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Karin Amberger

Karin Amberger taught at Caledonia in 2000

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Isabelle Boitiere

Isabelle Boitiere studied Tai Chi Chuan with Dan Docherty for over 11 years. She is regular competitor at major European events and recently won a gold medal at the 2nd Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe's competition in Denmark performing the Wudang Sword Form in the Group Weapons category.


Isabelle Boitiere taught at Caledonia in 2004 2003


John Bolwell

John Bolwell has trained in Tai Chi & Chinese Internal Arts since the early 1970’s with Danny Connor and Rose Li. More recently he has furthered his studies in Chen style with Liming Yue and with Chen Zheng Lei in China. He has spent time in India studying the martial art of Kalarippayattu, and has travelled to Beijing to train in Peking Opera Warrior roles.

John Bolwell taught at Caledonia in 2002

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Linda Chase Broda

Linda Chase Broda

Linda passed away in 2011

Linda Chase Broda taught at Caledonia in 2005 2000

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Ian Cameron

Ian Cameron studied Tai Chi Chuan with Sifu Cheng Tin Hung in Hong Kong in 1971, and has been teaching since the late 1970s. He has produced two books and has acquired a reputation as one of the foremost practitioners and teachers of the art in Britain.


Ian Cameron taught at Caledonia in 2004


William C.C. Chen

William C.C. Chen taught at Caledonia in 2000

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Katy Cheng

Katy Cheng is the daughter of the late Professor Cheng Man-Ching who studied Taijiquan, with her father, since childhood. Katy has taught for 25 years and continues in her father’s tradition. In addition to her ongoing weekly classes, Katy is a regular instructor at Cheng Family events.

Katy Cheng taught at Caledonia in 2003

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Dr Luce Condamine

Dr Luce Condamine is a paediatrician, a sports doctor, and tai chi teacher who has successfully competed in French and European internal arts competitions. She is the author of a taiji book specially designed for teaching children called, 'Tai Pour Enfants' which is available in Englsih and French.

Dr Luce Condamine taught at Caledonia in 2006

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Brian Cookman

Brian Cookman studied martial arts for 40 years and Tai Chi for 23. He is a certified instructor in Yang & Wu styles and Dragon & Tiger Chi Kung. His special interest is in Tai Chi and Health and is Chairman of the Tai Chi & Chi Kung Forum for Health & Special Needs. He is a NHS instructor for Tai Chi in hospitals.

Brian passed away on Friday 18th February 2005 at Addenbrooks Hospital in Cambridge, at the age of 59.

Brian Cookman taught at Caledonia in 2004

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Dan Docherty

Dan Docherty has studied tai chi chuan since 1971 with Master Cheng Tin Hung. In 1980 he was the south-east open-weight champion. Dan is a founder member of both the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain and the Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe where he serves as President.

Practical Tai Chi Chuan International

Dan Docherty taught at Caledonia in 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2000 2011

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Judith Van Drooge

Judith Van Drooge has studied tai chi for 10 years with Luis Molera and William CC Chen who she is a registered instructor for. Judith has competed successfully in a number of major European competitions where she has won a number of medals in push hands, hand and weapon forms.

Inner Touch

Judith Van Drooge taught at Caledonia in 2009


Gordon Faulkner

Gordon Faulkner is a professional martial arts and qigong instructor who teaches in the UK, USA & Europe. Teaching since 1974 Gordon is a qualified Healing Tao Instructor, assistant to Master Mantak Chia; Senior Referee of Yangsheng Gong Association and founder of the Scottish Branch of Yangsheng Gong, China Wushu Society.

Gordon Faulkner taught at Caledonia in 2003

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Tina Faulkner

After what seemed like years of trying to copy her father in his practice of martial arts, Tina finally began her training in Gong Fu at her father’s school aged seven. By the age of twelve Tina was helping with the teaching in the kid’s classes. It was also around this age that Tina started her practice in Taijiquan and Qi Gong. Not only did Tina have the benefit of growing up with an exceptional teacher at home, she also benefited from participating in workshops of Qi Gong taught by visiting instructors.

At the age of 20 Tina went to study the Daoyin Yangsheng Gong system at its home, the Beijing Sports University in China. During this time Tina entered 2 international competitions of Daoyin Yangsheng Gong, winning gold medals in both.

