Restore Peace and Balance in Your Life One Step at a Time...with Tai Chi

Peaceful Steps

"Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness."

~Lao Tzu


I began my search for peace and balance in 2004 when I took weekly classes in the Guang Ping Yang style of tai chi at the Lotus Garden Meditation Center in Carmichael, California from Sifu Robert Nakashima. It was a wonderful year of discovery, discipline, perseverance, and inner exploration.

After moving to Michigan and taking some time off to adjust to my new life, I began searching for a new tai chi instructor in 2008. I found Han Hoong Wang, Director of the Michigan Tai Chi Center in Southeast Michigan. She teaches the traditional Yang style 103 form, which is different from what I had learned in California, but has enough similarities for me to make the transition smoothly. Han's enthusiasm for tai chi is contagious, and her pursuit of excellence is unwavering. I feel very fortunate to have her as my teacher.

Tai chi is not a destination; you do not master it in one class, one year, or even a decade. Rather, it is a journey, and along that journey, your tai chi practice evolves. Sometimes you feel the changes by leaps and bounds, and sometimes you feel like you're sitting on a plateau for awhile. I am both a teacher and student, as I continue my studies in Yang style hand form, sword, saber, and push hands.

My journey has included the annual World Tai Chi Day festivities, the Year of the Tiger Celebration for the Detroit Tigers' opening weekend in 2010, and seminars with Grandmasters Yang Jun (5th generation lineage holder) and Chen Xiaowang. In the summer of 2012, I went with our Michigan tai chi group to participate in the Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan 4th International Invitational Tournament in Shanxi, China. That was an intense and inspiring experience that I will never forget. And for the past few years, we have participated in the Great Lakes Taiji Performance Festival. The journey continues....

  • Certified Instructor (Level 4, Copper Tiger ranking) with the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association. (See bio.)
  • Certified Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi Level 1 Instructor with the Tai Chi Qigong & Feng Shui Institute

Member, International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association
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