Khor Tai Chi Qigong

What is Khor Style Tai chi? Khor Style Tai Chi is Modified Yang Style Tai Chi.

WHY? Because Yang Style Tai Chi favours right handed movements, and lacks some left side movements. Khor style Tai Chi addresses the imbalance with equal left & right movements. This brings it in line with the Tai Chi philosophy of the Yin Yang principle.

Khor Style Tai Chi follows the principles laid down in the classics as its foundation as it is in the Wu Hao Style (Scholars Tai Chi). Khor Style also recognises the influences of Xing-Yi and Ba-Gua as in Sun Style Tai Chi and also the influences of other Qigong traditions and great scholars like Hua Tao’s Five Animals, the famous Zen Buddhist’s Shaolin Temple Lohan Qigong, the Ancient Yellow Emperor’s Tao Yin and traditional massage methods.



What is Chen Style Tai Chi?     
Chen Style Tai Chi is Modified Wudang Style Tai Chi. WHY?

Because Wudang Style Tai Chi is too holistic for the martial art schools who mainly wanted combat effectiveness, and not the lifestyle nourishing aspect of the Taoist.

What is Wudang Style Tai Chi?   
Wudang Style Tai Chi is the Original Tai Chi created by Taoist

Zhang San Feng, The creator/founder/father of the Tai Chi art. It is a holistic lifestyle nourishment art.

What is Yang Style Tai Chi?      
Yang Style Tai Chi is Modified Chen Style Tai Chi. WHY?

Because Chen Style Tai Chi was too strenuous for the general population to practise.

WHY Learn with the Australian Academy of Tai Chi & Qigong?
The Academy’s comprehensive curriculum is a unique collection of the best traditional Chinese exercises for cultivating health and longevity while taking into consideration the safety of our students. Our teaching methods ensure that each person has the opportunity to obtain individual benefits without risk of injury. We have continued to distil the essence (essential principles) of traditional Tai Chi and Qigong to ensure that all of our exercises ensure the optimal outcomes of better health and ‘life nourishing’.

The Australian Academy of Tai Chi teaches the Khor Style Tai Chi which is a refinement of the Yang Style Tai Chi, which in turn branched out from the Chen Style, which in turn was formulated from earlier Tai Chi movements in antiquity.

The central theme/philosophy of Khor Tai Chi is BALANCE AND HARMONY with the underlying objectives of cultivating Health, Relaxation and Joy of Living.


Our perspective of Tai Chi is to view it in the bigger picture, taking in the history and culture of the art, the times and modern age we live in, and how Tai Chi can be practically applied to everyday living. “LIFE IS FOR LIVING” and the art and philosophy of Tai Chi can help to enrich our lives immensely.

The essence of the Tai CHI philosophy is balance and harmony. A person who appreciates the wisdom of this Yin Yang balance principle would apply it, not only in the physical movement exercise of the Tai Chi art, but also in the way one views the Universe. This embraces the concept that nothing is absolute or stays the same, that everything is in constant flux or changing.

However, within this movement or flow, there is an equilibrium or balance and the way to perceive it is to first relax oneself physically and mentally. The concept of balance and even bodily development is observed in Khor Tai Chi in that all movements are balanced i.e. we do not favour the left or the right side of the body, both sides are equally exercised.

Most sports and even some Tai Chi styles, tend to favour the right side or left side of the body. This contradicts the principle of balance and harmony and inhibits even body development.

Khor Tai Chi has been refined to balance the left and right movements so that whatever movement done on the left is also done on the right. Both left and right areas of the brain are equally activated and exercised.

In the more than 25 year history of the Australian Academy of Tai Chi, research conducted amongst our 80,000 + students indicates that the majority of people practice Tai Chi as a leisure health art to enhance their quality of life. This is very similar to the Tai Chi ideals embraced by the masses of Chinese who have practised Tai Chi for centuries.

The ideals of this Academy are to provide professional instructorship with well researched and developed courses which are accessible to everyone regardless of their state of fitness.

The Australian Academy of Tai Chi has branches throughout Australia and maintains a high standard of Tai Chi instruction with its team of professionally trained Instructors.

The Academy’s courses range from public classes and personal, private tuition to corporate packages, seminars, citizen courses and children’s classes in schools. Course backup includes “home learning’ videos, books, wall charts and Tai Chi music.



After calming and focusing the mind, you can begin to relax. You can control your thoughts and actions with the same image, bringing them into harmony. Weight is shifted from one foot to the other in a series of subtle transitions between forward and backward movements. The slowness of Tai Chi teaches balance through muscle control and coordination … visually is resembles an effortless dance but in reality every movement is performed with a great deal of strength and control.


Breathing is abdominal. It uses the diaphragm as well as the chest to make breathing deeper. This improves circulation to the organs such as the liver and spleen. The rise and fall of your diaphragm also affects the heart, lungs, kidneys, stomach, intestines, gall bladder, etc.


In essence meditation consists of concentration and relaxation. Your mind concentrates on an object while your body relaxes, much in the same way you can linger on pleasant thoughts of holidays, love or far away places.

The basic idea is to silence the mind, either by concentrating on a single item like breathing, or on the sound of mantra (repeated word or sound) or the visual image of mandala (a circle image with a symbolic meaning).

Tai Chi can be categorised as “Tung Kung” or Moving Meditation. While traditional Qigong usually involves striking up a static posture (e.g. standing Zen) Tai Chi postures undergo continuous form changes.


The AATC methods of teaching present a highly adaptable program so that maximum individualisation can occur.