Taijiquan and Qigong
Taijiquan (also known as Tai Chi Chuan) and Qigong (Chi Kung) are traditional Chinese practices that are well known for their health benefits. Categorized as "internal arts" these practices are renowned for helping to regulate circulation, improve strength, and increase flexibility. Recent medical research has also found evidence that Taijiquan and Qigong are effective for improving balance and as an adjunctive therapy to conditions such as fibromyalgia.
How does Taijiquan and Qigong Help?
Through the regular practice of Taiji and Qigong, a practitioner is able to develop better body awareness: the ability to perceive and control the body. Through developing this awareness, the practitioner gains the ability to voluntarily relax muscles and regulate the circulatory and cardiovascular systems. An athlete, for example, would be able to consciously calm their nerves just before a big competition. The ability to consciously relax a muscle after an acute injury can help mitigate any damage or tension that arises after that injury!
Instructor Henry Lee has over 15 years of experience as both a student and instructor in the Chinese Martial Arts including Taijiquan and Qigong.
He began studying Taijiquan in 2007 studying Chen Style Taijiquan under Instructor Wei Li who herself is a student of famed Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei (For more information, go to: http://chenzhenglei.com/). The Chen Style of Taijiquan is reputed as the originator of the five major family styles of Taijiquan (Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu-Hao, and Sun). It is characterized by its focus on "silk reeling" a movement principle found throughout all of the Taiji styles.
In 2009 Henry began studying under Master Zhou Xuan Yun. Master Zhou is a Daoist Priest and Taiji master who trained and taught on Wudang mountain. He is a noted outstanding master of the Wudang style of Taijiquan (For more information, go to: http://www.daoistgate.com/). The Wudang Style of Taijiquan and Wudang Mountain are reputed as the birthplace of Taijiquan. Wudang Taiji is characterized by it's broad and continuously flowing movements.
Instructor Lee is an authorized instructor of the Daoist Gate Wudang Arts school and is available for private instruction.