10:45AM Daoyin Health Preservation Qigong by Shirley Chock, Aiping Tai Chi Center
11:10AM Five Animal Play of the Deer by Jonathan Davis, Elev8ion Tai Chi
11:35AM Nature’s Qigong by Kathy Brenner, Kathy Brenner’s Tai Chi
12:00PM Bao Jian Qigong and Tui Shou Walking by Bill Banick, Long River Taijiquan
10:45AM Basic Tai Chi Theory by Jon Mroz, 3 Element Martial Arts
11:10AM Maintaining Softness Through Movement by Matt Mele, Silent Dragon
11:35AM Exploring Stance Work and Bowing by Bill Banick, Long River Taijiquan
12:00PM Silk Reeling by Kathy Brenner, Kathy Brenner’s Tai Chi
10:45AM Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention by Jonathan Davis, Elev8ion Tai Chi
11:10AM Gu Ru Zhang Yang Style by Jon Mroz, 3 Element Martial Arts
11:35AM Improve Your Tai Chi Form - Let Your Body Do It by Marty Reichgut
12:00PM Peng, Lu, Ji, An: Training the four basic movements by Bob Shannon, Aiping Tai Chi Center
10:45AM Tai Chi Coiling Power by Matt Mele, Silent Dragon
11:10AM “Ba Fa Wu Bu” Eight Methods Five Directions Form by Shirley Chock, Aiping Tai Chi Center
11:35AM Taiji Biangang (Whip Stick) Routine by Master Ginger Jiang, Ju Long Wushu
About the Presenters
3 Element Martial Arts, Wallingford, CT. Instructor: Jon Mroz.
Jon Mroz runs a Martial Arts club in Wallingford, CT. He has a strong interest in teaching people how to improve their health and believes martial arts is the best way to do this. The methods he uses come from the Southern Chinese style of Hung Gar and Gu Ru Yang style Tai Chi.
Aiping Tai Chi Center, Orange, CT. Instructors: Shirley Chock, Jonas Karosas, Bob Shannon.
Aiping Tai Chi Center was established in 1996 by Grandmaster Aiping Cheng, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Chinese Martial Arts and named one of the Top 100 Chinese Martial Artists of all time. The Aiping Tai Chi Center curriculum emphasizes deep understanding of tai chi principles, with focus on proper alignment and movement. The Center’s curriculum was developed by Grandmaster Cheng utilizing professional training techniques while keeping true to the traditional core elements of tai chi. In 2017, Grandmaster Aiping Cheng handed the Aiping Tai Chi Center to her disciples Shifu Shirley Chock and Shifu Jonas Karosas to continue her legacy. They are joined by Shifu Bob Shannon as the head instructors of the Center.
Elev8ion Tai Chi, Bridgeport, CT. Instructor: Jonathan Davis.
Jonathan Davis, also known as Brother Yah-ya, developed a passion for health early in his life. He sought out world-renowned experts in holistic healing, nutrition Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and nutritional enzymes. He has been studying Yang Tai Chi for over 25 years and has been teaching the foundation principles and movements of Tai Chi to the entire community from the youth to seniors at all levels of fitness for ten years. Jonathan continues to study Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Ba-Gua and Traditional Tui Na with Masters Tom Bisio, Tim Regan. Recently Jonathan earned his certification from Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention Program and began teaching this evidence-based proven method. He also became a certified Silver Sneaker instructor.
Ju Long Wushu and Martial Arts Center, South Windsor, CT. Instructor: Master Ginger Jiang.
Master Ginger Jiang was selected at age twelve to join the State Wushu Team of her home province of Gansu, China. After earning degrees in wushu instruction and coaching, she was appointed Team Coach of the Lanzhou University Wushu Team. In 2001, she moved to the United States, where she now serves as coach, instructor, tournament judge and fight choreographer. Master Ginger founded Ju Long Wushu, providing classes and programs for children and adults in the Chinese martial arts. Training is offered in traditional Wushu, Tai Chi and Self Defense. In addition, students learn the use of Chinese weapons such as the long staff, straight sword, broad sword, fan and whip chain, among others.
Karen Brereton, Connecticut.
Karen Brereton spent much of her career working in Asia but found her Tai Chi path here in Connecticut. She has studied with GrandMaster Aiping Cheng, Dr. Marty Reichgut and Rich Dicine. Today she is a Tai Chi instructor with Marty Reichgut at the Guilford Community Center where Yang, Competition forms, and Sun are taught.
Karen will be presenting “Improve Your Tai Chi Form - Let Your Body Do It”, a workshop that will focus on body mechanics to enhance your Tai Chi experience.
Kathy Brenner’s Tai Chi, Connecticut. Instructor: Kathy Brenner.
Kathy Brenner is an Instructor of Tai Chi who has been an avid practitioner of tai chi (aka taiji) and qigong (aka chi kung) since 1989. She has a B.A. in experiential education and over 33 years of professional experience as an informal educator. During the first ten years of her training she was primarily learning the Yang style forms of both mainland China and the 37 form of Taiwan immigrant Cheng Manching. From 1999 forward Kathy began to devote the bulk of her personal practice to learning the Chen style system of taiji. In addition to training with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei when he visits Boston, MA on an annual basis, Kathy credits the bulk of her hands on instruction and conceptual guidance to Master Wang Hai Jun.
Long River Taijiquan, Connecticut. Instructor: Bill Banick.
Bill Banick is the founder of Long River Taijiquan and co-founder of BigFaceLove Yoga. Bill teaches Taijiquan (or T'ai-Chi) and Kung-Fu. His lineage is Northern Wu Taijiquan and Liu Seong Royal Kung-Fu. Bill's primary teachers are in the Taijiquan tradition are David Dolbear of Syracuse, NY and Liu Chang Jiang of Beijing, China. He also earned the Rank of Orange Sash in Liu Seong Royal Kung-Fu under the tutelage of Gary Galvin and David Dolbear. Bill teaches in the traditional style and has adapted forms and techniques for therapeutic uses to help students struggling with physical symptomologies. His classes are designed to suit the mood and abilities of the students present.
Silent Dragon, Connecticut. Instructor: Matt Mele.
Matt Mele has been a Tai Chi practitioner and teacher for 17 years. His teaching encompasses a wide spectrum of perspectives and objectives: from training designed to address extreme levels of violent threats (such as knife defense), to health and practices for all ages - especially senior citizens. In 2010 he became owner and senior instructor at the Headquarter school of Silent Dragon Schools of Kung Fu and Tai Chi in West Haven, CT. In addition to being an instructor of Silent Dragon Kung Fu and Old Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, he is also a Guru in Kuntao Silat de Thouars and Pentjak Silat Serak de Thouars. He has additional training in Baguazhang and Hsing-I Chuan.