Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition originally developed for self-defense. Today, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.
Tai-chi involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai chi is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.
Tai chi has many different styles. Each style may have its own subtle emphasis on various tai chi principles and methods. There are also variations within each style. Some may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of tai chi.
Mr. Ho graduate from U. of Penn in 1982 with Master of Architecture & Master of City planning. He is a Registered Architect and currently works for Garrison Architects as a Senior Architect. He studied Tai-Chi with Master Chiang, Hen-Pin (江恆平) since 1989 and has been teaching Tai-Chi Class since 1998. He also practices Nunchucks and Tai-Chi Staff. Mr. Ho is also the instructor of Chinese Yo-Yo Class, & Chinese Music Instrument Gu-Zheng, & Pi-Pa. He is interested in sharing his talent with any students & parents who are interested in these Chinese cultural activities.
These fighting styles are often classified according to common traits, identified as "families" (家; jiā), "sects" (派; pài) or "schools" (門, mén) of martial arts. The genesis of Chinese martial arts has been attributed to the need for self-defense, hunting techniques and military training in ancient China. Hand-to-hand combat and weapons practice were important in training ancient Chinese soldiers. Today, the term WuShu is mostly used to describe an exhibition and combat sport.
Chinese martial arts training consists of the following components: basics, forms, applications and weapons; different styles place varying emphasis on each component. In addition, philosophy, ethics and even medical practice are highly regarded by most Chinese martial arts. A complete training system should also provide insight into Chinese attitudes and culture. For more information, visit website: http://shenfasociety.com/.
Mr. Tóth began studying Southern Tiger-Crane Kung Fu (虎鶴拳) at The Siu Lum Studio under Dr. Steve L. Sun in 2004. He earned his 1st Degree Instructor Ranking (Black Belt) from Master Instructor William Holman (6th Degree) at The Siu Lum Studio in 2013. Artúr joined the Shen Fa Society approximately six years after he entered the martial arts and began specializing in Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu (螳螂拳) under the tutelage of multiple instructors, including Grandmaster Paul Sun (孫博文), Master Andrew Shinn (沈安吉), Master Gregory Stevenson and Charlie Illingworth. Artúr earned his 1st Degree Instructor Ranking (Black Belt) from Grandmaster Paul Sun of The Shen Fa Society recently in early 2016 and received the first official issuance of The Shen Fa Society’s instructor certificate since the institution’s foundation. Artúr has taught children and adult classes for over six years and is eager to continue pursuing his passion as a teacher and perpetual student of the martial arts..