• INDIVIDUALIZED PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

     

    GREETINGS!

     

    I applaud your interest in bettering your health and expanding your life-skills through the ancient arts of Tai Chi Chuan and/or Chi Gong (Qi Gong) and I look forward to assisting you on that journey. These are arts that I have practiced intensively for over 45 years (since my childhood).....and have taught as a full-time profession for over 40 years....and as such, they are an integral part of my life and my way of viewing the world.

     

     

    "Thanks for the introduction to Tai Chi (and for answering my questions).... you made it meaningful and fun for me" ...... Jim Bower (beginner)

     

     

    In 2001, I retired from teaching "public classes" in Southern California (after about 25 years of doing so). While still maintaining my international workshop schedule and my "Tai Chi In Paradise Retreats".... I decided to focus my "group format" teaching exclusively on training Teachers and upper-level Advanced practitioners (with a minimum of 15 years experience).....AND... offering "Private Instruction" to people of all levels of experience, from total beginners to very advanced and I try to make space in my schedule for 3-4 new Private students each year.

     

     

    "I've taken several of Chris's workshops and retreats. Chris is the most detailed teacher I have ever met; he makes sure you understand the subtle energetics of every move. He is a warm and caring professional who has raised the standards of Tai Chi Chuan very high"

    ...Master Eric Eastman .... Director Kootenay Tai Chi Centre, Canada (50 year practitioner)

     

     

    "Private instruction" is arguably the most effective way to learn, in that the instruction is designed specifically to address "your" individual needs and areas of interest. Additionally, the pace of the instruction is set by you as opposed to being determined by "balancing the needs of a large group" of people in a class (which may not be the appropriate speed or content for you). Personally, I have found teaching one-on-one to be far more rewarding as it allows me the opportunity to offer instruction at a deeper, subtler, more inspiring and more creative level to the people I'm working with.

     

     

     

    "With his hard work and creative thinking, Chris has developed Tai Chi in new and interesting directions. I would sincerely recommend his seminars to anyone seeking a supportive environment for gaining greater knowledge in this field"

    .... Grand Master Abraham Liu (chen huan)..... 1915-2017 (China/USA)

     

     

    FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ON PRIVATE INSTRUCTION CLICK HERE

     

     

  • MASTER CLASS

    "Inner-Circle"... Master Level Training in San Diego County

    BASIC DESCRIPTION: This is a small, "Master Level" class of approximately 10-12 students. The instruction is personal & precise. It is a unique opportunity to examine the highly detailed inner workings of these arts while surrounded by a group of similarly advanced classmates & training partners!..... In summary.... This class is for Advanced Students & Teachers of these arts who desire to go deeper & train at the highest level!

     

    At least half of the class members are Tai Chi & Chi Gong instructors themselves and most have between 20 & 35 years experience. You will find them all to be extremely friendly and helpful. The class has been running continuously in San Diego County for over 35 years.

    "With his hard work and creative thinking, Chris has developed Tai Chi in new and interesting directions. I would sincerely recommend his seminars to anyone seeking a supportive environment for gaining greater knowledge in this field" ....... Grand Master Abraham Liu (chen huan)..... 1915-2017 (China/USA)

     

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

    1) A minimum of at least 12 years experience in Tai Chi is required.

    2) Since the level of this class is quite high... you must "apply" for admission to the class by requesting an application form... filling it out... and returning it.

    3) Depending upon your background, you may also need to meet briefly in person with the instructor to evaluate whether this class is a good fit for you.

     

    IF ACCEPTED:

    1) A minimum of 75% attendance is required (calculated over a three month period to account for vacation travel etc.)

    2) To be eligible for the "Tui Chou" (Push Hands) class you must also be a participant in the "Form" classes.

    4) You must maintain a class/training notebook and bring it with you to class.

    5) All classmates are to be viewed as vital training partners and treated with respect & kindness.... as your brothers & sisters in the Martial Arts .

    6) At all times you must conduct yourself in a manner so as not to cause injury to yourself or others.

    LOCATION: Sorrento Valley, San Diego, Ca. (during warm summer weather classes are often held outdoors at a beautiful location overlooking the ocean!)

     

    DAY: Tuesday evenings

     

    TIMES:  

    6:00-7:15 pm... Chi Gong & Tai Chi "Form".... Advanced Form Energetics & Body Structure, Martial Applications etc. (Yang Style).

    Warm-ups begin at 6:00 pm and class starts at 6:15 pm.

