Dionisis Tsetelis

Chief Instructor at the Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy, Athens.

 

He began the study of Tai Chi Chuan in 1985, at 20 years of age. For the first 7 years he studied Yang style, while continuing for the next 14 years to train in a Wu-originating sub-style, working with both Greek and foreign teachers. In 2006, while already seeking for some time to follow an authentic family line, he came in contact with the Wu family, through Grand Master Wu Kwong Yu.

Immediately following the first workshops organized in Greece conducted by Wu Sifu' s representative and disciple, sifu Dr. Chuang Shiou Huey, he recognized the depth and authenticity of knowledge of the Wu family's art and, he and his students, decided to follow Grand Master Wu Kwong Yu, a decision that was reinforced and cemented when he met and was taught by the Grand Master personally. The transition from his previous style, to the authentic Wu Family Tai Chi Chuan was relatively short, given the degree of syllabus and kinesiological similarities between the styles, his previous experience, as well as the concentrated effort applied studying for many hours solo and with his students for a year.

In the past, he has taught Tai Chi Chuan for many years in Greece, to various public elementary school pupils aged 6-12 and to adults, in numerous schools and gymnasiums, as well as in his own learning centre, that functioned from 1995 to 1999 under the name "Aeiroon", meaning "Forever Flowing" in the Greek language.

Since 1999 he has been heading the specialised publications house "Alkimachon" (meaning the quality that enables one to fight using internal power for ethical and just purposes), publishing martial arts and alternative medicine books, as well as two martial arts magazines: the monthly "Martial Arts' Path" and the Greek publication of the famous and high quality American quarterly "Journal of Asian Martial Arts".

He believes Tai Chi Chuan to be a martial art posessing great depth and breadth, that can help all people improve their health and their everyday life and promote, through their practice in it, good relationships and mutual understanding between individuals of different cultural and social backgrounds. For these reasons, Tai Chi Chuan should not be taught in small, closed, elitist circles, hidden behing a veil of mystery, metaphysics and secretiveness or to be self-restricted in a "light" New Age perception, but to be freely available, in its correct and complete form, to all people interested.

 

 

Name: Dionisis Tsetelis
City: Athens
Province/State: Marousi
Country: Greece
Disciple of: Grandmaster Eddie Wu Kwong Yu
Disciple year: 2009
Certification: July 2008
Certification level or Subject: Advanced Level / Chief Instructor
School: Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy, Athens, Greece
 
 
 
 

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