Profile of Machiko Shirai


Machiko Shirai, a native of Japan, earned her master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science and Gerontology at Oregon State University in 1998.


She started her training in Yang style Tai Chi with Master Terumi Ueshima and later changed to Chen style with Master Nobuyuki Hayashi in Japan in 1987.  She also studied the Chen style with Master Wang Xi’an and Master Chen Zhenglei (both are world famous grandmasters) in China, during the year of 1992.  She has gone back to Chen Village to study with Master Wang Xi’an a couple of times since then.


She moved to the United States in 1994.  She earned three gold medals in the USA-WKF Western Regional Wushu Championship, U.C. Berkeley, CA in 1996.  She also received a bronze medal in the Taste of China Wushu Tournament, Winchester, Virginia in 2000.


Machiko has been actively involved with the Oregon Research Institute as a Tai Chi specialist.  She designs Tai Chi movements, assists ORI research scientists, and teaches Tai Chi under U.S. government grants.


Machiko has been teaching Tai Chi at the University of Oregon, YMCA, Junction City and her own studio in Eugene, Oregon since 1996.  She has also contributed her time to volunteer teaching and performing Tai Chi in the community:  Asian Celebration, World Tai Chi Day, Tai Chi in the Park, etc.


Machiko’s life in the United States is simple:  no computer, no TV, no cell phone, no fax machine, no microwave… and she prefers to keep it simple.


Machiko was honored as a 2012 Living Inspiration by the Age Knows No Difference Project of Lane County, Oregon.
Click red link to read article about Machiko "The Art of Serenity" in Ethos (May 2012)
Click red link to read article about Machiko from
Lane County Boomer and Senior News (January 2012) BoomerNewsJan2012.pdf