Diego Tai Chi Healthways hosts annual Tai Chi seminars and workshops in
the North Coast area of San Diego for renowned Grandmasters, such as Li Deyin, Chen
Xiaowang, and Chen Zhenglei.
It is a privilege to study under such teachers as Grand Master Chen
Zhenglei and Master Tsao! Please give my thanks to Chen Zhenglei for
his willingness to share his extensive knowledge with us!" -Sheryl W.
appearance on NBC News
here for more comments about our workshops!
Tai Chi and Qigong Workshop: Barcelona, Spain
(December 28, 2013)
Tai Chi and Qigong Workshop: Marco Island, FL (March
Tai Chi and Qigong Workshop: Indianapolis, IN (March
New York and Massachussetts 2013 (November 8-10, 2013)
Europe 2013 (UK, Italy, France, Greece,
Germany) (October 11-28, 2013)
Workshop in South Carolina, USA
(August 10-11, 2013)
Photos of San Diego
Summer Tai Chi Camp, California, USA (July 23-28, 2013)
Photos of Surprise Party for Ph.D in Wushu.
(San Diego, USA) (July 2013)
Photos of Dissertation Defense and Hometown
Visit (Shanghai and Penglai,
China (June 2013)
Photos of World Tai Chi Day - San Diego, CA
(May 6, 2013)
Photos of Tai Chi & Qigong at Duke
University - East Campus, Durham, NC (April 27-28, 2013)
Photos of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (March
Photos of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei's
Workshop (January 5-6, 2013)
Photos of an Diego Summer Tai Chi and
Qigong Week (July 24 - 29, 2012)
Photos of Europe Trip 2012
World Tai Chi Day 2012 (April 28,
Photos of Master
Tsao's Trip to Spain and Germany (September 3 - 12, 2011)
Diego Tai Chi Summer Camp by Jesse Tsao (July 26-31, 2011) (Photos
for Health by Professor Yu Dinghai (June 30 - July 3, 2011)
Tsao's Visit to France, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, and England (May
June 2011) Photos
Tsao's Trip to Indiana (May 7-8, 2011)
Tai Chi Day (April 30, 2011) Photos
Chen Tai Chi Workshop
(Saturday and Sunday,
December 4-5, 2010) Photos
Tsao's Visit to Netherlands and UK (August 28-29 and September 4-5,
Chi Friendship Potluck and Talent Show (Saturday, July 17, 2010)
Workshop (Sunday, June 6, 2010) Photos here!
Day (April 24, 2010)Photos here!
Europe Tour in 2010 Photos
Picnic and Talent Show Photos
Healing Festival at Balboa Park
(May 2009) Photos
Spain, Italy) 2009 by Master Jesse Tsao Photos
Day 2009, with
picnic! Two galleries of pictures now available!
Tiancai Tai Chi Workshop
(June 29, 2008)
Day in San Diego (April 26,
Chen Zhenglei: Tai Chi Workshop in San Diego (December 8-9, 2007)
Jesse Tsao on NBC TV News
42 Methods of Tai Chi Fajin
(Power Releasing) Workshop with Zhu Tiancai 2007
Chi Day 2007: April 28th
Video and Photos here!
Zhenglei Tai Chi Workshop 2006
Bagua Zhang Workshop in San Diego 2006
Tai Chi Picnic and Talent Show 2006
Photo gallery here!
Diego Tai Chi
& Self-Healing Summer Workshop 2006
Tai Chi/Push Hands Workshop with
Grandmaster Zhu Tiancai...
San Diego Grand 'Nationals 2006 ...
Tai Chi Day 2006 ... Photos
to Germany 2005 ... Photos Here!......
Zhenglei Workshop ...
Chi Tour Trip to China 2005 ...
Photos Here! DVD
also available, click here
Tai Chi/XingYi Workshop 2005 with Grandmaster
Li Deyin... ......
Tai Chi Healthways won both Men and
Women's Grand Champion.........
Chen Style Workshop with
Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei 2004
Hosting Professor Li Deyin Tai
Chi Workshop 2004
Chen Style Workshop with
Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei 2003
Chen Style Workshop with
Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang 2003
Hosting a workshop with
Professor Li Deyin 2001
Tai Chi Literature of the Month
Information/Videos of Tai Chi Routines
Tsao in the News and National TV
| Tai Chi
& Qigong Workshop in Marco Island, FL
Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, 2013
When and Where
- Saturday, March 1st @ 9:30 AM—12:30PM and 2:00—5:00 PM
United Church of Marco, 320 North Barfield, Marco Island, FL
- Sunday, March 2nd @ 12:00—3:00 PM and 4:00—7:00 PM
Marco Island YMCA, Studio B, 101 Sandhill St., Marco Island, FL
Program of Instruction
Saturday—1) Qigong for Health and Natural Healing
2) Two groups of Push Hands (your choice)
A. For energy circulation B. To learn real competitive skills
Sunday—Tai Chi Bang Stick, Eight Immortal Flute (Beginner and Intermediate)
Workshop limited to 20 participants.
Reserve your space with check, cash, or money order of $100. Balance due on the first day of the workshop. You can email me at
email@example.com, or Jane:
firstname.lastname@example.org; or mail your deposit to the Marco Tai Chi/Qigong teacher, Jane Kiester at 1534 Buccaneer Ct., Marco Island, FL 34145. Include your address. Jane will mail you a receipt.
Price: $120 for one day (6 hours); $200 for the entire weekend (12 hours)
(Includes a certificate for Tai Chi Bang and a Bang Stick)
If space allows, walk-ins are welcomed - please arrive 15 min early to register!
Tai Chi and
Qigong Workshop: Indianapolis, IN
Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16, 2013
A mixed tai chi and Qigong workshop for both beginners and advanced/tai chi teachers!
