Sifu David Neighbors began teaching independently in 1997 with Houston Northwest Hospital. He was invited to be a visiting instructor at the Women’s Arboretum while the class instructor went overseas to study qigong. This resulted in an invitation to teach at The Woodlands Recreation Center starting in 1999. Sifu Neighbors was contacted by the local community college to conduct a credit course in tai chi for a semester in 2002. With the beginning of the second location, The Tai Chi Social Hour was formed. By 2004, a third location was requested by Houston Northeast Hospital in Humble, Texas. In 2006, Tai Chi Social Hour became the Tai Chi Society of Texas and has since taught hundreds of people tai chi and trained several instructors for a low cost or free bases. It was also during this time that TCMA was formed. In 20010, the annual Tai Chi Day - The Woodlands gathering was started.
In a world of selfies, on line training and weekend instructor certifications, traditional training programs are rare. Kung Fu is a term used to express a skill level that can only be obtained after a great effort over a period of time. Chinese martial arts, including tai chi can only be developed through years of study and practice.
Sifu Neighbors has studied under the following Master & Instructors:
Grand Master Wang, 14 years, Yang Tai Chi and Kung Fu
Master Russel Haws, 14 years, Yang Tai Chi
Mater Jeff Bolt, 3 years, Yang Tai Chi
Master Reggie Padela, 3 years, Muay Tai
Master Lee, 2 years, TKD
Grand Master Kim Soo, 1 year, TKD
Sifu Barbra Lye, 1 year, Chen Tai Chi
Mister Anderson, 1 year, Kick Boxing
Muliple training sessions with: Grand Master Cheng, Bill Superfoot Wallce, Kathy Long, Dr Yang, Master Tye Botting, Master Sit and Master George Hu.
Next year is our 25th year in The Woodlands. TCMA will offer new programs during this special time. While in transition, not all programs will be offered. Due to increasing class size, we are limiting the number of new students. Sign up while there is space available.