Whilst studying for her diploma in Daoyin at the University she continued her study of Taijiquan privately with other teachers. Most notably with the national treasure Master Shi Ming at the Purple Bamboo Park. Unknown to her at the time, Master Shi Ming was made popular outside of China for his incredible abilities after he was shown on the Bill Moyers documentaries, Healing and the Mind. Shi Ming is also author of Mind Over Matter.

After her return to the UK, Tina has continued to teach Taijiquan and Qi Gong. Her teaching spread from private groups and gyms to teaching in the healthcare and oil industries. She has also been invited to teach a number of times in America and Europe. During this time Tina has continued her studies, returning to China on a number of occasions. Since the passing of Master Shi Ming, Tina now goes to study Taijiquan with Master Chen Li Sheng on Wudang Mountain.

Tina Faulkner taught at Caledonia in 2012

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B. K. Frantzis

B. K. Frantzis, Taoist lineage master, has 40 years of experience in Eastern healing, martial arts and meditation, including 16 years of living and studying in Asia. He has developed a systematic approach to teaching Taoist energy arts, and has written four highly acclaimed books on these disciplines including The Poweer of Internal Martial Arts and Opening the Energy Gates .

B. K. Frantzis taught at Caledonia in 2002


Shelagh Grandpierre

Shelagh Grandpierre taught at Caledonia in 2000

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Cornelia Gruber

Cornelia Gruber studied Taijiquan since 1971 with John Chung Li, T.T. Liang, William C.C.Chen & Bow Sim Mark.
She is member of the Professional Association of Taijiquan & Qi Gong of Switzerland and serves of the Executive Committee of the Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe. (TCFE)

Cornelia Gruber taught at Caledonia in 2005 2004 2002

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Wang Haijun

Wang Haijun studied Chen Style Taijiquan at Chen Villiage, Chenjiagou, from the age of 9. He has won a number of gold medals at major Taiji tournaments in China and is now living in Manchester, UK and teaching in the UK, Ireland, USA and beyond.

Wang Haijun Taiji World

Wang Haijun taught at Caledonia in 2007 2005 2003

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Jill Heath

Jill Heath has been studying the internal arts since 1991, has taught in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. since 1996, and made her competition debut in 1999 with a personal best in 2001of 3 gold and 3 bronze medals at a single tournament for form, weapons and push hands.  She is a certified Associate Healing Tao instructor, a certified Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor, and a past president and director of the Canadian Taijiquan Federation.  She has had articles published in TongRen (a publication of the CTF) and Breathe Deep (an on-line qigong newsletter). 
She continues her studies of the internal arts with Sifu Helen Wu, Nick Gracenin and Sam Masich.  She much enjoyed her time teaching and training again at Tai Chi Caledonia’sth10th anniversary in Stirling, Scotland in June 2005.  She also enjoys the struggle to speak coherently in French and continues to upgrade her language studies.  She received marks for originality on her final presentation in French class at college, fall 2006, by bringing enough swords to class for all her classmates and instructor and conducting a mini-workshop en français.

Jill Heath taught at Caledonia in 2005

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Roger Jahnke

Roger Jahnke, O.M.D., has dedicated his professional life to sharing the powerful ancient healing traditions of China. He is the director and chief instructor of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, Santa Barbara, California; and a cofounder and recent chairperson of the board of the National Qigong Association.

With almost 30 years of clinical practice as a physician of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and eight research tours to China, Dr. Jahnke has emerged as a key spokesperson for Tai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong (Chi Kung) and is a master teacher of these arts. He has studied hundreds of forms of Qigong with master teachers and visited numerous hospitals, institutes, training centers, temples, and sacred sites in China, focusing on the cultivation of Qi (Chi).

Dr. Jahnke has presented at major conferences on advances in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) throughout the United States. He has lectured on self-healing and emerging trends in health care and medicine to numerous hospital systems and health care associations, including the HealthCare Forum; the Catholic Health Association; the American Medical Association; the National Wellness Institute, Stevens Point, Wisconsin; and the American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago, Illinois. He is a contributing author to numerous books on health promotion methodologies for both clinical providers and health care administrators.

