Tai Chi, also known as Taiji, Tai Chi Chuan and Taijiquan, roughly translated as the "Supreme Ultimate Fist" or "Great Polarity Boxing", is a form of Chinese Internal Martial Arts that promotes self-healing, self-defense and self-discovery. The Tai Chi/Taiji part refers to the Taoist philosophy of the interplay between Yin and Yang forces of the Universe and the Chuan/Quan refers to the combative martial aspects. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a meditative form of exercise. It involves a series of movements practiced in a slow, focused manner synchronized with deep breathing to promote health and longevity.. Complimented by Push Hands, a series of two man exercises that develops sensitivty, listening skills and utilizes trapping, locking, and grappling, with a specialized focus on close ranged combat.
In addition to being the most popular form of Tai Chi Chuan, Yang Style Tai Chi is the most diverse style of Tai Chi as well. Tai Chi Chuan is based off the physical energetic methods of Sung (deep relaxation, alert and attentive), and of Peng (dynamic elasticity, fluid and adaptable), functioning as the structure, in all its postures and techniques. Through this method, effortless power is issued and healing is enhanced throughout the body. Intention and Awareness are the cornerstones that support all the movements throughout the form.
In fact, if one can maintain Peng energy while remaining Sung, Yang Cheng Fu's "Ten Important Principles of Tai Chi Chuan", the other thread common to Yang Style Tai Chi, become dynamic and alive in your form and your applications. Our core curriculum includes Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Forms, Yiquan Standing Meditation Postures, Silk Reeling Exercises, Push Hands Drills, and Qi Gong Breath Work to further develop internal practice for health and self defense. We also offer Baguazhang and Xingyiquan for intermediate students.
Kai Lewis received his full instructor rank in the Chinese Internal Martial arts under Sifu Dug Corpolongo. The kung fu curriculum of Lotus Dragon School, is primarily based off Grandmaster's Henry Look TIMA, Tri Internal Martial Arts system and Sifu Dug's prior experience in martial arts. This include the three internal arts of Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Taijiquan, with Yiquan as the corner stone to unify the movements. As his main teacher, Sifu Dug has guided Kai into the various martial, healing and meditation aspects of Chinese Martial arts that include Traditional Chinese Medicine, Buddhist/Taoist Meditation practices, Self-defense & Weapon training, Push Hands skills, Internal Energy Cultivation and Character Development. Kai makes yearly visits to visit Sifu Dug in Albuquerque, NM and Sifu Dug also visits Houston, TX for bi-annual retreats and seminars.
Kai currently trains locally in Michuan Taiji, Bagua, Qi Gong and Push Hands under the guidance of Sifu George Hu in Houston, TX. Kai has competed in several National Chinese Martial Art Tournaments and is a multiple Gold Medal National Champion in Tai Chi Push Hands Events, in the 3 Internal Arts Advanced Divisions forms, and empty hand/weapon sparring..
Ten Principles of Yang Style Taijiquan:
1) Straighten the Head
2) Correct Position of Chest and Back
3) Relax the Waist
4) Distinguish Solid and Empty
5) Sink Shoulders and Elbows
6) Using Mind Intention Instead Of Force
7) Coordinate Upper and Lower Body
8) Harmony Between Internal and External
9) Continuity of Movement
10) Tranquility in Mind, Body and Movement
Sifu Dug is a Senior Student and Adopted Disciple of Grandmaster Henry Look. He has been studying Chinese Martial Arts continously since 1979 and teaching since 1990. He runs and teaches at his school, Lotus Dragon Authentic Chinese Tai Chi, in Albuquerque NM. The kung fu curriculum is primarily based off Grandmaster's Look TIMA, Tri Internal Martial Arts . This include the three internal arts of Xingiquan, Baguazhang, Taijiquan, with Yiquan as the corner stone to unify the movements. Supplemented by various Qi Gong and Seated Meditation practices, it helps to balance and center the practitioner.
Sifu Dug is also ranked as a senior judge and coach of Internal Martial Arts by several respected International Chinese Martial Arts organizations. He was inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2002. Sifu Dug was on the National Executive Board of the United States Amateur Athletic Union/Chinese Martial Arts Division from1999 to 2010 where he served as the National Chairman, Vice Chairman and National Head Coach. His professional background also includes positions on the faculty the International Institute of Chinese Medicine, Southwest Acupuncture College, New Mexico Tech, San Juan Community College, New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics and the New England Institute of Buddhist Studies.
Sifu George Ling Hu was born in Chung King, China in 1942. Both his parents were physicians of western medicine. His family moved to Taiwan in the late 1940's because of the Communist revolution.
At the age of 11, Hu Ling began his study of martial arts under Master Han Ching-tang who was teaching at the Cheng Kao Middle School in Taipei. From Master Han, Hu learned several types of Shaolin Temple boxing plus Chin-na and the Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan. After graduating in 1960, he began studying Yangjia Michuan Tai Chi Chuan from Master Wang Yen-nien . Later he studied the character system under Master Shung Gen-shun.
Master Hu began teaching martial arts here in the United States soon after his arrival in 1969. From 1973 through 1977 he operated a studio in Downer's Grove, Illinois. He also taught at the University of Chicago, Governor's State University, Chicago's Chinatown, Roosevelt U., Illinois State University and the University of Illinois. In 1977 Master Hu left the Chicago area for Houston, Texas, where he continued to teach part-time until his retirement from the petroleum industry in 1992.
He now teaches professionally full-time at his studio and several other locations for health at several institutions in Houston: The C. J. Jung Education Center, Methodist Hospital (as part of their employee wellness system) and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where Qi Kung is used to help cancer patients mitigate the effects of chemo and radiation.. In addition, Master Hu travels regularly providing instructional seminars in several locations including Michigan, Illinois, and Montana. He has also produced 4 instructional videos on Tai Chi sword, Seated Chi Kung, Swimming Dragon Chi Kung, and Tai Chi Chuan (13 Kinetic Movements).
In addition to his martial arts distinctions, Master Hu holds graduate degrees in Geology and Mineralogy from both the University of Chicago and the National Taiwan University. He is a member of the Texas Acupuncture Association, is a member of the National Kuo Shu (martial arts) Association of Taiwan, and of the Taiwan Yoga Association. He currently maintains a Qi Gong and Internal Style Martial Arts (XIngyi, Bagua, Taiji) school in Houston, Tx where he also maintains an active practice of Traditional Chinese Healing (acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion, etc.).