The Tai Chi that I teach is based on the style of Chen Panling (陳泮嶺) and is a syncretic form with elements of Chen, Yang and Wu style Taiji along with a small flavor of Bagua and Xingyi. I learned this form from my Teacher Luo Dexiu, it has a circularity that I find very enjoyable.
The History of Chen Pan Ling
Chen Pan Ling, the head of the martial arts associations, both on the mainland, and Taiwan, created a form of tai chi with strong influences from second generation yang tai chi masters as well as Hao, Sun and Wu. Chen Pan Ling also studied at Chen village. Chen Pan Ling taught Hong Yixiang 洪懿祥 who taugh Laoshi Luo Dexiu. The form consists of 99 postures, and is sometimes referred to as the 99 form. In Chen Pan Ling tai chi, the back is kept straight but the postures change elevation relatively more than in later Yang schools. Luo Dexiu taught the form to Edward Hines. Edward also studied with other tai chi teacers,including a student of Chen Man Ching.
Read more on the history and cultural context of Tai Chi.
Simple Tai Chi
As a student, you’ll get a few great benefits from being here:
- Build your health, refine your movement and calm your mind
- Tai Chi is culturally rich and technically complex. It’s easy to get lost in intricacy or be drawn into fantasy. This course is simple enough to follow yet deep enough to be effective and satisfying.
- You don’t just get movements, you get clear explanations and exercises that make the movements full, powerful and pleasurable.
- Meet interesting people. Your fellow students are as motivated as you are to master what we’re exploring here in Simple Tai Chi. There are total beginners and experienced martial artists to meet here
- Get results. As you dive into the course content and meet the community here in Simple Tai Chi, you’re on a path towards mastery. While it’s not necessarily easy, the transformation we’ll get together matters.