We will split the workshop into semi-groups to satisfy all levels of tai chi and Qigong practitioners.
Saturday: Easy Tai Chi for Health - a practical approach,
This is a down-to-earth easy to follow practice suitable for people without prior experience of tai chi. Start with relaxation warm-ups, then with 5 most commonly practiced tai chi postures, and wind-down with body energy channels padding, Dr. Jesse Tsao leads you into the wonder of tai chi practice effortlessly.
Sunday 1) Qigong for health and natural healing
Sunday 2) Easy tai chi push hands for energy circulation.
Saturday: Advanced Tai Chi training.
Sunday 1) Qigong for Health and Natural Healing (share with Group A)
Sunday 2) Advanced tai chi push Hands for real competitive skills.
4217 Central Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Please email: Mary Anne Schaefer for class fee at:
email@example.com, or Jesse Tsao at:
It was a lovely trip to see the seasons and
scenery of the East Coast. Click here to
view the gallery!
gallery by Barbara Penn here!
from the event here!
You definitely make it worth the effort to attend your workshop.
In addition to being a true Master of Tai Chi Chuan, you have a warm personality, and good sense of humor. .....
We were using the Bang stick massage video, I instantly enjoyed invigorating energy - its great! Thanks so much for your ability to teach many people, and hard work at Tai Chi Chuan. I will continue to practice, because it improves my life. - Jon D.
Somerset, UK (October 11-13, 2013).
Greece (October 14-17, 2013).
France (October 18-20, 2013).
Italy (October 21-24, 2013)
Germany (October 25-27,
Master Tsao's first workshop in South Carolina. Thank
you Sifu Maurice Olfus for hosting! .... "I just wanted to again say thank you for a wonderful workshop this past weekend. It was a phenomenal experience. So much information, in so many areas. I hope we can incorporate much of it all into our daily routines. You make it all look so effortless and
beautiful...." Amy R.
Click for gallery
Our annual San Diego Tai Chi Camp was
a great success. Thanks to
everyone who came! Here are some of their kind words about the
"I learned a lot to reflect and shape
my practice. The Yang 108 is not so confusing as I first thought, and I
will continue to practice and especially fix the big mistakes. Also, I
am so happy to be in the community formed by the class last week. The
classmates all inspired me so much. I have experience with martial arts
teachers in the past. Your open approach is extremely rare and
appreciated....."-- Julie C.
"I wanted to thank you for another
wonderful week of Tai chi, is a great honor to have you as my teacher
and know that I'm learning from the best source. I've learned more from
this week than from all the 5 years since I started my practice. Thank
"... anybody studying or doing tai chi should do at least one of your
summer camps. The things you demonstrated and taught me in your
summer camp has been most beneficial to both me and my students. They
enjoy my new approach of teaching, thanks to you..."--Craig B.
"Goodness all the people were so very
nice in the camp - felt like a
family...but with such
generosity. Isabelle and Alain are remarkable...Jill
too is great and your students really reflect you in terms of Tai Chi
but also in terms of kindness and not showy and humility ...Honestly
Jesse this workshop let me see for the first time truly what Tai Chi is
really about...my mantra now is SETTLING before moving and it will
apply to Tai chi and also to my life ..settling....I am going to show
how this is important in a little talk for my zen students..." Barb P.
"... What an amazing week. I learned
so much; technique, improving the way of each posture. To me it was
like when we divide words into syllables , step by step, motion after
motion, the why & the how, solidifying the basics aiming to
perfection on our daily
practice. Most definitely you with your knowledge & passion
for teaching inspired us to work focused & tirelessly.
I must say, the group of students I had the privilege to practice &
share with was phenomenal , what a bunch of beautiful people,.." Sonia
"This morning was amazing. You summarized in few moves some very
difficult and essential notions of tai chi. I am sure the students
learnt more today than in their whole training. The intensity and
interest of the students for taiji are wonderful..." -- Isabelle G.
"Loving your workshop! Really like following the Chen with you as each
time I learn something new, like how to hold my hands or twist waist.
We students joke that we are in Taiji heaven this
week. You are a terrific teacher with a great sense of humor tinged
with seriousness of purpose—a nice combination....."--Jane K.
"i can't tell you how much it means to me that i was able to attend the
workshop. it was fantastic! i learned so much more than i
expected,…my brain is still buzzing!" -- Jill F.
"It's so nice to have Taichi buddies that you can share with. You can
see that we bonded immediately and the friendship is going to last a
long time! I can't say that I got everything you taught us this time
but surely it affected how I do Tai chi and I am applying what I
understood to all the forms I learned so far, and definitely I feel
more stability in my moves..." --Anna T.
"Thank you so much for an excellent training. It is such a privilege to
have you as my sifu.
I learned so much. Although it will take some time to process, already
my Yang form today feels so different than a week ago (figure 8,
settling makes so much sense throughout the form).
When Jesse corrects mistakes in your form you remember. As he teaches
he also gives fascinating background on the history of the form, why
changes were made along the way, some deep insights into energy work,
martial arts application, and health issues.
For instance, I learned today that the 24 Form, though often introduced
as Yang style, has marked differences from traditional Yang in many
ways. Stepping in backward in "repulse the monkey" in 24 Form has the
feet almost behind each other, causing a twist. This looks quite good,
but is actually very unstable and impossible for martial arts.
Before the training, as I read the Yi jing the hexagrams were 49
(Revolution/Change) to 39 (Difficulties). Here were my reflections on
How must the form change to express the essence? The essence is Jin,
Qi, Shen. This week I can expect my form to change to express qi.
Constancy bears fruit. Any regrets at attending will vanish. It is time
for transformation. A new time is coming. Also a restoring of natural
harmony. The natural harmony of my back and the natural harmony of my
heart. Time to shed the old to reveal the new.
