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"The dao generates the one. The one generates two. The two generates three. The three generates all things. When all things in this way shoulder the yin and embrace the yang, the energy flowing between them remains in harmony."

- Lao Zi

Tung Family Masters
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Master Tung Kai Ying

Master Tung Kaiying is one of the foremost teachers of Tai Chi Chuan still actively teaching in the world today. He represents one of the last living links to the old tradition of Tai Chi Chuan from the time before the Cultural Revolution and the subsequent modernization of China. A consummate teacher and exquisite model of Tai Chi philosophy in action, Master Tung embodies the very best of the tradition and is distinguished among teachers of Tai Chi Chuan by his spare and subtle teaching style and peerless mastery of Push Hands.

Master Tung was born in 1941 in a rural village in northern China, the eldest son of the third generation in an already esteemed martial arts family. His grandfather, Master Tung Yingchieh, was one of the senior students of the great Beijing teacher Master Yang Chengfu and one of the most renowned Tai Chi practitioners of his era. When he turned 14 young Kaiying earned the privilege of joining his grandfather at his school in Hong Kong to apprentice and learn the family art. His next 14 years were spent deep in training, following his grandfather and father across Southeast Asia as they set up school after school. Eventually his grandfather passed away and his father settled down in Hawaii, but Master Tung continued on to California and opened his own school on Venice Boulevard in the Westside of Los Angeles in 1971. He has held continuous classes there every week ever since. He has also continued to travel extensively around the world spreading authentic Tai Chi Chuan and teaching in-depth workshops and camps for his many, many happy students.

website: www.tungkaiying.com

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Master Tung Chen Wei

Just like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather before him, Master Tung Chenwei began his Tai Chi Chuan training in early childhood full of purpose and destiny. Once finished with high school he quickly became an ever-present fixture by his father's side whether at home or abroad. His inquisitive and energetic nature combined with his proximity to his father's expert guidance and growing up in an ideal training environment of constant classes and intensive retreats quickly resulted in Chenwei's inevitable rise to the top of his father's classes. Gradually he took over the primary teaching responsibilities at the Los Angeles school and now also regularly travels to several locations throughout North America and Europe to teach workshops and camps of his own. Representing the first generation of a Tai Chi Chuan master that was born and bred on non-Chinese soil, Master Tung Chenwei is living testament to the timeless efficacy of his ancestors methods. Perfectly poised between the two worlds of ancient China and contemporary California and equally as deft with a surfboard as a sword, there is nobody in a better position than Master Tung Chenwei to transmit and translate this ancient esoteric practice to the modern world.

website: www.tungkaiying.com

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Falling Water Tai Chi School
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Christopher Kiely

Forming and refining my understanding of exactly what Tai Chi is and how it can best be used has been the central theme of my life since I was 16 years old. I was lucky enough to have stumbled across the powerful lineage stream of Master Tung Kaiying while in high school and have been diligently following it to its source ever since. It is a sole endeavor to this day. All the peculiar choices I've made, the way that I've lived, the way I love and receive love, both the way I conduct my business outwardly and relate to my self inwardly have all been considerably influenced by my longtime study of Tai Chi. Along the way were of course certain inevitabilities: wandering and solitude, formal medical training, China travel, deep textual studies and translation, retreat from formality and quiet cultivation, falling in love and raising children; then on to private practice, teaching, volunteering, publishing, politicking and all the requisite triumphs and pitfalls of the professional life. Twenty-five years have now come and gone since I gave my first salute to the tremendous potential that Tai Chi represents. Though by no means done with my quest to fully understand, I have indeed secured some valuable resources and am eager to share. The only thing better than enjoying the internal freedom and energy that closeness with Tai Chi daily rejuvenates is sharing it with others and helping them to discover the seemingly endless bounty for themselves.

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Addison County Vermont Teachers
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Nancy McClaran

I have been been studying Tai Chi Chuan under the tutelage of Christopher Kiely and Master Tung Kaiying since 2002. My life in the mountains of Vermont is full of family and friends, the practice and teaching of Tai Chi Chuan, the joy of teaching art to children and adults and the space to breathe deeply among the people and natural world that surrounds me. Originally from Maryland, I studied fine arts in college, moved to Vermont, met my husband, raised a family and got a job teaching art in a small village school. All the while, I have followed a powerful inner voice. It brought me through years of studying yoga, qigong and eventually Tai Chi Chuan. My deep appreciation for this path cannot easily be expressed. For me, the practice of Tai Chi Chuan is an infinite expression towards oneself -- never a dull matter. I am grateful every day for the beauty and dedication that this practice continues to unfold.

website: Open Sky Studio

Rachel Edwards

Looking back, the ground for Tai Chi Chuan was being tilled all along.  By my early 20s I had the full on conviction that there was more to living than what I could see through the lens of the education I'd been given.  With only one way to go, I took to the forests and rivers of the east coast - backpacking, wilderness training, and outdoor education led me to some honest traveling on the inside and out and onto Burlington, Vermont where the connections started to deepen.  I studied various dance and movement therapies, began to meditate, and trained in massage therapy and Shiatsu - discovering the knowledge that had been missing all along.  Fully enthralled by the meridian system with the sense that I'd arrived home, I went on the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where I had my first classes in Tai Chi and Qi Gong essentially opening the way in 2005 for the long road of study under the tutelage of Christopher Kiely and the Tung Family lineage.  And what a road it is.  With each day of practice the lessons keep arriving until living becomes the school itself.

websites: Still Mountain Quiet Heart; Hawthorn Center

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Sue Driscoll

What we say at the Falling Water School is that taiji saves lives. Every day we spend practicing we are saving lives – ours and others. We might say it with a chuckle, but for me it has become a guiding truth. Like many others, I began studying tai chi because of poor health. Though the road to full health seemed painfully slow, I have made steady progress during the last eight years and the result is a transformed body and revitalized spirit. The beauty of this practice is in the gentle easing of tension and emotion, and a gradual softening into a receptive state of spaciousness and listening that allows deeper connection with self and others. I'm grateful to the ancestors for their perseverance and continued presence and to my teachers for their dedication to this path and their transmissions of form and principle. As for community, we nurture individual discovery in the midst of our shared experience. I work at the Middlebury College Library and teach tai chi and qi gong classes on campus. I’ve lived in Bristol for many years and never tire of the changing seasons and the beautiful landscape. I am particularly fond of practicing outdoors in the fine weather months.

website: Middlebury College

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