Erle Montaigue has been teaching Tai Chi since 1975 and has been learning since 1967. He has had the fortune to have had the very best of direct lineage Chinese teachers and in 1985 was the first Westerner to be given the degree of Master directly from China.

Erle is often a controversial figure, only teaching the original long forms that were invented hundreds of years ago and never succumbing to the more modern and mainly American shortened versions of the art. His some 20 books and 271 video titles now published worldwide have helped thousands to gain the great healing benefits of this great healing art.

Erle is the head of the World Taiji Boxing Association which boasts schools in some 35 countries.


Ben and Eli Montaigue have been learning with their Father since they were 6 years old and are now accredited teachers with the WTBA and are Erle’s personal representatives in his system of Tai Chi ch’uan.


Tai Chi ch’uan or Taijiquan, to use the Pinyin way of spelling, means Supreme Ultimate Fist or Boxing which gives a lead as to the origins of Tai Chi as one of the world’s most deadly fighting systems. However, it is also one of the greatest movement therapies working not only upon the skeletal and muscular system but also upon the internal energy system of the body. Tai Chi brings the body back to a more balanced state thus helping the practitioner to either lose weight or gain in, whatever they need to do.

Every organ in the body is bathed in live giving energy or ‘Qi (ch’i)’ as the Chinese call it, via the 12 main energy channels which pass through every major organ in the body.


The type of Tai Chi that you will be learning is the Yang Style as invented by Yang Cheng-fu back in the early 1900’s, the grandson of Yang Lu-ch’an, the man who invented the Yang Style of Tai Chi. This form is the all slow moving form without the very explosive and fast movements of the Old Yang style. So it is good for anyone wishing to gain better health. In fact, the reason that yang Cheng-fu invented this art was so that older, ailing and any people could gain the great benefits of the art without losing the original essence of the art.

All you have to do is a few slow movements with steps at each lesson and slowly we will build it up until you are eventually able to perform the whole long form, gaining the great benefits to your health.