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With steady, low-impact mind/body movements that can be performed standing or sitting, Tai Chi helps you tune into your body.
By performing the movements of Tai Chi, you learn how to improve your balance, realign your body, and move more smoothly and confidently to avoid future falls and reduce physical discomfort.
While Tai Chi’s centuries-old form is not an instant-fix, by practicing the movements steadily every day, you’ll soon see results in your spiritual, mental, and physical strength—by increasing your muscle mass, mindfulness, and flexibility, you’ll also be able to bounce back from future injuries faster.
Watch the video above to learn more of the basic movements that will kickstart your Tai Chi journey.
… And feel healthier and younger, inside and out.
Master Ren was born in China and is proud to have learned the art of Tai Chi in its modern birthplace: the Chen Village.
As a student and disciple of Chen Style Tai Chi Lineage Holder Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, Master Ren soon caught the eye of martial arts enthusiasts in the US in the early 1980s, where he won championship titles in Tai Chi hand forms, weapons forms, and push-hands.
While Master Ren stopped competing in the US in 1998, he continued to compete (and win) in elite competitions around the world.
Over the years, his extraordinary skills and warm personality have landed him celebrity clientele including the late Lou Reed—who had credited Master Ren with adding 10 years to his life — as well as features in many major media platforms. He’s appeared on ESPN, The National Examiner, the Late Show on CBS, and has been profiled 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, and more. He has also collaborated on a number of books, articles, and Tai Chi teaching DVD’s.
Master Ren continues to devote himself to teaching and improving the health and mindset of his students, as well as initiating new Tai Chi practitioners in the C.A.R.E. method, assisting each student to progress in their practice by being Calm, Alert, Relaxed and Energized.
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 Grand Master Ren Guang Yi who teaches the original form of Tai Chi, the Chen style. Through his relationship with Grand 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 Grand 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.
“It keeps me sharp. 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.”
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 located in Armonk, NY. With guidance from Master Ren himself, they brought his vision for a Tai Chi center to life.
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.