Dr. Jahnke's first book. The Healer Within: The Four Essential Self-Care Methods For Creating Optimal Health, published by Harper San Francisco in 1997, delivered the Qigong and Taiji revolution to a broad and general audience in the Americas and the European community. In 2002, Roger's second book, The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi, published by Contemporary Books, a division of McGraw-Hill, distills the best and most important lessons gleaned from master Qigong teachers, with guidelines for tailoring a self-healing regimen for any age or medical condition.

Qigong, Tai Chi, Taiji, Chi - Feel The Qi¨

Roger Jahnke taught at Caledonia in 2006 2012

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Henk Janssen

Henk Janssen studied Tai Chi Chuan since 1976. He practises Yang style mostly in the lineage of Cheng Man-Ching. His most influential teachers include: Y.T. Phoa, Rob and Erich Völke and Daniel Smit. He has taught Qigong and TCC since 1985. Tui Shou is one of his favorite tools. He successfully competed in pushing hands in various national and international events. He is also a dedicated sword-player and musician.

Henk Janssen

Henk Janssen taught at Caledonia in 2007

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Damaris Jarboux

Damaris Jarboux is an recognized innovator in the field of Chi Kung, and has developed many programs for self, family care and Clinical Treatment. She has trained in Energy Medicine for 26 years in the US, China & Europe, and has led trips to China to train in Qigong Hospitals. She is a Founding Board Member of the National Qigong (Chi Kung) Association, USA.

The Body Energy Center

Damaris Jarboux taught at Caledonia in 2007


Claudy Jeanmougin

Claudy Jeanmougin was a Professor of Physical Education who studied Yoga in Punya and then moved to Taiwan where he studied Chinese language and Taijiquan under Master Wang Yen Nien. He has been teaching Taiji for the past 16 years and is a practising Acupuncturist and Osteopath.

Claudy Jeanmougin taught at Caledonia in 2003

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Nils Klug

Nils Klug has studied Tai Chi Chuan since 1988 and has been teaching since 1990. In the same year, Nils began studying with Grand Master William C. C. Chen, and became his certified instructor in 1993, the same year he founded his own Tai Chi Chuan school in Hannover, Germany. In addition to his personal training with eminent instructors such as William C. C. Chen & Dr Tao Ping Siang. Nils has been an active promoter of tai chi chuan through his annual Push Hands Meeting, the largest push hands meeting in Europe, and his regular teaching in Europe, where he also served as President of the Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe.


Tai Chi Studio Hannover

Nils Klug taught at Caledonia in 2005 2009 2011 2012

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Eva Koskuba

Eva Koskuba, B.A.

Eva has been studying the Internal Martial Arts since 1982 and teaching since 1986. She teaches Chen Taijiquan, Yang Taijiquan, various types of Qigong, Yiquan, pushing hands, weapons and two person sparring set. She is also learning Xingyiquan and Baguazhang.

Current teachers:
Karel Koskuba (20th generation of Chen style)
Chen Xiaowang (19th generation of Chen style)
Du Xianming (student of Chen Zhaokui, 18th generation of Chen style)
Yao Chengguang (3rd generation of Yiquan)

In March 2006 Eva has been accepted as a lineage disciple (20th generation of Chen style) by Master Chen Xiaowang

Eva is an instructor in the Chinese Internal Arts Association, member of the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain and the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts. She and Dawn Hatton, a retired nurse, set up the Taiji and Qigong based exercises programme for the Battle Hospital, Reading.

CIAA Internal Martial Arts

Eva Koskuba taught at Caledonia in 2005

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Karel Koskuba

Karel Koskuba, B. Sc., Dip. Ac.

Karel has been studying Internal Martial Arts since 1978 and teaching since 1984.

Past teachers:
Chu King Hung (5th generation of Yang style)

Current teachers:
Chen Xiaowang (19th generation of Chen style)
Du Xianming (student of Chen Zhaokui, 18th generation of Chen style)
Yao Chengguang (3rd generation of Yiquan)

In March 2006 Karel has been accepted as a lineage disciple (20th generation of Chen style) by Master Chen Xiaowang

Karel is the Chief Instructor of the Chinese Internal Arts Association, member of the Tai Chi Chuan Union of Great Britain (TCUGB) and the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA). He teaches Internal Martial Arts in Berkshire and also leads seminars in UK and abroad.

In the Internal Martial Arts, health is inseparably bound up with the progress of martial skill via cultivation of the internal energy - qi (chi).

