For most of my adult life I have been an entrepreneur. As a serial entrepreneur I have experienced both the highs and the lows of the Austin economy. My background includes restaurant management, real estate brokerage, property management, real estate investment, and building a million dollar (sales) company in residential remodeling.
Yet despite the satisfaction of building an organization an important piece was always missing for me. I learned that you can often see a person’s true Mission by what they do with their spare time. Certainly, in my case this has proven very true.
I began my training in 1987 and received my 3rd degree black belt in Cha Yon Ryu from Grand Master Kim Pyung Soo in 1998. Over the years my training has included: Hun Gar Kung Fu, Jiu Jitsu, Chin Na, Shao Lin Chun’fa, Tae Kwon Do, Okinawa-te, Hapkido, Chi Gung, and numerous meditative practices. My Tai Chi practice began 20 years ago with Guang Ping Tai Chi and continues with Yang and Sun styles.
After 22 years, my first teacher and I went separate directions. Though I will always love him as a deep and profound teacher of the arts, I learned that it was time for me to step out on my own. There is a point at which a person’s Art deepens more with responsibility than with constant oversight. It was during this transition that the tremendous depth of Tai Chi Ch’uan both as a Martial Art and as a discipline for Health and Wellness came to fascinate me more and more.
Within a few months friends and family began to ask me about teaching. It started informally, almost casually, and it took them a while to convince me to take the next step, but in Fall 2010 I began teaching on my own, and I founded Tai Chi Fitness and Renewal officially the next year.
Today, with over 26 years of continuous training and degrees in both Psychology and Philosophy, I specialize in Tai Chi based fitness and renewal. I have come to believe that the Yin and Yang approach of Tai Chi is ultimately a whole person and thus a whole knowledge approach to understanding our bodies and our lives. This is neither Eastern nor Western but rather it is a fully rounded approach to that understanding. That said, I reach heavily into both Eastern and Western perspectives for the classes that I teach.
About 3 years ago, I became affiliated with the Tai Chi for Health Institute founded by Tai Chi Master Dr. Paul Lam. I now hold certifications from Dr. Lam in Tai Chi for Arthritis I and II as well as Tai Chi for Diabetes. I continue my study and training with him and others.
On the business side, I offer many ongoing classes as well as a number of popular workshops and seminars designed for both corporate situations and charity fundraisers.
In my personal life, I am very lucky. My wife and I have two wonderful children. Our son is 14 and a high school freshman, and our daughter is 10. The world remains an adventure at every turn, and I can’t wait for the next day.
I can be reached through the email address Wayne@TaiChiFitness.com, or at 512 590 3668. You can also just leave a comment here. I will follow up on it soonest.