Luckily, I am not alone on this journey. Many brave souls are much further along in their taiji development, and I will lean on my friends at the World Taiji Boxing Association (WTBA) for encouragement, friendship, and support along the way. The following is taken from the World Taiji Boxing Association (WTBA) main website:
The WTBA is an organisation of like minds from all over the world coming together in friendship and harmony (well most times).
Erle Montaigue began the Australian Taiji Boxing Association back in 1979. It soon became clear that the organisation had outgrown the 'Australian' part so we changed it to the World Taiji Boxing Association.
Erle Montaigue handed it down to his son Eli, having trained with Erle from the age of 4. The WTBA now has a number of country representatives and instructors around the world. These are students and friends who have trained with Erle and Eli for many years and have risen to a high level of competence in Erle's system of Internal Gung-fu.
We now have representatives in around 30 countries with well over 10,000 students being in some way associated with the WTBA as 'WTBA members'.
There is no real hierarchy in the WTBA as this is how Erle Montaigue liked it, plain and simple without titles or bowing down to anyone, just a bunch of friends training together with a like goal of harmony and good health, and along the way some self defence to protect our family.
The WTBA has no uniforms or any other patches or other lofty names like 'Sensei' or Master or Loucher etc. The WTBA is simply there to help everyone up the ladder.