    7:15-8:30... Tui Shou (Push Hands)... Fixed Stance... Moving Step... Extreme Rooting... Internal Neutralizing... Awareness & Sensitivity Training Etc.

    ADDITIONALLY... Once every 2-3 months there will be a Tai Chi Theory discussion or Taoist/Tai Chi Philosophy & "Life Applications" class from 7-8pm which will move the Push Hands class to an 8-9:00 pm time slot on that evening. The exact dates of these special classes will vary due to Chris' out of town workshop travel schedule. Students will be notified of this scheduling as far in advance as possible.

    RATES: Your Investment in "Master Level" Training

    A) Form & Chi Gong....$100 per month (5+ hrs.)

     

    B) Form & Chi Gong... AND... Push Hands... $200 per month (10+ hrs.)

    * All above class fees include the Theory & Philosophy class listed above.

     

    NOTES:

    1) Please note that these are small intimate, "Inner-Circle" classes that are treated with the focus and personalization of a "Group Private Lesson".


    2) Sword Form (and "Sword Sparring") Class series' begin whenever there are enough new students to hold them. They are charged separately based on the # of people participating in the class.

     

    3) As this is a very small & personal, advanced group, we are unable to offer credit for classes missed.

    4) All class fees are paid in advance at the beginning of the month and are "per 4 class month".

     

    5) Classes may run slightly overtime on occasion depending upon the depth of the subject matter being taught and the class involvement at that moment.

     

     

    TO APPLY TO JOIN THESE CLASSES... Please email us at chigongtaichiinparadise@gmail.com or call 1-858-354-1396 and we will send you an application form.

     

     

    IS IT TIME TO EXPAND & GO DEEPER INTO THESE ARTS WITH SOME EXCEPTIONAL TRAINING PARTNERS?... MAYBE?...

     

    WHY NOT STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE & SEND US AN APPLICATION... IT WILL BE A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US!

  • MASTER CHRIS LUTH

    "There are no masters, there are only disciples..... A master is not one who teaches you...... A master is one in whose presence it is possible to learn." ~ Osho

     

     

    An internationally recognized Tai Chi Master who Began his martial training in his youth in 1969.... and Chi Gong , Taoist studies & Tai Chi Chuan in 1974 (with Grandmaster Liu Chen Huan).

     

     

    He is a member of the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall Of Fame & the "International Chinese Martial Arts Championships" Hall Of Fame... a 2 time U.S. National Tai Chi Champion with titles won in both "Forms" & "Tui Shou/Push Hands" grappling (won during the "Golden Age" of Tai Chi competition in the U.S...See below**)... and with over 30 years judging experience, is Head Judge & Referee for Tai Chi Competitions in the U.S.A.

    Over the past 40+ years teaching throughout Europe, North & Central America, Australia & Asia.... Chris has conducted hundreds of workshops and has produced over 75 immersive Retreats in exotic locations around the globe! He has trained thousands of students as well as dozens of accomplished teachers. He began formally training teachers in 1982 and by the mid 90's had been given the nickname "The Teacher's Teacher"!

     

    He is also the only person to win a U.S. National Championship in Yang Style Forms while using the small frame Cheng Man Ching Short Form.

     

    A FEW KEY DATES

     

    + 1974... Began Tai Chi studies with Grandmaster Lui

     

    + 1977.... Began assisting Grandmaster Liu

     

    + 1979.... Founded the "Pacific School of Tai Chi & Chi Gong" tm

     

    + 1982.... Initiated formal "Teachers Training Programs" in San Diego.

     

    + 1986.... Created "Chi Gong & Tai Chi In Paradise Retreats" tm. (Conducting "Immersive Retreats" in Costa Rica.... Hawaii.... Bali..... Fiji.... Thailand.... and other exotic locations).

     

    + 1987.... Created the original "Push Hands Retreat" tm. (bringing together teachers & students from around the world to train and advance their Tui Shou skills together during its 25 editions!)

     

    + 1988.... Listed in “Who’s Who” Among Young American Professionals

     

    + 1990.... Won first National Title. (Open Yang Style Forms. Instructors Division) American Tai Chi Championships, S.F., Ca. **(Won during the "Golden Age" of Tai Chi Competitions)

     

    + 2000-2002.... Produced the "ART OF TEACHING....The Western U.S. Conference for Tai Chi & Chi Gong Teachers" tm. With a faculty containing well-known Grandmasters, Masters and Sifus.

    + 2004.... Given "Master" title by Grandmaster Lui Chen Huan.