Again my expectations were exceeded!..." Andy F.
Image Gallery Here
My heartfelt thanks to all the
students and friends who arranged the surprise
party in honor of obtaining my Ph.D. Thank you all for the great
Image Gallery Here
I had a successful trip to Shanghai
completing my Ph.D. dissertation on
traditional Chinese martial arts from Shanghai Sports University.
visited my hometown, Penglai in China. Click on the picture above
Image Gallery Here
Thank you all for coming to this
year's Tai Chi Day event. Special thanks to Bill & Georgette
Coffey, Carol Nelson, Karl Newmeyer for organizing this
Thank you Suzy Millman, Eileen Gordon, Jill Feltovich, Glen Gerhard,
Gerhard, Jill Weiss, Kien Hang, Roberta Travis, Corey Chong, Victoria
Rick Pantarotto,...and many more for the leadership in the demos.
In Durham at the ARK, DUKE UNIVERSITY
EAST CAMPUS: 14 Epworth Dorm Lane, Durham, NC
More pictures here!
We had a great time in North Carolina.
Thank you Zen Master Barbara Penn for
hosting this event. Here are some comments about the event:
"Thanks for another memorable workshop. You have an excellent way of
connecting with your students and presenting both Tai Chi and Qigong. I
feel I have a good grasp on presenting the material we covered this
weekend and can pass it on to my students both safely and confidently.
I look forward to your next workshop or program, to continue my Tai Chi
and Qigong Journey". --- Alex K.
"I just took your weekend workshop in Durham and loved it! Thank you.
It invigorated me and exceeded all my expectations. You are a terrific
teacher who makes everything so clear." --- Jane K.
"It was a pleasure to attend your seminar in Durham, NC. Your passion
for teaching is not only insightful but also inspiring". -- Maurice
"Your teaching is so clear, your energy so engulfing, your niceness a
joy. And I learned so very much – the Bang is remarkable and as
you said in your book, people are doing the principles without knowing
they are because that is the nature of the movements in the Bang.
Wonderful, joyous event and thank you so much. I was invited to do Tai
Chi for War Veterans at a Rehab Center up here in MA. These are men who
fought in Vietnam, even the Korean war and also younger guys from
Afghanistan etc wars. All have both physical and mental challenges due
to these experience and experiences of psychotropic drugs which cause
real balance problems. I went there last Wednesday and after thinking
about what would really grab the interest of Veterans, it was obvious
– the BANG. I was told by a staff member that after the class
these guys said they felt so “good”, more ‘relaxed
than even when they were on drugs…and so they want me to come in
weekly. I loved teaching it" -- Barb P.
"I wanted to thank you for making time in your schedule to visit NC and
share T'ai Chi and Qigong with us at the Ark at Duke University. I was
particularly impressed with your natural demonstration of mobilizing
energy from your lower dantian and its expression throughout your
body."-- Nina M.
Indiana, USA Tai Chi Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, 2013
We had a nice visit with Father Guy in
Indianapolis. Here is what some students had to say:
"Thank you for a wonderful workshop in
Indianapolis, it exceeded my expectations! Father Guy did a wonderful
job of organization. Also, I appreciated your generous time to answer
my many questions. I have enjoyed your Qigong teaching and presentation
and am definitely interested in learning more and perhaps certifying as
an Instructor in your system..." --Alex K. "Thanks for a great
weekend of Tai Chi and Qi Gong in Indianapolis. The silk reeling and
symbol tracing hands applications were especially helpful. The Eight
Immortal Flute form is awesome and so much fun to learn! Thanks for
sharing your passion of these ancient arts with us." --Jennie
Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei's Workshop
(January 5-6, 2013)
Click here for the gallery
We had a great workshop with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei! Here
is a comment from one of the attendees:
"What a great weekend workshop! Grand Master Chen Zhenglei
teaches in a measured and thoughtful manner. Although I am
new to the Chen form, I felt comfortable and at ease as he took
us step by step through the form. I learnt so much in just one
weekend. I am inspired and energized and intend on diligently
pursuing the Old Frame Routine on my own!"-- M.R.
Diego Summer Tai Chi and Qigong Week
(July 24-29, 2012)
Click here for the gallery
Thank you for the last 6 days of Tai Chi instruction. You showed us so
many subtle details of the martial art and opened my eyes to the depth
of Tai Chi practice and application. It is a martial art for the
intelligent strategist and requires a lot of mental focus and years of
training to develop real skill. You taught us the importance of the
basic structure and how keeping the qi flowing and unbroken leads to
real strength. You also taught us that good instructors feed their
students and nourish them so they grow. Being a good person is key to
being healthy and becoming a high level Tai Chi martial artist. We are
all very blessed to receive such treasures from you.--J.W.
I finally got home after a few days on the road! but with great energy
to apply all the great teachings I received in your camp. I had a great
time learning with you and words can't tell how appreciative I am for
your valuable lessons that I know will carry me through this journey
into Tai Chi. I had bad teachers in the past and finding one with such
integrity and wisdom is the greatest reward. I would love to come every
year if possible and also get to know the form very well so next time
I'll feel more confident. Thanks again for an unforgettable
Master Jesse, I want to thank you again for teaching me this past week!
I learned many new things and had some misconceptions cleared up! Also,
I learned a valuable lesson regarding using softness to overcome force.
I pushed with a couple of guys who were very Hard in their approach to
push-hands and they were easily "pushed around" so to speak. And the
eight push hands tactics you gave us are great! Thank you!--M.O.
What a week! I feel I have learned so much. It will take a lot of
processing, but I'm sure my taiji will move to a new level. I met so
many very fine people. They are a credit to your great teaching skills.
