In 1968, a Taoist Monk Master Moy Lin Shin and Mr. Mui Ming To co-founded Fung Loy Kok in Hong Kong. In 1970 Master Moy emigrated to Canada, where he started to teach Taoist Tai Chi™ arts, including Tai Chi, meditation (walking, standing, sitting, sleeping), chanting of scriptures, Taoist alchemy and energy circulation and the cultivation of health. He also taught his students to cultivate their conduct in order to tame their hearts and practise virtue, and took care on a number of occasions to point out the connection between the virtues and the health of the body. His actions exemplified how these virtues can be put into practice.
In 1981, an American student of Master Moy Lin Shin’s moved to England and started the first class in Great Britain. Master Moy visited Great Britain for the first time in 1986 and continued to do so thereafter.
In 1989 a Canadian instructor moved from Vancouver to Edinburgh to study at the university, and started the first class in Scotland. A year later, and a similar move by an instructor from Essex to study at Cardiff University, launched the first class in Wales.
The Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain was incorporated as a private limited company in 1989, and registered as a charity in England and Wales in 1996, and in Scotland in 2008.
Finding buildings where people could come together and devote more time to practise and learn in surroundings that reflect the Society’s culture, ethos and traditions, has been integral to the Society’s growth and a deepening understanding of Taoist Tai Chi™ arts. These buildings became centres for gathering, training, friendship, fundraising and education.
In 1992 the first building was purchased, in Colchester, to serve as the European Centre, and hosted its first workshop, 5 days with Mr Moy, in 1996. In 2000 another centre was purchased in Newport; this was sold in 2017 to aid development in other areas. In 2001, to serve the growing number of participants and instructors, there was a major refurbishment of the European centre and smaller buildings were purchased in Edinburgh in 2002 and Maldon in 2003 to serve the local community. The Edinburgh building was quickly outgrown and replaced, in 2011, with a centre offering over 1000m2 of practice space.
In 2012 Europe celebrated the arrival of its first Fung Loy Kok shrines, the first in Madrid and the second in Colchester, opening up more opportunities for observing the unified teachings of the three religions of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism.