Tai Chi and Qigong Weekend Retreat with Master Instructor Jerry Dibble at Aurafitness, September 8-10, 2017
September 8-10 Master Instructor Jerry Dibble from United Kung Fu and United Tai Chi and Wellness in Phoenix, Arizona will host a Tai Chi and Qigong Weekend Retreat at Aurafitness (1337 Gusdorf, Suite S, Taos, NM) from 5 to 7pm Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday.
To pre-register email email@example.com or call 575-737-8671.
This retreat weekend will focus on Qigong and Tai Chi theory and practice, including longevity protocols, instruction on the Yang style 48 movement Tai Chi form, 8 Vessels Qigong theory and practice, and Qigong meditation.
Golden Mountain Tai Chi presents
A Seminar on Qigong and Tai Chi Theory and Practice
Saturday, March 25 Master Instructor Jerry Dibble from United Kung Fu and United Tai Chi and Wellness is Phoenix, Arizona will host a Qigong and Tai Chi Seminar at Aurafitness (1337 Gusdorf, Suite S) from 12 to 4pm.
This seminar will include a lecture on the basics of Qigong theory, including Yin-Yang theory and 5 Element theory in medical Qigong, followed by instruction in Qigong movement practice. Then at 2pm master Instructor Dibble will begin with a lecture on Tai Chi theory, followed by Tai Chi practice on the Yang 24 Tai Chi form.
Cost: $65 for all current Golden Mountain Tai Chi and Aurafitness members and one guest, or $17 per hour (lecture or movement). $108 for non-members, or $27 per hour. RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 575-737-8671. No experience necessary. All are welcome.
Master Instructor Jerry Dibble is currently a registered 7th degree Black Belt in Kung Fu with the United Martial Arts Association of America. He is a Professor of Masters and has obtained black belt rankings in many other styles of martial arts including Aikido, Jiu-Jitsu, Shorei Kenpo, Kendo, Karate and Doh-yi. Along with Instructor ratings in each of these disciplines, Master Instructor Dibble is an accomplished Yoga Instructor. In addition to teaching over 50 poled, bladed and flexible weapons, he is certified by the NRA as a Training Counselor and teaches classes and certifies Instructors in Concealed Carry, Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun – the modern weapons of our time. He also teaches classes and certifies Instructors in Archery.
Master Instructor Dibble has been a lifelong student of physical mastery, starting at an early age with boxing and shooting with his father, and was recognized as a musical prodigy when he was very young. He continues his training in martial arts with Grandmaster Jerry Cook, Grandmaster Jinheng Li, Grandmaster Xiao, Master Leone, and Master Campbell. In addition to his own training, he runs the United Kung Fu and United Tai Chi Academies; trains Instructors in martial arts, Tai Chi and Qi Gong around the world; operates the highly acclaimed Zen Marksmen Firearms training and Firearms Instructor training; and still finds time to take on projects as a recording artist.
Meet Aurafitness Tai Chi student Ms. Annie Robertson, here demonstrating the first Piece in the 8 Pieces of Brocade Qigong set, Double Hands Hold Up the Heavens. Here's her history story: "One of the many things I have noticed since starting to learn Tai Chi is a sense of balance in my life; both physically and mentally. Thanks to the patience and encouragement of the instructor, I am gaining self confidence to move in a way that felt very odd to me at first. I always come away from Tai Chi class feeling happy that I am learning something new and not necessarily easy to learn. In fact, when I first started the class I felt daunted... and sometimes still do. After 6 intense rounds of chemotherapy during the spring and summer of 2016 I was left with neuropathy in my feet; balance is an issue for me. Tai Chi is helping me stand on my tiptoes with arms up while looking up and trying hard not to fall over (Double Hands Hold up the Heavens). I look forward to when I have learned enough to start practicing on my own." Join us at Aurafitness for Tai Chi on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, and our new Qigong class, Mondays at noon. Absolute beginners welcome!
