About Great Bay Tai Chi


Who We Are

Great Bay Tai Chi is a group of Tai Chi instructors teaching in the Newburyport and Hamilton, MA, Woodstock, VT and Lebanon, NH areas. We share common teachings, techniques and styles, but offer our own classes and schedules. Internal Arts of New England / Great Bay Tai Chi MA and Great Bay Tai Chi North are independently owned and operated. We have trained together under Master Paul Mahoney, founder of Great Bay Tai Chi. We continue to learn from him and each other, and we support each other in our efforts to share our knowledge and continue to offer quality instruction in the art of Tai Chi. You can access our instructor profiles below.

Paul Mahoney, Founder and Head Instructor

Owner and Head Instructor Great Bay Tai Chi North, Paul Mahoney

Paul is the founder of Great Bay Tai Chi. He is a Taijiquan and Qigong (Chi Kung) master and an expert in martial Taijiquan which includes Pushing Hands and Chin Na as well as other related practices. 
Paul spent a decade studying hard style martial arts, including Korean Tae Kwon Do and Okinawan Uechi Ryu in the 1970’s before discovering the internal martial arts. After attending a seminar with Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming in Boston in 1982 he was hooked and has been fascinated with the internal styles ever since, and now has been a practitioner of the internal martial arts for well over thirty years. He was an assistant instructor of Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming (founder of Yang’s Martial Arts Association) for Tai Chi and Shaolin Chin Na for many years. He is a former winner of the USA championship push hands competition for the 170 lb division at the 2000 “A Taste of China” tournament in Winchester, Virginia.

Our Instructors

Paul Mahoney

Founder and Head Instructor
Great Bay Tai Chi North

Chris Himmel

Lead Instructor and Founder,
Internal Arts New England

Austin Murray

Lead Instructor

Kate Heckman


Petra Horgan


Pam Jacobson