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New to Tai Chi?

Thank you for taking the time to visit and welcome to the Canadian Tai Chi Academy - Nipissing District. We encourage you to explore and learn about Tai Chi.

We are a branch of the Canadian Tai Chi Academy (CTCA), who teach the 108-moves, a style developed by Master Moy Lin-Shin. The Academy is operated by volunteer instructors and executives. Consider Tai Chi (TIE-CHEE). Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise.

Tai Chi is designed to help you reduce stress, improve your health and may also prolong your life. It is generally suitable for people of any level of physical fitness.


Practiced by millions of people over the centuries, Tai Chi has been proven helpful for the health of the body.

Complete whole-body exercise

Can be practiced anywhere, anytime, with no need for special gear

Allows the body to rejuvenate naturally

During Tai Chi practice, the muscles and tendons are alternately stretching and relaxing. That makes them flexible and the joints become looser.

During the stretching and relaxing, blood in the veins is being squeezed back to the heart. The blood in the artery flows easier and fuller; and the looser joints will let the blood flow through without impediment. With good circulation, the body will heal and rejuvenate itself naturally.

One of the reasons that people feel so good when they are doing Tai Chi is that the movements are relaxing, even at the beginner level. This is because the nature of the movements tends to naturally stretch the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in a gentle manner.

Other activities give the benefits of stretching, but none do it exactly like Tai Chi. In Tai Chi, stretching involves the entire body, not just arms or limbs or other segments. The more someone can connect the whole body in his or her practice, the more relaxation can be implemented.


The staged approach.


We at the Canadian Tai Chi Academy teach a system that is very effective for understanding the fundamentals of Tai Chi. Beginners will quickly benefit from the form in a short period of time.

After easily learning to move the body with balance and utilizing proper structure, the form is taught again from the beginning, but in more detail, refining the patterns and methods common to all the moves. At this stage, the instruction is meant to help the student relax more deeply into the body's internal structure, as well as open the joints and ligaments to allow circulation and energy to flow more freely. As the students progress, the instruction becomes more personal and individual, with each student given the instruction that he or she needs at the time.


Regular Tai Chi practice has been found to reverse the physical effects of stress as well as restore harmony both physically and mentally.

Physical Benefits

  • Improved flexibility, balance, immune function, cardiovascular function and motor coordination
  • Reduction in pain and tension
  • Better sleep patterns and increased energy

Mental Benefits

  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Increased ability to relax
  • Better concentration and focus
  • Enhanced sense of well-being

Health Maintenance

  • Practicing regularly will help maintain health
  • Hands and feet will be warmer
  • You will find your sleeping is deeper and more restful
  • Don't skip a class, even if you feel tired and run down. You'll feel more energy after the class, so you won't regret it

Health Improvement

  • Practising regularly will help you recover and improve your health
  • You'll find that your pain will lessen
  • You'll feel lighter and happier
  • At first you may need guidance to learn the postures and movements, then you'll need guidance to refine the movements. After a while, you will be surprised how much it helps your health, both physical and mental.


In July 2007, the Canadian Tai Chi Academy was approved as a registered charity based in Toronto, Canada, dedicated to the teaching of the Chinese internal arts for health as passed on to us by the late Master Moy Lin-Shin (1931-1998).

The Academy is 100% operated by volunteer instructors and officers. Our head instructors have over 20 years of experience teaching Lokhupbafa and Tai Chi.

The Canadian Tai Chi Academy is a registered charity and is not affiliated with any religious organizations.

The Academy operates as a non-profit organization.