Before I came to San Diego I consulted the Yijing. I asked what can I
expect from a week taiji teaching? The sage answered 58 Dui Joyful, and
my reflections: Progress and joy, Stimulating conversations,
Please accept my thanks for all your generously shared
knowledge, skill and patience during the summer workshop. I learned a
lot more in Push Hands than I expected (just one or two defensive
wiggles to set up an offensive move, rather than the endless wiggling I
was doing) plus clarity on double-rooting for the first time (not that
I can do it very well, but at least I know my goal). Your Push Hands
training sessions have helped me to move forward into the present as
well as understand the essentials that can make improvement possible -
so thank you for using your fighting skills with respect for the
"children" in your charge! The coil/joint lock on the wrist pull-down
combined with the pluck head lock was fun, so thanks for using me as
I greatly value your dedication to teaching the real treasures of Tai
Chi Chuan, and how hard you work for all your students. --D.S.
Just a quick email to thank you for another unbelievable workshop. You
truly are a wonder!! You have a rare ability
to teach the most difficult concepts and techniques in a plain and
simple manner. You are always open and welcoming,
never intimidating, allowing us to absorb the material as best we can.
Last year I learnt enough to work on all year, now I realize it's
enough to last a lifetime.-- M.R.
The workshop was excellent. I have been to quite a few
martial arts workshops and this was by far the best both in terms of
the amount of information presented and the quality of the
presentation. It was very well structured and organized. The taiji shi
san shi was an amazing drill and your insights into the ba fa was
really helpful and opened my mind to a greater level and understanding
of tai chi. The push hands was great. You did an excellent job of
breaking down the material into small, learnable steps and then
gradually expanding upon them. I found it to be very helpful. You are
by far the greatest tai chi player and instructor I have ever met. I
appreciate that you do not try to hide behind magic and mysticism and
present real, tangible and honest skills to your students. Most other
tai chi instructors teach very unrealistic self defense applications
but yours are very realistic, reasonable and intelligent. It is so rare
anymore to find someone of such high moral quality in the martial arts
like you who exemplifies the true spirit of the martial arts. I am also
glad that your local students seem to understand and respect what a
treasure they have in you and how fortunate they are to have you as a
teacher! I wish that I lived closer so that I could train from you more
often. I spent my long flights home writing notes on all the great
information I got from this training trip!! I just can't compliment you
enough on the 2012 workshop and am very excited about the next
Everyone enjoyed your workshop. You give so much to it and
your knowledge and experience comes from your heart to the students. I
wish I had been able to be there more.--G. C.
Dear Jesse -- What a week!! You have been tirelessly teaching,
showing us all the Way of Taiji, the spirit and how to attain it. I
learnt a lot. I loved the Shi San Shi, understanding that they can also
mix and not always stand alone. I appreciated the details in the Chen
classes, the wave like moves, the applications reminder. I gained a lot
of depth in my form in these two days. This re-kindled my Chen
spirit!!! I really enjoyed the way you taught Push-Hands. You
controlled the class perfectly and the different moves were introduced
and explained extremely clearly. These exercises enabled the students
to get a deep understanding of each move (control, connection, peng,
whole body, rounding, softness, coiling, change, from the feet,
caterpillar/ worm!!!…) and to try the moves with different
partners, thus allowing for different ways to react and adjust. It was
perfect! Many if not all were able to go back home with the
ability to do the push-hands form, while understanding the reasons
behind each move. All students seemed really happy and relaxed, and
some were bruised :-)
Again, a huge thank you and looking forward to continuing learning with
Jesse, the workshop was great, it has really given me ideas for my
training. I want to do more two-person and applications work. Thanks
again, for being such an excellent teacher, and for all your support
a wonderful trip to Europe this year,
visiting many locations: Spain, Russia, Belgium, Germany, Greece,
here or the picture above for the gallery.
"Dear Jesse, We hope,
visit to Moscow left you good impression. Many thanks for invaluable
experience and knowledge you shared at the seminar. Participants noted
that you not only the great master, but also a very pleasant person. We
want to continue cooperation with you and popularize in Russia your
style of tai chi and qigong. Special thanks to charming Vanessa!"
"I just wanted to
thank you so much for coming to the UK and sharing all knowledge with
UK students. I know that everyone really enjoyed the workshops and that
they are already looking forward to next year!!"
- Ruth "I wanted to say how very much I enjoyed the
workshops. It was my first experience of instruction from a master and
I found it very rewarding.
You are a remarkable teacher. Hope you will find the time to come back
to Bridgwater next year to teach us". - Jackie R.
Diego Tai Chi Summer Camp by Jesse Tsao
July 26 - 31, 2011
We had a wonderful time
and sharing at this summer camp. We have people from far
away, New York, Indiana,
Florida, Colorado, Puerto Rico, even internationally, Denmark, Germany,
Belgium,..... Click here for pictures, and read
others saying about the summer camp below!
"I am having a great time
learning with you and am so very impressed with the people I have met
at the summer Tai Chi
camp. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to
learn with you, you are truly inspirational!" --Michael R.
"Great first day! Very informative and invigorating. So much wonderful
new to learn and in such an enjoyable way. Great people and great
turnout-it must be who the Master is-right!!!!" --Georgette
"Thank you so much for having
this weeklong event and all of the care
and attention to detail you showed. I feel very lucky to have found you
teacher. You are not only a great tai chi master, but also a great
and a wonderful example for all of us"-- Michael S,.
