I began studying Taiji in 1986. I was coping with Fibromyalgia and several surgeries which I thought would leave me with a permanent limp. A friend suggested I try Taiji since it involved gentle movement. Within 30 days I began to notice increased energy and less pain. Several years later (1993), I was looking for more in-depth knowledge and I began training with Sifu Joel Timmons. Under his tutelage I learned Yang style Taiji, Yang Straight sword, International competition form and Bagua. Around 1998 I met Sifu Timmon’s good friend……..Sifu Lee.
I had always wanted to learn Chen style taiji and began training at Sifu Lee’s school as well as attending various seminars around the country.
My interest in taiji started with the hopes that it might help to improve my health. As I continued to study, I realized that taiji is a multifaceted Art that encompasses Chinese history, philosophy, science, movement, morals and of course, martial art.
The tournaments that I have competed in were to help me grow and learn more about the correctness of movement. What I discovered is that you also learn more about yourself and that you never stop learning.
My goal as a teacher is to help the people that enter the school achieve their personal goals. Whether it is for better health, perfecting the martial art or just relaxation and fun.
1994 US national Chinese martial Arts Competition (Gold medal – Yang tai Chi)
1996SE Regional Championship (Gold medal – Yang Tai Chi)
1996 SE Regional Championship (Gold medal – Tai Chi Sword)
1997 United World KungFu/Wushu Championships (Bronze-Yang tai Chi)
1997 United World KungFu/Wushu Championships (Bronze-Taiji Jien Sword)
1997 United World KungFu/Wushu Championships (Silver-“Other” Style Taiji)
1997 United World KungFu/Wushu Championships (Gold-Sun Taiji)
1998 USA All-Taijiquan Championships-A Taste of China (Sun Taiji)
1998 USA All-Taijiquan Championships-A Taste of China (Baguazhang)
1999 International Chinese Martial Arts Championship (Gold-Sun Style Taiji)
2000 USA All-Taijiquan Championships-A Taste of China (“Other” Taiji Styles)
2000 USA All-Taijiquan Championships-A Taste of China (Bronze-Baguazhang)