BACKGROUND / LINEAGE
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 States.
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
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.