"I've really been enjoying the summer
camp sessions & find the
content very valuable & informative. You've been doing an
amazing job & I can feel how much everyone is engaged &
connecting to you & the material!! :-)" --Suzy
June 30 - July 3,
We had a successful lesson with
Dinghai on the Five Animal Frolics. Click here for the photo gallery!
the first day, and I feel it is already
worth the money! My lower back was a bit sore from work, and it feels
sooo good now. The moves felt so good for me, even the simple ones like
extend the hand, tiger claw, fist. After few repetitions, I could feel
vibrations from the energy accumulated. My lower back and feet are
burning hot, and I think
I will sleep really well tonight...Really appreciate you sharing your
PhD adviser with us!" --Alain M.
Gosh!!!! This qi gong is so powerful! I feel
stronger, like my back and arms are in steel and I could do anything!!!
I definitely want to pounce on a prey! My energy is renewed and much
higher after the workshop! It does feel like we are taking a cleansing
and strengthening shower from inside." --Isabelle G.
you for hosting Professor Yu and translating
for all of us. Everyone there was very focused and happy throughout the
long workshop. The long Qigong practice was a great reminder of the
importance of slowing down and focusing on what is inside of what it is
you are doing. It was very cleansing for me." --Jason
Waters Tai Chi and Tai Chi Healthways jointly celebrated this
Thanks to all who came!
Tsao's Visit to France, Germany,
The Netherlands, Ireland, and England
- June 2011
Master Tsao had a lovely visit
to France, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland,
and England this summer. Click on the photo for the gallery!
Tsao's Trip to Spain & Germany
had a nice trip to Spain and Germany. More pictures and
gallery coming soon!
3 - 12, 2011
Jesse Tsao's Tai
Chi Trip to Indiana
Master Tsao had a lovely visit
to Indianapolis. Thanks to all
Click here for photos!
We had a wonderful Tai Chi
Day. Thanks to all who came!
Zhenglei's Chen Tai
December 4-5, 2010
We had a great workshop with
Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei. Photo gallery here! (or click on photo)
workshop with GM Chen Zhenglei this weekend. Without fail in
I always learn new things to enhance my training. He is so
clear and so
detailed in his teaching! Thank you again for hosting this
allowing us all to participate in this experience. We were
today’s morning session how lucky we all are to have access to
Jesse Tsao's Tai
Chi Workshops in
the Netherlands and UK
28-29 and September 4-5, 2010
"We all enjoyed your visit very
much! You have such a good energy, that
it touches everybody that is with you. You're an interesting fusion
between the American
enthusiastic way of communication and Chinese modesty....."
Another great teaching trip to Europe! Meeting lovely people from
Netherlands, Belgium, and England; sightseeing in Den Haag, Amsterdam,
London, and the beautiful Somerset area of UK; tasting the famous
Holland raw herring fish like sashimi; enjoying the traditional cream
tea at Dunster; playing England countryside skittle game... You can see
lots more in the photo gallery here!
Friendship Potluck and
was a joyful gathering with lots of good
energy. We look forward to next year! Thanks to
Vanessa for the pictures.
Click here to view the gallery!
Chi Workshop with
Click here for the gallery!
had a great workshop with Grandmaster Zhu Tiancai.
thank GM Zhu a lot for us, we appreciate his honesty, humility and
willingness to share his immense skills with good humor!...."
......Just a note to thank you for the great workshop
Grand Master Zhu is such a treasure and I reallyenjoyed the
World Tai Chi
April 24, 2010
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Healthways and Flowing Waters Tai Chi jointly hosted this
year’s World Tai Chi Day event. Thanks to everyone who came!
Europe Tour Photos - 2010
View pictures by clicking here!
Second galleryhere, more pictures: Teaching in
A great teaching trip!! From Netherlands to
Belgium, then Spain! I enjoyed every stop
and had fun with participants! More galleries to come
Jesse, hope you had a great and safe trip back to
San Diego. it would be easy to thank you for all
the Tai Chi and Qi Gong that you shared with us
this past weekend here in Barcelona. But I never
expected to be thanking you for a life-shifting
experience. Thanks so much for absolutely
everything. You are a true Mast...." --Mikel
Jesse for the experience. Now that I've seen
you I start to realize the power of Tai Chi.....
Your movements are spectacular!! But the best is
met people like you!! ;)
Best regards from Spain!! See you very very soon
master!!" --Alexandre & Feel Good
you very much Master... This week-end was very
great! I have learned a lot thanks to you. You
have make me discover the big and fascinating
world of Tai chi !
I'm very happy to have met you. I wont forget you
and those days...
Thanks you very much." --Badaboy G.
you for this great weekend!!! People like you make
a better world!! Tank youuuuu!" --Jessica M.
for its involvement in the course.
That was a real pleasure for me!!
See you soon!" --Lou Y.
"I am still digesting your
workshop in Wijk Bij Duurstede and there are many
details (I am not even sure whether 'details'
is the correct word here) that already have fallen
into place in my system spontaneously. So you can
imagine I feel very fulfilled! In particular
the stability you can get from the use of the
tailbone (which I never have thought of as being
And having the chi flow fling out some movement,
which thereby spontaneously becomes super fast.
This is particularly useful in fencing.
And for the first time I have been able to really
use Jin by myself after the weekend, since you
gave this clear example of two people opposing
each other with Jang, which surely leads to
destruction because it gets totally off balance
this way since there is fire raging from both
sides and there is no neutralizing at all. But
this must also mean that it must be somehow
possible to neutralize this situation by the
correct use of Jin, which mobilizes neutralizing
energy leading to a more peaceful situation.
I have now understood that there is a big
difference actively using Jin here as opposed to
'not reacting'. In my work there is a discussion
that is soon to come, in which I will try to give
less Jang than I intended at first in order to
hopefully provoke a Jin reaction instead of
activating opposing Jang too much.
Furthermore what you were teaching us about using
different fingers in different movements, I
particularly liked ! You especially
emphasized the little finger
gathering energy back in and the thumb giving it
out. I found myself practicing this while sitting
in the train yesterday........ " --Gert C.
