Promotions September 2014

Congratulations to the following for their recent promotions.

New Center Director

Francesco Matera, Varese, Italy

New Affiliated Instructors

Tim Brelig, Louisville, KY
Maria Therezinha M. Firmo Tengan, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
Fabiana Silvano, Buenos Aires, Argentina

New Certified Instructors

Elaine Cooper, Farmington Hills, MI
Cheryl Medvedenko, Rockford, MI
Vera Lazzeri, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

New Academy Instructors

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Master Yang accepts seven disciples

2014 Disciples

2014 Disciples

Master Yang Jun accepted seven disciples July 9, 2014. This event was held at Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Louisville, KY, USA. The new disciples are 杨雅谦Duc Nguyen Minh, 杨雅竹 Pam Boyde, 杨雅兰Teresa Zuniga, 杨雅儒Konstantinos Kotsifakis, 杨雅诚Ruben Coirini, 杨雅梅Anna Siniscalco, and 杨雅信Fernando De Lazzari.

Master Yang honored as Kentucky Colonel

Grandmaster Yang receives Kentucky Colonel

Grandmaster Yang receives Kentucky Colonel

Master Yang Jun was awarded the honorary title of Kentucky Colonel on July 7, 2014. Louisville Mayor Fischer presented the Kentucky Colonel certificate to Master Yang Jun. Wikipedia says “Kentucky Colonel is the highest title of honor given by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Commissions for Kentucky colonels are given by the Governor and the Secretary of State to individuals in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to a community, state or the nation. ”

The person receiving the Kentucky Colonel commission becomes a lifetime honorable member of the Commonwealth. Members of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels include: Muhammad Ali , Bill Clinton, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Tiger Woods, and Elvis Presley. It has been given eight people this year.

Tai Chi Chuan is One Family


An interview with Grandmaster Yang Jun

By Bill Walsh


2014 is an important year for Tai Chi Chuan. Once again, leading exponents of the traditional styles will come together for a Tai Chi Chuan Symposium, where they will share their families’ long-developed treasures. Master Yang Jun will represent the Yang Family, as his grandfather has retired. At the end of the 2009 Symposium, Master Yang was recognized as the fifth generation lineage holder of the Yang Family.

Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo has been teaching in the United States since 1991 and Master Yang Jun has assisted him. In a recent talk with Master Yang Jun, I asked him about what he has learned in this long apprenticeship and his thoughts about the gathering of the leading teachers of the traditional styles. He also discusses the importance of two primary skills necessary to advance in Tai Chi Chuan: relaxing and using the waist.

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Tai Chi and Multiple Sclerosis

Restoring a Sense of Balance and Strength

By Karen Thaxton

journal-25_page70_image1I have MS (multiple sclerosis), which has negatively affected my sense of balance and control of my right leg. However, I now regularly practice Tai Chi, and Tai Chi has at least partially restored my sense of balance, control of my right leg, and self- confidence.

When I was finally diagnosed with MS nearly ten years ago, I had already realized that something was wrong. My body, which had done nearly everything I’d ever wanted it to do for so many years, now was not nearly so obedient. My right leg wouldn’t function properly, preventing me from running 10K’s or even a few steps. When I was tired, the foot would flop and drag, so that even walking became a chore, leading to stumbling and lurching—at times I looked like I was drunk. Worse, my sense of balance was rapidly fading, leaving me to fall if I tilted a few degrees from the perpendicular. I experienced several bad falls, both at home and outdoors while hiking. I couldn’t even shower without holding onto the shower wall for balance. The actual diagnosis of MS led initially to a real sense of betrayal, in addition to outrage and helplessness. I didn’t look old or weak, but I moved as though I were both elderly and weak. I felt that my horizons were becoming prematurely limited, and I lost my self-confidence as well.

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