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Original Yang style
Tai Chi Chuan

Coming up soon


FARO June 28-29 2024

Follow classes with the teacher Maya Matthea and Charlotte Holtrop in Faro She will be traveling from The Netherlands


Weekly training in Porto, with Adrian:

Enjoy Tai Chi Chuan with the nourishing playfulness, sensing alignment in body and heart-mind.

Wednesday 19.00-20.00 

Saturday   09.30- 12.00

call for questions +351911832169

General headquarter ITCCA Portugal

Loural Eco Village 

Aldeia Velha 3330-072 Colmeal, Goís, Portugal (near Arganil)

phone: +351-969000866

 On the website of Loural Eco Village is worth a visit to learn more about the natural and the vision behind Loural

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Back to origin


Tai Chi Chuan finds its inspiration in nature and every day environment. It recognizes the flow of changes in seasonal- and life cycli, animal activity and spirit. It sees the characteristic treats of flora and fauna in whole with human life. Tai Chi Chuan identifies principles in nature, which engender movement from stillness with endless change and variation. One technique becomes five and five becomes hundred.


Instigated with the mind and intend the practice of Tai Chi Chuan and its principles appeals to a higher sensitivity in both bodily and mental awareness. This awareness is shaped and directed in solid stillness and in movement, in connection with a partner or an object like in weapon exercises. Over time a practitioner incorporates an inner natural strength. This strength is embedded in the bodies soft connecting tissues, energized when being relaxed yet awake and lively. 


Without the experience and practice all principles and concepts associated with Tai Chi Chuan are merely a cognitive imagination. It’s real value is in it's practice and the experience.


Tai Chi Chuan has its roots in Daoïst meditation and in self-defense and they are both still part of the teachings presented by ITCCA today. Yang Cheng-Fu is recalled to have said: ‘Tai Chi Chuan is meditation in movement.’ The mind gets calmer while moving and doing the form. The supportive mental and energetic techniques contribute to a better health.


The training comprises of several distinct skills. 

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Daoïst health-exercises

The Daoïst health exercises consist of a set of 24 repeated standing exercises practiced with the eyes open. Although these exercises are embedded in Yang Style traditional principles, the exercise are much comparable to the in China more widely known ancient old YiJin-Jing exercises used for muscle tendon stretching and to develop inner breathing. The movements strengthen the tendons and sinew system, allows flexibility to the muscles, enhances blood circulation nurturing the marrow of the bones, the brains and organs. All parts of the body move together, not isolated. Movements are dynamic with intend but carried calmly with a relaxed attitude. When fulfilling the whole set the upper body and spine has moved into all directions. Likewise all acupuncture points are energized.

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Daoïst meditation and self massage

The principles concerning the body posture in the sitting mediation are similar to the uprightness in Tai Chi form practice and standing meditation. Daoïst sitting meditation is not specifically about a mental self-reflection or calming the mind to be at peace, it’s a corporate experience involving breathing exercises to circulate the Qi (vital energy), guiding to a spiritual awareness were the mind no longer dictates the movement, a state of being sometimes described as ‘empty’.
The Daoïst self massage is supportive in connecting the Yi (intend) and Chi in the whole body and in brings the body in a relax state.

Mostly done while sitting.

Relaxation and opening the tissues brings a natural delicate softness in the flow of breathing. Naturally the flow of breath will be longer and deeper.When the body is not relaxed the breathing exercises can be experienced as forceful. Respiration and exhalation will be short.

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Qi Kung, Baqua Qi Kung, Yi Kung

These exercises belong to the secret tradition of the Yang family to develop Qi and intend. They were only taught to family members in olden times. It’s practiced in stillness and or with movement in the upper and lower body whilst maintaining the back upright. It can be associated with post standing (Zhan Zhuang) practiced by divers inner martial arts. It creates awareness of a central equilibrium and a sensitivity to tension in specific areas in the body.

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 Tai Chi (long) Form

The Tai Chi Chuan form exists out of 3 parts (Earth, Men, Heaven). Learning the whole form choreography can take up to a year or 1,5 year.