Tai Chi Picnic
and Talent Show, 2009
Annual Tai Chi Picnic and Talent
Show was yet another amazing event. Thank you to all who
came! Thanks to Paul Potash for the beautiful
album now up!
- built by Alain. YouTube videos by Linda http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YF4cH96rBIw,
Diego Healing Arts
Festival at Balboa
Healthways participated this
year's San Diego Healing Arts Festival! We had a great demo
event at Balboa Park. It was a lot of fun! Thanks
to all who came! Photo
album now up!
- built by Alain. Pictures taken by Thomas,
Patricia, and Scott.
Clip on YouTube by Linda
Italy) Workshops by
Master Jesse Tsao
May 21 - June 2, 2009
had a very successful
teaching tour in Europe! Photo
album now up!
-- "You will have a vivid tour through my camera: from the beautiful
Paris to Annecy, France, the air is clean, the food is more tasty, the
strawberries and cherries are sweeter; the mountains are greener, and
Lake Annecy is the most clear lake I have ever seen! :-)
Barcelona, Spain, is a showcase of architecture! The whole
city went to crazy on May 27th when Barcelona's soccer team won this
year's Europe Cup championship!! Oh yes, the paella from a
traditional restaurant with 70-plus years history was good
too! Surely you will see the Barcelona harbor and beaches!
:-) Parma, Italy is the home land of parmesan
cheese! They showed me the real pasta and pizza!
:-) Best of all, tai chi practitioners make me feel at home
wherever I teach and stay."
Tai Chi Day in San Diego
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Chi Healthways and Flowing Waters
Tai Chi jointly hosted this
year’s World Tai Chi Day event. Thanks to all who came, you
are the ones who made it such a great success!
Photos are here!
Thanks to Jesse Tsao, Paul Potash, and Thomas Mellan, and Nathan Estis
for taking them!
Click here to see
picture to go
to Gallery 2!
(opens in a new window)
Tai Chi Workshop in
Sunday, June 29, 2008
awesome fabulous workshop
yesterday! I can see the New Frame will add a whole new level to my tai
chi practice. GM Zhu is an absolute treasure! I loved the pace,
explanations and precise details of all of the movements. The emphasis
on coiling/spiraling, subtle differences in weight shifts and movements
... and that oh so awesome jump that I can't do yet but just have to
get ... well, suffice it to say ... I really like the New Frame and am
looking forward to learning more! Hopefully someday I will be able to
do more than just dance my way through it ;-)
Thank you so much for today's workshop. It's the first time I seen
grandmaster Zhu Tiancai, and he is great. He has a very good, powerful
and gentle energy! Even when showing chin-na he didn't want to hurt. He
shared a lot and worked us hard!
Xin Jia is interesting, but it is a whole new world! It is clear it
requires a lot of skills to move the qi around, that can only be
developed with a lot of practice. It was very good to practice very
slowly, with all the details. The silk reeling in the afternoon were
GREAT. After some time, I could really feel the benefit of all the
coiling, big and small. --Alain
What an energetic man Grand Master Zhu Tian Cai is!!!! It was a
pleasure meeting him, he has a great energy and a very nice and
pleasant personality. He shares, explains and details very well. It was
so easy to follow when he was standing just in front.
He never tires! What an explosive energy!
I enjoyed the workshop as I learnt a lot of detail and a lot of
postures. I enjoyed the silk reelings that we started with in the
morning and afternoon a lot! I wish we had continued longer as I was
starting to feel a lot of qi and understand the way to move the
waist... . I would like to spend more time on the "small circles" and
the links in between each move. I was not aware of it right after the
workshop but I felt an energy shift thanks to the workshop.
Spending a whole day learning and practicing taiji opened up my energy
level. This shows me that I "need" taiji. We all have busy and
stressful lives, taiji is necessary to erase and smoothen the stress,
strengthen our health and help us see the "half full glass" as opposed
to the half empty glass :-)
I really enjoyed the training and was very impressed with the skill
level of both grandmaster Zhu Tiancai and yourself! Sometimes it is
difficult to find people interested and skilled in the real martial
arts who have a good character and are willing to openly share. There
are a lot of people around with "watered down" systems and only limited
knowledge of realistic applications or people who can fight but are too
violent and of poor character or are just in it to make money. So I
feel very lucky to have found you! --Michael
Tai Chi Day in San Diego
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Tai Chi Day party. See link for more photos--thanks Alain,
Dale and Lori for the photo contribution! Thanks to Alain
for putting photos together.
2007Ã³San Diego-based Master Jesse Tsao and Tai Chi
HealthwaysÃ´ recently hosted a workshop by Grand
Master Chen Zheng Lei of Henan, China. The two-day event held on
December 8 and 9 drew participants from across the United States.
Commenting on the event, Master Jesse Tsao noted,
Ã¬All tai chi styles can be traced back to the Chen
style. Grand Master Chen is the 19th
generation of the family, and the 11th
generation to pass on traditional Chinese art
form.Ã® Participants, both new to tai chi
and well as advanced practitioners, remarked that learning directly
from Grand Master Chen was an experience all would treasure.
of the workshop
explanation by the Grand Master on Chen philosophy and its application
in health, longevity, and self-defense. Two special performances by the
Grand MasterÃs daughter, Chen Yuan Yuan, drew
applause and appreciation by participants and guests.