     

    + 2007.... HALL OF FAME Induction... "USA Martial Arts".

     

    + 2019.... HALL OF FAME Induction... "International Chinese Martial Arts Championships" worldwide circuit (ICMAC).

    HALL OF FAME AWARDS CEREMONY 2019

    TEACHING STYLE:

    Synthesizing what he has learned over the last 45+ years while studying with numerous Masters & Grandmasters..... Chris teaches his Tai Chi & Chi Gong from a "Principle"... & "Internal Energy" based standpoint, which allows his teachings to be applied effectively to any "style" or "level" of practitioner....with profound results.

     

    Additionally, from his own life experiences, he has a strong belief in the power of Tai Chi & Chi Gong to improve our daily lives and personal relationships..... and therefore has always given extra focus to developing special exercises and techniques that allow us to understand how to use these arts to positively affect our daily lives.

    One such creation is "Psycho-Energetic Chi Gong" tm... A system of Chi Gong exercises that each act as a specific "antidote or balancing tonic" to various common life/psychological challenges.

     

    Finally, being a strong believer in the theory that people learn more effectively when they are "happy, inspired & enjoying themselves"..... Chris teaches with a style that is "Technically Rich"... yet also... quite "Light-Hearted & Enjoyable"!

     

     

     

    INTERESTING NOTE:

    Chris' personal family history extends back for more than 125 years in China. Back to his Great-grandfather Courtenay H. Fenn (1886-1953), a Chinese language scholar who spent much of his life in China (beginning in 1893) and wrote the first Chinese-English Dictionary "The Five Thousand". Chris' Grandfather, William P. Fenn also spent much of his life there as head of the English speaking universities throughout China and as a language scholar (as did his brother Henry C. Fenn... author of numerous books on Chinese language & history)... and Chris' mother was born Nanking and lived there until her late teens.

     

    The Five Thousand Dictionary: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Five_Thousand_Dictionary?fbclid=IwAR2leZpwj5ZjIim0qOhkET2jVS3oOb5e9e27c1Cqp3zH7oZOitPotBd1Mk0

     

    Courtenay H. Fenn: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courtenay_Hughes_Fenn

     

    Henry C. Fenn: https://ceas.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/events/2014-2015/Henry%20C%20Fenn_Presentation_For%20Web2.pdf

     

     

     

    PHOTO WITH GRANDMASTER LUI 1980's

     

    LINEAGE:

    Though Master Luth has studied for varying lengths of time with numerous Masters & Grandmasters in various lineages.... His primary lineage is as the earliest Senior Student of Grandmaster Liu Chen-Huan.... who is still carrying on his lineage. Grandmaster Liu (1915-2017)...(affectionately known as "Abraham") was the first "indoor student" (in 1934, China) of the famous Great Grandmaster, Professor Cheng Man-Ching (who is credited with bringing Tai Chi to much of the West).... Professor Cheng in turn, was one of the most prolific Senior Disciples of the famous Yang Cheng-Fu of the Yang Family lineage.

     

    MORE about Grandmaster LIU CHEN HUAN... Click Here

     

     

    1st NATIONAL GOLD MEDAL

     

    ** The "Golden Age" of Tai Chi competitions occurred during the first few years of National Competition in the U.S... The period from approximately 1987-1993 where, at "National" level competitions, the ranks of "competitors" were filled with an unusually large number of "Masters" and "accomplished Sifus".... and... competition "divisions" were regularly filled with a very large number of competitors (25-50+ competitors per division... as compared to the "1 to 8 competitors" per division which has become unfortunately the norm... even at the National Level... since that time).

     

    This unusual situation was due to 2 main factors.... (1) The "newness" of Tai Chi Competitions in the U.S. and thus a desire on the part of these Masters & Sifus to "see what it was all about".... (2) Competitors were all being funneled into the "National" competitions due to a lack of "regional" events throughout the country at the time.

     

    This situation tapered off after the early 90's as most of these high-level practitioners had satisfied their curiosity.... and had since been drafted into the ranks of judges, referees, and advisors for the competitions. Additionally, a profusion of "Regional" competitions had begun to develop throughout the country dispersing the talent pool to a considerable degree.

    U.S.A. MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME BELT 2007

    TRAINING IN ASIA 1986

    TRAINING IN ASIA 1986

    "ADVISOR"....USA WUSHU KUNGFU FEDERATION

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    CELEBRATING OUR.... * 40th ANNIVERSARY *.... 1979-2019

    UNITED WORLD KUNG FU/WU SHU CHAMPIONSHIPS 1990's

  • TESTIMONIALS

     

    STUDENTS

     

    "A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE"

    "I can't begin to tell you how much your retreat impacted our lives. It will always remain in my memory as a "magical" experience"...... Shirley Jantz-Sullivan ( Intermediate student, Virginia.)

