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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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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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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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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: and
CIAA Internal Martial Arts

Karel Koskuba taught at Caledonia in 2005

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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