Wirral Tai Chi Association est. 1978
The first Tai Chi Association to be established on the Wirral, Merseyside,Great Britain
Founder & Chief Instructor Master Brian McKinney www.mastermckinney.com
Wirral Tai Chi Association was founded in Birkenhead on the Wirral across the River Mersey from Liverpool, Merseyside and near the City of Chester in the County of Cheshire, England, Great Britain.
We have a proven and well documented history and an excellent reputation having taught thousands of students over many years.
We teach Tai Chi for Health,Sport and Combat.
Health - We have taught the young, teaching in most schools on Merseyside. We have taught the elderly in many locations. We pioneered Tai Chi for special needs, teaching in colleges and even establishing a Tai Chi programme in Walton Hospital Pain Relief Unit, the first time Tai Chi was used in a hospital in Britain.
Sport - We pioneered Tai Chi for Sport in Britain by partaking in one of the first British Championships in 1990 run by the BCCMA. In that competition we won ten gold medals, seven silver and three bronze. Winning British Tai Chi gold,silver and bronze and the same in Tai Chi sword plus Junior Tai Chi Champion.
Combat - We pioneered The Combat aspect of Tai Chi and were featured in Fighters magazine in 1998 demonstrating this aspect.
Wirral Tai Chi Association is part of White Crane Taijiquan Association G.B. which in turn is the Tai Chi section of the prestigeous Chinese Wushu Research Institute G.B. est. 1987 www.cwri.gb.com
Chinese Wushu Research Institute G.B was one of the very first chinese martial arts associations to be formed in Britain and was and is a pioneer of Wushu and Tai Chi in Great Britain to this day. It is authorised and supported by the foremost Tai Chi authorities in P.R.China.
From the early 1970's Master Brian McKinney had been teaching classes in several disciplines including
Karate, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Tai Chi etc.
In 1978 these various classes were amalgamated by forming -
Wirral Martial Arts Association
Wirral Self Defence Association est. 1978
Wirral Karate Association est.1978
Wirral Kung Fu Association est. 1978
Wirral Kickboxing Association est.1978
Wirral Tai Chi Association est. 1978 *****
Shortly after Wirral Tai Chi Association was formed in 1978, its sister associations were formed including…Liverpool Tai Chi Association, Chester Tai Chi Association, Lancashire Tai Chi Association (Ormskirk) and Welsh Tai Chi Association. These associations ran successfully for many years and although some of them are now dormant, they are still managed and owned by Chinese Wushu Research Institute G.B.
Wirral Tai Chi Association is based at Seven Stars Physical Arts Academy in Eastham on the Wirral Peninsular, Merseyside. It is part of Seven Stars Martial Arts Association. We run several classes per week both daytime and evening. Beginners are always welcome to join us and try Tai Chi.