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Team

Tai Chi Vienna has many faces. We are happy that you want to get to know ours better.

Our courses are led by the ITCCA teaching assistants and founders Bettina Trost and Georg Pfolz. From time to time the courses are also held by our assistants who attend our training program.

May we introduce ourselves?

Georg Pfolz

Georg Pfolz

Tai Chi harmoniously combines my interest in martial arts with my interest in meditation and spirituality. My early experiences with fighting were not characterized by aggression and fear, but allowed me to enter a state of stillness and quiet attention, which was not accessible to me for a long time through any forms of meditation.

In the Asian martial arts I hoped for answers, I had first contacts as a child with Judo. In Paris I discovered the Original Yang Style already in 1988, but in the course of time I tried other styles in parallel, among them Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun (WT) and Hsing I.

Only the special energetic instructions of the Original Yang Style gave me access to this stillness and inner power again.

  • I practice the Tai Chi of the International Tai Chi Chuan Association (ITCCA) since 1988
  • Since 1997 I have regular private lessons with Master Chu King Hung as an authorized teacher of the ITCCA.
  • 1997-2006 teaching in Vienna
  • 2006-2014 leader of the ITCCA for Steyr
  • Since 2014 leader of the ITCCA for Vienna, since October 2014 together with Bettina Trost head of the school Tai Chi Vienna.
Mag. Bettina Trost

Mag. Bettina Trost

Originally a pharmacist with a consulting focus on alternative medicine, homeopathy, Bach flowers, Schüßler salts (face analysis according to Hickethier/Feichtinger) and aromatherapy (Young Living Essential Oils). Certified Astrologer (API Zurich).

Since my authorization as a teacher of the ITCCA in January 2000 by Master Chu I taught the Authentic Yang Style first in Vienna, from 2006 in Steyr/Upper Austria, from autumn 2014 in my own school in Vienna. The constant further education by Master Chu in private lessons and seminars guarantee constant further development.

  • Tai Chi since March 1997
  • Since 2000 regular private lessons with Master Chu King Hung as an authorized teacher of the ITCCA
  • 2000-2006 teaching in Vienna
  • Since 2006-2014 lecturer of the ITCCA for Steyr
  • Since 2014 lecturer of the ITCCA for Vienna, since October 2014 together with Georg Pfolz management of the school Tai Chi Vienna.
Christian Hofer

Christian Hofer

I found Tai Chi Chuan in 2009 through back pain. The exercises and movements led to a relatively quick recovery. Since then, the curiosity about the Yang style and the philosophy behind it grew. In 2014 came the decision to take up a teaching training with Andreas Werner as well as Master Chu King Hung himself. A year later the first exam took place and since then I not only learned from Andreas, but also supported him in the Tai Chi School Innsbruck. At the end of 2016 there was a change of residence to Vienna and at the beginning of 2017 the lateral entry or the continuation of the training with Bettina Trost and Georg Pfolz in the Tai Chi Vienna School.

  • Beginning with Tai Chi 2009 with Andreas Werner (ITCCA).
  • 2014 Start of the ITCCA teacher training with Andreas Werner.
  • Since 2015 regular private lessons with Master Chu King Hung,
  • 2015 supporting teaching activity in the Tai Chi School Innsbruck .
  • Since the beginning of 2017, continuation of teacher training at Tai Chi Vienna.
Sergej Tichonov

Sergej Tichonov

The saying "Tai Chi - Meditation in motion" interested me and led me to Tai Chi Chuan. The lessons with Bettina and Georg fascinated me and did not let me go.

  • Tai Chi since 2014 at Tai Chi Vienna
  • Since the beginning of 2017 teacher training at Tai Chi Vienna
  • Since 2017 regular private lessons with Master Chu King Hung
Thomas Macher

Thomas Macher

As a musician and programmer, I spend a lot of time sitting. A severe herniated disc made it necessary to create a balance. After I already had a long friendship with Georg and Bettina and they finally opened a school in Vienna in 2014, there was no excuse anymore. Since then, Tai Chi has been a part of my everyday life. Oh yes, no more disc problems!

  • Tai Chi since 2014 at Tai Chi Vienna
  • Since the beginning of 2017 teacher training at Tai Chi Vienna
  • Since 2019 regular private lessons with Master Chu King Hung.
  • Leading classes in Eisenstadt since 2019
Kathrin-Paula Amtsfeld

Kathrin-Paula Amtsfeld

I had my first brief contact with Tai Chi back in 2007 in Hannover.

My general interest in martial arts and meditation continued and when I started my music studies in Vienna and was looking for a relaxing movement balance, I soon came across the Tai Chi school of Bettina and Georg. I felt very comfortable right away and was enthusiastic about their way of teaching, so I stayed right away.

In the meantime, Tai Chi is not only a good balance to everyday life for me, but I can also transfer the movement principles directly to my work with my violin and benefit from it especially in stressful situations, such as a performance.

I am happy about the teacher training as a possibility to deepen knowledge and practice and then also to be able to pass it on.

  • Tai Chi since 2015 at Tai Chi Vienna
  • Since the beginning of 2018 teacher training at Tai Chi Vienna
Stephan Javurek

Stephan Javurek

In my youth I got to know Tae Kwon Do. It was always practiced under the South Korean flag, a yin-yang symbol (tàijítú). Through this I heard for the first time about the "mystical" Tao. Since then, the search for this Tao has never left me and has led me to the Chinese martial arts. Over many years I learned the inner style of Yong Chun Chuan to finally arrive at Tai Chi Chuan.

The special thing about Tai Chi classes with Bettina and Georg for me is that you can not only learn a lot about the Tao, the Chi, Yin-Yang... but you can also experience it all!

  • Tai Chi since 2016 at Tai Chi Vienna
  • Since the beginning of 2018 teacher training at Tai Chi Vienna
Scarlett Müller-Mangelberger

Scarlett Müller-Mangelberger

I came to Tai Chi in 2015 to get more balance in my life after stressful years. Before that, I lived for several years in Vorarlberg, Germany and the Netherlands.

Besides Tai Chi, I have also been practicing boxing for many years. However, I put my focus on Tai Chi, because this martial art corresponds more to my current attitude towards life.

Since 2017 I am doing the training with Georg and Bettina.

  • Tai Chi since 2015 at Tai Chi Vienna
  • Since the beginning of 2017 teacher training at Tai Chi Vienna