About us


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At Riverside Tai Chi we believe that people from all walks of life and every age can benefit from practicing the internal martial arts. With its powerful self defense capabilities and amazing health benefits internal kung fu is a blessing to all practitioners. At Riverside Tai Chi we believe that our students deserve the best and we encourage them to be the best they can possibly be. We are constantly striving to improve and offer the students the highest quality instruction they can find. Riverside Tai Chi is dedicated to excellence.

Our Business

Riverside Tai Chi was conceived and brought to light in 1997. Since then we have been training women and men and are one of the only internal kung fu schools that teaches kids. At Riverside Tai Chi we teach Northern Wu Style Tai Chi, Hsing-I and Bagua. These are the three main internal styles of Chinese kung fu. Riverside Tai Chi is located in NYC. Come and experience the traditional training of the old masters and see the difference true quality makes.

Who We Are

Sifu Jesse Powell is the founder and chief instructor of Riverside Tai Chi. Sifu Powell has 20 years of experience in the martial arts and has a great passion for teaching and passing on the traditional teachings of the old masters. Sifu Powell was a very successful tournament competitor winning many first place trophies and medals. Most recently Sifu Powell has travelled to Beijing China to train with¬† Northern Wu Style Grand Master Li Bingci and Bagua and Hsing-I Grand Master Liu Jing Ru. Sifu Powell was recently featured in Inside Kung Fu Magazine. Sifu Powell’s goals for the future are to continue to train and improve and to impart his knowledge to a new generation.

Sifu Powell is one of the few internal martial arts teachers that believes children can excel in the internal styles of Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing-I Chuan and Bagua Zhang kung fu. Sifu Powell is a strong advocate of teaching kids these styles because the benefits are enormous. Improved concentration, self-confidence, self-esteem and self-defense to name a few. Sifu Powell has developed a program called, “Kung Fu for Kids”. The goal is to keep kids off the streets and give them an alternative to gangs and other negative aspects of their environment, and prevent kids from heading down the wrong path.

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