Donald James Spargo
I began training in Tai Chi Chuan in September 1988, with Sifu Gary Wragg at what was then the London Centre for Wu's style Tai Chi Chuan, later to become Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy (UK), the first of the Wu's Style Academies in the U.K.
I began teaching in early 1991and was honoured to be made a disciple of Master Wu Kwong Yu in April 1996.
I was instrumental in setting up the Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy, Archway in December 2003, and have been the head instructor there ever since.
Outside of the Academies I have run classes and courses for organisations such as:
Independent Television News,
The Highgate Literary and Scientific Society,
Price Waterhouse Coopers,
The Stroke Association,
The Dysphasic Adults society,
Children with special educational needs at Whitefield School, Walthamstow, London,
The British Medical Association,
Primary School children (7 – 11 years old) at Woodlands Montessori School, Leyton, London
I have participated in and organised numerous public demonstrations and have taken part in various competitions taking medals in forms and push hands events. I have also judged at local and National events. Links with other schools and styles have come through my position on the executive committee of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
I am a registered instructor with the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain, and the National Association of Karate and Martial arts schools.
Over the time I have been practicing I have seen a gradual growth in knowledge of and acceptance of tai chi Chuan by the public, either as part of a general health program or more rarely as a martial art or for self-defence.
My aim is to help spread knowledge of Tai Chi Chuan (particularly Wu's style) and its benefits to the general community. Under the guidance and tutelage of Master Wu Kwong Yu I hope to fulfil this ambition. In addition I hope that I am able to pass on some sense of the pleasure I get from practicing Tai Chi Chuan to those who will follow, and enthuse them sufficiently to maintain the art in an intact state