The Executive Committee consists of at least three and at maximum ten adults. The number of Executive Committee members will be determined by the General Meeting. Committee Members will be selected by the General Meeting from the candidates proposed by the regular members. One person, and no more, may represent a given country.

Each Executive Committee Member serves a maximum term of three years after his election in accordance to a schedule created by the Executive Committee.

President: Dan Docherty

dan_docherty_headDan Docherty has studied tai chi chuan since 1971 with Master Cheng Tin Hung. In 1980 he was the South-East Asia Open-Weight champion. Dan is a founder member of both the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain and the Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe where he serves as President. He has published a number of books including Complete Tai Chi Chuan and Instant Tao and has produced a number of DVDs. His Tai Chi school is known as Practical Tai Chi Chuan and Dan regularly teaches in a number of European countries including Denmark, Finland, France, Germany Hungary, Israel, Sweden and of course the UK where he resides.

Practical Tai Chi Chuan International

Secretary: Cornelia Gruber

cornelia_headCornelia was born in the year of the Dragon in the German part of Switzerland and lived for 7 years in Boston USA.
At the age of eighteen she fell in love with Tai-Chi Chuan at a major martial arts exhibition in New York.

She has been studying internal arts for over 40 years and teaching for over 35 years in her own schools in La Chaux-de-Fonds and Neuchâtel, Switzerland.Her first tai-chi teachers were John Chung Li, T.T. Liang and William C.C. Chen, then she changed to the school of Bow Sim Mark.

Her syllabus includes Combined Tai-Chi Chuan, Fu-style Tai-Chi Chuan, Sword, Sabre, short Stick, Fan, Leung Yee Chuan, Tui Shou, San Shou and Qigong. She teaches seminars in Europe and regularly attends international meetings.

Cornelia serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the TCFE (European Federation for Taijiquan and Qigong) and the ASQT (Swiss Association of Qigong and Taijiquan) and organises a bi-annual international meeting of Tai-Chi Chuan and Qigong, Tai-Chi Tcho in Switzerland.

Tai Chi Chuan – Cornelia

Treasurer: Ceciel Kroes

ceciel_headCeciel Kroes has practiced Tai Chi Chuan since 1992 Yangstyle in the lineage of William C. C. Chen. In 2002 she became certified as an instructor and started to give tai chi chuan lessons private & groups. She also gives regular giving international workshops around Europe, form and pushing hands. She joined the Dutch board committee of the STN from 2008 till 2012 taking care of foreign contacts and judge policy and created a system on judge education. In several international competitions as on TCFE competitions in Sweden and Oxford, active as judge and as TCFE official in request in appeal committee.

Paul Silverstrale

paul_headPaul studied Asian martial arts for over 20 years, and is a student of sifu Dan Docherty since 1998. He has lived, travelled, practiced and taught extensively in Europe, China and SE Asia, and spent considerable time in Malaysia and Singapore practicing with Wu-style people, but also got acquainted with the fighting arts of the Malaysian archipelago. International tournament winner in forms, pushing hands and San Shou, many of his students have also been successful on the international competition arena. He is a member of the executive board of the TCFE, and is working professionally teaching Tai Chi Chuan and as a TCM acupuncturist.

Mikkelai Downing

Mikkelai-headStarted yoga at three with dad. Judo from nine at local club. Moved over to Taekwondo at fourteen. When I was nineteen, my mother (who had been intrigued after seeing it in Hyde Park in the sixties), suggested we should go together to a Taiji class with this lady on the east side of town. I told her it was a geriatric hobby-thing, and wasn’t really up for it. Dragged along anyway, I met my Sifu Pamela, who asked me to push her. Couldn’t move her an inch, and was promptly sent flying. Have been hanging around since. 

We practice yang style, Chen Man Ching version. And I still practice with GM William C.C. Chen.

Jean-Luc Lesueur


Jean-Luc Lesueur (6th duan shuai jiao) is successor to the grand master of shuai jiao Wang Wenyong, a privilege that few Westerners have recieved from their Chinese masters.

Jean-Luc Lesueur is also the only one to have had access to the three styles of the famous Wang Xiang-Zhai with renowned masters from each style:

Such as Li Jianyu, who appointed him as successor for Europe. Jean-Luc Lesueur has 7th duan in this discipline.

His innovative spirit combined with his thirst to learn and teach allowed him to be the second foreigner to receive a license for teaching by the founder of tai ki ken, Kenichi Sawai. His 6th dan and his title Kyoshi ranks as one of the 3 highest grades of this discipline in Europe.

Jean-Luc Lesueur also made himself a place in the da cheng quan, studying with the famous Wang Xuanjie. A few years later he received a licence for education from Wang Shangwen, successor of Wang Xuanjie.

Many titles of champion of France, as well as 17 European champion and 7 World Cup titles have been won by his students. This doesn’t matter to him, only the transmission of an authentic martial art is important to him.

Franziska Rüscher

franziska_headFranziska Rüscher has studied Taijiquan and Qigong since 1987 and has taught since 1991. She trained in Europe with Foen Tjoeng Lie, Petra & Toyo Kobayashi, Yang Zhen He and in China with An De Sheng and An Jian Qiu. She is a professional instructor, running her own school – the Qi- Zentrum – in the west of Austria. Franziska also serves on the Executive Committee of the Austrain Taijiquan & Qigong Assoxiation , the IQTÖ (Interessensvertretung der Taiji Quan, Qigong und Yi Quan LehrerInnen Österreich), and is a founder member of the Taiji & Qigong Freundeskreis – a registered association.

Brigitte Krafft


Training with Luis Miolera since 1988 and with all teachers he invited and our association invited since then. Most important of all the annual workshop of Master William C.C. Chen.
Taijiquan teacher certificate from Luis Molera 2001 renewed in 2004 (550 hours)
Certificate from Master William C.C. Chen, New York, in 2011
Teaching at the school of Luis Molera since ca. 1998, taking over his school with other students since 2002.
As well, folllowing his wish, taking over the organisation of the annual Open Air Pushing Hands Meeting “Dragon and Tiger” since then.