T'ai Chi Ch'uan is an ancient form of the pugilistic art often referred to in the West as "Shadow Boxing." Originally designed for solely self defense, it has been refined into slow, graceful, rhythmic exercise which has the effect of promoting good health in all - young and old, strong and weak. In practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan, the mind as well as the muscles must relax and the limbs and the waist kept flexible. It is relaxing movement which improves the nervous system and the blood circulation. After an initial period of a year or so, one who practices T'ai Chi Ch'uan will feel that during the relaxed continuous movement, a stream of heat is circulating up to every finger tip, showing the effect on the circulation.

In practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan, the mind as well as the muscles must relax and the limbs and the waist kept flexible. It is relaxing movement which improves the nervous system and the blood circulation. After an initial period of a year or so, one who practices T'ai Chi Ch'uan will feel that during the relaxed continuous movement, a stream of heat is circulating up to every finger tip, showing the effect on the circulation.

Learning T'ai Chi Ch'uan starts with the slow movements. For beginners, the gentle twisting of the waist provides exercise to the internal organs, thus improving their functioning. Advanced students will find that this beneficial effect is accentuated by the matched, slow, deep and quiet abdominal breathing during the exercise. For the purposes of self-defense, the movement becomes lightning fast. Those who learn it gradually and keep alive the instruction of the Master, will eventually develop a method of self defense.

After performing T'ai Chi Ch'uan one feels a sense of well being, not fatigue or exhaustion, by increasing the free flow of energy to one's physical, mental and spiritual nature. Habitual practice will make the body agile and graceful, the mind alert and serene, and will promote good health and long life. The physically undeveloped and the chronically ill will find a therapeutic effect in practicing this art unmatched by other forms of body discipline.

   By Master Tung Kai-Ying

"The goal is not to demonstrate strength, power or violence. The goal is to attain serenity, tranquility, and the discovery of oneself. It is truly an exercise of the mind"

Instructor: Bryon Kenne

Instruction provided includes:

  • Yang Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan
  • T'ai Chi Ch'uan Application
  • Push Hands: Fixed, Double, Three-Step, & Free Step
  • Push Hands Application
  • Yang Fast T'ai Chi Ch'uan
  • T'ai Chi San Shou
  • Tung Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan
  • T'ai Chi First Knife Set
  • T'ai Chi Sword Set
  • T'ai Chi Kung

In his classes, Instructor Bryon Kenne emphasizes form, structure, opening of the joints, sinews and the mind.

Bryon Kenne is a twenty-year student of Master Bill Bernsen. Master Bernsen has studied under Grand Master Tung Kai-Ying for over thirty years. Grand Master Tung Kai-Ying is the grandson of Grand Master Tung Ying-Chieh who has studied with Grand Master Yang Cheng-Fu for seventeen years. The secret to the Chinese martial arts is to know, honor, and respect the lineage.