C.K. Chu was born in Hong Kong in 1937 where, at the age of twelve, he began his martial arts training.
He has taught Tai Chi for over 30 years and has demonstrated both Tai Chi and Nei Kung on network and cable TV.
He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Physics, which he has taught at Queens College (C.U.N.Y.), New York Institute of Technology, and at Brooklyn Technical High School. In 1995, he retired from the field of physics to devote his teaching exclusively to the internal arts. His background in science enables him to correctly apply the principles of Tai Chi, and to explain them in Western scientific and philosophical terms.
Master Chu is the author of Tai Chi Chuan Principles and Practice and The Book of Nei Kung.
Martial Arts Background
In Hong Kong, Master Chu studied: Northern Shao Lin from Master See; Fut Ga (Buddha Fist) from Master Lee; Cheng Wing-Gung's Wu style Tai Chi; Yang style from Master Chan a student of Yang Cheng-fu and Tung Ying-jeh; and Judo from Gom Jen (Golden Well), a Japanese Master.
In New York, he studied with Master William C.C. Chen and assisted teaching at his school; and he took classes at the Judo Center in the East 70's. He taught Tai Chi both at Aaron Bank's Karate Academy and Hank Kraft's Judo School in Queens.
In 1973, Master Chu founded his own school, the Tai Chi Chuan Center of New York. Since then, he has spent the last 28 years exposing students to the numerous benefits of Tai Chi and Nei Kung. In March, 2001, the school moved to its current location at 156 West 44th Street and was renamed Chu Tai Chi (renamed in 2010 to CK Chu Tai Chi).
Master C.K. Chu does not claim lineage from any of his teachers.