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Sensei Sandeep Desai's Profile

Sensei Sandeep Desai is a Master of T'ai Chi, Yoga and Martial Arts having several international Accolades to his name.
He is credited with introducing the original Chen style T'ai Chi Chuan Practical Method. He has trained arduously and extensively in Chenjiagou village, the birthplace of T'ai Chi in China.

In the recent times, his experience has gone even deeper. He has achieved the unique distinction of becoming the only Indian to successfully finish the advanced 'The Full Time Training' in China under the strict supervision Chen Zhonghua, the Standard-bearer of the Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan Practical Method .

His journey began with karate in the 1970s, when he was in his teens. In his pursuit of perfection and purity in the martial arts, the Sensei has travelled to Japan, Germany and China to learn directly from grandmasters. His teachers were known not only for their exacting standards but were also part of a lineage -- keepers of the highest traditions in their respective arts.

The Mumbai-based Sensei has a vision of promoting the lesser known but immensely beneficial martial art among a wider mass of people. Using his strong foundation and years of rigorous practice in the art, the Sensei hopes to bring more balance to a frenzied world through his teaching, Eventually, he wants to give the art the recall value it so richly deserves.

He was recently felicitated by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi for his stellar accomplishments and for introducing T'ai Chi to the people of Gujarat

Honorable CM of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi with Sensei Sandeep Desai

Hritik Roshan with Sensei Sandeep Desai




Over 30 years of experience in Martial Arts, Yoga and Meditation.

Visited Okinawa, Japan five times between 1989 & 1997 and received training in Okinawan Shorin Matsubayashi Ryu directly from Hanshi Shoshin Nagamine, 10th Dan Black Belt.

Attained 5th Dan Black Belt in 1997. The test was conducted by Hanshi Shoshin Nagamine and his senior assistants.

Performed Kata Wankan in group in the opening ceremony of the World Karate tournament in 1997.

Trained with Sensei Katherine Baxter, former world champion in Okinawan Weaponry.

Also, invited Sensei Katherine Baxter, world renowned weapon expert and two Japanese teachers, to impart training to Indian students.

Studied Chen Style T'ai Chi in Freising, Germany under Dr. Bob Bacher in 1997.


Trained and instructed T'ai Chi and Yoga in several yoga schools in Miami, USA in 2001.


Sensei Desai is the author of 'The Small Book of T'ai Chi', and writes regularly for the popular 'Speaking Tree' column in The Times of India. Times Music has recently launched two introductory DVDs on T'ai Chi featuring Sensei and has drawn an enormous response from all over.


He has held workshops for corporates like Siemens, TATA Motors, Aditya Birla Group, Airport Authority of India (AAI), Brahmakumaris, Reebok, Reliance Money, Johnson & Johnson, Bharat Petroleum, Times of India, Western Naval Command, Central Railways, Crossword, Magna, NCPA, Help Library, Melange, Indus, YPO and a horde of others. He has also been a part of The Celebrate Bandra & Kalaghoda Arts Festivals.

Underwent advanced training in Chen Style T'ai Chi in Singapore in 2002 under the direct guidance of 19th generation Grandmaster Zhu Tian Cai, one of the world's foremost authorities on Chen Style T'ai Chi. Certified by the Grandmaster to teach his authentic version of Chen Style T'ai Chi.

Visited Chenjiagou village, China, in 2004 and 2007, for advanced training under Grandmaster Zhu Tian Cai.


Won the bronze medal in the First World Traditional Wushu Tournament in 2004 held at Zhengzhou city, China, under the age category of 30 to 45 years.

Won the silver medal in the First International Chen Style T'ai Chi Tournament, held at Singapore in December 2005.


Teaches Chenjiagou T'ai Chi on a full time basis, conducting regular Courses and workshops.

Contributed numerous articles to leading newspapers and magazines including Indian Express (Express Newsline), Times of India (Bombay Times). His articles have also been published in the Speaking Tree Column and the 'Wellness' supplement. (Times of India).

Featured on international television channels like BBC World, Star Plus, CNBC TV18, Zee TV, Doordarshan, Channel V and Times Now.