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Traditional Chen Taiji, is widely acknowledged as the oldest and the ancestor of all other taiji styles. Taiji is a complete system
incorporating principles rooted in the various manifestations of the two mutually interacting, yet opposite energies – Yin and Yang
(eg. soft and hard, night and day, hot and cold). In Taiji practice, emphasis is placed on relaxing the body while calming and focusing
the mind. Taiji movements are performed slowly, accentuating intention, body mechanics, accuracy and fluidity. By practicing in accordance
with the principles of softness and hardness, the practitioner will begin to experience strength and efficiency of movement that
significantly improves one’s natural ability and structural alignment.
While Taiji was originally created as a martial art its health benefits can transform one’s life. Current research supports and warrants
the effectiveness of Taiji as a therapy.
Several studies have focused on the elderly, including taiji’s potential for preventing falls, increasing bone density, improving
cardiovascular fitness and overall well-being. Studies have also looked at tai chi’s possible benefits for a variety of other
conditions, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and osteoarthritis. In 2008, a review of published research, funded by
National Center for Complimentary and Alternative medicine (NCCAM), found that taiji reduced participants’ blood pressure in 22 of 26 studies.
The Grandmaster is the 19th generation disciple of the Chen Family Taijiquan. He started learning from Grandmaster Chen Zhaopi and Grand Master
Chen Zhaokui from a very young age. Having great passion and love for the martial art and under strict guidance from the two Grand Masters,
Master Zhu Tiancai has perfectly mastered Chen Taijiquan. His display of Chen Taijiquan is described as "smooth flowing" and "softness,"
giving people watching the routine a beautiful and relaxed feeling.
Master Zhu is privileged to be born into a martial arts family at Chenjiagou village, Henan Province, China in 1972. He is the second son of
Grandmaster Zhu Tian Cai. After more than 20 years of training, Master Zhu Xiang Qian has emerged as an official 20th generation Chen style
Taiji master and one of China’s premier instructor. He has won numerous medals during his youth and was officiated as an instructor of Henan
Province Taiji School in 1991. In Henan, he trained thousands of taiji students from England, Korea, Japan and various South East Asia countries.
Master Kam Lee immigrated to the United States in 1981. Having practiced Yang style Taiji for several years, he started
training Chen style Taijiquan in 1995. In 1999, Master Lee was fortunate to begin training in Chenjiagou Taijiquan under the direct tutelage
of Grandmaster Zhu Tian Cai, one of the four great diamonds of Chen Style Taijiquan. During the years of training, he was accepted as a disciple
by his teacher and became an official Chen Style Taijiquan 20th generation disciple under the lineage of Grandmaster Zhu. Kam also has the
privilege to study push-hands and qinna with Grandmaster Chen Xiao-Wang and Chen Zheng-Lei who are also his teacher’s Taiji brothers.
At the young age of 7, Dr. Nick Kusturic began learning martial arts. By the time he was 12 he earned his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do under
Grandmaster Jae-Hwa Kwon. In the past 10 years Dr. Kusturic has been passionately studying Taiji (tai chi) and Qigong
with Sifu (master) Kam Lee and 19th Generation Chen Taiji lineage holder, Grandmaster Zhu Tiancai.
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