Marijke Eliasberg - Scholar of Grandmaster William C. C. Chen
Tai Chi Chuan - a practice and an experience
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Marijke holds a BFA in physical education with a specialization in dance. She continued her modern dance studies at the Rotterdam Dance Academy (Codarts) in The Netherlands and Dance Space Inc in NYC. Her continuing education, which includes studying extensively with 89 year old Chinese Grandmaster William C. C. Chen in NYC (short form, long form and push-hands) and he gave Marijke permission to share his 60 postures form.
Marijke Eliasberg - Tai Chi Chuan
> I'm sharing my Tai Chi Chuan learnings with permission from Grandmaster William C. C. Chen, with whom I'm currently intensely studying (about 7 classes/week in his Short Form, Long Form From Refinement and Push hands).
89 year old Grandmaster William C. C. Chen was born in Chekiang, China. He started teaching Tai Chi Chuan at the beginning of the 1950s while training as a live-in student of the famous Great-Grandmaster Cheng Man-Ching who preferred to be called Professor Cheng. Besides being the youngest of Professor Cheng's senior student, he was also a favorite disciple. In the 1950s he was involved competitively in the various free-style, Chinese Wushu. In 1958, he won second place in the Taiwan National Olympic Competition.
Grandmaster William C. C. Chen has devoted his life to the study of body mechanics and the effects of Tai Chi Chuan for art of self-defense as well as on physical health, and to the application of the principles of Tai Chi Chuan. His approach is to make Tai Chi Chuan simple, easier, natural, enjoyable and productive.
He has been a teacher since 1952 in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast. In 1965, he established the William C. C. Chen Tai Chi Chuan school in New York City's Chelsea area. He is invited to give special seminars on his Body Mechanics of Tai Chi Chuan on a regular basis in Asia, southeast Asia, Europe and throughout the United States. Regarded as one of the finest and most influential traditional internal stylist of his generation, William C. C. Chen is IKF's choice for "Man of the Year" Inside Kung-Fu's first HALL of FAME of the millennium.
In martial arts it is important to train your mind and body to relax because you cannot fight effectively if you are tense. This is similar for dance and many other movement forms.
The same applies for our daily life:
Tai Chi Chuan can help anyone find ways to channel and express awareness, breath, power, relaxation and energy in a more clear, efficient and effortless way; mentally and physically.
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