Through the diverse programs offered at Pathways Dojo, every individual is encouraged to cultivate the ways of both healer and warrior. This holistic approach nurtures the confidence, compassion, and self-reflection necessary to becoming a well-rounded person.
In ancient times Qigong was called "the method to eliminate diseases and prolong life".
Self-controlled Qigong therapy is a method to regulate, improve, and heal the body's function through Qigong practice. Medical Qigong practice depends greatly on the practitioner's subjective initiative. It views the various parts of the human body as a whole, emphasizing the inner factors, taking both motion and quiescence into consideration, making the diagnosis and giving treatment on the basis of an overall analysis of the illness and of the patient's condition.
It also emphasizes: organically combining mental daoyin, postural daoyin, and breathing daoyin, proceeding from the easy to the difficult and from the exterior to the interior, progressing step by step in an orderly way and practicing assiduously and perseveringly so as to achieve the goal of training and fostering Qi, promoting the flow of internal Qi, maintaining a balance between yin and yang, dredging the channels and collaterals, regulating Qi and blood, treating diseases and protecting health, strengthening the body and prolonging life....
[excerpts above from the editor's notes in "Chinese Qigong Therapy", Shandong Science and Technology Press]
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These exercises condition the body for health and combat.
Tyler began learning Tai Chi and Shaolin in 1984 starting on a path toward the understanding of internal kung fu or neigong. Included in Tyler’s studies are the classic and treasured martial arts systems of Xing Yi Chuan and Bagua Zhang. His practice of kung fu led to the use of traumatology which prompted a pursuit of both physical and spiritual medicine.
In 1999 Tyler began study in Chinese medicine at The International Institute of Medical Qigong “I.I.M.Q.” In 2008 Tyler began his training in daoism from the Zheng Yi school of ancient chinese mysticism at the Temple of the Celestial Cloud. Tyler is an 81st generation disciple and daoist priest of Mao Shan (Shang Qing) daoism. and a 66th generation disciple and daoist priest of Long Hu Shan (Tian Shi) daoism.
In 2012 Tyler earned a doctorate degree in Medical Qigong Therapy from the International Institute of Medical Qigong meeting all the requirements of the doctoral program of the Beijing Western District Medical Qigong Science and T.C.M. research institute.
Tai Chi Chuan as a martial art can be traced to many of the ancient fighting arts to come from the Asian continent. This has lead to many different “family” styles of Tai Chi Chuan being developed, each with its own specialties and distinctive practice forms. All of them, regardless of style, have similar principles and concepts that make Tai Chi Chuan unique as a martial art. Its particular way of training, application of relaxed movement, power generation, and awareness make Tai Chi Chuan an extremely effective martial art not to be underestimated.
Healing and self-protection go hand in hand with the development of tai chi movement theory and energy work in class. Deep study of Tai Chi Chuan will reveal its holistic approach to the body-mind-spirit connection. Exploration of the Yin-Yang philosophy, dynamic opposites, cyclical patterns, and how it relates to Tai Chi Chuan will be touched upon as well.
Every student will learn the Chen style Silk Reeling exercises and the Yang style short form, however multiple training styles and exercises will be occasionally explored to fit each students needs. Chen style Tai Chi Chuan, Tai Chi Philosophy, and combat applications will be taught at intermediate and advanced levels.
There is no official age limit in this class, but youth and kids don’t usually gravitate towards this martial art. Morning classes will be taught with an emphasis on warming-up the tai chi way and health aspects. Form work is a big part of tai chi chuan, but it will not be the main portion of the class time in the morning. The philosophy of movement that encompasses tai chi chuan will be discussed each class. There is no ranking system, yet there is a curriculum available for each student.
The instructor Kyle Connally, has been studying martial arts for 20+ years with experience in Kenpo, Aikido, Jujitsu, Filipino stick and knife fighting, Ninjutsu, as well as Chi Kung energy work. He has been studying Tai Chi Chuan for 13 years and is familiar with many different family styles.
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