I began my studies of Tai Chi
Chuan (Taijiquan) in 1978 when I met my first
teacher Arthur Lee, who taught me the long form of Yang Style Taijiquan, the
Yilu of Chen Style Taijiquan and the fast set of Yang Style Taijiquan as
developed by Master Tung Yin Chieh. My teacher Arthur Lee learned Yang Style
Taijiquan from Tung Kai Ying, the grandson of Tung Yin Chieh. He learned
the Yilu of Chen Style Taijiquan from George Xu and Gene Chen.
Currently I am studying the yilu (first form) of Chen Style Practical Method as
taught by Chen Zhonghua. Master Chen learned the Practical Method
from his Master Hong Junsheng, a long time student of Chen Fake. In my
opinion the yilu as taught in the Practical Method is a superior version of
I initially began learning
Taijiquan to deal with a debilitating back injury and other health
issues. I had been told by my Chiropractor and my Doctor that I
would be physically disabled for the rest of my life as a result of the
back injury I had sustained in 1972. Within a couple of years after
beginning my studies with Arthur Lee my health issues were resolved and my back
was totally healed.
I've always had a fascination
with defensive techniques that work for people of all sizes. Taijiquan
has a tremendous number of very effective techniques that do not rely on muscle
strength, focusing instead on tendon and ligament strength. I was
fortunate to have a Tai Chi teacher who knew the applications of the postures
and taught them to me. When practicing Taijiquan with knowledge of the
applications, the health benefits increase along with self confidence and the
ability to defend oneself against aggressors.
I began my studies of Qin Na
(Joint Submissions) with Qinrong Yu in 1997. Master Yu had operated a
martial arts school teaching Qin Na in China
prior to moving to the United
The whole form is first done
together in silence, allowing the students to relax and enjoy the peacefulness
of going through the movements. Once we finish practicing the whole form
detailed instruction is then provided for each separate movement. The
details fully cover the position of the body, the breathing, the energy
alignment of the movements as well as the applications for each posture.
This enables the students to learn at a more advanced pace and helps to prevent
the students from practicing the form incorrectly.
I have an absolute love of
practicing and teaching Taijiquan. Students are always welcome to email
me or call me if they have any questions about Taijiquan. I also make
available to the students videos and written material that will facilitate
their learning. Anyone interested in lessons can either join the
weekend class in the park or contact me to schedule private
lessons. No experience is necessary and I have students who are
beginners as well as advanced students in the same class.
I teach the class in a manner that allows students of all abilities to learn
and improve their practice of Tai Chi.