WHO WE ARE
We are one of just a handful of traditional schools in the world offering the Yang style system of tai chi chuan in its entirety. Our lineage can be traced back to the origin of tai chi hundreds of years ago.
FRASER VALLEY TAI CHI
We were first officially recognized as a traditional tai chi school in 2006. We spent our first several years operating as Fraser Valley Tai Chi in Abbotsford, just east of Vancouver, BC.
In April 2014, we opened our brand new studio in Downtown Abbotsford. As homage to our Grandmaster and Master-Sifu, we started our new beginning as Two Dragons Tai Chi Academy.
SIFU TOM MCALEESE
Tom McAleese, our sifu and founder, began his tai chi journey in 1994 under the instruction of Master-Sifu Howard Ketola. Tom was a dedicated student at Sifu-Howard's school in Mission, BC. and still studies with him to this day.
In 2001, Tom received official written permission from Sifu Howard to share tai chi with others and he has been teaching in the Abbotsford and Fraser Valley area ever since. As Sifu Howard's only formally recognized descendant, Tom is honoured to be involved in the preservation of such an historical art form.
In addition to his involvement with martial arts, Tom is a well regarded specialist in the field of exercise rehab. He has been involved in the fitness industry for over 30 years and is the founder of Core Fitness & Rehab. Through his experience working with well over a thousand individuals with varying orthopedic issues, Tom maintains that there is no better way to achieve prolonged health and well-being than through the practice of tai chi chuan.
After more than 20 years of practicing, Tom continues to develop as both an instructor and student of the art.
Cheema joined us in 2009 and has proven to be great addition to our school ever since. He leads all of our meditation classes and helps with the instruction of many of our tai chi classes.
At the young age of 5, Cheema began learning about meditation. With consistent practice ever since, it has played a big role in shaping who he is. His approach to meditation, as well as life in general, is largely influenced by the idea that there is something to be learned from everyone and everything. He often makes the acknowledgement that “S’all Guru” – Everything is teacher. Everyone is teacher.
With a long history of practicing meditation, Cheema quickly recognized and benefited from the transformative power of tai chi. He feels that everyone should understand that we don’t just practice meditation and tai chi to get better at them; we practice meditation and tai chi to get better at everything else.