Instructor Denise Lane I first began studying Tai Chi in the 1980’s and started teaching in 1994.   The practice of Tai Chi helped me restore myself to health.  Practice of the Tai Chi forms, and application of Tai Chi principles, has given me a foundation for maintaining balance, health and grounding throughout my life.  I am a former International forms Champion and Grandchampion, multi time women's National USAWKF & USKSF lightweight Push Hands Champion; and a USA Team member and gold medalitst in the 1st and 2nd Pan American WuShu/KungFu games.  While I learned much from the discipline required for performing and competition, my passion is in serving others and helping them with their own journey.   

Tai Chi Chuan

An ancient Chinese Martial Art,

Tai Chi can be good for health, exercise, balance,

coordination, flexibility, focus, and stress reduction. 

You can begin Tai Chi at almost any age and practice it for life.

The bare-hand form can be practiced in as little as 5 minutes a day. 

When the form is practiced, and complete focus is given, the form can become a moving meditation.

The worries of the world can disappear.

When practiced regularly, Tai Chi can bring peace to the mind and strength to the body.

The concepts learned in Tai Chi can be carried over into the rest of the life to aide in dealing with problems and to create more harmonious living.

The Tai Chi form is a series of martial techniques put together with transition steps to create a fluid means of practice.

Tai Chi is considered an internal martial art. It is termed this because it relies on body structure and internal “chi” flow rather than muscle and strength.

“Chi” is a Chinese word that refers to the invisible life force energy that flows through our bodies. This life force energy flows in pathways called meridians which closely follow the pathways of the nerves. The practice of Tai Chi helps to keep the life-force energy flowing smoothly through the body.

Tai Chi is a wonderful exercise.

The regular practice of Tai Chi can: bring balance to the body as well as to the mind; it can increase the circulation of the blood and lymph; exercise the internal organs; increase strength, coordination, and flexibility; help to focus the mind; increase the ability to handle stress in the life.

Many people begin practicing Tai Chi upon the recommendation of their doctor.  There are people who began to practice Tai Chi around the age of 40 - 50 years old and were still practicing at the age of 90 years old.

Instructor Denise Lane:  I first began studying Tai Chi in the mid 1980’s.  Reluctantly, I started in teaching 1994.  My focus is on helping my students improve and sustain health, balance and centering through Tai Chi, meditation and Qigong.  Initially, the practice of Tai Chi helped me restore myself to health.  The practice of the Tai Chi forms, and application of Tai Chi principles, has given me a foundation for maintaining balance, health and grounding throughout my life.  I am a former International forms Champion and Grandchampion, four time women's lightweight Push Hands Champion; and a USA Team member and gold medalitst in the 1st and 2nd Pan American WuShu/KungFu games.  While I learned much from the discipline required for performing and competition, my passion is in serving others and helping them with their own journey. 

My Master Teacher is Sifu Liu Xiao Ling, from China. Sifu Liu is now in Springfield, Virginia.  I began teaching as assistant to my teacher.  I have taught at the Chinese school in Gaithersburg, MD, at Omei Wushu-Kung-Fu, at health clubs, churches, at my own school in Jamul, Ca, Prescott, AZ and now in Durango, CO

My other teachers I owe much gratitude to, are The School of Tai Chi Chuan, Charles Cashell,  Paul Ramos the owner and Master Teacher of Wu Shen Tao, Master Gao, Master Liu, Master Yang Jing Ming.   Also, George Harris and my martial Arts sisters, Sylvia Robinson, Renee Kascick, Cheryl Corey,  Camilla Ng, Deborah Yang, and others.  All have taught me, shaped me, helped me grow. 

My focus is on helping my students improve and sustain health, balance and centering through Tai Chi, meditation and Qigong.

 

What we practice:

Yang Style short form

Tai Chi sword 32 step

Tai Chi sword 42 step

Meditation

Qigong

Compulsory forms

Push Hands

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