For beginners learning the form we distinct:


- part 1 -

Form A - First part till ‘Raise two hands’

Form B - First part till ‘One hand- ten strokes’ 

- part 2 - 

Form C - Second part till ‘Cloud hands’

Form D - Second part till ‘One hand- ten strokes’ 

- part 3- 

Form E - Third part till Gold Pheasant

Form F - Third part till return to origin



Every Tai Chi Chuan posture is in essence energetically perfect. To prepare the body you will first learn to find a balanced position in opening the joints (or meridians) in stillness as well as the transitions from posture to posture. Accordingly we test with a practice partner and explore its stability and balance, later we test the ‘Internal Principles’ and learn to develop the inner strength dynamically in partner exercises. 


In the tests we use a gentle continued push or pull. When in answer on the push or pull muscle strength is required or resistance is triggered to maintain the balance, the position is not yet correct. 

The more advanced learners will in the end test more energetically. The touch will be very light.


Six Internal Principles

The internal principles enable us to understand the how and why of the movements.

Partner Exercises

The six types of Tui Shou in the Original Yang Style curriculum.

Weapon Forms

There are three types of weapons distinguished and forms trained in traditional Tai Chi Chuan.

“First their is chaos, all is invisible. 

Than there is silence, and all clears up” 

Dao Jin


Weekly practice in Portugal


It's possible to follow  weekly exercise classes are supervised by our assistants - teachers in Porto and in Faro. 


Maya Matthea van Staden 

Assistents: Adrian Abrahan (Porto), Charlotte Holtrop (Faro) 

Tai Chi Retreat 
Coimbra / Gois

October 5th - 12th 2024

One week of training without distractions and good food at the beautiful side and headquarter of ITCCA Portugal: Loural Eco Village.



Stefan Diderich, 

Matthea van Staden

Enjoy the Summer with the nourishing playfulness of Tai Chi Chuan, sensing alignment in body and heart-mind. Weekly classes at Loural Village in August

Four sessions 

1. The martial mind of - mind-emptiiness

2. Straight yet able to yield.

3. Yin&yang.

4. Two makes one.


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Teachers & Assistents


Maya-Matthea van Staden  Teacher

Matthea van Staden runs a school in Delft / The Netherlands. She is happy to extend her teachings to Portugal and built a network in the country. 


Maya-matthea  started her Tai Chi Chuan training with Martin Klett and in past ten years follows regular courses with Andreas Heyden and private classes for exams with Master Chu King Hung. .


Charlotte Holtrop
assistant teacher in training

Charlotte Holtrop learned Tai Chi Chuan with Maya-Matthea van Staden in Delft /The Netherlands. She moved to Faro in December 2023 and is supporting ITCCA Portugal from Faro.

She will have het first teachers examn in April 2025 at ITCCA by private lessons with Master Chu King Hung.

Adrián A. Abrahan

Adrian is practicing martial arts since he was a young boy in Cuba. The Original Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan he encountered for the first time in Porto Portugal.


In 2024 he did his first exams with ITCCA. 

Adrian will organise regular exercise lessons besides the normal lessons . When the weather allows these lessons are outside.


Master Chu King Hung


ITCCA / International Tai Chi Chuan Association

The ITCCA  promotes Original Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan (taijiquan), the family-style of the Yang Family. Head of the ITCCA is Master Chu King Hung, disciple of Yang Shou-Chung. He transmits the original Yang family Tai Chi Chuan through his own disciples and many qualified teachers all over Europe. The first responsible teacher for ITCCA Portugal / Porto Duoro region are Matthea van Staden supported by Stefan Diderich. Both also teachers in respectively the cities Delft and Rotterdam The Netherlands.

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Master Chu King-hung was born 1945 in China and came in China in contact with T'ai Chi Ch'uan as a young boy. At the age of 12, when his family moved to Hong Kong, he began an apprenticeship with Master Yang Shou-Chung which would last for 26 years. He learned the complete tradition of the Yang family and was then authorized by his master to teach the Yang style in its original form in Europe.


Starting in London Master Chu managed to find an appropriate way to teach the Original Yang Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan in Europe’s many different cultural environments and continuous so today. 


ITCCA gives room to practicians who like to benefit for personal health and those who are more deeply interested in the martial background. Evidenced based for all practitioners alike when following the principles it will generate as Master Chu calls it ‘happy-chi’. In practice it calls up a smile.


General Inquiries

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