Karel is a qualified acupuncturist with a Diploma of Acupuncture from Chung San Acupuncture School in London.

You can find more information on our websites: www.ciaa.org.uk and www.yiquan.org.uk
CIAA Internal Martial Arts

Karel Koskuba taught at Caledonia in 2005


Ramona Krone

Ramona Krone has been a practising physiotherapist for 25 years and has practised Tuina Massage since 1987. She studies all aspects of Taijiquan and Qigong and lives in Hamburg, Germany where she teaches and runs her busy practice.

Ramona Krone taught at Caledonia in 2002

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Bob Lowey

Bob Lowey, who was a co-founder of Tai Chi Caledonia, began his Martial Arts training in the late 1960’s studying Judo and Karate and, from the mid-1970’s be studied Wang Kung Shou Tao, attained Instructor status in 1979. Bob opened his first Taiji class in East Kilbride in September 1985. He is a regular and popular figure in the European Taiji community where he has been teaching at major events for over 20 years.

7 Stars School of Taijiquan

Bob Lowey taught at Caledonia in 2007 2006 2005 2003 2002 2000 2008 2009 2011 2012

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James Macritchie

James Macritchie has practised the Taoist Arts of Acupuncture and Chi Kung for almost 30 years. Originally from Liverpool, England, he now lives in Colorado, USA, and co-directs The Chi Kung School at The Body-Enery Center. He has written three books on Chi Kung and is the Founder of the National Qigong (Chi Kung) Assocation USA, and Founding President of The Acupuncture Asociation of Colorado.

The Body Energy Center

James Macritchie taught at Caledonia in 2007


Mari MacRitchie

Mari MacRitchie taught at Caledonia in 2000

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Armelle Malfilatre

Armelle Malfilatre studied Wudang Tai Chi Chuan with Dan Docherty for over 12 years. She recently won a gold medal at the 2nd Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe's competition in Denmark performing the Wudang Sword Form in the Group Weapons category.


Armelle Malfilatre taught at Caledonia in 2004 2003

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Sam Masich

Sam Masich One of the most accomplished mid-generation practitioners of Chinese internal martial arts in the world today, Sam has trained and taught for nearly three decades. He has studied with some of the great masters of this era from including Liang Shouyu, Dr. Yang Jwing Ming, Jou Tsung Hwa, Yang Zhenduo and Chen Xiaowang.
A passionate and gifted teacher, Sam never fails to inspire students along their path. His work as a full time instructor has taken him to over 100 cities in Canada, USA, Mexico, England, Scotland, Germany and Spain. Students from around the world have traveled to his annual Sam Masich Push Hands Training Camp held in Vancouver, Canada. Many of Sam's students have become top level instructors. Sam is one of few practitioners today that trains and teaches the entire traditional Yang curriculum. He is the creator of the 5 Section Taijiquan Program, a recreational and preliminary training program which includes bare-hand and weapons solo and sparring routines, as well as partner practices. Sam has distinguished himself in competition as a quadruple and septuple gold medalist in national competitions and was a member of the Canadian National Chinese Martial Arts Team competing in China at The World Wushu Invitationals in 1985. Since 1989 he has chief-refereed and judged in regional to national level tournaments in Canada and the USA.
Sam has made some 20 films on taijiquan and neijia related subjects, is the subject of two internationally airing documentaries and has served as a martial arts action consultant, trainer and choreographer on various TV programs and stage productions. Sam is also a musician with several well regarded albums to his credit.


Sam Masich taught at Caledonia in 2007 2008 2009 2011

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Franco Mescola

Franco Mescola has studied martial arts for over 40 years and internal arts since 1975. In 1985 he founded the Tai Chi Research Centre in his native Venice and has worked in hospitals researching the effects of qigong on patients. He has also written a number of articles and books on internal arts. Franco also hosts an international internal arts festival in his native Venice.


Franco Mescola taught at Caledonia in 2005 2008 2009

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Luis Molera

Luis Molera studied Tai Chi Chuan since 1980 & taught since 1984. He studied with Master William CC Chen and in Taiwan with with masters like Chen Shiu-Yao (Rosa Chen), Chen Zhi Dan and Jeang Shen Chih. He has won many tournaments in pushing hands, tai chi form, sword, sabre and fan in Europe and Taiwan.

