A Message from Earl

First of all, I would like to thank the people who are constantly visiting and promoting the site. The Philippine Tai Chi Network, although small, has helped a few people who have been searching for Tai Chi mentors in the Philippines.

It gives me joy to read people's emails and queries. This just proves that the Tai Chi community in the Philippines should continue to come together to promote this art. In this regard, I am opening a new link where we can post queries, announcements, etc... we are a community now and with that, I would like to provide a place where everyone can participate and exchange ideas. In the new PTN forum, not only can we post and answer questions but also give each other support. For the practice of Tai Chi is not something detached from ourselves... the practice of Tai Chi sinks and is manifested in the way we live.

Tai Chi is more than what is seems to be... it transforms one's heart, one's mind, and one's soul. This blog site cannot offer the people what Tai Chi really provides... this site however, provides the gateway to put the seeker's quest to the next level.

Would you like to take the red pill or the blue pill? The choice is yours.

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Train with Master Giezi Miranda

Master Giezi Miranda is a certified Tai Chi Teacher who studied under Master Fung Jun Li, disciple of Wang Xian. He won many Tai Chi competitions, among these are the most prestigious China & HK Tai Chi Competition, and the HK Master's Game Competition. He lived in Hong Kong for 19 years, and now resides in the Philippines. You can contact him directly at 09152856003.

Email: sanpablopang@yahoo.com
URL: http://www.giezi.blogspot.com/

The gentle and strong way of Tai Chi

Below is an article by HENNESSY JEAN RANGAS last November 2010

It was 6 a.m. on a Sunday but instead of sleeping in, I was up early and walking briskly to attend my morning session of Tai Chi. Though I was only accompanying a friend, I wanted to observe and see for myself if the moves are really as elegant as the ones depicted in images and videos I saw online.

I had always wanted to practice a martial art both for fitness and for self-defense but I was too scared to break any bones. The fact that Tai Chi (literally translated "Supreme Ultimate Boxing") was actually a fighting style that employed gentle movements got me even more interested. It made me think about old kung fu movies and the cool moves of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

The instructor that morning was Antonio "Ton" Delgado. His unassuming nickname and pleasant demeanor hides the fact that he is a Tai Chi and Qi Gong Instructor from the Peace Blossoms Internal Arts Society. According to their website, the society “is a non-profit, non-sectarian, and non-political recreational club with the mission of promoting and integrating peace and harmony in the myriad activities of daily life since a life lived in radiant peace blesses one with the natural treasures of health, wealth, success, and prosperity."

To read more, click on the link below:
The gentle and strong way of Tai Chi - Lifestyle - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News

Thank you Irene Chia for the email.

A Message from Dr. Paul Lam

Hello Everyone,

Some of you may have heard this exciting news. The biggest medical study using my Tai Chi for Arthritis program produced the result that, "Tai Chi Relieves Arthritis Pain, Improves Reach, Balance, Well-Being". Leigh Callahan, PhD, the study's lead author, associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a member of UNC's Thurston Arthritis Research Centre said: "Our study shows that there are significant benefits of the Tai Chi course for individuals with all types of arthritis, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis." Here is a youtube video or alternatively you can read more from this link.

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Thank you Ed Sevilla for the email!


Join Peace Blossoms Internal Arts Society's Children's Tai Chi Classes

Peace Blossoms Internal Arts Society, a group that promotes the internal arts tai chi and qigong, is launching a tai chi program for children aged 5 to 12. So if you're a parent looking for an affordable, positive and constructive way to channel your child's emotions and energy, attend one Saturday session and see if your child likes it!

What is tai chi?

Tai chi is an ancient form of gentle physical exercise that promotes fluid movement and harmony of body and mind, skeletal and muscular systems, and the left and right brain. Yoga, tai chi and qigong's health benefits have been studied for nearly 2,000 years in China and India. According to one Chinese Master, these three disciplines are the most advanced achievements in body exercise and mind conditioning ever to be developed.

Children can benefit from tai chi

Children's minds and bodies grow at phenomenal rates, so they constantly need to adjust to stressful changes. Tai chi addresses these challenges because it promotes balance, flexibility, strength, coordination and good posture, among other things. Tai chi lets children work at their own pace and does not add to their stress by avoiding competition.

Professor Shona Bass, Professor of Population Health at the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research in Deakin University, Australia, says that children get an intrinsic reward "from seeing themselves progress and develop (on their own), rather than being in competition with other children".

Regardless of one's age or size, physical and mental wellbeing are all about moving chi or energy. And that is what tai chi does--it stimulates, moves and builds energy.

15 good reasons why your child should get into tai chi

1. Tai chi is fun and easy to do.
2. It improves concentration or focus, posture, balance, strength, flexibility and coordination.
3. It improves children's breathing and general health.
4. Your child will make more friends and enjoy interacting with other children.
5. It stimulates the mind because the sessions incorporate imagery, visualization and games, thereby enhancing learning and creativity.
6. Tai chi has been proven to help children's performance in sports and academic studies.
7. It improves blood circulation and increases circulation of oxygen to the brain and the rest of the body, thereby strengthening the immune system.
8. Tai chi encourages calm behavior. Studies have shown that tai chi can help children with ADD or ADHD reduce anxiety, hyperactivity and inappropriate emotions. Tai chi allows children to get rid of excessive energy and aggression in a healthy and positive manner. It provides a therapeutic method of stimulation to bring about calmness.
9. It also instills love for movement.
10. It develops discipline and listening skills, as well as increase their attention span to enable them to learn the movements and postures.
11. Tai chi helps children handle tension and release stress.
12. It doesn't promote competition and lets children learn and practice at their own pace.
13. Tai chi builds confidence and self-esteem by putting them in touch with their body and mind and helping them form a positive self-image.
14. Tai chi helps lower blood pressure. Yon Lee, a tai chi instructor at Harvard University, performed a study that concluded that children who did tai chi for 30 minutes at least once a week lowered their blood pressure by an average of 10%.
15. Tai chi promotes relaxation and happy feelings.


Saturdays, 4pm at UP Diliman Sunken Garden (during good weather)

Fee: P200 per child for a one-hour session

First meeting is on December 4, 2010

We can accommodate 4 to 10 children per session. To reserve a slot, or to get more details about the program, please contact Ime Morales through 0906-245-7910 or morales.ime@gmail.com

Thank you Irene Chia for emailing this announcement.



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