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Tai Chi & Chi Gong

Often thought of as simply an exercise for Old People, or perhaps a slow form of moving meditation, Tai Chi is much more than that. Tracing back at least as far as the 13th century AD, what we today call Tai Chi is, when taught correctly, the most effective, leverage-based martial art in history.

Also spelled Taiji Quan, this art is based on principles of Chinese Medicine. Because of this, on-going training benefits include, but are not limited to:

Balance Building
Cardio-pulmonary regulation
Control of Tourette's Syndrome (without medications)
Immune system enhancement
Learning of the 72-Step Jiu Ling Form
Mind & Body coordination
Regulation of diabetes
Rehabilitation of ligaments, muscles and tendons
Respiratory Therapy
Stress Reduction
Tension Relief

T'ai Chi has been proven the #1 Exercise for Fall Prevention. Beginners are taught to step with controlled movement and short steps (Small Frame Pattern), until the muscles of the legs, back, and torso develop strength to widen the step.

Much emphasis is placed on keeping the back straight and head in a level position and dragging the foot (instep toward the heel), training the muscles to move in the correct manner.

Eventually, the practitioner can widen the steps and Float the Foot in a strong, low stance with wide steps (Large Frame Pattern).

Chi Gong, sometimes referred to as Chinese Yoga, is the basis of Chinese medicine and traces as far back as 2400-3000 BC. Chi Gong is translated into the modern English language as Breath Discipline, or Energy Art, and refers to the cultivation of the Chi, or living life force, within our body.

Modern physicians call this bio-electric energy, or bio-energy, but the ancients have been cultivating Chi for millennia. It is no accident Chi Gong has an 85% cure ratio. Modern western medicine barely holds on to a 22% cure ratio.

Our Tai Chi Gong class includes 5 disciplines of San Zhou Chi Gong. People have sought benefits of this practice for such challenges as:

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Gastro-Intestinal difficulties
High Blood Pressure
Post Surgical Rehabilitation
Tourette Syndrome
Varicose Veins

These classes are ongoing and held:

Monday & Wednesday early noon from 1:00-2:00
Tuesday & Thursday early noon from 1:00-2:00 (1/2 class T'ai Chi, 1/2 class Combat Kempo)
Tuesday & Friday evening from 7:40-8:35
Saturday morning from 10:00-11:00

Tai Chi as Chuan (Fist)

Due to Hollywood Movies, many believe Tai Chi is just a slow exercise. Often a person learns how to perform a Form then claims to be a master and begins teaching. These so-called masters have only learned the basics. When practiced correctly, Tai Chi is the most effective of all forms of Self Defense. The engine behind this vehicle is leverage, cultivation of Chi, and flow of movement.

and then there is Flow Sparring


FSDC is the only studio in the Unifour which offers an optional Tai Chi Certification program for those who are interested.


"Professor J P Nelson, 1st to teach Tai Chi as P.E. in a North Carolina High School (2008-2010).

Story featured in Associated Press 2009."

The Handbook of Jiu Ling Gong
by J P Nelson

With more than 650 full sized, easy to follow, movement by movement illustrations painstakingly cropped and sized for viewing simplicity, this handbook is the most definitive and complete guide to learning Tai Chi published to date.

You will find no infuriating arrows to simulate motion, or large gaps from one picture to the next leaving you to wonder, How did they get from here to there?

All illustrations are presented in panoramic format so you can see every detail of movement. Every picture is accompanied with a simple description of what you are seeing. Traditional names for sequences and steps are included with modern analogies, so you get the Traditional Chinese flavor as well as practical understanding.

Included is a complete index of techniques and movements for your convenience.

Whether you are a beginner looking for detailed visual guide to learning Tai Chi, or an advanced practitioner interested in the self-defense applications referenced throughout the illustrations, this handbook has something for you.

Available in Kindle and Paperback Editions

Click here to view or buy T'ai Chi: The Handbook of Jiu Ling Gong at Amazon.com


Family Self Defense Center of Hickory, NC offers your choice of Martial Arts Training in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Combat Kempo, Kung Fu, Injukan Ju Jutsu, Tanbo Jutsu, Stick and Staff Fighting, Chinese Kick-Boxing, Ryu-Kyu Karate, Kizoku-Ryu Tai Jutsu, use of Knife and Sword, Womens Kick-Boxing and Self Defense, Jiu Ling Kung Fu and T'ai Chi Gong, and more for one affordable price. Classes are in Brookford and within easy access of Granite Falls, Hudson, Lenoir, Morganton, Valdese, Vale, Gastonia, Maiden, Newton, Conover, Catawba, Statesville, and Taylorsville. Also available: Certified Personal Strength, Health & Fitness Training.


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