Luis Molera

Luis Molera taught at Caledonia in 2007 2006

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Mario Napoli

Mario Napoli Was a close student of Stanley Israel who in turn was a student of Cheng Man-Ching for 11 years. Mario focusses primarily on push hands and has won many tournaments in the USA and Europe and was a successful competitor in Chinese competitions.

Mario Napoli taught at Caledonia in 2006 2005 2011

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Wang Ning

Wang Ning was born in Nanjing, China where he learned the art of calligraphy since his early childhood. He also studied old Chinese writing and the art of creating Chinese 'chops'. Wang practices Yang style Taijiquan which has greatly enhanced his calligraphy work. He is now living in Germany where he has also written a number of articles on calligraphy.

Willkommen zu Wang-Ning.de

Wang Ning taught at Caledonia in 2007 2008 2009 2011

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Helmut Oberlack

Helmut Oberlack has studied taiji since 1981 and has spent over 17 years teaching in private classes, universities and sports clubs. He is the publisher of the German Taijiquan and Qigong Journal and co-editor of the European Internal Arts Journal.

Helmut Oberlack taught at Caledonia in 2006 2005 2002

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Richard Odell

Richard Odell has studied Tai Chi for 14 years with Katherine Allen, Dan Docherty and Fan Form with Cornelia Gruber. He has competed for 11 years winning gold medals at British Open, European and the 6th Grand World Wushu Festival, Shanghai. He gained medals for Hand, Sabre, Sword and Spear and Sparring in Malaysia.

Richard Odell taught at Caledonia in 2007 2006

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Gianfranco Pace

Gianfranco Pace began to practice Taijiquan in his late teens, researching and studying with different masters from around the world. His initial training Taijiquan training was in Chen style with Shi Ronghua, before going to Cheng-du to study the internal kungfu of Sun Lutang, with master Gou Honghai. He also studied in Chenjiagou, the birthplace of Taijiquan, staying at the house of Master Chen Xiaoxin, as his guest.

His huge passion for the practice of Taijiquan, also led him to the in-depth study of its weapons: sword, saber, Gundao, lance, pole and double weapons and, of course, also tui shou and fighting. He has also developed training exercises, to help to improve Taijiquan ability using additional training tools such as the elastic ball or the rolling pin (taiji bang).

Gianfranco has developed his own study method to research the Art of Taijiquan as an effective martial art. During his career, he compared his own experience with that of masters Chen Xiaowang, Chen Xiaoxin and Wang Xiang. His has also worked to look at the connections between applying Taijiquan against Street fighting and has developed his own system of Taiji Self Defence (TSD) System, which is the result of his experiments. In recent years Gianfranco has been preparing a technical program useful for students, to train and practice fighting sports and in these last two years his senior young students have competed in sanda, full-contact fighting and boxing.

In the 2009 he has founded his own Taijiquan school, now the basis of the International Taiji Quan Kung Fu Association (I.T.K.A.) . This school was created to develop a traditional Taijiquan teaching place where students come from all around the world to train in a residential boarding school.

ITKA Taijiquan - Kung Fu di Chenjiagou - TSD System - Maestro Gianfranco Pace

Gianfranco Pace taught at Caledonia in 2012


Yannis Patsios

Yannis Patsios taught at Caledonia in 2000

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Mark Peters

Was introduced to martial arts in 1985 and began his tai chi training in the later 1980’s, originally with the Zhong Ding School under Nigel Sutton. I subsequently trained intensively with Tan Ching Ngee in Singapore, Ko Ah Tee in KL, Malaysia, Wu Chiang Hsing in BP, Malaysia, Liang He Ching in Muar, Malaysia and Tan Seow Theng in JB. Malaysia. I competed in most national events and won many medals/trophies for my forms and push-hands. In 1994 I was invited to be part of the British team and competed at the World Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Mark Peters taught at Caledonia in 2011


Michael Plotz

Michael Plotz started martial arts at 9 years old. For the last 15 years he studied Yang style Taijiquan (CMC), as a student of Benjamin Lo (USA) and Patrick Kelly (NZ). He has studied different Qigong practises and has taught for 11 years in Hamburg and Germany. He is a Medical Doctor and is educated in Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture.