     

     

     

    "RENEWED DEDICATION"

    "Thank you for a week I will always appreciate....

    I was at a plateau with my Tai Chi.... Your exacting instructions were perfect.... I am making good progress & have renewed dedication" .... Stan (experienced practitioner)

     

     

     

    "GREAT TIME"

    "The combination of the sublime and the physical expressed itself in the great time that we had.

    I believe you are one of the best teachers I've had... and I've had quite a few....the Tai Chi work we did goes along with me all the time." ..... Gaby Aldor.... Theater Director (Intermediate student, Isreal)

     

     

     

    YOU SEEM TO BE CONTINUALLY LEARNING

    "I particularly appreciate the way that you seem to be continually learning. Working with you was unique" ....... Jessie

     

     

     

    "I'M TELLING EVERYONE"

    "I'm telling everyone I talk to about my trip... You are a wonderful teacher! I'm really grateful for the encouragement you gave me" ....... Leonora Hurst

     

     

     

    "INVALUABLE"

    "I never imagined Tai Chi as being a way of life. We are finding it to be invaluable in living a more enriching, enlightened life".....

    Shirley Jantz-Sullivan (Intermediate student, Va.)

     

     

     

    "IMPORTANT COMPLEMENT"

    "As the President/CEO of a successful high tech engineering and manufacturing corporation, I experience situations all the time that require me to be conscious and constructively responsive to challenging situations. Any bad decision could cost our customers money and compromise their safety. Chris Luth's Tai Chi and Chi Gong classes are an important complement to my toolbox for managing the business, employees and customers in a stressful, fast-paced environment. Applying the Martial Arts and Energy "Principles" of these arts as taught by Chris has been integral to creating a successful & happy business"

    Bill Raggio.... CEO Rayotek inc..... & 20 yr. Tai Chi practitioner (San Diego, Ca.)

     

     

     

    "THANK YOU SO MUCH"

    "Thank you so much for Tai Chi In Paradise. You are a truly gifted teacher and a master of the art.... and I'm glad you were my master.".... Jeffrey Couglar

     

     

     

    VERY IMPRESSED WITH MY PROGRESS

    "Thank you for creating such an enjoyable experience. My Tai Chi teacher back home in San Francisco was very impressed with my progress"...

    Sandy McHenry.... (intermediate student)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    PROFESSIONAL

     

    "REAL BENEFIT TO MY PROGRESS"

    "Your Push Hands Retreat was a real benefit to my progress in Push Hands. The balance of theory and practice was excellent, and the concepts and exercises were well presented. I have been sharing my new insights with my students"

    MASTER PAT RICE.... Director, "A Taste Of China" seminars & "The U.S. All Tai Chi Chuan Championships".... 2 time U.S. Women's Push Hands Champion.

     

     

     

    "THE PERFECT SITUATION"

    "Chris' retreat provides the perfect situation for anyone wishing to expand their perspective and knowledge in this art, and an ideal setting for building friendships in the atmosphere of warmth and sincerity"

    MASTER JEFF BOLT.... Director, U.S. National Chinese Martial Arts Competitions

     

     

     

    "VERY INSPIRING"

    "I found Chris' method of instruction to be very clear & motivated. While there was a sense of leadership and direction from Chris... he remained open and responsive to the individual. This is very inspiring and I look forward with pleasure to attending another workshop with Chris & crew"

    MASTER JOHN CAMP..... 2 time National Push Hands Champion and multiple "Forms" medalist.

     

     

     

    "I COULDN'T RECOMMEND HIM MORE HIGHLY"

    "In 1974, my first Tai Chi teacher, TT Liang said to me, "I hope you become addicted to this, and can never give it up". Shortly after, I moved West and finally in 1986 found Chris Luth, who has been my teacher ever since. I have worked with many teachers over the years and attended many of their workshops.... yet still, every week, I travel 2 ½ hours round trip to see my teacher – Chris Luth! I couldn’t recommend him more highly"

    SIFU JAMES SILVER....Tai Chi & Chi Gong Teacher (Irvine, Ca.)

     

     

     

    "SUCH A SPECIAL WORKSHOP"

    "I want to thank you for such a special workshop (Retreat). The people, place, food, weather and water were perfect."

