Who We Are
The BRTCCS is a diverse group of people who gather regularly to explore the benefits of the art of Tai Chi Chuan in Logan, Utah. The Tai Chi we practice is the Yang Style as developed through Yang Cheng-fu's disciple Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing and Professor Cheng's senior student Benjamin Lo Pang Jeng. We have been active now in Cache Valley Utah for nearly twenty years.
Director of the Bear River Tai Chi Chuan Society
Kayo is a senior student of Benjamin Lo. He has practiced Tai Chi Chuan under Lo's tutelage for thirty years. Kayo has a passion for natural history and has a lifetime experience of teaching nature lore to students of every age.
The form we practice was developed by Yang Cheng-fu (1883-1936). In Yang’s time Tai Chi was a secretive art open only to those fortunate enough to be accepted by a skilled teacher. Originally the Yang form contained over 100 postures and took nearly forty-five minutes to perform. Cheng Man-ch'ing (1900-1975), a gifted disciple of Yang Cheng-fu, shortened the form to the 37 postures we practice today.
Professor Cheng wrote of his dream of a universal Tai Chi Chuan open to all peoples; a Tai Chi Chuan that might elevate health and reduce tensions world wide. My teacher, Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo, began his study of Tai Chi Chuan with Professor Cheng in Taiwan in 1949. Like his teacher before him, Benjamin Lo was able to use the art to cure himself of a serious illness. In the early seventies Professor Cheng asked Benjamin Lo to move to the U.S.A. to help him teach. In 1974 Teacher Lo founded his own school in San Francisco; Universal Tai Chi Chuan. Kayo Robertson, enrolled in Teacher Lo’s school in 1979 and continues to study with him to this day.
Director of the Bear River Tai Chi Chuan Society, Kayo Robertson with his teacher Benjamin Lo. Photo by Wayne Abramson.