Taiji and Qigong Program
When: 6:30 - 8:00p
When: 5:30 - 7:00p
About Sifu Charlie
Sifu Charlie has been doing Taiji for around 30 years and has been a full-time instructor for 20 years. He is an expert in the “Old,” Yang style of Taiji (which incorporates “fajin”, a more refined, explosive power through the use of kicks, jumps and acrobatics, etc.) as well as an expert in the “New,” Yang style of Taiji (which has kicks but no acrobatics thereby making this style suitable for everyone, regardless of age or physical limitation).
Without meaning to disregard any part of his extensive study of Taiji and other arts, following is a very brief history of Sifu Charlie’s background:
In 1985, a few years into his training, Sifu Charlie began what would be 10 years of focused training with Master Qi Kwong in Taiji, Qigong, and Medical Taiji. Later, continuing his education, he would go on to spend another 8 years training with Grand Master Erle Montaigue. It is with Grand Master Montaigue, in 1998, that Sifu Charlie would hit two life-changing milestones. First, he was given the rank of Instructor with the World Taiji Boxing Association and second, he would begin his medical Taiji practice.
In 1999, Sifu Charlie would then go on to spend the next 3 years training with Grand Master Weizhong Foo, the 13th lineage holder of the Emei Linji Zong Traditional Life Science and Art System and in 2003, he hit another milestone where he was awarded the title of Instructor in Grand Master Foo’s System.
Sifu Charlie has also spent a great deal of time practicing Israeli combative fighting arts and will sometimes factor in his expertise to help explain and teach both Old and New Yang style Taiji. He will also work these foundations into self-defense or “combative” Taiji since it can take up to 5 years of committed practice to be able to use purely Taiji in a self-defense situation. By combining pure Taiji and Israeli combative fighting arts, the self-defense style of Taiji can be done in a more relaxed way and can be put into use very quickly without the many years of training.
If there is one way to describe how Sifu Charlie approaches Taiji, it would be to say that Taiji is not a “fill-in” art, used simply to supplement a person’s other practices. While most people in the U.S. consider Taiji to be a fill-in or meditative-only art, Sifu Charlie takes it much further than that to include: two-man fighting style Taiji (called san sau), self-defense Taiji, practical application exercises as well as to include the health and medical applications of Qigong.