Meet Aurafitness Tai Chi student Ms. Mary Mortimer, here demonstrating "Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg." Here's her Tai Chi victory story: "I started the Tai Chi program about 5 months ago and although I was initially hesitant (I am a senior) I have discovered the experience to be much greater than my expectations. The environment and instructor are inviting and patient, the teachings are calming and the partcipants are embracing. I have learned, most importantly, to breathe again. My balance improves with each practice and my self esteem and patience are growing as well. I have a greater sense of peace that remains with me throughout the day. I would recommend this class for those who looking for what I have found and am continuing to explore." Join us for Tai Chi at Aurafitness tuesdays and thursdays at noon.
Congratulations to Ms. Joni Costello for earning her White Belt in Tai Chi! Ms. Costello has trained in Qigong at Golden Mountain and has now added Tai Chi. Here's her victory story: "I want to say how great it has been doing Qigong for almost a year and recently adding Tai Chi to my practice. The benefits of both for strength, balance, flexibility, mental health and clarity cannot be overstated. Tai Chi really gives me the opportunity to improve the ability of my body to 'flow' more easily and constantly. In addition to just feeling so much better, I feel safer now from any tendency to trip and fall. The Qigong has been a wonderful foundation for my Tai Chi progress and Tai Chi has added a meditative focus and clarity to my life. I feel the Tai Chi improving my recovery from my stroke on top of what the Qigong has already given me. Instructor Simus is the perfect instructor in helping me move steadily forward, without ever feeling I am being "pushed." I know I can continue for years to grow with these arts and I look forward to adding Kung Fu to my practice soon."
We are thrilled to now offer 2 Tai Chi classes a week at Aurafitness. Check out our new schedule of classes.
Golden Mountain Tai Chi
Tai Chi: Monday at 9am at TaoSatva
Tuesday at noon at Aurafitness
Wednesday at 5pm at TaoSatva
Thursday at noon at Aurafitness
Qigong: Monday at 5pm at TaoSatva
Thursday at 5p at TaoSatva
Friday at 930am at TaoSatva
Call 575-737-8671 or email email@example.com to schedule your complimentary first class today!
We are thrilled to announce that beginning Tuesday, July 19 Instructor Simus will be teaching beginner Tai Chi at Aurafitness in Taos, NM on Tuesdays Noon to 1pm. Click on the link below for more information.
My Tai Chi Experience
When I first started taking Qigong and Tai Chi classes I was a stressed out philosophy professor and triathlete looking for something other than yoga to help me calm down, stretch out, breathe, and recover from hard workouts. At the time I thought I was in good shape (after all I was an Ironman triathlete), but Qigong made me realize that, while I was fit, I was not really healthy. Tai Chi practice revealed that I had all kinds of muscle imbalances and my mobility was limited from the repetitive, mindless, always-forward movements involved in swimming, biking, and running in triathlon. I was also impatient, impulsive, lacked focus, and my type A personality wouldn’t let up, always asking “what’s next?”
Qigong and Tai Chi changed all that. At first Qigong was a supplement to my triathlon training, but as soon as I started training in Tai Chi, triathlon fell away and martial arts became my primary focus, both physically and philosophically. Philosophy had become a purely academic, professional exercise and was entirely disconnected from my athletic pursuits, so when I began to study the theory and practice of Tai Chi, it all came together: body and mind, athletics and academics, yin and yang. I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
So, in a leap of faith, I quit teaching academic philosophy and started training 15 hours a week, working toward my instructor certification in Qigong and Tai Chi. It was a humbling experience. At first, the most basic movements baffled me. I never felt so awkward. I could race 140 miles in a single day, but Repulse the Monkey and Cloud Hands were too much for me. So I learned to calmly persevere. My body went through profound changes: better balance, strength, flexibility, coordination, focus, relaxation. The layers of my conditioning started to peel off. I became more aware: more aware of my thoughts, more aware of my body moving through space, more aware of the surrounding environment. I became less type A. I stopped pushing so hard into the future and learned to embrace the present moment. I became less impulsive and reactive. I learned to let life happen and go with the flow instead of struggling, fighting, always pushing toward the next goal. And for me that’s one of the best things about Tai Chi: there is no finish line. There’s always more to learn.
Now I’m living my dream teaching Qigong and Tai Chi in beautiful Taos, New Mexico, helping others benefit from these practices as I have. For that, I am forever grateful to my instructors and lineage.
Instructor Jason Simus
Golden Mountain Tai Chi