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In this episode we will be interviewing Stephen McLaughlin of White Cloud Kung Fu Academy as we discuss the practice of lineage succession. Located in Blackburn, Lancashire of the United Kingdom. White Cloud Kung Fu Academy was founded by Sifu Derek Gordon in 1962 and is today guided by 2 of his students, Dave Cowell & Head Coach Bill Keith, both with more than 40 years of Martial Arts experience. Steven McLaughlin is one of 2 senior instructors both with nearly 2 decades of continuous Martial Arts experience under their belt. He currently teaches Long Boxing(Chang Chuan), Wing Chun, Hsing-I , Bagua Zhang and Yang style Taiji Chuan. He began his training in Chinese Gong Fu at the age of 6 and at age 20 he received his 3rd rank of black belt in 2010.
Lineage succession is the practice of grooming specific students to act as a vessel of transmission for a particular martial style. Tai Chi Chuan is one style in particular that uses lineage documentation much like a family tree to trace its roots and origination. These lineage holders are then entrusted to become caretakers of a particular style ensuring their art continues to thrive in its entirety. Lineage succession is predominantly practiced throughout Asia but we are finding that this method of knowledge preservation is also surfacing in the Asian martial arts in the western world.
Although White Cloud Kung Fu Academy does not officially use Lineage succession the principles of personal growth, self-realization, and lifetime cultivation, are carefully fostered and guided. Steven Mclaughlin is now the 3rd generation of instructors at White Cloud Kung Fu academy.
We will be speaking about "The 6 Harmonies" as they are outlined in the practice Taiji MeihuaTtang Lang Quan. In our discussion we will address the similarities and differences in Tai Chi model and TLQ model. We will also talk about some of the benefits of the model, and real life scenario's where people can benefit from using the 6 harmonies in their daily life.
Greetings Group Fitness Instructor peeps!
As I finished my tai chi practice this morning, I was inspired to record this show.
What's MindBody fitness? What does that even mean? I describe how I interpret MindBody fitness and why it is important that GFIs pay attention to this essential healing practice.
Questions explored include:
How do we adapt a tai chi class successfully to a group fitness format?
How do instructors create a standard format for teaching tai chi to students
Is tai chi for fighting or healing in the group fitness arena?
Can fitness instructors learn to mimic martial arts forms effectively?
Do instructors need to know the martial (fighting) aspects of tai chi to teach it?
How long will it take before you can start teaching a tai chi class?
How is a tai chi class structured for a 30-minute session?
You can connect to me on my Facebook page as MindBody Group Fitness Arts Foundation.
I have found as a Tai Chi teacher and player that I have made many lasting friendships over the years and my guest in this episode of Tai Chi Inspiration is no exception. Donna is a long-time friend and teacher and she'll share with you her roots and philosophy and will probably have a good story or two for us as well! Don't miss it!
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In this show we will expand on our topic from last time (June 7) with our returning guest, Aliya. We'll talk more in depth on her roots and her decision to turn to Tai Chi as a healing source of energy. If you caught our last program, you'll want to tune into this one too and find out more about the healing powers of Tai Chi!
Please visit these sites - www.taichifusion.com, www.taichilee.com and www.tennistaichi.com
Richard Clear is an Internationally Known Si Gung and Guru Tiga. He began his study of the Internal Arts, Kung Fu, Silat and Tibetan Arts in 1976. He is the inheritor of a family lineage of Kung Fu including the Internal Arts of Chi Kung, Tai Chi, Hsing-I and PaKua (Ba Gua) as well as Fukien Shaolin Methods including such styles as Monkey, Drunken Style, Five Animal Kung Fu (Tiger, Snake, Crane, Leopard and Dragon), Wing Chun, Praying Mantis, Dim Mak/Dim Hsueh and many others. He is a senior student and lineage holder in Kun Tao Silat under Martial Arts Living Legend Si Tai Gung (Great Grand Master) and Guru Besar Willem de Thouars. Si Gung Clear is also a qualified instructor in Systema Russian Martial Arts.
Si Gung Clear and his highly successful schools and Martial Art Systems have been featured on Fox National News, Millionaire Magazine, Inside Kung Fu Magazine, The St. Pete Times, Florida Sports Magazine, as well as other local Tampa, Florida television and media.
