BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2019-2020
Miramichi West, NB
2012-present - Membership
|Steven Holbert has been a T’ai Chi player since 1985. He started with Gloria Jenner at the London Y, then studied with other teachers for several years. In 1998, he returned to Gloria’s teaching at the Phoenix T’ai Chi Centre. He was certified as a teacher with the Phoenix T’ai Chi Centre in 2007, and holds a Level II certification with the Canadian Taijiquan Federation. Steve has been a member of the Canadian Taijiquan Federation since 2005. He held the position of Treasurer from 2007 until 2016, and now sits as President. When Gloria retired from the Phoenix T'ai Chi Centre, Steven stepped in to continue the Centre's presence in London. He continues to teach a variety of classes in London, and seeks educational opportunities to expand his understanding of Tai Chi, QiGong and martial arts.|
Sifu Malcolm MacQuarrie is presently teaching three classes weekly; Seated Tai Chi and Qigong, Tai Chi and
Affiliations: Threads of Gold Tai Chi and Qigong Institute of St. Catharines, ON / Founder & Sifu
• 50 years martial arts experience.
• Began with Quai Wong Karate/Kung Fu Society, Toronto 1966
• Trained several years in full-contact Tae Kwon Do under June Tae Kim
• Left hard styles in 1980, to return to his Kung-Fu roots and devote himself to study and training of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan and QiGong
• Began teaching Tai Chi at YMCA Fort Erie in 1985 and became a member of the Canadian Taijiquan Federation shortly after
• Opened his first private school of Tai Chi in 1987
• Was asked to sit on Board of Directors, Canadian Taijquan Federation, June 2015
Carol has been a Taiji player since 2000 with a background in Karate. Sifu Steve Higgins, Cold Mountain Internal Arts, has been her Taiji mentor and an enormous influence and support. Carol is an RMT in Waterloo, Ontario.
Daniel's first exposure to tai chi was in 2013 at Steve Higgin's Cold Mountain Internal Arts. Formerly training in Japanese Ju Jitsu and currently practicing in freestyle wrestling, Daniel has become an avid Taiji player with a focus in Chen style and push hands.
||Nina has played Easy Tai Chi for the past 25 years. Between 2012 and 2019, she has worked toward and
achieved all eight levels of certification offered by Easy Tai Chi, including Certified Master Instructor
(2016) and Symposium Master Trainer (2019).
Nina teaches Easy Tai Chi in the Senior Satellite Program, run by the City of London and in the East
London Library which offers courses to the general public. She is also continuing her Tai Chi studies by
working on Yang style Tai Chi and other workshops – fan, sword and dagger.
We appreciate both the time away from the training floor, and the thoughtful energy that you gave to the CTF and Board over these years.
|Michael was a student of tai chi who started 1993. He was a member of the Taoist Tai Chi Society until 1998. He then studied with a Chinese wushu master, Ting Seng Hung, with focus on Yang style, including short and long forms, spear, sword, and push hands. Formerly the head instructor at Headwaters School of Tai Chi in Orangeville, ON.|
Tanya Korovkin has been practicing taiji since 2000. She has studied mostly the Yang and Wudang styles. Over the years, Tanya’s teachers have been Jaime Orejuela, Steve Higgins (Cold Mountain Internal Arts), Sam Masich, and Ron Williamson (Atado School of Defensive Arts). She received three medals for her form performances at the 2009 Open Taijiquan Championships in Toronto: Yang style empty-hand (silver), sabre (bronze), and sword (bronze). Tanya lives in Waterloo, Ontario.
|Jill Heath has been studying the internal arts since 1990 and has taught Taiji and Qigong in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. since 1995, both in seminar and weekly class settings. She made her competition debut in 1999 (A Taste of China, Winchester VA, Pat Rice, organizer), with her personal best in 2001 of 3 gold and 3 bronze medals at a single tournament for form, weapons and push hands (Kung Fu Championships, Dunedin FL, Nick Scrima, organizer). In April 2008, at the National Canadian Kung Fu Fellowship tournament, she received 3 gold and 2 bronze medals in 5 events (form, weapons, moving and fixed step push hands, shuijiao). Instructor Certifications, chronologically: Associate Healing Tao (Mantak Chia, 2000), Tai Chi for Arthritis (Dr. Paul Lam, 2003), Senior Level instructor (Canadian Taijiquan Federation), 5 Section Taijiquan Curriculum (Sam Masich, 2007), Wu Yi Jie He (Sifu Helen Wu, 2012), and is a Past President (2000-2003) and Director (1999-2003, 2012-2016), Elder, and Editor of the Canadian Taijiquan Federation newsletter, TongRen (1999-2003, 2012-present). She continues her studies of the internal arts and considers herself fortunate to have studied with numerous masters over the years; however, she cites Sifus Helen Wu, Nick Gracenin, and Sam Masich, as the three who have most influenced her development and added to her understanding of these arts. She is enjoying her return to TongRen as co-editor.|
|Patricia came across Tai-Chi in the mid-90’s and learned from various instructors in Europe. After coming to Canada she began her study with sifu Steve Higgins in 2001 at Cold Mountain Internal Arts, Kitchener, Ontario. She also regularly attends Sam Masich’s seminars. Gradually, Tai Chi became a spring board for self-care, personal growth and professional development. In 2006, Patricia shifted from her Biomedical career into Shiatsu and Acupuncture therapies, and teaching Tai Chi. With therapies and practices based on balancing Qi flow, she found an elegant clinical system and way of life. She has an original and creative approach to Tai Chi curriculum and pedagogy, based upon a background combining advanced Western medical knowledge, Traditional Chinese Medicine skills, and exercises promoting strong and free-flowing Qi.
|Pam has been a Taiji player for over 20 years and sharing her love of the art for over 18 years. She has been a student of the traditional Yang family style Taijiquan for the past 13 years. Over the years her teachers have been Chantal Fafard, Sam Masich, John Camp, Grand Master Yang Zhenduo and Master Yang Jun. Pam has attained her 5th level ranking and instructor certification with the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association. She and her husband, Jim, live in the Ibex Valley just outside of Whitehorse, Yukon with their 20+ dogs.|
|From a martial arts and yoga background, in 1968-69 Bill Marsh began studying T'ai Chi from Edward Maisel's book. Around 1975 he started the first T'ai Chi club in Hamilton, Ontario, participating in the formation of the Taoist T'ai Chi Society as representative of the Hamilton T'ai Chi Association. Bill was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Taijiquan Federation in its early formative years. He is an Elder and the current President of the CTF.|
Deborah Baumanis (deceased)
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