Tai chi grand master, longtime conductor of Bryant Park classes, has passed away.
It is with sadness that we report that Grand Master C. K. Chu, owner of the Tai Chi Chuan Center and conductor of Bryant Park Tai Chi classes, has passed away. For ten years, Master Chu led Bryant Park’s free tai chi classes, including the traditional spring season opener celebrating World Tai Chi Day. During his time here, Bryant Park Tai Chi grew from a once-weekly session attracting a few followers to twice-weekly sessions with attendance up to three digits.
A native of Hong Kong, Master Chu was educated at Brooklyn Technical High School, Queens College, and New York Institute of Technology, and learned tai chi in both Hong Kong and New York City. Also trained in physics, he retired from that profession in 1995 to devote his time to teaching tai chi. We’ll miss Master Chu, as will the estimated 15,000 tai chi adherents who have learned from him at Bryant Park over the years. We express our gratitude for his dedication to his art, and offer our condolences to his loved ones.
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