On March 19, 1969 I saw a friend get beat up by five bullies and decided it might be a good idea to learn some self defense.
That evening my father took me to observe a karate class. The moment I entered that school, I knew I had found my path in life. What I did not know was to what extent it would affect every aspect of my life.
I had my first karate class the next day, and since then have practiced martial arts faithfully every day. At age 19 I opened my first school.
Martial arts have taken me around the world many times as student and teacher. My thirst for learning eventually led me to Chen Family Village, China, the birthplace of tai chi, to study directly under 19th generation Grandmaster Wang Xi’an, the greatest tai chi master alive today.
Push Hands with Master Wang Xi’an
Master Wang taught me the true meaning of tai chi for cultivating health and self defense. After years of intensive training with him, he authorized me to teach, with express instructions to teach his Chen style tai chi in the west.
Today I continue to practice tai chi every day with the same enthusiasm and joy as the day I started, and teach tai chi’s original principles and training methods as I learned from Master Wang.
Teaching tai chi is a wonderful way to help people reclaim their health and vitality, and to cultivate internal balance. My goals are simple:
To always strive to achieve the highest level of skill in tai chi.
To be the absolute best teacher that I can be.
To share the beauty and health giving properties of tai chi with as many people as I can.
Here is an interview with Mr. Francesco Curci, from Tai Chi Online: