TAI CHI

Master Mollica presents Ch'ang's Tai-Chi in a simple and fun class.

Classes are 60 minutes long and start Sunday at 5:00 PM and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Tuition is $55 a month for 1 class a week and $90 a month for 2 classes a week.

Whether you’ve come to Tai Chi in search of an improved fitness level, to relax and rejuvenate the mind and body, develop internal energy, or learn the grand ultimate martial art, Ho-I Academy offers you a very unique style known as Ch’ang’s Tai-Chi.

Beyond all doubt the greatest of his time, Grandmaster Ch’ang Tung-Sheng was the Chief Instructor of the Central Police College, life long undefeated Shuai-chiao Champion and National Treasure of China. Grandmaster Ch’ang Tung-Sheng blended his special expertise in every art with the traditional Yang Style of Tai-Chi. He created what is regarded as the “fifth” major style of Tai Chi. The former four styles were Chen, Sun Wu, and Yang.

Grandmaster Ch’ang Tung-Sheng

Ch’ang’s Tai-Chi came about as a result of his amazing Shuai Chiao abilities. His skill level was so incredibly high, word of his reputation reached General Li Chin-Lin “the Lord of the Sword and perhaps the most famous Yang Style practitioner of his era. General Li Chin-Lin, governor of Northern China’s Hopei Province sent an invitation to Ch’ang to visit Beijing for martial arts training. While there Ch’ang was challenged by the governor to a bout of Tai- Chi Push Hands. Though unfamiliar with General Li Chin-Lin's Tai-Chi, Ch’ang Tung Sheng quickly defeated the general. General Li Chin-Lin realized Ch’ang’s fighting skills were acquired from scores of famous Chinese masters, and Ch’ang agreed to an exchange of knowledge with the General. With a mix of the 2,700 year old Shuai-Chiao and General Li Chin-Lin's many skills, Ch’ang’s Tai-Chi was born.

Northern China's Hopei Province

With science and technology now able to study the effect of Tai-Chi and Chi Kung on the body, the benefits of what the ancient masters already knew of are becoming more accepted and sought after. Ch’ang’s Tai-Chi is no exception. The soft, circular arm movements and constant emptying and filling of the legs with the body’s weight develop strength, poise and balance. Tai-Chi’s power is developed in the legs, controlled by the waist and manifested in the fingertips. The continuous twisting of the waist massages the internal organs and yields increased vitality and a sense of calm.

With the mind focused on the Tan Tien, the body’s reservoir of chi, the mind and body become one. As the energy is gathered, the movements of Ch’ang’s Tai-Chi develop internal energy and guide one to a peaceful and balanced life.

Come learn the style of Tai-Chi with the most prestigious lineage carried on from the late Grandmaster Ch’ang by Master Matt Mollica who in turn studied with both the grandmaster and his leading instructor Dr. Daniel Weng. We offer beginner, intermediate and advanced Tai-Chi classes.