About Us


I'm Bruce Marcus,  and I'd like to share some of the knowledge I've gained from studying martial arts for the last 45 years.

I was always drawn to the beautiful postures and flowing movements of Tai Chi, so I started to appreciate the genius and intricacy hidden within them. I've always tried to understand the actual usage of what I was seeing, and eventually, the mystery started to reveal itself in many "eye-opening ways."

I heard about the rare esoteric "sister arts" with common principles with Tai Chi. They're known as Baguazhang (Eight Trigram Palm) and Hsing-i Chuan (Shape Mind Fist), and I became extremely curious. It was satisfying to know that the years I've invested in Tai Chi would carry over to my study of these other arts. I just found that tremendously rewarding and fascinating at the same time, and I wanted to know more.

I felt like I discovered gold, and I couldn't get enough.

I decided to devote my entire life to studying these hidden treasures from China. The Internal Arts are also known as Neijia, and I would love to share them with you.

Let's Explore These Ancient Chinese Arts Together!

Call Bruce with any questions or for more info
or email me: at bruce@trutaichi.com

Mr. BP Chan was a true pioneer,
he was one of the first to bring these arts
into this country in the mid-1970s.

Mr. Chan learned his Tai Chi Chuan from Yang Cheng Fu's

brother Yang Shao-hou, Tung Ying Chieh, and 
Grandmaster Liu Yun Qiao.

              Yang Shao-hou

Yang Shaohou (Chinese楊少侯Pinyin: Yáng Shàohóu; 1862-1930) was a Chinese martial arts master who, along with Yang Chengfu (楊澄甫; 1883-1936)

Represents the third generation of
Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan.

Grandmaster of his generation and known for his compact "small frame" techniques, he was a ferocious fighter and a demanding teacher.

             Tung Ying Chieh

Dong Yingjie (Wade-GilesTung Ying-chiehChinese董英傑, 1897 - 1961) was a leading master of taijiquan (tai chi), and a top disciple of Yang Chengfu. Born in Ren CountyHebeiChina, his given name was Wenke (文科).[1] Famous in his time for defeating a foreign boxer in a public challenge match, he dedicated his life to the martial arts, training intensively in multiple styles, serving as chief assistant instructor for Yang Chengfu, and going on to found his own thriving taijiquan legacy.

Rich Raab was one of Mr. Chan's original students.
I've been fortunate to know Rich since my childhood. My teacher now for 45 years.
I've had the pleasure of learning
Tai Chi Chuan, Baguazhang, Hsing-i Chuan,
I Chuan, and Qigong from him.

Mr. Chan, Carl Maglietta, Rich Raab, Alvin Fayman

Our website is dedicated to paying tribute to Master Chan,
whose vast knowledge and expertise have been
selflessly shared with us to our immense benefit.

Original photo courtesy of Alvin Fayman

What they say about us

I began studying Tai Chi here about 6 months ago. I have to say that Bruce is a wonderful teacher with knowledge that comes from long study and mastering both hard and soft styles. This was not my first time taking Tai Chi classes, but has been the most rewarding. Bruce teaches the Tai Chi form and also the very subtle body mechanics that take the movements to a whole different level. Class is relaxed, but very informative each time. There is also exposure to Chi Kung, and sometimes the other "sister" internal arts all of which fit together nicely!

Richard Ribeiro


Tai Chi so awesome for dressage riders! Join Bruce he is great!

private student

I had been away from practice for a few years and was starting to feel stiff, and out of sorts for awhile. I took a chance and started working out  at Bruce's School. My Tai Chi Form is taking on so many new dimensions, and layers of understanding. You see what's great is that Bruce just doesn't teach sequences of moves, he teaches principles that you can immediately apply to your art.
I now have more flexibility than I've ever had in my life, and I just feel stronger, more centered, and in control.

Joe Cunningham