Steve Contes, instructor and founder of Taiji Center, began training in the martial arts over 45 years ago. For the first 20 years he studied a variety of martial arts, qigong, health, nutrition, fitness, philosophy and various methods of meditation. Steve's focus has become understanding Taiji as a complete art and has spent several years in China as well as regular trips to Chen Village, training with Master Zhu Tiancai (19th generation), Master Kam Lee (20th generation), and Master Zhu Xianghua.
He serves as a judge at International Tournaments for both Sanda, Grappling and Traditional Martial Arts. His school has produced many Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists. He has competed in both China and the USA. Steve has also become a sponsor for Tai Chi workshops promoting trips to China for training with the world’s most accomplished Masters for individuals or groups.
Steve is a certified Taiji instructor holding the position of Vice President in Grand Master Zhu Tiancai's ITF federation (Zhu Tiancai International Taiji Federation) . He continues to follow and teach the Chenjiagou (Chen) Style Taiji Method (for both health & self-defense) as taught to him by Grand Master Zhu Tiancai, Master Kam Lee a 20th generation Chen Tai Chi master, And Master Zhu Xianghua.
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