been studying Tai Chi and Qigong with Sifu Leong since 1996. Her love of the various barehanded and weapon forms is only matched by her abilities and skill. Amy instructs our Yang and Chen beginner forms on Monday evenings, and greatly enjoys welcoming new students and making them feel comfortable in our sessions.
Charles has a wealth of knowledge of Qigong and many forms of Tai Chi. He started the Yang and Chen Tai Chi classes in Medicine Hat in 1992. Sifu Leong now instructs out Advanced sessions of Yang Traditional and Chen Traditional on Wednesdays. He also instructs weapon forms such as Sword, Sabre, Fan and Spear on Wednesdays. Despite his vast training, Sifu Leong has a humble, friendly and relaxed style of teaching. For his contribution to local sports and recreation, he received a Civic Recognition Award from the City of Medicine Hat in 2009.
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Simone has a lifelong love of athletics, having been involved in swimming, skiing, yoga and kayaking. Her journey with Tai Chi began in 1987 after being diagnosed with arthritis, and it soon became her passion. Simone has been with our group since 2004 and has been instructing Yang and Chen beginner forms (Monday evenings) since 2007. She has a strong dedication to the precision of Tai Chi movements and therefore students greatly benefit from her classes.
DR. JUDY LEE (President) and DR. WAI CHOW (Vice-President). Both have been with the Medicine Hat Tai Chi & Qi-gong Association since its inception in 1992. They have played a lead role in establishing Tai Chi in our community and helping the group fulfill its goals.