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Angus Tai Chi Academy

                 Chinese Internal Arts for Health & Wellbeing

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Welcome to the Angus Tai Chi Academy


The Angus Tai Chi Academy is a not for profit organisation dedicated to sharing the Tai Chi and related arts as originally taught by Master Moy Lin Shin (1931 to 1998).


The Academy currently runs Classes in Brechin, Farnell, Laurencekirk, Montrose and St. Cyrus. All instructors and office bearers are volunteers and all proceeds go towards the running of the Academy.

Our Aims

Under the general guidance of the International Association of Tai Chi and Lok Hup Academies, the aims of the group are:

  • Facilitate and encourage people to share in the Tai Chi and related arts as taught by Master Moy Lin-Shin

  • Enable people aged 18 and over from all walks of life to enjoy the benefits of Tai Chi

  • Provide instruction to allow people to participate in Tai Chi on a regular basis and train volunteer instructors to teach Tai Chi and related arts

  • Encourage involvement in Tai Chi in local communities

  • Develop an understanding of the benefits of this form of gentle exercise, as it promotes mental and physical well-being


The Angus Tai Chi Academy teaches 108-move Tai Chi. Our instructors pay particular attention to full extension in all of the movements, a style developed by Master Moy Lin-Shin (1931-1998).

He modified the traditional Yang Style 108-move Tai Chi set to maximize the health benefits for faster health improvement, as he realized that in a modern society, an exercise that was good for health was more important than a martial art for fighting.


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Angus Tai Chi Academy

is a proud member of the

International Association of
TaiChi & Lok Hup Academies


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There are two sets of videos generated by IATLA which demonstrate the first 17 moves: -

TaiChi17 online tutor

Video introduction to some of the Foundation exercises and to the basic movements of the first 17 taichi moves, aimed at helping beginners.

The first 3 moves are free to try.  To access to the remaining moves a login and password are required (obtained by donating $5 or more - see web page)

Available at


Video of first 17 moves (December 2020)

Videos and notes from
International instructor Ben Chung of the Zhong Wen Taiji Academy in Canada.

A series of short videos
showing each move from two different angles. The move is then shown at half speed and repeated, before all the moves to that point are strung together. Below each video are step by step instructions which break down the move into short segments, with associated still images.


News & Events 

COVID-19 Update - 26th April 2021

Now that restrictions are starting to ease it is hoped that we will be able to start reduced classes (along the same lines as those we had in autumn last year) starting the week beginning 17th May. Obviously this will depend upon the availability of the different halls etc. and therefore different classes may restart at different times. For the moment there will be no charges for the classes. Your instructor will be in touch with you about the arrangements once your class restarts.

If you want a little refresher before then, you could try viewing Ben’s recent videos on the first 17 moves – see the bottom of the left hand column.

Hopefully it won’t be too long until we can return to something more normal. Until then we hope you and your families all keep safe and enjoy the summer.





December 2020 - New Video of first 17 moves

Many of you will remember international instructor Ben Chung of the Zhong Wen Taiji Academy in Canada who conducted a workshop at Farnell in July 2018. Ben has recently set up new videos and notes on the first 17 moves, which are all available free on their website for everyone to view.  See link to the left.




2020 AGM

Due to the restrictions in place this year it was not possible to hold our usual AGM in the spring/summer.  We hope to have an AGM as soon as possible in 2021.  In the mean time all the current committee are prepared to continue in office.

The accounts for 2019 were prepared and, following the lifting of lock-down and easing of restrictions, were submitted to an Independent Examiner at Voluntary Action Angus.  The accounts have subsequently been checked and the ATCA Trustee Report and Accounts for 2019 has been signed off by the Independent Examiner.  Electronic copies of this report can be obtained by contacting your normal instructor.