Tai Chi is a 400 year-old internal martial art, created in Chenjiagou (Chen Village) by the Chen family. Well known for its slow, relaxed, graceful movements, Tai Chi’s exercises are low-impact, making it accessible to people of all ages and capabilities. A complete mind/body system, regular practice helps reduce high blood pressure, lower stress, burn fat, strengthen muscles/joints, improve digestion & blood circulation, prevent arthritis, strengthen the immune system & boost self-confidence.
Chen Taijiquan is the original & parent form of all branches of Tai Chi. Our school (based in the West Island of Montreal) is under the direction of Master Chen Bing – 20th generation in the Chen family lineage and direct descendant of Taijiquan creator, Chen Wangting.
Head Instructor – Daniel Iorio
Daniel Iorio began his martial arts journey at the age of 11 when he first studied Judo. He moved on to Karate as an adolescent, and discovered Kung Fu later on in his life.
Daniel received his first teacher’s certificate from Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, 19th generation of the Chen family and 11th generation successor of Chen-style Tai Chi.
Daniel with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei
In April 2013, Daniel traveled to the birthplace of Tai Chi, Chenjiagou (Chen Village), located in Henan Province, China. He trained and lived at Master Chen Bing’s Taiji Academy.
Master Chen’s lineage is the only pure blood line traceable to Tai Chi creator Chen Wangting’s direct descendants. Due to his many awards and medals in international competitions, Master Chen earned the name of “Taiji Almighty (太極全能)” and is considered a “Chinese Intangible Cultural Asset of Taijiquan.” Master Chen invited Daniel to become his disciple (indoor student), so in October 2016, Daniel became an official 13th generation lineage holder of Chen-family Taijiquan – a result of undergoing a ceremony known as “Bai Shi”, which took place in Chenjiagou(Chen Village).
Disciple ceremony photo (Oct.2016) in front of Chen Bing TaiJi Academy headquarters in Chenjiagou (Chen Village), Henan Province, China
A published columnist, Daniel has written several newspaper articles about Chen Taijiquan, Kung Fu and meditation. He was also a co-editor on the book 25 Secrets of Tai Chi: Chen Family Taijiquan 25 Key Disciplines .
For 8 years, he volunteered as the resident Tai Chi instructor at the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre.
Sessions consist of a complete set of warm-up exercises, Qi Gong (meditation/generating internal energy), “Silk reeling” exercise, self-defense applications and forms/routines.
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