Tai Chi Youth curriculums and the Tai Chi Beginner book were created in 1992 by Richard Del Connor for a youth maximum security prison. The first edition of the Tai Chi Beginner book was published on the prison printer. The curriculum had immediate and significant results that were obvious in the inmate school grades and aptitude tests. The Utah Governor was so impressed he contracted Richard Del Connor to teach the classes for the next two years.
Over the next few years the Shaolin Chi Mantis youth programs were in demand beyond Richard's ability to travel and teach them. Elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges and churches all sought the Tai Chi Youth programs. Master Zhen (Richard Del Connor) taught up to four locations per day while being a Mr. Mom and bringing his daughter to all but the prison classes and other rehabilitation centers and correctional facilities he taught at.
In 1996 Tai Chi Youth was founded by Richard Del Connor to be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity so it could access government grants and donations for teaching in public schools, and to support the TCY Demo Team which performed for government functions, Chinese New
Years events, and the annual State Fairs. The NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) was among the first to support Tai Chi Youth Push Hands Tournaments.
Tai Chi Youth is comprised of traditional Shaolin Kung Fu and Yang Style Tai Chi. All students learn valuable self-defense techniques and with only five hours of
our Tai Chi per week can attain an athletic body and eliminate obesity. Tai Chi Youth teaches traditional family values that benefit students in business and careers. Drug addiction, sleeping disorders and drinking problems are also conquered without effort as students achieve our belt rank levels.
For more information please visit www.taichiyouth.org