Michael Plotz taught at Caledonia in

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Marianne Plouvier

Marianne Plouvier is a Yang Taiji Martial Art School's teacher, continuously training since 1990 with M. Antoine Ly.
She is practicing and teaching bare hand form, right and left, saber, sword, stick and fan, pushing hands and eight pieces of brocade.
She took part in many national, european and chinese competitions, both as competitor and judge. She is also AAMYTF's president, FTCCG's vice-president and TCFE Executive Committee's member.

Marianne Plouvier taught at Caledonia in 2006 2005 2009

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Annie Roberts

Annie Roberts has practiced Qigong Healing since 1995. She volunteered for 7 years at a hospice providing energy-body healing to patients. In 1999 she studied Qigong at three major hospitals in Beijing. Annie began her medical career as a Doctor of Optometry. She is a Professional member of the National Qigong Association USA.

Annie Roberts taught at Caledonia in 2005

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Ronnie Robinson

Ronnie Robinson, founder of Tai Chi Caledona has studied taijiquan since 1981 being training in the Cheng Man-Ching tradition, working with a number of instructors including Larry Butler, Michael Tse and Ian Cameron as well as attending workshops with Mike Sigman, Patrick Kelly, Mario Napoli and having worked privately with Tom Brodie MacClue & Tian Lian. He is a professional instructor and active promoter of internal arts through his various roles as Promotions Manager - Tai Chi Union for Great Britain, Secretary - Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe and Editor of Tai Chi Chuan & Internal Arts magazine (UK). Since 1997 he has been a regular teacher at major European events, including the International Push Hands Meeting where he has taught at 10 of its 12 years.

Chiron Tai Chi

Ronnie Robinson taught at Caledonia in 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2000 2008 2009 2011 2012



Hooked on dancing and various kinds of sportive activity, in 2000 Sonja Schillo fell in love with Chinese martial arts, with her favourite disciplines being Taijiquan and Baguazhang. Her most impelling teachers are Angela Menzel, Volker Jung, Sha Junjie and Li Bin. Being a close student of the two last mentioned, in 2010 she was accepted as a member into the Sha Guozheng family. Together with Angela Menzel she is teaching at the Tai Chi Schule Göttingen, Germany, focussing on inner arts.

Tai Chi Schule Gšttingen

SONJA SCHILLO taught at Caledonia in 2011 2012

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Elke Schürger

Elke Schürger, born 1942, started to learn Taijiquan (CMC) in 1989, later she learned Qigong. She has trained in Berlin to become a teacher in Traditional Qigong and in Healing Qigong. Her main interest is the healing aspect in Qigong, especially DUFT (SCENT) Qigong. She teaches in her own school in Parchim/Mecklenburg (NE Germany).

Elke Schürger taught at Caledonia in 2007

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Ken Van Sickle

Ken Van Sickle was shooting arrows and duelling with playmates, using any available stick, at the age of 6, his fascination with things martial persevered, wrestling in high school, Archery competition, (New Jersey intermediate 1st. Place in 1949) and the study of Foil and Sabre fencing.

After returning from military service in Korea in 1954, Ken went to Paris to study Painting, then returned to live in Manhattan permanently. He practiced Karate with Peter Urban from 1960 – 1967, achieving 3rd. degree black belt. Eventually finding Karate unfulfilling he went on a search for an Art with a more philosophical/spiritual base, this search ended the moment he saw Cheng Man Ch’ing.

He began study with Cheng Man Ch'ing at 211 Canal Street, New York in 1967, attending classes three or four days a week, studying Solo form, Sword form, Push hands and Fencing, He became an instructor in 1971.
In 1972 the Professor gave special classes to a small group of students he chose to be certified as teachers, Ken underwent intensive training in solo form and sword form, He continued to study with Cheng Man Ch’ing until he returned to Taiwan in 1975.

Ken has been teaching Tai Chi since 1980 and conducting workshops is the U.S. and Europe since 1992, he teaches form, push hands, sword form, fencing and Chi Gung, having a special feel for Tai Chi Sword, it has become his specialty. Ken teaches with the method and in the spirit of Cheng Man Ch’ing.