Workshop Video: Click Here
the link below to
download your own
photo of "Receiving Certificate". Thanks to Alain Mellan for
taking the photos:
42 Methods of
Tai Chi Fajin (Power Releasing)
Workshop with Zhu Tiancai in San Diego
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Grandmaster Zhu Tiancai was a great experience.
for the photo gallery! (Thanks to Roman Klimenko)
World Tai Chi
Day: April 28th, 2007
was quite a
meaningful day with all the Tai Chi enthusiasts and meeting your
students. It's a wonderful group of very fine
people. I especially like Larry he was so present and
engaging with his great spirit. Your style at the end was the
hit of the day. We look to you for mastering our own
skills. Tai Chi certainly does give one opportunity to find
places within and define deeper places within one's self. I
found one that day. It was so neat!!" --Barbara N. Click
gallery (Thanks to Dolores Casile!)
clips here! (.wmv
streaming format, .
Workshop with Chen Zhenglei
Saturday and Sunday, December 9-10, 2006
wonderful workshop with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei. Thank you
to all who came!
weekendÃs Chen workshop was the best ever for me!
Now that I have completed the forms,I can focus on refining and
deepening my understanding of each posture. Thanks again for your part
in hosting the workshop and for all of your efforts in teaching us.
â€ I appreciate you and the open, humble
spirit that you embody!
another incredible workshop with Grand Master Chen! It is such an honor
to learn about the
Chenâ€ family'sâ€ amazing
art directly from the source. Each workshop reveals another level to
study and explore. The hands-on posture correction was also extremely
helpful ... amazing the differenceâ€ one
small change in posture/alignment makes in the internal flow of
Workshop in San Diego
Sunday, September 10th,
with Su Zifang
workshop with Su
Zifang was enlightening for all who came.
yesterday with Master Su Zifang... my legs are still feeling the burn
this morning:) Good workout and I was a bit surprised that I
could really feel the qi quite strongly in the routine. I
think I am really going to like Bagua! Master Su's
performance was beautiful...I want to have that leg strength when I'm
58!!!" --Sheryl W.
Click for more photos!
Picnic and Talent Show 2006
talent show in our Tai Chi community! Special thanks to our
event MC and performer, Larry Cammarata, and the others who shared
their talent: Melissa and Evan, Brady, Marianne, Nikki, David and Dan.
(64 in gallery)
Tai Chi & Self-Healing Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16, 2006
successful workshop with Sifu Xiao Pu Quan, Jesse Tsao, and Katharine
Iskrant! Here are some photos of the event.
workshop. I learned so much over the 2 day weekend and
enjoyed being with so many enthusiastic and great people.
Thank you for all the work you did to make it so successful".
write and say thank you for the awesome workshop.
I feel so rejuvenated and enthused. I learned many things that will be
in working with the patients here at the clinic." -- Pam B.
Thank you so much for organizing the self healing workshop. I am very
grateful to you and Sifu Xiao for sharing your knowledge.
I don't know if I can explain the significance of the event..."
Click Here Photos
Grandmaster Zhu Tiancai
June 11, 2006
but still successful workshop with Grandmaster Zhu Tiancai.
He became an honorary advisor of Tai Chi Healthways - we are lucky to
have such a high-caliber grandmaster as our guide! Click
for many more photos!
Click here for a
video clip of the
event! (6:35, 16.7 MB
look different, but the actual photos are super. Just click on one to
see the photo.
-- Many, many
thanks for hosting ANOTHER workshop filled with Tai Chi treasures! Each
workshop introduces me to new levels and insights about this incredible
art. There is always so much more to learn! Please convey my thanks to
Grandmaster Zhu Tiancai for being so friendly and so willing to share
his extensive knowledge of Chen style. Ahhhhhhhhh ... love that
fajin!!!!!!!!!! CAN'T WAIT for next year's workshop :)"
Grand International Martial Arts Competition
competing in twenty events, with a total of 14 gold medals, 5 silver,
and 1 bronze. Sheryl Wilde won the International Grand
Champion (see photo on right) and was elite winner in both bare-hand
and weapons routine! She is invited to the International
Competition in Florida's Disney World later this year.
Sheryl Wilde: 9 gold, 1 silver
Karl Newmeyer: 2 gold, 3 silver
David Moreno: 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze
Jamie Ding: 1 gold
Jeffrey Tsao: 1 gold
receiving their awards. From left: Tsao, Ding, Newmeyer, Moreno.
Chi/Qigong Day 2006
World Tai Chi/Qigong Day. Click
for many more photos!
was a great
togetherness for all Tai-Chi aficionados which should happen more often
through your leadership. I did not only find a great
teacher in you but also a friend." -Dan
for hosting a
great World Tai Chi Day today, Jesse!â€
Awesome demonstration you gave!!!â€ Can't
believe you just ad-libbed that!â€ And I
wanted to share what I heardâ€ said by many
students throughout the day: "We are so lucky to have Jesse as a
teacher!â€ He is a treasure." It's always
such fun getting together with others who share a love of Tai
Chi." -Sheryl W.
Tsao's Workshop in
Master Jesse Tsao
taught a Tai Chi/Qigong workshop in Germany on November 25 through 27.
"Thank you very much
for the wonderful workshop you gave. Everybody enjoyed
it...You left a lot of good chi for us here." -Simone O.
with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei
November 12 - 13, 2005
had a successful
workshop with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei. Thank you to all who attended!
It is a privilege to study under such teachers as Grand Master Chen
Zhenglei and Master Tsao! Please give my thanks to Chen Zhenglei for
his willingness to share his extensive knowledge with
usÃ–" -Sheryl W.
here for more comments about our
Tai Chi Tour
Trip to China
August 18 - 28th, 2005
trip was an
incredible Tai Chi experience for all who attended. We
visited the Chen village, Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace,
the Shaolin Temple, terra-cotta soldiers in Xian, the Yellow
River...See below for comments and photos about the trip (more to
Dear Jesse, Thank you
for a wonderful journey. You are an example to all your
students for patience, consideration and tolerance. A very
special man. We had a great adventure and will cherish the
It was the most
wonderful experience of our lives. Bob said he felt such love and
peaceful chi the most of his life. It's true, Jesse. I know you could
feel it too. --Pat & Bob
I just wanted to take
a moment to thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience the
unique people, culture and history of China. It was a journey full of
moments and memories that I will remember and treasure for a lifetime.
