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WaterWheel Tai Chi

Norwalk CT Lancaster PA


about our name

"The instructor is a guide. Principles are the teacher."

WaterWheel Tai Chi does not refer to a particular style or lineage of teaching. The waterwheel image is intended to convey the harmonious and productive potential of human technology when developed through the desire to understand and capitalize on what nature makes available. We regard the first responsibility of the instructor as that of being a perpetual student and embodying the learning process, rather than modeling a rigid interpretation of one school's techniques.

We do not promote either competition or inflated promises of personal transformation at WaterWheel. The intertwined goals of health promotion and self-defense are not ends in themselves but opportunities for self-development in the broadest sense. Nothing is guaranteed. My instructor, B.P. Chan, attributed any success to hard work, perseverance, understanding and luck. We strive to take pleasure in the details of practice and leave the big things to time.


principal instructor

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Tim Regan began his study of Tai Chi in 1988 as a student and assistant to instructor Reggie Jackson, a student of Da Liu. Tim has gone on to study traditional and modern styles of Tai Chi, as well as Qigong, Xingyi and Bagua for both health promotion and self-defense. His most extensive studies were under B.P. Chan and his students.

Since 1994, Tim has taught Tai Chi at various Connecticut institutions including St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport Hospital, Norwalk Community College and Fairfield University.

Tim received his M.A. in Health Arts and Sciences from Goddard College in 2006. He spent two years as a clinic assistant in Chinese bodywork with Tom Bisio and was certified in Zheng Gu Tui Na in 2009. Tim teaches therapeutic movement (since 2006) and Tui Na bodywork (since 2009) for the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute where he has developed a practical, clinic-based Qigong method for acupuncturists to implement with their patients.


acknowledgements

reggie

"The first instructor is the most important."

I would like to thank Reggie Jackson, whom I was fortunate to call a friend, for introducing me to Tai Chi and helping to instill in me the drive to endlessly question, pursue, and grow without self-satisfaction, and how to take myself lightly while treating others with care. His endless generosity of spirit and good humor have touched many.



chan

"We work together to make our understanding a little clearer."

I am deeply indebted to B.P. Chan, both as a friend and guide. Working with Chan and his students was instrumental to developing an understanding of what it meant to study the martial arts and share from the heart without titles, awards or hyperbole. Chan's compassion stood out even over his encyclopedic knowledge of the martial arts and techniques for health preservation. He is well remembered by his students, friends and family.

 


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