Confucius Institute

1030 St Francis Way, Denver, CO 80217

South Denver

9641 Dunning Cir, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Women’s Self-Defense Tai Chi Workshops on Thursdays

The new Women’s Self-Defense Thursday evening classes will focus on:

Drilling against single and multiple opponents,
Not panicking in a tussle,
Survive being ambushed from behind,
Psychology and awareness,
“Tenderizing” the opponent for locks, throws, and escapes,
Using deadly or stunning force.

August 13th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Meaning and Translation of Tai Ji Quan 太極拳 (Tai Chi)

Correct translation, Tai Ji Quan 太極拳 means “Extreme Polarity Fist”.

Erroneous translation: “Supreme Ultimate Fist”.

For Comparison:
北極 / 北极 = North pole, Arctic pole.

南極 / 南极 = South pole, Antarctic pole.

Now think on the Yin-Yang symbol. Which adjective is more suitable: “polar” or “ultimate”?

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陳家溝 太極拳 (Traditional […]

August 13th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Chen XiaoXing and Explosive Force (fajin)

This is what a real sudden strike looks like, generated from core dantian and spiraling to the rest of the body.

While watching Chinese soap opera together, I asked, “Grandpa, can you show me the punch in XinJia YiLu, new frame first routine?” He went full speed at first until I asked him to slow down. Do […]

August 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reflection: 2015 Grandmaster Chen XiaoXing Workshop

A successful workshop with new faces and returning students. Grandmaster Chen XiaoXing was pleased with the enthusiasm and skill level of local Denver attendees and my students.

Take-home messages:

Training Pace: Grandmaster Chen XiaoXing’s training method is much more forgiving than his son Master Chen ZiQiang. As a reminder to low-intensity students, GM Chen taught us to […]

August 22nd, 2015|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Video: Zhang YanFei [張彥飛] Next Generation Village Instructor and Fighter

 

Cannon Fist (short) 新架二路 (短), 

Sword 單劍 1:04, 

Flail 梢棍 2:46 

The upcoming generation of young masters at the village, whom we are trying to bring to the US MMA scene.

Introducing Zhang YanFei , 30 y/o, Instructor and Contest Fighter of the Combat Team (“Careerists”), Chen Village TaiJiQuan Martial Academy. He represented the academy in many televised competitions, […]

June 8th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Video: Chen Jian Qiang [陳建強] Next Generation Village Instructor and Fighter

19 Postures Routine 十九式, short demo.

Guan Dao 春秋大刀

The upcoming generation of young masters at the village, whom we are trying to bring to the US MMA scene.

Introducing Chen JianQiang , 25 y/o, Instructor and Heavy Weight Contest Fighter of the Combat Team (“Careerists”), Chen Village TaiJiQuan Martial Academy. He represented the academy in many […]

May 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Video: Wang Yan [王岩] Next Generation Village Instructor and Fighter

Cannon Fist 老架二路 

Spring-Autumn Great Blade (Guan Dao) 春秋大刀

Spear 梨花槍

The upcoming generation of young masters at the village, whom we are trying to bring to the US MMA.

Introducing Wang Yan , 25 y/o, Instructor and Captain of the Combat Team (Careerists), Chen Village TaiJiQuan Martial Academy. He is also a middle weight champion of free style sparring […]

May 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Literal translation of TaiJiQuan (tai chi)

Correct translation, Tai Ji Quan 太極拳 means “Extreme Polarity Fist”.

Erroneous translation: “Supreme Ultimate Fist”.

For Comparison:
北極 / 北极 = North pole, Arctic pole.

南極 / 南极 = South pole, Antarctic pole.

Now think on the Yin-Yang symbol. Which adjective is more suitable — “polar” or “ultimate”?

—————-

陳家溝 太極拳 (Traditional Chinese used in China, provinces Hong Kong […]

May 22nd, 2015|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Tai Chi Helps Parkinson’s Patients

Mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease patients who practice Tai Chi were found to experience significant benefits, including better posture, fewer falls, and improved walking ability, researchers from the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) reported in NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine). The authors added that Tai Chi was superior for the Parkinson’s patients than stretching or resistance training […]

March 15th, 2015|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Harvard Health: Benefits of Tai Chi

When combined with standard treatment, tai chi appears to be helpful for several medical conditions. For example:

Arthritis. In a 40-person study at Tufts University, presented in October 2008 at a meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, an hour of tai chi twice a week for 12 weeks reduced pain and improved mood and physical […]

March 15th, 2015|Categories: Articles|0 Comments