Mark Westcott is a senior student of Maggie Newman of New York City. Mark has been studying T'ai chi for over 40 years with Maggie. He has been teaching since 1982 at which time Maggie passed her Rochester school on to him. Mark has also studied extensively with Ben Lo, Liu Hsi Heng, Yuan Wei-ming and Lenzie Williams.
Jean Zimmermann-Westcott has been a student of Maggie Newman for 19 years studying with her in both NYC and Philadelphia. Jean has received additional training from Ben Lo, Lenzie Williams, Yuan Wei-ming, Ed Young and Herman Kauz with sword fencing from Ken VanSickle. Certified to teach by Maggie Newman in 2004, Jean has been teaching in Rochester since relocating here in 2006.
Professor Cheng Man Ch'ing came to New York in the sixties and was one of the first to teach t'ai chi openly to non-Chinese students. Since then his Yang Short Form has become one of the most popular forms of T'ai chi world-wide. We teach the form as it was faithfully conveyed to us by Maggie Newman, an internationally respected senior student of Professor Cheng.
Maggie Newman is one of Professor Cheng's six original students in New York City. She studied with him from 1964 until his death in 1975. She is an internationally respected teacher of T'ai chi and has been for over 50 years. Maggie established classes in Philadelphia, New York and Rochester. The Rochester school was turned over to Mark in 1982 and has been run continuously as Great Lake T'ai Chi Ch'uan ever since.
Five Basic Tai Chi Principles:
Separation of Weight
Move from the Waist
Beautiful Lady's Wrist
"The practice of Tai Chi is about discovering yourself. It's about forces of the world - both natural and unnatural and how one relates to them. It's about focus and about balance. It's the understanding that things change and knowing how to stay centered throughout the changes."
- Ed Young