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Carmela is currently teaching T'ai chi Chu'an yang style at a local fitness health center in Naples, Florida and at a health and wellness center in Bonita Springs, Florida. Also Private, and group classes and Instructor lineage available. She can be contacted for details and times of classes.
Teacher Carmela has been training in T'ai chi Chu'an for 4 years. She has had intense and accelerated training with martial arts master and T'ai chi Chu'an Yang style Sifu Barry Polonitza as well as Master of several styles of martial arts and T'ai chi Chu'an Yang style Sifu Tom Baeli who trained directly under Cheng Man-Ching in New York City. . She continues to train in the details of T'ai chi with Master Tom, and has been advancing in the arts of Chu'an, Qigong, Yang sword style and Yang style push-hands. Her teaching certification is in T'ai chi Chu'an Yang style 37 positions. Carmela's teaching emphasis is as her lineage of Cheng Man-Ching, to promote chi flow to enhance full body health and well being as well as develop bone strength and physical balance.
Thought to improve bone strength and longevity, as well as mental clarity and relaxation, the true art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan takes years to achieve and some Chinese masters mark progress in decades. Although, if taught properly, after the first 45 minute class, you should begin to feel a slight muscle tone in your legs and a relaxed warm feeling in your body especially in your back and hands. T'ai Chi is a good exercise to achieve better posture and to improve balance. It is an ancient Chinese discipline involving a continuous series of controlled, usually slow, movements designed to improve physical and mental well-being. A soft gentle movement of your hands flow with the steady movement of the position of your feet.
There is no shortcut to perfecting a martial art. The health benefits are worth the time and effort to get through 37 positions of the true T'ai Chi Ch'uan art. Some instructors will explain that it could take 1 to 2 years to understand and correctly position your feet and legs. Progression and graduation training will include partner exercises known as "pushing hands" and correctly applied martial art movement in sword forms.
There are few instructors that will teach the proper training and discipline of T'ai Chi. In China parks and now in style in many western cities in community centers, a T'ai Chi "public dance" is held for anyone to join. Relaxation may be achieved, although the discipline of the "internal" strength is lost due to incorrect positioning. If you want to learn the true internal art, including the history and philosophy, instead of the public dance, look for an instructor with proven "lineage" who will tell you that this will take time to learn correctly.
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