I am very honored and blessed to be able to study under Master Hwa. Tai-Chi lessons were a birthday gift from my husband Jim and son Jacob. I always tell them it was the best birthday gift I ever received. I do not see my life without Tai-Chi in it. Tai-chi has enhanced my health and reduced stress. For many years I had lower back and shoulder pain due to an accident in , pain is something I no longer have. As Master Hwa's teaching assistant for the 4 years in his Tai-Chi studio. I have worked with numerous new students ranging for 10 up to 70 years old. I try to make their first session a positive experience and create a desire to come back for more.
My teaching experience has reached outside the Tai-Chi studio. I have taught a six-week course at Macedon Recreation Center.
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Currently, I am teaching at Phelps NY and have 18 students they are mostly retired male and female students. You may contact me at aastockmaster gmail. I have been in the martial arts since I met Grandmaster Gene L. I always tried to train in the pure art so I could learn and teach to the best of my ability.
Then I came across Classical Tai Chi on the internet and it got my attention immediately! I saw Master Hwa go right into Internal movements that is so very important for the complete body connection without any fluff. This is truly what the Great Masters had that made them so powerful and healthy.
I began about 4 years ago and I still smile inside thinking about how this is one of the gems that will not be lost or forgotten, it has been put together with nothing missing, so there is no guesswork, truly a complete art. Students from all over the Bay Area would gather starting at AM in Chinatown under the watchful eye of an 82 year old T'ai Chi master.
As a young man he had used his Kung-Fu as a guard on wagon trains carrying gold across northern China, he was a hero of WW II and then a legislator in Taiwan for the Kuomintang before retiring to San Francisco. My two years of study in his studio was magical and fascinating, and even though I only learned the 'outside' of the form I was hooked. I was not in the 'inner circle' of his students and although I learned the entire form, the best result I can report is that I had learned to 'wave my arms around'.
Two more years with one of his elder students didn't help much to clarify the situation. So when I found an accomplished teacher of the Wu Style a few years later I was overjoyed to be taught the 'inside' of the T'ai Chi form. I learned the first day that there was nothing mystical about the force generated by T'ai Chi, the power of T'ai Chi is generated by learning how to the connect the body effectively.
He had been trained to fight using T'ai Chi in Hong Kong. Through various lineages of the Wu Style I have learned a rounded square form, a round form, free fight and throwing applications, neigung, fixed and moving step push hands and sword, saber and spear weapons forms. All the while I was training in T'ai Chi I was practicing as a psychotherapist and biofeedback therapist in hospitals, pain clinics and private practice in Northern California.
I used my T'ai Chi training in body mechanics, relaxation and awareness training to help my patients recover from chronic pain and functional illnesses. I felt like a physiological anthropologist; I discovered that the ancient T'ai Chi and Qigong masters had learned how to play the autonomic nervous system like a harp.
By combining skills learned from T'ai Chi with western scientific instrumentation Clinical Biofeedback I could help foster permanent recovery from chronic and debilitating illnesses in my patients.
I then had the great good fortune to discover Master Hwa and the internal discipline he teaches. I knew immediately that what Master Hwa teaches was the missing piece for my training. It was obviously valuable and powerful for both the martial artist and the healer. I was able to study with Master Hwa personally, reviewing the internal principles and every move of the forms. I am very grateful for his training, skill, generosity and patience.
I am excited about teaching Classical T'ai Chi and passing it's valuable skills to future generations. I can be reached at: courses lifematters. Early on, as a graphic designer and photographer, I have to say that my fascination with T'ai Chi began with seeing the form in motion. I was captivated by the movements, the sequence and the focus of the practitioner which left me with the question As a licensed psychotherapist and biofeedback therapist, I have trained extensively in relaxation therapy, meditation and pain management. I have found that T'ai Chi literally incorporates many of these concepts and much, much more.
I have been practicing the Wu style form for twenty years. During that time, I have learned the rounded square form, a round form, the sword and spear forms, neigung and various styles of push hands. After moving to southern France 10 years ago my partner and I started teaching the Wu style rounded square form to students living in surrounding small villages.
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As a teacher, I learned there is nothing better for improving your own practice than teaching the form to others. Then I discovered Master Hwa and was thrilled to find someone willing to teach the internal discipline of the Wu style. I bought all the DVDs and taught myself the Classical T'ai Chi internal round form and square form through persistence and Master Hwa's excellent teaching.
I then attended his workshop to meet him, flying to New York state from France. I was not disappointed. Soon after that workshop, I along with my partner, were fortunate to be able to study with Master Hwa in Florida.
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It was a magical, intense and enthralling experience. I am grateful and honored to have had that time to study with Master Hwa. Learning internal discipline and the application of the moves in the form gave me a surprising ability to issue force with no effort. My "one inch punch" left my partner amazed at the power I was able to exert even with a cushion between my fist and his stomach!
Master Hwa smiled and said, "now you have an emergency weapon".
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His knowledge, generosity, expertise and clarity made it an experience of a lifetime. I teach both in California and southern France. My intention is to create more opportunities where I can inspire others in the practice Classical T'ai Chi in both in the U. I was first drawn to the martial art choreography of the form. I enjoyed performing the martial postures without having to worry about the risk of injury from a real fight. Then, upon developing a deeper understanding for the internal movements in the form, I noticed, when applied to other activities such as walking, skiing or playing soccer, I felt stronger yet more efficient.
Being a bass player, this is a constant goal. I was always told to use the larger muscles of the back so the smaller muscles of the hand and arm can remain relaxed to achieve the most resonant sound. As of the summer of , under Sifu Jim Roach's tutelage, I began studying push-hands and a more detailed analysis of how martial arts apply to the form. I would like to thank Master Hwa for allowing my practice of Tai Chi to become a reality. Published by Collins, Used Condition: Used; Good Soft cover.
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