Somerset Training Centre for Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan

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Chief Instructor Jae Willis

Jae began his Tai Chi training at Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy, London in 1996. He has trained with Master Wu Kwong Yu (5th Generation Wu Family) and some of his top disciples in Toronto, London and Somerset. Over the years Jae has competed in national and international competitions, winning Hand and Weapons Forms as well as Fixed and Moving-Step Pushing Hands events.

Jae became an instructor at the London Academy in 1998 and a Disciple to the Wu Family in 2001. He is a registered A Grade instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain (TCUGB), and is certified as an advanced instructor with the International Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Federation.

He began teaching Tai Chi to 5–7 year olds in 2001 and has since expanded to include a wider age range (4–16+). Jae's background is in sailing, outdoor pursuits and performing arts. He has worked with young people in all of these fields since 1992, though recently has focused mainly on Tai Chi Chuan.

Assistant instructors

Phil Saunders

Phil ran his own business for many years then recently decided instead of retiring, he would work for someone else for a while! Before starting Tai Chi Chuan Phil trained in Shotokan Karate. He joined the Somerset Training Centre in 2002 and has also trained with Master Wu Kwong Yu in London and Somerset.

Annie Dangremont

Annie is originally from France, but now with a hint of Somerset in her accent she can definitely be considered a local girl! She teaches French and is also a member of Mensa. She joined the Somerset Training Centre in 2006.