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Article in “World Tai Chi Qigong Day – L.A. Pasadena 2007” brochure:

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Master Chen has over 40+ years of martial arts teaching experience. In Taiwan he has been recognized for his accomplishments, as an international judge, has received numerous awards for outstanding performance, and for dedicating his life to martial arts and propagation of his particular styles.  Founder of Health Pai Da Qi Gong, in America Master Chen started teaching internal styles of Health Pai Da Qi Gong, tai chi chuan, xing yi chuan and bagua zhang three years ago shortly after relocating here from Taiwan.

Senior disciple of Grandmaster Lu Hong Bin, a 4th generation Dung Hai Chuan linage holder, Master Chen teaches high level “push hands” and “how to relax the body and mind through exercise” in order to maximize one’s overall potential.  The harder you work at it the better and more profound the results.

His father, an herbal medicine student of classic Chinese style for years in Taiwan, gave his son many treasures of knowledge, of which was his father’s classic out of print books on qigong, which Master Chen continues to study to day.  Expected of young people then, Master Chen served in the Taiwanese military where he trained in Korean martial art of tae kwon do where he became physically fit and developed a deep love for martial arts. After the military he continued to train every morning in Taipei Park and pursued the mastery of Da Sin Ch’uan. One day he was introduced to the mysteries of tai chi by being made to feel paralyzed through the technique of ‘covering’. He decided he must master tai chi, so began his studies under various masters. He later began to study under Grandmaster Lu Hong Bin. Two of his masters appreciating his dedicated diligence for tai chi chuan practice, taught him all their experiences in learning and practicing many different forms. Master Chen felt rewarded knowing he was willing to “pay the patience”.

He then created a set of 7 postures he called Pai Da Qi Gong (picking the best movements in all the forms learned and from two masters).  Emphasizing strengthening the legs and relaxing the upper body, it teaches principles of internal arts with no wasted movements.  Pa Da ‘Qi’ Gong, is a system of internal exercise incorporating some martial arts skills of yinjining, qigong, tai chi chu’an and bagua zhang.  Like yijinjing, it focuses on relaxing the body thus allowing the practioner to twist muscles and joints to their maximum. Notably, Pai Da ‘Qi’ Gong helps build the foundation for bagua “stepping” and “one leg” power. Beginners focus on body relaxing, practicing lightly, and then progress quickly to heavier longer sessions. Maximum benefits (headache relief, better digestion, eyesight, stress relief, increased energy, joint flexibility, breathing relief from asthma, etc.) are achieved in a short time because it’s simple to learn. Can be done in a few minutes requiring only a small space.

James Chen : yuantaichi@gmail.com

 

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