About RTCCC

The Rochester T’ai Chi Ch’uan Center was founded by a third generation student of Chen Pan-ling and his students in the late 1970’s and was incorporated in 1982 by third generation Chen Pan-ling Master Kai Sung and his students, with James Ransom as its first President. It was run by Director and President Jampa Mackenzie Stewart until 1990.

This center has undergone several changes including the addition of two more styles of T’ai Chi. Our focus is to always pursue the truth and excellence of learning that make T’ai Chi Ch’uan a respected art. It continues to operate as a not-for-profit educational organization to promote T’ai Chi Ch’uan and related internal arts, and is organized into a "University" of five "colleges" or schools. Each school has a "Dean" or head instructor, with years of extensive, certified training by our source Instructors, as well as other volunteer teachers with certified training.

T’ai Chi Ch’uan courses are offered in both William C.C. Chen Yang and Chen Pan-Ling forms from beginner to advanced level. Courses are also offered in Qigong(much from Sifus Ken Cohen and Yang Yang), Peter Ralston’s Cheng Hsin T’ui Shou, Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Arthritis, Sun Tai Chi Chuan from Tim Cartmell, and the martial arts legacy of Chen Pan-ling, as taught directly to us by his son Grandmaster Chen Yun Ching. A new addition is now offered using Master Da Liu's modified Yang style Tai Chi Chuan Form to be a vehicle for "Meditation in Motion". 

Whether you are currently practicing T’ai Chi or are interested in learning more about it, we invite you to visit us during one of our scheduled Open Houses. You are also welcome to stop by during any of our class times to observe lessons in T'ai Chi, Chen Pan-ling Martial Arts, including traditional Chinese weapons, Qigong, or Cheng Hsin.

Mission Statement

The Rochester T’ai Chi Ch’uan Center is a not-for-profit educational institution incorporated in 1982, whose mission is to promote good health and longevity for its students and members, through the instruction and practice of T’ai Chi Ch’uan and its related internal arts. We maintain an open learning atmosphere, combining ancient tradition with modern instructional techniques, and encourage an open exchange of information from teachers of all Martial Arts and disciplines.

Vision Statement

The Vision for the future of the Rochester T’ai Chi Ch’uan Center will be to continue and further the legacy granted to us by the first wave of Chinese T’ai Chi Ch’uan teachers to reach our shores, by attaining a greater presence and position in the T’ai Chi Community, both regionally and nationally.