    SIFU RON DAVIS D.C., LAc, Chi Gong & Tai Chi Teacher (Bozeman, Montana)

     

     

     

     

    "LEFT A HUGE IMPRESSION ON MY SOUL"

    "Training with you these last few years has left a huge impression on my soul, the way I live and see life... and served my practice and teaching abilities tremendously. You are one of the few teachers I have known to be so deeply rooted in the Tao. It really shows, and people like myself and the other teachers in our group notice and gain a lot from what you share with us."

     

    Sifu DAVE GARZA.... Tai Chi Teacher (Southern California)

     

     

     

    INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE

    "The retreat was such an incredible experience. I continue to learn from it on many different levels."

    Sifu LINDA SCHEER.... Tai Chi Teacher (San Jose, Ca.)

    WORKSHOP PROMOTERS

     

    "ENDURING CONTRIBUTION"

    "Thank you for the enduring contribution you made to the development of Tai Chi Chuan in the Seattle area. The work you did here was excellent... a testimony to your genuine professionalism. I want to talk to you as soon as possible about the prospect of another seminar by you. Thanks again!".......

    MASTER RON JORGENSEN.... Director "Tai Chi Seattle" (Seattle Wa.)

     

     

     

    "GREATLY IMPROVED"

    "Since you began coming to Phoenix..... our understanding of Tai Chi & it's principles have greatly improved. Your seminars not only informed our students but, inspired them in their personal work.... We look forward to your continued contributions in our Tai Chi learning"

    MASTER CHARLES GILL.... Owner, Tai Chi Chuan The Phoenix School (Phoenix, Az.)

     

     

     

    "MOST DETAILED TEACHER I HAVE EVER MET"

    "I've taken several of Chris's workshops and retreats for more than 20 years (and sponsored his workshop at my school), as well as studying with many other, high level Tai Chi and Qi Gong teachers. Chris is the most detailed teacher I have ever met; he makes sure you understand the subtle energetics of every move and can apply it through push hands. He is a warm and caring professional who has raised the standards of Tai Chi Chuan very high. I especially enjoyed his Tai Chi Teacher Training retreats and used much of this material in the training of my own teachers.

    MASTER ERIC EASTMAN.... Director,
    Kootenay Tai Chi Centre

    Nelson, BC, Canada & 50 yr. practitioner

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    Energize your students... Deepen your training... &... Make some additional income by bringing these detailed courses right to your door!

     

     

    Each workshop segments is 3.5 hours long, and is designed to be combined into a 4 segment/2 day...."Weekend Workshop" format.

    (detailed content & sponsorship details available upon request)

     

     

    "With his hard work and creative thinking, Chris has developed Tai Chi in new and interesting directions. I would sincerely recommend his seminars to anyone seeking a supportive environment for gaining greater knowledge in this field".......

    GRAND MASTER ABRAHAM LIU (chen huan)..... 1915-2017 (China/USA)

     

    Tai Chi Chuan "FORMS" (Yang Style & Variants)

     

    1) FORM "PRINCIPLES".... Explore & Experience (section A)

     

    2) FORM "PRINCIPLES".... Explore & Experience (section B)

     

    3) BODY STRUCTURE (section A).... Feet to Lower Back

     

    4) BODY STRUCTURE (section B).... Upper Back to Hands

     

    5) AWARENESS & ENERGY Exercises for FORM

     

    6) DEEP EXPLORATION OF "LU/ROLL BACK" in its multitude of expressions throughout the Form.

     

    7-11) MARTIAL APPLICATION, BREATH & CHI FOCUS (sections A-E)

     

    12) ENERGY "QUALITIES" of Form moves

     

    13) Basic YANG & YIN CHI FLOWS for any style

     

    14-18) ADVANCED ENERGETICS, "YANG" Flows (sections A-E)

     

    19-23) ADVANCED ENERGETICS, "YIN" Flows (sections A-E)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    CHI (QI) GONG

     

    1) CHI GONG for Tai Chi Chuan

     

    2) "PSYCHO-ENERGETIC CHI GONG" (section A)

     

    3) "PSYCHO-ENERGETIC CHI GONG" (section B)

     

    4) "PSYCHO-ENERGETIC CHI GONG" (section C)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    PUSH HANDS (Tui Shou)

     

    1) FREESTYLE PUSH HANDS for beginners

     

    2) PRINCIPLES of Push Hands


    3)"LISTENING & STICKING" Techniques
     

    4) UNDERSTANDING "External" & "Internal" NEUTRALIZING and the crucial DIFFERENCE between FORM & PUSH HANDS

