A Way of Life
MARTIAL ART TIMELINE
2016-present: Bi-weekly Tai Chi Summit Practice at Tri-City Park
I have brought together Tai Chi practitioners I have met over the years, and lead a free class in which we discuss and practice Tai Chi Chuan. Many members have been practicing with me since 2012, and others have joined for the first time after seeing the group in the park. You can join too!
2016: Passed Qualified Instructor Certification Program
Officially certified as an instructor with the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association, passing oral history, form, and teaching exams.
2015-2017: the CSUF Tai Chi Club
In pursuit of sharing authentic Chinese internal martial arts (Neigong), I started the Internal Kung Fu Club with a fellow student, Melody Kong. It has since been named the Tai Chi Club.
We practiced both Xing Yi and Tai Chi Chuan, based on a curriculum created by Master Ma Shiqi, who teaches in Beijing, and is Melody's master. Our club practices are overseen by one of his senior students, Ray Zhu.
2014-2017: Tai Chi as a Component of Older Adult Fitness
Health and Wellness Classes incorporating a Tai Chi Component ~NOCCCD, SCE, LEAP Older Adults Program
-Cypress Senior Citizens Center
-Sunnycrest Senior Living, Fullerton
-Fullerton Gardens Memory Care
-Brookdale Senior Living, Yorba Linda
On October 7th, 2014, one of my first Kung Fu instructors, Sifu Jason Taylor, left this world. When I first became a student at CSUF, I took a Kung Fu class at the Rec Center led by Sifu Jason. I had taken his class to expand on what I had been learning in the Kung Fu Club on Saturdays. He was a patient, kind, and knowledgeable teacher. He really helped me establish a foundation in the martial arts, and was an excellent role-model. Other than Kung Fu, he was also a fellow sword and knife enthusiast, and gave me three nice sparring knives. I have fond memories practicing both Kung Fu and Medieval Sword-fighting with him. Being a man of such talent and genuine caring for his students, Jason was gone too soon. He will be sorely missed and forever an important influence in my martial art path.
2014, July 5-12: International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium
Introduced to six traditional Tai Chi Chuan family styles at the International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium in Louisville, KY.
Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei (Chen Family Tai Chi Chuan)
Grandmaster Yang Jun and Master Wong Han (Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan)
Grandmaster Zhong Zhenshan (Wu/Hao Family Tai Chi Chuan)
Grandmaster Ma Hailong (Wu Family Tai Chi Chuan)
Grandmaster Sun Yongtian (Sun Family Tai Chi Chuan)
Grandmaster He Youlu (Zhaobao He Family Tai Chi Chuan)
2013-2014: Incorporated Tai Chi in Assisted Living
Sunday Tai Chi Wellness Class ~Cambridge Court Senior Living, Fullerton, CA
2012: Founded Tai Chi Summit
Originally named "Tai Chi, Tea, and Philosophy," Tai Chi Summit was founded to share the practice and philosophy of martial arts with all. Join here!
2012-Present: Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Membership
Joined the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association ~HQ in Seattle, WA
2012-2015: Assisting in Teaching Tai Chi at CSUF
Became a teaching assistant (TA) for Patrick Freeman's KNES 156 Tai Chi Class
2012-2016: Contract Tai Chi Instructor
Began teaching as a Contract Tai Chi Instructor, succeeding a close friend and mentor, Nick Hardy ~Brea Community Center and Beckman Coulter Corp.
2011: Tai Chi Mentors
Dr. David Chen, taught Tai Chi as part of his Stress Management and Motor Control and Learning class. Later, became my graduate adviser in 2014 ~CSUF Kinesiology Department
Nick Hardy, a teaching assistant in KNES 156, became a close mentor in learning the Traditional Yang 108 Form~CSUF KNES 156 Tai Chi
2010-2012: Start of Formal Tai Chi Practice
Took two semesters introducing the form and meditation practice of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. Taught by Patrick Freeman, a Tai Chi and Yoga Instructor ~CSUF KNES 156 Tai Chi
2008-2015: Kung Fu Training
Joined the CSUF Kung Fu Club, and began formal learning of Chinese martial arts. The main style learned was Lai Chung Ch'uan Fa, which was named in honor of the club's founder, Ted Lai, and incorporates elements of Hung Gar and Choy Li Fut
Instructed by Sigung Hal Weiss, Sifu Craig Ihara, Sifu Patrick Vuong, Sifu Jason Taylor, Sifu Zachary Todd, Sifu Ken Higbee ~Lai Chung Ch'uan Fa, CSUF Kung Fu Club
2006: Began Personal Study of Tai Chi and Martial texts
Began Tai Chi Chuan study based on applications in the book, T'ai Chi as a Path of Wisdom
Other notable books: The Art of War, Book of Five Rings, Tao Te Ching, I Ching, The Prince
2005-2007: Introduction to Fencing
Started formal martial arts training in fencing with high school teacher, Bill Acker ~CHHS Fencing Club
2002-2006: Freestyle Shinai Sword-Fighting
Self study and development of freestyle sword-fighting with Kendo shinai (bamboo sword).
Introduced the shinai to Boy Scout Troop 316, and led small informal tournaments at outings.