Local Schools & Styles
There are more Tai Chi and Chi Kung schools and practitioners in the area than most people realize. When looking for a school, there are two main considerations for most people — location and personal interests.
For example, the school most known for physical therapy benefit is the Taoist Tai Chi Society (Kenmore). A more generic and/or competitive style is taught by Bill Adams in the suburbs, while the most traditional schools I know are the Yang Chengfu Center (Red Dragon) at McKinley Mall, and the virtually unadvertised Wu style taught by Sifu Roche, who may even teach martial applications, as does Kung Fu USA and it’s offshoot, 8 Tigers (Cheektowaga), which has a more metaphysical flair.
Some are more commercial, some more political, but in the end only a visit to a school and meeting with teachers and students will tell you the most about how you would fit in and benefit from their classes.
Therefore, the information here is in no way intended to rank schools, styles, or teachers against each other. And I have limited knowledge of some, more experience in others. It is a matter of best fit for the individual that determines my recommendations, if any.
Note: There are others who teach Tai Chi, CHi Kung, and related arts in the area, and we would like to know more about them before posting information here. If you are such a school or instructor, please contact us.