About the Taoist Tai Chi Association in
The Taoist Tai Chi Association in Costa Rica is a member of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society which is the largest non-profit Tai Chi organization in the world. Classes started in Heredia in 1996 and Asociación
de Tai Chi Taoísta de Costa Rica was established in 1999. At the moment we have one permanent rented space
in Heredia and offer introductory courses in other locations from time to time. To find more details visit our classes or our contact us page.
Master Moy Lin-shin, the Founder of the International Taoist Tai Chi
Society, was heir to the practices of the traditional Chinese
internal arts. His teachings combine an extensive knowledge of the
Taoist classics with training he received from respected teachers in
China and Hong Kong.
As a youth, Master Moy was afflicted with serious health problems. He
recovered his health through his study of Tai Chi (taijiquan), Lok
Hup Ba Fa (liuhebafa), Taoist meditation and other traditional
internal arts. Master Moy understood the great potential to improve
health and alleviate suffering by the practice of these disciplines.
He vowed to make these arts available to all who wished to learn
them. To do so, he developed the Taoist Tai Chi
internal art of taijiquan, an art which brings together the many
insights Master Moy learned about the workings of human physiology,
internal circulation and spiritual training.
Master Moy emigrated to Canada in 1970, where he founded the Taoist Tai Chi
Society of Canada and subsequently the International Taoist Tai Chi
Society. He devoted the remainder of his life to fulfilling the
Societie's objectives by helping many people restore and maintain
their health through practice of the internal arts that he taught.
Master Moy was careful to point out that these teachings were more
than just a set of movements; they encompassed practical wisdom for
living, drawing upon the richness of Chinese culture and the Taoist
Our volunteer, registered charitable organization offers instruction in Taoist
Tai Chi internal arts and methods, which include taijiquan (Tai Chi) and
other related internal arts.
Taoist Tai Chi internal arts and methods are specifically aimed at cultivating
health and vitality and were developed by Master Moy Lin-shin, a
Taoist monk. Master Moy synthesised the wisdom he learned during more
than 50 years of training in meditation, qigong, Tai Chi and other
arts into the practices taught by the Society and its sister
More background about Master Moy, Taoist Tai Chi internal arts and methods, their health benefits, and our worldwide activities can be found at the international web site of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society.
Aims and Objectives
When Master Moy established the Society, he defined four Aims and Objectives which all branches of the Society seek to advance.
To make Taoist Tai Chi internal arts and methods available to all
We are dedicated to bringing these arts and methods to every community,
so that their many benefits are available to all who wish to
To promote the health-improving qualities of Taoist
Tai Chi internal arts and methods
Practiced diligently, these arts and methods cultivate both body and mind to
restore and maintain good health. Our efforts are directed at making
these benefits better known and understood, in order to promote
physical, mental, and spiritual well-being in the community.
To promote cultural exchange
Through Taoist Tai Chi internal arts and methods, and through other activities, we endeavour
to make the richness of Chinese culture more accessible, and thereby promote greater understanding and respect among people.
To help others
The foundation of Taoist Tai Chi Society
internal arts and methods is compassion. Our underlying charitable
orientation is in keeping with the Taoist values of selflessness and
service to others. Our inspiration is the example set by our founder,
Master Moy Lin-shin, who dedicated his life to helping others without
seeking personal gain. For this reason, all our instructors are
volunteers, and all our branches operate on a non-profit basis. We
also perform other services within the community, and assist other
charities whenever possible.