Nick Mann

Nicholas Mann in Guelph, Ontario, has been teaching Tai Chi sessions to participants of Shake True Hoops basketball camps since 2010. These camps run in the summer and during student’s March break. There is also after school programing. The children and teenagers enjoy the sessions as a break from their basket ball skills development. Read more

Nicholas Mann Bio i

by Nick Mann on 2011/07/10

Nicholas Mann is a Chen Style Tai Chi practitioner and instructor who lives in Guelph Ontario. His exposure to Tai Chi over the past four years has been comprehensive as well as thorough. Since beginning formal Tai Chi instruction in Victoria in 2006, Nicholas has been to China twice, both times to participate in three month long residential training courses offered at the Daqingshan Mountain Resort.

These courses were instructed by Nicholas’ current teacher Master Chen Zhonghua. Chen Zhonghua is the International Standard Bearer of the Hong Junsheng Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method System. During these courses Nicholas was given certification of completion of the full time instruction course offered by Master Chen Zhonghua.  Along with his current classes in Guelph, Nicholas is also continuing to learn from Master Chen Zhonghua at workshops held in Toronto tri-yearly.

Growing up Nicholas was always involved in sports and martial arts. He wrestled throughout high school and during this time Nicholas won a place on team Ontario and a trip to the National Jr. Wrestling Championships and he also won a Silver Medal at the Ontario winter games.  During university Nicholas trained in Boxing and Mui Tai Boxing before settling down with Wing-Chun Kung Fu. Nicholas learned Wing- Chun for two year from Sifu Robert Gould before completing his Philosophy Degree and moving to Victoria, BC where he was introduced to Tai Chi and his current teacher Master Chen Zhonghua.


Practical Tai Chi is breaking new ground by teaching the ancient art of Tai Chi while avoiding the ‘lingo’ and mystique usually associated with it.  The focus of instruction tends towards the practical benefits of the art and the language used during instruction is also straight forward, avoiding the typical use of ambiguous and mystical language. Read more

The Canadian Chinese Kuo Shu (Martial Art) Federation had its annual Canadian Kungfu Championships on October 16th 2010 in Markham Ontario.  Three of Master Chen Zhonghua’s students entered various divisions of the Tai Chi competitions. Read more