Mike

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Gender MALE
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Introduction My first encounter with martial arts was in high school watching the 1970s “Kung-fu” TV series. In my mid- 20s, I started my “martial journey” with a yellow belt in Judo, then switched to Yang Tai chi with the Long Island School of Tai-chi Chuan (Bob Klein – a student of William C.C. Chen). I practiced forms; open hand, sword, spear, staff, monkey, mantis, push hands and sparring. I attended the summer New York Tai-chi Farm festivals (Jou, Tsung-Hwa). In my 30s and 40s, I briefly studied a Yang Tai-chi fighting form with the Phoenix Dragon Kung Fu Academy (Dr Gary Torres), attended workshops in Ba Gua Chuan (Victor Chao), Hsing Yi Chuan (Yan, Gao-fei), Silk-Reeling and Chen Taiji Chuan (Chen, Xiao-wang), and viewed almost 30 videos by Erle Montaigue. I’ve also read extensively (books, articles, web sites) on this subject. And yet after all this, when I hit my 50s,I still could not demonstrate the internal strength for which these internal martial arts are known! So, I am once again starting over, undoing former habits and slowly building internal strength through practicing Zhan Zhuang Qi Gong in the Wujifa system.
Favorite Movies Fearless (Director's Cut Edition) 2006 starring Jet Li