Ken Van Sickle taught at Caledonia in 2005 2004 2012

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Jan Silberstorff

JAN SILBERSTORFF received his official taijiquan training license from the PR of China in 1989 to teach taijiquan in China. In 1993 he became the first western medallist in the official tournament of Chenjiagou, birthplace of Taijiquan. Jan became an indoor student and family disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang in 1994, and together they founded the Chen Xiaowang World Taijiquan Association. Jan became the leader of the German section, which is now the largest organization of its kind. Jan is fluent in Chinese, where he lived for many years, studying with GM Chen Xiaowang, following GM Chen to his current home in Australia. In 1998 he was invited to be the first westerner to perform in the official Singapore State Wushu Masters Event, which was broadcast all over Asia.
Jan has published many articles, 3 books, several DVDs, and has produced 2 TV series about taijiquan. As a member of the 20th generation of the Chen family, Jan currently teaches in 15 countries around the world.

ursprünglichen Taijiquan

Jan Silberstorff taught at Caledonia in 2004 2003 2008 2012

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Paul Silfverstrale

Paul Silfverstrale has studied Asian martial arts for over 20 years, and is a student of Dan Docherty since 1998. He has lived, travelled, practiced and taught extensively in Europe, China and SE Asia, and spent thorough time in Malaysia and Singapore practicing with Wu-style family. He is an international tournament winner in forms, pushing hands and San Shou, many of his students have also been successful on the international competition arena. He works professionally teaching Tai Chi Chuan and as a TCM acupuncturist.

Practical Tai Chi Chuan

Paul Silfverstrale taught at Caledonia in 2008 2009 2011

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Enzo Simeoni

Enzo Simeoni Has 25 years experience in Internal Martial Arts. His initiation to the martial arts began with Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung under the following Masters Chang Dzu Yao and Franco Mescola. He is currently Technical Director of The Tai Chi Research Center and main collaborator for Master Franco Mescola.


Enzo Simeoni taught at Caledonia in 2005

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Laura Stone

Laura Stone has studied T'ai Chi Ch'uan for over 30 years as practitioner, teacher and organizer. She has worked on all aspects including diverse forms (slow and fast, with and without weapons) and partner practices (push/sensing hands, form applications and T'ai Chi boxing). Laura trained with William CC Chen since 1979, and studies Zen Meditation & Body-Centred Psychotherapy.

Laura Stone

Laura Stone taught at Caledonia in 2006 2011

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Nigel Sutton

Nigel Sutton has been practising Oriental Martial Arts for over 30 years. He studied Baguazhang intensively with Gao Ziying, Gao Jiwu, Kang Gewu, Bai Wenxiang and Zhao Weidong. He is a disciple in the Zheng Manqing lineage under Tan Ching Ngee, Lee Bian Lei, Lau Kim Hong & Ho Ah San. He lives and works in Malaysia.


Nigel Sutton taught at Caledonia in 2004

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Dee Swift

Dee Swift studied Taijiquan since the 80's and has been teaching Yang style T'ai Chi and Chi Kung for 14 years. A full time instructor who works in a variety of venues from sports centres and village halls to hospitals. Dee is a member of the Steering Group for the T'ai Chi and Chi Kung Forum for Health and Special Needs.

Dee Swift taught at Caledonia in 2004 2003

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Aarvo Tucker

Aarvo Tucker lived in Taiwan and China from 1981 - 1997 and studied Taijiquan, Baguazhang and Xingyi with 2 Teachers, namely : Liu Hsi-heng - the Senior Disciple of Cheng Man Ching; and Lo Dexiu, who featured in the BBC production of “The Way of the Warrior” with his Teacher Hung Yi-hsiang.

Aarvo Tucker taught at Caledonia in 2003 2002



I have studied Cheng Man-Ching style Tai chi for 18 years, working with Nigel Sutton, Master Liang Heqing, Lam Kim Hong & Lee Bay Lay. I have also taught at these major event: Course instructor 2010, International Instructors course Malaysia. Course Instructor 2009, International students course Malaysia. Participant 2009 Pushing Hands Invitational North South Shaolin Centre, Penang. Co-founder of The 3 Treasures Tai Chi Forest Festival

TONY ULATOWSKI taught at Caledonia in 2011

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Marnix Wells

Marnix Wells studied Chinese Internal Arts since 1968 and has travelled widely learning Bagua, Taiji & Xingyi training with Zhang Yizhong, Gan Xiaozhou, Wang Shujin and Hong Yimian. He recently produced, 'Scholar Boxer: Chang Naizhou Theory of Internal Martial Arts and the Evolution of Taijiquan.'

