May the Chi Be With You

about Tai Chi

Tai Chi is half martial art, and half meditation; part fitness of the body, and fitness of the mind.

However, Tai chi isn’t simply exercise, or meditation. It’s living. Once you become aware of what Tai Chi is, you’ll discover how its principles of balance impact everything you do, from the way you wake up in the morning, to the way you move through your daily routine, reduce stress throughout the day, and feel better when you come home.

Proven by science to boost cellular regeneration and reduce stress, Tai Chi is often lauded as the “ultimate anti-aging exercise” that can be performed anywhere.

However, the true power of Tai Chi lies in helping students understand their own bodies at a deeper level, to gently work with any pain, stiffness, or areas in need of strengthening; both in their practice, and in their day-to-day lives.

It is helping improve quality of life issues for individuals with Parkinsons, for people who have balance issues, as well as those who are living with the angst of Cancer.

Chi Force presents Chen Style Tai Chi, a synthesis of ancient principles of Chinese philosophy, medicine and martial arts traced back to the 17th century and considered the original form of Tai Chi.

Tai Chi’s name reveals its nature, derived from a philosophical term (also “Tai Chi”) first mentioned in texts some 3,000 years ago, that reads:

“In all changes exists Tai Chi, which causes the two opposites in everything.”

This, along with the Taoist principles in which Tai Chi has deep roots, underlines the core principle of the art: the yin and yang balance, both between ourselves and nature, and the “three treasures”—mind, body, and spirit.

May the Chi Force be With You

about Chi force

Chi Force is the fruition Master Ren’s vision to create a resource that would enhance the quality of life for those who could benefit from the essence of the wisdom of Tai Chi. Working with his students, Jon Miller, Stephan Berwick and Alan Bandes, who are also instructors of this important art, he created a three-part curriculum: Fundamentals, Silk Reeling and Form study. He envisions Chi Force as a community of individuals all interested in a healthy lifestyle sharing their ideas and learning from the lessons provided to its members.

Chi Force is a resource and virtual classroom built to help students at every level experience the incredible results the ancient wisdom of Tai Chi can create in their bodies, minds, and spirits.

Whether you wish to improve fitness and flexibility, reduce stress, slow down aging, reclaim your energy, or manage/fix an injury or condition, Chi Force makes it easy to find exactly the lessons you need to reach your goals.

About Master Ren Guangyi

Master Ren was born in China and is proud to have learned the art of Tai Chi in its modern birthplace: the Chen Village. A student, and then disciple of Chen Style Tai Chi Lineage Holder Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, Master Ren then caught the eye of martial arts enthusiasts in the US in the early 1990’s, where he won championship titles in Tai Chi hand forms, weapons forms, and push-hands.

Master Ren retired from U.S. competitions after winning a heavyweight title in 1998.

Devoting himself to teaching and improving the health and mindset of his students, Master Ren has created his CARE method, assisting each student to progress in their practice by being Calm, Alert, Relaxed and Energized.

Over the years, his extraordinary skills and warm personality have landed him celebrity clientele including Hugh Jackman, Bette Midler, and the late Lou Reed—who had credited Master Ren with adding 10 years to his life—as well as features in major media platforms. He’s appeared on ESPN, The National Examiner, the Late Show on CBS, and profiles on the covers of Kung Fu Qigong (the predecessor of Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine), Qi Magazine, Journal of Asian Martial Arts, World Journal Weekly

Magazine, Inside Kung-Fu Magazine, and Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine. He has also collaborated on a number of books, articles, and Tai Chi teaching DVD’s.

chi force tai chi Jon Miller

About jon Miller:

“It’s part of my daily routine. Using Tai Chi, I can start and end my day with a focus on my own mental and physical wellbeing. It keeps me sharp”

Jon Miller has been practicing Tai Chi for over 2 decades. As one of Master Ren’s most prominent and professionally successful students, he has invested the last several years creating resources to make sharing the benefits of Chen-style Tai Chi to communities around the world easy.

His experience learning from Master Ren has allowed him to perfect his form and help guide others. Through Chi Force, he hopes to offer the opportunity for in-depth understanding and instruction from the Master that taught him.

Prior to starting Chi Force, Jon spent several years building The Beckoning Path. With guidance from Master Ren himself, they brought his vision for a Tai Chi center to life.

About Alan Bandes

Alan has been practicing Tai Chi since 1976. He first started with the Yang style under the tutelage of Master CK Chu in Manhattan where he gained insights into the basics of Tai Chi and meditation.

For the past 17 years he has studied with Master Ren Guang Yi who teaches the original form of Tai Chi, the Chen style. Through his relationship with Master Ren, he has gained a deep understanding of Tai Chi as it relates to the mind-body experience, meditation, and self-defense. Nine years ago, Alan was humbled when Master Ren encouraged him to teach Chen Tai Chil

Alan’s classes are geared towards the individual. Classes consist of four basic elements: Standing Mountain (a form of meditation), Silk Reeling, beginner’s forms, and advanced forms including weapons.

All classes include both group and individual activities to help each student maximize their potential. Alan’s main goal is to provide enough insight to help each student become their own teacher so that they can carry on the concepts of Tai Chi beyond the classroom.

Alan has taught students who have ranged in age from their 20’s through their 80’s. His Tai Chi knowledge has helped him gain insights to help students who have come to him with back pain, knee pain, balance issues, Parkinson’s, and stress-related problems. Recently he has been asked by the organization Support Connection, to teach Tai Chi to women with breast and ovarian cancer.

According to Alan, Tai Chi is not a miracle cure for anything, but with continued effort and practice students can improve their quality of life. Based on his accrued knowledge of Tai Chi and of life, he helps guide his students to learn how to cultivate what the Chinese philosophers refer to as the three treasures: mind, body, spirit.

About Stephan Berwick

Stephan Berwick is one of Master Ren’s original students. For over two decades has devoted his training, research, and promotion of Tai Chi to populations most in need, spanning defense professionals to the physically and mentally challenged. He has developed a Tai Chi program for John’s Hopkins University Medical School’s ataxia treatment program, (a degenerative disorder that attacks the mind’s ability to control the limbs). In 2015, he introduced Tai Chi to a program he created for at-risk youth in Arlington, Virginia.

In 2010, Berwick wrote and directed ‘Final Weapon’ – the first dramatic action film to feature authentic Chen style Tai Chi in a long-form music video format, which starred Ren Guangyi, with music and appearance by rock music legend and Tai Chi disciple, Lou Reed.
Since 1996, Berwick published nearly three dozen authoritative articles on all aspects of martial arts, including early profiles of Master Ren, and Chi Force’s Jon Miller. He is also the co-author with Ren Guangyi of ‘Taijiquan: 38 Form & Applications’ and ‘Taijiquan Hand & Sword’.

During the late 1980s, Berwick was one of the first Western martial arts performers in Hong Kong action films, working under the famed director Yuen Wo Ping and Donnie Yen
Berwick has been profiled in Inside Kung Fu, Black Belt, and Kung Fu Tai Chi magazines and was the first Western Chen style Tai Chi expert featured on the cover of the academic, Asian Journal of Martial Arts.