I'll begin by answering the six basic questions (plus one) and go into the introductions later.
Please check back with this page regularly. It will be updated from time to time (I promise).
Who: The Master and students of the Indiana Tai Chi Acadamy.
This group is comprised of Mr. Bill, his assistant instructors, students, newcomers, and occasional visitors. All are welcomed.
NOTE: There is no system of rank here. Either we have 'it' or we are getting 'there.' We all continue to improve at our own pace, with each others help, under Mr. Bill and the iinstructors guidance. We do so without competing against each other, or arbitrary skill tests for belts or other accolades.
What: There are several classes offered, some going on at the same time.
1) Instructor Mike offers an authentic Taiji, if not one of the most authentic strains offered in America. His lineage is only four generations removed from the WuDan Mountain (thought to be the birthplace of Taii) in China. He teaches the form, the applications, Qigung, Chi-Na, and more, in a low stress, low joint stress, low aerobic, classroom setting. Students are never struck as a form of discipline or in sparring, however they learn to strike as a part of the form and in the occasional breaking of boards. This is an on-going program with no end date; there will always be more more material to discuss, techniques to learn, and skills to develop.
2) Assistant Instructor Nate offers the Wudang 28 step (short) form that he learned under Master Yuan while living in China.
Where: The address of our school meetings is listed elsewhere in these pages (see the "Class Location" page). Be sure to check the most current posts for (rare) location changes.
When: See the "Class Schedule" page for class schedule details.
Planned special events:
- We have a yearly all-school camp out.
- We have a Chinese New Years celebration.
Keep an eye on these pages for times and dates.
Why: Each of us has a desire to improve our ability to move about. Some of us hope to be able to teach this art form to future generations. Most of us want to improve our physical condition, longevity, and mental outlook. Some want to hang out with a great bunch of people on occasion. Well, OK. we all have our own reasons and Taiji fills them all.
How: Grab some loose fitting clothes, good shoes (some of us prefer bare feet), and be ready to learn.
How much?: There is a minimal donation requested for class which we will discuss when you arrive. First class is free! The instructors will not enter into any agreement of exchanging money for education. Rather, they will teach whom they will and refuse to teach the others.
Instructor: William Bunting
William Bunting is the owner of the school and has been involved with Asian martial arts since 1971. He achieved a black belt rank in Okinawan Karate in 1981; he established a long-standing practice in several forms of Chi-Gong and internal martial arts over his more than 30 years of experience.
Throughout his entire lifetime of learning and teaching, Mr. Bunting had searched for a school where the deep spiritual values and wisdom as well as the physical aspects of genuine Asian martial arts could be preserved. Since most martial arts training in the United States focused on the physical attacking and defending aspects, Mr. Bunting felt that a more holistic approach would be much more beneficial to students. He has founded the Academy in the hopes of promoting the authentic martial arts tradition that emphasizes the entire individual - the internal as well as the external.
Instructor Mike Williams:Mike studied Shorin Rue Karate 30 years ago. Worn out and injured, he began a much more sedate lifestyle. Since over time, the sedate lifestyle is detrimental to ones mental and physical well-being, he pursued and became skilled in Wudang Taiji. This rich background of American, Japanese, and Chinese culture makes a wealth of both martial and life lessons available to students.
About the words Taiji and Tai Chi:
These words have been used interchangeably in the text above and throughout our message boards. The word Taiji (or better: Taiji Quan) is more accurate. Tai Chi is more recognizable to the American public and our purpose here is to make this accessible.