Marnix Wells taught at Caledonia in 2006 2011

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Victoria Windholtz

Victoria Windholtz was born in Spain in December 1971 and started studying martial arts intensively from the age of 10. She has been a member of the French National Wushu Team for years, as a Tai chi specialist. European champion and internationally renowned expert on Chen style Tai chi, she teaches in France and internationally.

Victoria Windholtz

Victoria Windholtz taught at Caledonia in 2007

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Sue Woodd

SUE WOOD has worked in Complementary Medicine for the past 20 years, founding her own school in 1991. She is a registered Trainer with the Shiatsu Society and she teaches for the European School of Tai Chi Ch'uan, and is a graduate of the College of Cranial Sacral Therapy. and teacher affiliated with Yoga Alliance. As an International Master Trainer she trains fitness instructors and lectures for leading Health Farms and Fitness Companies worldwide.

Sue Woodd

Sue Woodd taught at Caledonia in 2006 2008

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Gary Wragg

Gary Wragg practised boxing and judo as a teenager, then Wing Tsun & Escrima before beginnning his Taijiquan studies in 1973 with Gerda Geddes, John Kells (1977-79) and Seow Poon Shing (1979-1983) before settling with Wu Kwong Yu from 1983 to the present day. He heads the Wu’s Style Tai Chi Academy in London and is the senior representative of the Wu Family Clan in the UK & Europe, is a founder member of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain, where he has served as Chairman and developed their Judge’s Training Programmes.


Gary Wragg taught at Caledonia in 2012

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Faye Li Yip

FAYE LI YIP Was born to a traditional Chinese Martial Arts family in Beijing and has studied since childhood. From the age of 7 she trained in Shaolin Quan, then Xing Yi, Bagua and Taiji (Yang and Sun Style) under her father (Prof Li Deyin). She also travelled to many different parts of China to learn from highly respected masters, train with professional coaches and compete with some of China's elite athletes. She has been teaching in the UK since 1990, and she produced many medal-winning students in British National competitions.

Deyin Taijiquan Institute (GB)

Faye Li Yip taught at Caledonia in 2006 2005 2008 2009 2011


Liming Yue

Liming Yue taught at Caledonia in 2000

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Luigi Zanini

Luigi Zanini studied traditional Chinese martial arts with Sifu Stefano Bellomi at the 'Shaolin Kungfu Institute' from 1977 until 1989. The curriculum included Shaolin, Tang Lang, Tam Tui, Hakka Kuen, Baguazhang and Taijiquan systems, bare hand, weapons and two persons training. He was Italian champion in 1988, an international judge at competitions and received advanced instruction under Sifu Aldo Ballarin in Milano (Baguazhang). In 1990 he continued his Neijia journey with Master Wang Quiang from Shanghai (Dachengquan - Baguazhang), Sifu Loriano Belluomini in Lucca (Baguazhang) and Yves Kieffer in Arona (Xingyiquan, Daoyinfa). After these and other experiences (Wing Chun, Kali), he opened his own school 'Ziran Baguazhang' and taught in Italy and abroad, beceing a regular teacher at'Rencontres Jasnieres' in France, 'Tai Chi Caledonia' in UK and other international meetings. He trained also in the United States in 1998 and 1999, where he met Master Jou Tsung Hwa. In 2003 he got a diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine under the “Nanjing Academy of TCM” (China), teaching medical and martial Qigong for seven years at Shiatsu schools and in Italian hospitals. As a professional journalist, he directed “Tian Tan – News magazine for alternative health” for two years, wrote many articles on martial arts in Italian and European magazines. He co-authored two books, “The complete guide to Kungfu” and “Kungfu” with Yves Kieffer. Since 2007 he opened his online blog on traditional internal Chinese martial arts, Ziran Neigong Quan, and started an informal way of teaching: in the parks, under all weather conditions. He continues his journey in the martial arts (Krav Maga, Brazilian Jujitsu) and holds seminars in Europe (Sweden, Croatia, Scotland, Switzerland, Tyrol, etc), where Ziran Baguazhang groups are growing.


Luigi Zanini taught at Caledonia in 2003 2002 2000 2012