NSA Students Triumph at Tai Chi Tournament
Written by Michael Taggart
on Sunday, March 15, 2009 3:46:22 PM
WASHINGTON - True, the ancient art of Tai Chi is not competitive in the same respect as Tae Kwon Do, or Judo, but there are certainly differing levels of mastery. On October 21st, Peter Judd, Jon Reinhardt, and Michael Taggart - students at the Northern Shaolin Academy in Audubon - proved their mettle at Raymond Wong's first annual Tai Chi tournament.
Collectively, the three earned five first place wins, two seconds, and a third, accumulating more wins than any other school in attendance. "I'm very proud," says head instructor Norman Smith. "Our students work to a higher standard, and they got to prove it."
Tai Chi, an ancient martial art from China, calls for slow, graceful movements which develop balance, coordination, and power and can be done by all ages.
Tai Chi is also very good for ones health.
The three area winners attribute their success to the excellent instruction found at the Northern Shaolin Academy, which has been in Audubon since 2000. Owner and head instructor Master Norman Smith has studied Chinese martial arts for over thirty years, during most of which he taught in the Philadelphia area. The Northern Shaolin Academy now maintains a consistent reputation for excellence in all areas of martial arts training, and remains one of the few Chinese martial arts schools in southeastern Pennsylvania.
More information about Tai Chi and Kung Fu is available through the schoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s website, www.northernshaolinacademy.com, or by phone at (610)-631-9200.