I really appreciate all the hard work you put into giving all of us
such a remarkable, memorable adventure. Once again, I am struck by what
a good and generous person you are and how much we can all learn from
you. Tai Chi is not simply a method to study martial arts or even to
improve health Ã– it is truly a way of life
Ã– and you exemplify that way of life. We are
lucky to have you as a teacher.--Sheryl
We had a successful
Tai Chi and XingYi Workshop 2005 with Grandmaster Li Deyin.
Thanks to all who participated!
were 4 students
who participated in this year's San Diego Grand Nationals: Sheryl
Wilde, Karl Newmeyer, Yibin Wang, and Shirley Gao. They won 13 gold
medals, 8 silver medals, and 1 bronze medal collectively. Sheryl Wilde
won Women's Grand Champion, Karl won Men's Grand Champion.
Congratulations to all of them!
Newmeyer with 2 gold medals and 5 silver medals, men's Grand Champion
Wilde with 7 gold medals and 2 silver medals, women's Grand Champion
Theory of Tai Chi
In any action, the
whole body should be light and agile.
One should feel that all of the bodyÃs joints are
connected with full linkage.
Qi should be stirred. The spirit of vitality, or shen, should be
Do not show any deficiency, neither concavity nor convexity in
Do not show disconnected movement.
The jin is rooted in the feet, bursts out in the legs, is controlled by
the waist and functions through the hands.
From the feet to the legs, legs to the waist; all should be moved as a
By moving as a unit, one can advance or retreat with precise timing and
have the most advantageous position.
If precise timing and good position are not achieved and the body does
not move as a unit, then the waist and legs need more development; they
may not be strong or flexible enough.
This often shows when moving up or down, backwards or forwards.
Where there is something up, there must be something down.
Where there is something forwards, there must be something backwards.
Where there is something left, there must be something right.
If one intends to move up, one must simultaneously show a contrary
tendency (downwards) and loosen the roots, so that it can be easily
One must distinguish substantiality from insubstantiality.
Where there is substantiality, there must be insubstantiality.
In all ways, one has to distinguish one from the other.
The whole body should be linked together through every joint; do not
show any interruptions.
At the start of any movement, all parts of the body are called upon to
move and act agilely.
They should be functionally and sequentially linked through out the
The chi should be stirring, and vital force is concentrated inwardly.
There should be no deficiency nor pitfalls; no concavity nor extension.
The strength is rooted in the feet, bursts out the legs, is dominated
by the waist, and exhibited in the fingers.
Only when the feet, the legs, and the waist are organized as their
you are then able to catch the optimum moment and advantageous position
whenever you are confronted with an opponent.
If you fail in holding the optimum moment and advantageous position,
your body will be in disorder, and strength will be dispersed.
The cause of this fault must be sought from the waist and legs,
whether the distortion is on top or below, in front or behind, or to
the left or right.
And all of these use the mind, not in the outward forms.
If there is something on the top, there must be something below;
if there is something in front, there must be something behind;
if there is something in the left, there must be something in the
Like pulling a tree out of the earth, it will be much easier if the
root has been shaken and loosened first.
The changing of solid and void must be distinct.
There is solid and void in any movement, and any movement consists of
void and solid.
The chi and strength link throughout the body without interruption.
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I wanted to
my sincere gratitude for this past weekend's workshop. Although Chen
style was brand new to me, I received a great deal of knowledge from
you and grandmaster Chen. I am very eager to begin learning Chen style
in earnest, as it reminds my of my younger days studying praying mantis
kung-fu. The balance between the hard and soft is excellent. And I
cannot believe the workout I got from this weekend - the last time I
was this tired after a seminar was from a Muay Thai seminar, where you
expect to get a great workout; this weekend was a surprise to me, I
Please also extend this gratitude to grandmaster Chen Zhenglei for me -
he is an exemplary martial artist and exudes the qualities of a true
master. What a gift to receive training from both of you at the same
Thank you very much for letting me join the workshop on the past
weekend. It was very inspiring event and such an honor to be in the
class of the Grand Master Chen. The classes on Silk Wheeling and Lao
Jia as well as Pauchoi were very instructive and I learned so much!
(Although I was too chicken to ask questions, I could learn a lot from
the questions that people in the class asked and Master's answers.) I
wish we had three days so that Master Chen can teach us more about Pao
Chui, but I understand his time and your time was limited:-) Once
again, thank you for giving me the opportunity to join the workshop.
Also, it was great pleasure meeting your wonderful students in your
classes. I was amazed to see how eager they are to learn about Tai chi.
The experience at the event will be something that I will treasure for
a long time.
Jesse, It's a
thanks to YOU for hosting the workshop, which is "lifeblood" for
students like myself! Without you, many of us could never see such
great masters so often. I'm always re-invigorated and inspired. And the
photos are GREAT! Thank you!
Thank you for hosting the wonderful workshop and putting up the
photos on your website. Your energy and active participation from
translating Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei's instructions to helping us all
learn the postures to hosting private lessons with Grandmaster Chen
Zhenglei at your own home resulted in a very successful and worth while
weekend immersion into Chen style Tai Chi.
I'd also like to say thank you for taking such a strong interest in
everyone who attended, even those who like me, were only visiting for a
weekend. You made us all feel like one of your own students. Your
dedication to helping everyone there learn the postures and making sure
that everyone had a chance to be photographed being corrected by
Grandmaster Chen himself, made this a truly memorable experience.