T'ai Chi Ch'uan
or Taijiquan (literally "supreme ultimate fist"), is
commonly known as T'ai Chi, Tai Chi, or Taiji,
and is a internal Chinese martial arts.
T'ai Chi training is
intended to teach awareness of one's own balance and what affects
it, awareness of the same in others, an appreciation of the
practical value in one's ability to moderate extremes of behavior
and attitude at both mental and physical levels, and how this
applies to effective self-defense principles.
Martial Arts (PMA) offers two different systems of Tai Chi depending
on your age, disposition and goals:
Old Style Yang Taichichuan
(Night Classes - Now Available)
President Master Brian Alexander is a certified instructor of this Old Style Yang or Hao Chuan method of Tai Chi Chuan. Evening classes are now available for interested and dedicated student's over 15 years of age.
Call PMA H.Q. at 410-749-4888 for details.
Old Style Yang Tai Chi Chuan offers the three vital components that make up a comprehensive Tai Chi system. These are: Martial Arts, Health and Meditative benefits.
Martial Arts - Tai Chi Chuan is the mother of all martial arts because of its thoroughly comprehensive internal and external approach. It has also been called the deadliest martial arts in the world for those who are disciplined and dedicated enough to learn it's comprehensive methodology.
- Tai Chi is the ultimate preventative medicine if performed correctly and contributes to a healthy long life.
Meditative - Tai Chi is a refined form of moving meditation. Meditation alleviates stress and calms the body, mind, emotions and spirit.
Master Alexander's teacher is Master Erle Montaigue who founded the "The World Taiji Boxing Association" (WTBA)
Master Erle Montaigue
Master Erle Montaigue has been practicing the martial/healing art of Tai Chi Chuan since 1968. His teachers include Master Wong Eog (1968), Master Chu King Hung (1973) London , Grand-Master Chang Yiu-Chun one of only two disciples of Yang Shou-hou. Erle became the first student of Master Chu in London in 1973. Chu was one of three disciples of Yang Sau-chung, (1909-1985) the eldest son of the Great-Master Yang Cheng-Fu. Erle was formally introduced to Yang Sau-chung in 1981 when he visited him at his home in Hong-Kong to have his form corrected.
In 1985, Erle and eight of his students became the first Westerners to be asked to perform at the all China National Wushu Tournament in Yinchuan China . There, Erle was tested by four of the world's greatest Chinese masters and was awarded the degree of "MASTER", the only Westerner to be given this honor. Erle now regards Chang Yiu-Chun as his main teacher from whom he learnt the "Old Yang Style" & The Dim-Mak.
Erle's books, videos and articles have helped to change the way that people look at the internal martial arts. His videos are viewed all around the world and his books are sold in China . He is the Chairman of the WORLD TAIJI BOXING ASSOCIATION, Chairman of the WORLD THERAPEUTIC MOVEMENT ASSOCIATION, Vice Chairman of the FEDERATION OF AUSTRALASIAN WUSHU
AND KUNG-FU ORGANIZATIONS, Editor of COMBAT AND HEALING MAGAZINE
and has his own column in "Australasian Fighting Arts Magazine."
He is also the Australasian Correspondent for Fighting Arts
International, the prestigious British International Martial
Arts Magazine and writes his own column for this magazine.
Master Alexander doing Push Hands with Master Montaigue
Sun Style Taichi
(Day Classes -
Ph. D. Master Robert
(Bob) McBrien is a certified instructor in Dr. Paul Lam's Sun Style
Tai Chi for Health programs and also has experience in Cheng Man Ching's Yang Short form Tai Chi. Dr. Bob's classes are designed for mature adults (ages 50+), as well as all age groups with specific health concerns, or little to no prior fitness training. Classes are normally scheduled during day hours. Please
Call Dr. Bob direct at 410-251-0536 or
Also contact Park's Martial Arts H.Q. School at 410-749-4888 for scheduling details and updates.
Dr. Robert McBrien
Dr. Paul Lam
Dr. Paul Lam
i s both an internationally honored tai chi expert and recognized as a world leader in the field of Tai Chi for health improvement. Dr Lam, a family physician in Sydney, Australia, is an author, producers of videos, lecturer, judge, instructor and a past gold medal winner (Beijing 1993). He tours regularly to conduct global workshops, give talks and lectures.
By integrating both eastern and western medicine with Tai Chi, Dr. Lam has created several programs to help people improve their health and lifestyle. These include:
Tai Chi for Arthritis
- designed and proven by clinical studies to relieve pain and improve quality of life, and supported by many Arthritis Foundations worldwide.
Tai Chi for Diabetes
- designed to help prevent and improve control of diabetes supported by Diabetes Australia .
Tai Chi for Older Adults
- easy to learn, designed to improve health and well-being.
Tai Chi for Beginners
- based on an innovative Step 1-2-3 system, ideal for all beginners.