STCC and TCF Founder, Patrick Watson, endowed the School and its teaching form to a group of eight senior apprentices and teachers. This group was named “Legacy Holders” referring to the ancient tradition of passing knowledge from master to student. Patrick believed that the Legacy Holders held the mastery of his teaching, and that of Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing and that this advanced body of knowledge would continue to develop and be shared with students around the world.

 

Margaret Matsumoto, Legacy Holder Representative

Margaret Matsumoto has dedicated her adult life to the teaching of Tai Chi Chuan, emphasizing the spiritual beauty of the art and its relevance to harmonious everyday life. She shares with the school’s many teachers a commitment to transmit the essence of the teachings passed by founding teacher Patrick Watson, and his teacher, Grandmaster Cheng Man-Ch’ing.

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Greg Woodson

Greg has been a senior faculty member for the T’ai Chi Foundation/School of T’ai Chi Chuan since the late 1980’s offering seminars, training workshops and group trainings with other participating teachers throughout the t’ai chi community in the US, Europe and Latin America. Greg began his study of the martial arts in 1969 has and ...

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Sherry Kent

Legacy Holder & Senior Teacher: I started studying tai chi with Patrick Watson in 1975 in Boston and New York City.  I still remember the moment that Patrick offered to train me as a T’ai Chi teacher!  Over the years he guided me towards becoming an experienced instructor specialized in seeing what is needed next in ...

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Gerrie Sporken

In 1976 I got acquainted with tai chi. I immediately got enthusiastic and still am. For years Patrick Watson was my teacher. He was one the senior students of Prof. Cheng Man-ch’ing, master in the five excellences. I have been teaching in cooperation with the School of T’ai Chi Chuan, currently T’ai Chi Foundation, since 1977 not ...

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Margaret Olmsted

Margaret Olmsted has been with the School of T’ai Chi Chuan/T’ai Chi Foundation since 1976. She started studying with Patrick Watson in New York City, and under his guidance became an apprentice teacher and then, over the years, a senior teacher. She has taught at trainings both in the United States and Europe, teaching the...

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Pat Gorman

Pat Gorman, Lic.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac., has studied and taught Five Element Acupuncture and T’ai Chi for most of her life. She began her T’ai Chi studies at Chinese Medical Doctor and T’ai Chi Master Professor Cheng Man Ching’s Shr Jung studio, with Patrick Watson in 1973; She graduated from Tai Sophia in 1983, and...

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