The Tai Chi Corner is a center for the community which promotes youthfulness, character enhancement and self-defense. A place where people gather on a common journey; the spiritual discipline of T’aichi Ch’uan and Water Style Boxing.
Here, students sense a permission to get acquainted with their mind, body and spirit while practicing these Arts.
The Tai Chi Corner offers two hundred years of combined knowledge of martial arts through Nathan and his teachers.
These exercises are designed for ANYONE from ANY SYSTEM to simply learn how to remove the target that your opponent is trying to attack; whether the person is trying to strike, grapple, throw or lock.
The school offers a safe, friendly, and fun space to practice this system. The Arts are taught in a secure environment in a deliberate method for a relaxed sense of being. Prospective students should visit one of our beginner’s classes.
Please contact us by phone or email prior to coming.
Beginner’s classes are held on Saturdays from 9:30am – 10:30am. The school is located on High Street, across from the Graceland Shopping Plaza. Class fees vary depending on how many classes per week you will be attending. There are no contracts to sign, fees are on a month to month basis.
Sifu Nathan Menaged
His passion for transmitting these Arts is exemplified in his relaxed and simultaneous energetic teaching style that is down-to-earth and easy to understand.As principal instructor, Nathan has more than twenty years of teaching experience and has been conducting workshops in the U.S. and Europe for the past fifteen years. In 1976, his journey in the Martial Arts began with Taiani Kancho in Okinawan Gojuryu and was awarded 3rd degree black belt in that system. This quest then brought him to the Chinese Internal Martial Arts, becoming a senior disciple of Grandmasters Wm. C.C. Chen and the late Dr. Tao Ping-Siang. Grandmaster Chen regularly visits and teaches at this school.
The Art that is taught at the school is a distinct culmination of the modern approach of the Body Mechanics of Wm. C.C. Chen Tai Chi Chuan, the unique style of Dr. Tao’s yielding and the importance of nimbleness and assessing a situation as learned from Taiani Kancho
Taiani Kancho is the founder and senior instructor of Seito Gojuryu Soto Kai (Orthodox Goju Preservation Association) and Kancho of the Jinshinkan So-Honbo.
Taiani Kancho has been training for over 40 years in the martial arts including training in mainland China, Okinawa, and mainland Japan. Over the years, he has won many championships in the United States and Japan. He received his Hanshi grade by the International Karate Do Organization and All Japan Karate Association on January 20, 1987 (Tokyo, Japan).
Over the years, Kancho has had many great teachers and Seniors to help him progress in Budo, but the main masters were Gogen Yamaguchi (The Cat), Gonnhoyoe Yamamoto and Sosui Ichikawa.
He is known as one of the top historians in the Goju system. It is also said that he has the greatest knowledge of Bunkai with Gojuryu. He continues to study and research the book Bubishi and teaches his art only for this book.
Grandmaster William C.C. Chen
Grandmaster William C.C. Chen started teaching Tai Chi Chuan at the beginning of the 1950s while training as a live-in student of the famous Great-Grandmaster Cheng Man-Ching who preferred to be called Professor Cheng. Besides being the youngest of Professor Cheng’s senior students, he was also a favorite disciple.
In the 1950s he was involved competitively in the various free-style, Chinese Wushu. In 1958, he won second place in the Taiwan Nationional Olympic Competition.
Grandmaster William C.C. Chen has devoted his life to the study of body mechanics and the effects of Tai Chi Chuan for the art of self-defense as well as on physical health, and to the application of the principles of Tai Chi Chuan. His approach is to make Tai Chi Chuan simple, easy, natural, enjoyable, and productive.
He has been a teacher since 1952 in Taiwan, Singapore, Malasia, Thailand, Hawaii, and the West Coast. In 1965, he established the William C.C. Chen Tai Chi Chuan in New York City’s Chelsea area.
He is invited to give special seminars on his Body Mechanics of Tai Chi Chuan on a regular basis in Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States.
Grandmaster Tao Ping-Siang
The late Grandmaster Tao, a doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, devoted his life to the study of Chinese martial arts. Beginning his studies in childhood in the Shaolin style Spring Leg he gradually turned toward the Nei Chia(inner) systems; Liu-ho Pa-fa (Water Style boxing), Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing I and Pa Qua Chang.
Those who taught him were all famous masters. Never actively seeking out teachers, Dr. Tao was introduced to each of his new masters by his former ones, becoming a closed-door student to many of them. The two teachers who had the greatest influence on him were Great-Grandmasters Wu Yi Hui and Professor Cheng Man-Ching.
Dr. Tao was influenced by all he observed and he later came to integrate the knowledge gained through understanding the relationships among the different disciplines. His level of achievement was the result of accumulated experience through long study and practice and he was known as the Master of the Soft Way.
Preferring to keep a low profile, Master Tao was not well known to the general public and shared his wealth of knowledge and experience with those who have a common interest.