Si Gung Clear currently travels nationally and internationally teaching corporate seminars, and provides private coaching for teachers and clients at his home near the Tennessee Smoky Mountains.
Si Gung Clear also has published a book called Chi Energy - Activation, Cultivation and Flow. Though he is most notable for his Combat tai chi system; a system that conveys health cultivation, internal power, and self-defense through a very effective practical learning method.
Barry Danser, member of the Tai Chi union of Great Britain, talks about how tai chi can energise, enervate and preserve quality of life in just a few minutes a day whether you are 9 or 90.
Barry has been doing tai chi for 35 years. The changes it brought into his life, changed to a passion for sharing these profound and simple techniques with all age groups.
In this programme he shares some of his favourite techniques, and the results he has seen, from his workshops in the UK with you.
Join us in this podcast to learn and practise this simple exercise form and experience its benefits.
You can read more about Barry at http://www.wakeupandbreathe.com/go
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Attention hard-core Professional Group Fitness Instructors (PGFI)
There may come a time in your fitness life when you have to slow down. Yes, YOU! Even Jack LaLanne eventually slowed down and he was a persistant and dedicated exerciser. Perhaps, for many of you, it is a challenge to slow down and the idea even makes you uncomfortable.
Tai Chi changed my life
My personal journey, as first a professional group fitness instructor (someone whose primary source of income is teaching group fitness classes), then, evenutally, becoming a tai chi instructor, has inspired me to share my story with other GFPI.
The take-away here is that PGFIs who begin to study and practice this internal martial arts will benefit tremedously. It can also be another source of income targeting the expanding demand in the fitness industry for elder-friendly exercise.
What is tai chi
Tai Chi in the fitness world
Story of my personal journey as a PGFI who started practicing tai chi
Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan
Tune in to next week's show when we interview Sifu Ahmad Ptah El
In this episode of Tai Chi Inspiration we will speak to our special guest, Richie V. about how he has used the meditative aspect of tai chi to help in his recovery process. Rich exercises a twelve step program through AA and regularly practices tai chi and other mind/body, meditative disciplines.
In addition, Rich is a Vietnam veteran who may be suffering the affects of PTSD. His tai chi practice helps him to calm his mind and opens muscles and joints to the flow of internal energy - chi.
Find out why Rich chose to practice tai chi and what benefits he has experienced as a result. Let's also take this time to honor our veterans.
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This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired in July.
In this episode of Tai Chi Inspiration, we welcome back our special guest from last time, Donna, with more stories to share among great friends. This time we'll focus more on what Donna is up to now with her Christian Shaolin Academy and what she plans for the future. You won't want to miss this one as we share stories, laughter and reminisce!
We are thrilled to welcome as our guest, Sifu Ahmad Ptah El to Group Fitness Out The Box! If you listened to our show Tai Chi and professional group fitness instructors, you will appreciate why we're so excited to have Ahmad come on the show.
Ahmad has extensive training in the martial arts focusing on the internal martial arts for years. Today he talks to us about our professional lives and its costs to our health and wellness; and how we can increase our longevity, healthfully, in the field of professional fitness instructing.
What is tai chi?
Why is it beneficial (life-changing, in my case) for fitness professionals?
How to evaluate a tai chi program and instructor
What form should you learn?
What should you expect in terms of training and time commitment? (In our profession, that translates into "can I learn it in a weekend workshop?)
Suggested reading: Tai Chi Health for Life by Bruce Frantzis
For more about Ahmad Ptah El check out his Bagua Taiji website.
Ahmad is available for private sessions in the metro Atlanta area and will travel for workshops. He can be reached by calling (678) 526-4286 or by filling out the contact form on his website.
In this episode of Tai Chi Inspiration we will discuss some of the many benefits of practicing tai chi. Research has proven that continual practice can improve hand-eye coordination and can significanly improve balance to prevent falls.
Our special guest this week is Carrie, a realtively new tai chi player but dedicated to gaining the benefits of practice. Tune in to find out how Carrie came to tai chi and why she continues her practice.
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Tai Chi Lee on examiner.com
Tai Chi Lee
Tai Chi Fusion