At the age of 56 I was worn out, overworked and stressed out. I was overweight and dealing with hypertension. My back was in a knot and my neck was always stiff and sore. Then, one day by accident I met a student of Grandmaster Jincai Cheng. After speaking with this student I knew that Chen Style Tai Chi was just what I needed. The following weekend I went to the school and spoke to the Grandmaster.
That was about a year and half ago. Since then I have attended classes on a regular basis and I am happy to report that my health has improved dramatically. My energy level is high. Stress does not seem to bother me as it did before. I am able to deal with the once stressful situations. I remain calm and relaxed now. I have lost 60 lbs. and feel much stronger and more flexible. My blood pressure has come way down. As for my back and neck, there has been a significant improvement.
When I first spoke to Teacher about my back and neck he recommended treatment on his message table. I did two sessions on the table. Each session included a deep tissue message and the use of cupping. The knot in my back is no longer a problem and my neck has improved greatly.
Every week I look forward to attending class with Grandmaster Cheng. The atmosphere at the school is nurturing and always interesting. I would recommend classes at The International Chen Style Development Center for anyone regardless of age or ability level.
Thank you, Teacher.
"My first major injury was in 1965. I broke my left leg skiing on Christmas day. From there my tenure as an amateur athlete has been highlighted by an ongoing series of sports injuries. I have severely sprained both ankles, and hyper-extended a knee playing college soccer. Almost ripped off a finger water-skiing; torn “things” in various parts of my body skiing, playing racquetball and tennis, golf, and, soccer. I ripped lower back tissues, and broke bones in my hand practicing energetic martial art forms at other times.
It was the lower back injuries that had a cumulative effect on my spine, and overall flexibility over the years. About 5 years ago I re-injured the lower back so severely that I was finally pushed into the dreaded surgical remedy.
Prior to surgery I tried all of the standard non-invasive remedies. I continued with my ongoing Yoga practice, sought acupuncturists, massage therapists and energy healers. Earlier success with these remedial practices was to no avail this time.
Once the surgery was completed, I was not immediately “cured”. My body was in such a state of guarding from the process, I could hardly move. Extra-aggressive physical therapy put me into bed for 5 weeks, after which I was hardly able to walk, and could not bend at all. I was about to “circle the drain”.
Very gradually I began to recover with pool therapy, then gentle physical therapy. However, I knew that for full recovery I would have to find an energy healer, and restart a chi kung and internal martial arts program.
I had practiced Pa-Kua for years, and was very happy with my Sifu, but I could not continue with him, as he teaches in Virginia, and I live in Texas. At this time I could barely climb a single step, let alone consider boarding an aircraft.
I pulled out the phone book and researched the internet for Pa-Kua, Chi-Kung and Tai Chi. My quest was simply to find the most qualified internal martial arts master within driving distance of my home.
I should say that it was emotionally difficult for me to do this, as I was burdened by a very strong loyalty to my Pa-Kua Sifu. But, though I could simply continue to practice the chi-kung I had been taught, until ready to resume air travel, there is no substitute for personal contact with your teacher, and I was very physically desperate by this time.
The discovery of Grandmaster Jincai Cheng, one of very few living Chen Style Tai Chi masters in the world, teaching in Houston – about an hour drive from my house in The Woodlands, was almost shocking. I knew at once to call and ask if he could teach me. A short telephone interview, and he asked me to come to school.
I arrived at the school, and was dismayed that there was no handicap ramp to shuffle up to the front door. But I found a low spot and got up the step and into the front door. I met Master Cheng, and he immediately saw my predicament. He put me on his couch, and put the biggest suction cup I have ever seen on my lower back, for about twenty minutes. Then he had me come into the practice room and begin standing chi kung. I lasted about one minute before my legs were shaking uncontrollably. I am sure Master Cheng was wondering how long I would last as a student.
He taught me the first few movements in the Chen Style 38 Form routine, and told me to come to class every Saturday. That was a little over two years ago.
In class I gradually proceeded to learn the Chen Style 38 Form routine, The Competition routine, Straight Sword, and Broadsword. Standing chi-kung is practiced daily, 10 minutes before starting form. Master Cheng accelerated my healing with physical body work techniques, passed down through generations of martial arts healing masters. I was always allowed to work at my own pace, and in harmony with my then existent limitations.
Little by little, the practice of standing chi-kung and Chen Style form practice has brought back strength, flexibility balance and stamina to my body. At one point in my early rehabilitation I was contemplating the possibility of going to a wheelchair. Now I climb stairs with little thought.
As I continue my practice, I look forward to the rewards of Chen Style Tai Chi into the future. As I grow older the strength, flexibility, and energy circulation gained in my body will help stave off frailty and dis-functionality.
I am truly grateful for Master Cheng’s efforts to help me recover and progress through Chen Style Tai Chi. He has been a life saver for me and my family. Thank you Teacher!"
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