Student since Oct.2016, Previously study Northern/Southern Shaolin. Completed 83 form Yilu and now practicing 71 form Er lu.
Before I took this class, I only had a very basic idea on Tai chi having learned contemporary Tai Chi forms for few months.
Unlike other Tai chi classes that only teaches forms, in this class, form is only one third of the curriculum. We also practicing Hunyuan Qi gong as well as Silk Reeling practice which is equally (or more) important.
The focus of the class is not to learn many forms, but to be able to master the form with the principle as well as the methods and applying the correct energy.
Learning Tai chi is a lifelong journey, even though laoshi teaches qigong and taichi, it’s still up to us to practice daily to be able to apply the principle into the form. Everybody has their own challenges depends on the individual.
For me especially, coming from external martial arts, it is hard to let go the Kongfu gained from previous practice, and adapt to the new method. However with the guidance from laoshi, I’m practicing to let go to gain more.
Student since 2018. Previously study Wing Chun. Currently learning 83 form Yilu , Chen Tai Chi first routine.
Since I was young, I've had a strong interest in martial arts. After leaving the Navy and moving to the bay Area, in 2015, I took up Wing Chun. It was a great introduction to Kung Fu and internal martial arts.
Wanting to learn more about internal martial arts, I started learning Chen Tai Chi from Michael Laoshi in 2018. The similarities and differences became clear between the two. After practicing for a little while, I realized old injuries would start to heal and aches were no longer present. I had more energy throughout my day and started to feel less burnt out by the bay area work/life "balance". I began to realize how powerful Tai chi is.
Since then, I realized the more I practiced Tai chi, under the guidance of Laoshi, my Wing Chun would improve in almost every aspect. Overtime my practice shifted more and more to focus exclusively on Tai Chi.
Michael Laoshi, curriculum is excellent to work through. He teaches us chi-gong, chansigong (silkreeling), and forms - paying careful attention to detail helping us work towards mastery and quality instead of quantity. Mixed in with lectures on theory and philosophy. His teachings are very holistic, comprehensive, and effective.
I've learned so much from Laoshi and I feel fortunate to find a teacher of such high skill and knowledge, let alone in the east bay.
This practice seriously has the potential to change anyone's life for the better.