Sifu John Marchewitz began learning Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan in 1989 under the direction of Sifu Stephen Britt. Diagnosed with congenital spine issues, Sifu Marchewitz was facing increasingly debilitating health problems and rejected the advice of doctors to undergo spinal fusion. Instead, he chose a holistic approach to healing that included using the practice and methods of Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan. Under Sifu Britt’s tutelage John began the slow process of rehabilitation.
In 1994, John became a disciple of Grandmaster Eddie Wu Kwong Yu and with encouragement from his Sifus he began his own teaching practice; steadily adding to his list of class offerings until it developed into a full time schedule. Sifu Marchewitz has taught in hospitals, therapy centers, corporations, universities and community centers. He has instructed individuals with a wide range of physical challenges and issues as well as those who practice competitive sports.
His training also includes a massage therapy certification specializing in reflexology, from the Health Enrichment Center, one of only three accredited massage therapy training programs in the US. In addition he has traveled to China and Southeast Asia on numerous occasions with students from Michigan and Canada, visiting and training with the Wu family members at multiple academies throughout China.
Sifu Marchewitz became a Certified Canadian Wu Shu Judge in 1999. Along with continually refining his own skills, his goal is to spread the practice of Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan and continue to promote its healing and health benefits by making it accessible to people of all ages and physical conditions so that others may experience the whole body health and wellness it creates.