     

    5) ROOT Development & "INTERNAL NEUTRALIZING"


    6) NEUTRALIZING TECHNIQUES (section A)

     

    7) NEUTRALIZING TECHNIQUES (section B)

     

    8) PUSHING TECHNIQUES (section A)

     

    9) PUSHING TECHNIQUES (section B)

     

    10) EFFORTLESS PUSHING (section A)

     

    11) EFFORTLESS PUSHING (section B)

     

    12) PUSHING & NEUTRALIZING with NON-TRADITIONAL BODY PARTS

     

    13) ROOT BREAKS & COUNTERS

     

    14) JOINT-LOCK COUNTERS & ESCAPES

     

    15) QUALITY CHANGES. How to counter them

     

    16) The role of THE MIND in Push Hands

     

    17) MOVING STEP Push Hands (section A)

     

    18) MOVING STEP Push Hands (section B)

     

    19) MOVING STEP Push Hands (section C)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    PHILOSOPHY

     

    1) TAOIST Philosophy Applied to Tai Chi Chuan

     

    2) TAOIST Philosophy Applied to Life

     

    3) TAI CHI Philosophy Applied to Life

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SWORD SPARRING (safety swords)

     

    1) SWORD SPARRING (section A)

     

    2) SWORD SPARRING (section B)

     

    3) SWORD SPARRING(section C)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SEMINARS on TEACHING

     

    1) YIN & YANG of TEACHING. Pushing hands with the class energy

     

    2) ACCELERATED TEACHING Techniques for the Form

     

    3) POSTURE CORRECTING Techniques

     

    4) LIFE-APPLICATIONS of Tai Chi... teaching exercises

     

    5) PUBLIC PRESENTATION Principles & Techniques

     

    6-8) Teaching PUSH HANDS "Fixed Step" (section A-C)

     

    9-10) Teaching PUSH HANDS "Moving Step" (section A & B)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • TRIBUTE TO

    GRAND MASTER ABRAHAM LIU

    The following is a tribute to my first & most influential Tai Chi teacher Grand Master Liu Chen Huan (affectionately known as to his students as "Abraham")... who died in 2017 at the age of 102!

    Born in China in 1915.... Abraham began his study of Tai Chi Chuan at the age of 19 while a cadet at the Chinese Military Academy. His teacher was the famous Professor Cheng Man Ching who is widely credited with bringing Tai Chi to the West.... and was one of the most accomplished senior disciples of Yang Cheng Fu .

     

    Being a particularly dedicated student and also far from his home, Abraham would spend his weekends living at Professor Cheng's home and studying with him privately.

     

    Abraham became a high ranking General in the Chinese Nationalist Army (though he was such a kind & gentle man that you would never guess this).... and later moved on to Taiwan (and reunited with The Professor there)... and eventually to the West Coast of the U.S. in 1973 at Professor Cheng's request. Settling in San Diego shortly after arriving he began teaching a group of enthusiastic Americans in beautiful Balboa Park in early 1974.

     

     

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    The following story serves to illustrate the way that he was always surprising and "challenging" his students.

     

    I was fortunate enough to be among that early group of students in the park and at 17 may have been the youngest of the group (and am the only person from those early days still teaching in the general style passed on by Abraham). I continued to study with Abraham both in class and privately at his home for many years. In 1977 I was asked by Grandmaster Lui to serve as his teaching assistant (joining my elder Tai Chi Brother Bill Helm in that role).

     

    In 1979 I moved to Maui, Hawaii to surf.... and "practice" Tai Chi on the beach. When I told Grandmaster Liu this and promised to be dedicated in my "practice"..... He caught me off guard by saying.... "Well then... I think that you should open up your own school there!"..... The thought had never crossed my mind... but immediately after arriving I did as he had suggested and founded The Pacific School of Tai Chi.

     

    Abraham was always full of surprises.... when I moved back to San Diego in 1980 I "very" humbly asked if I could be reinstated as an assistant.... to which he responded "No.... I don't think so" (my heart sank).... then after a long pause he shocked me by saying... "I think you should start your own school here (again, a thought that had never crossed my mind)... And... as a matter of fact I have a class in La Jolla and I think you should come teach it with me for a couple of months and then take it over and use that to start your school". From my teenage years onward... this humble, generous, loving and highly perceptive Grand Master had literally directed the course of my adult life. I owe much of the credit for where I am... and... who I am today to this truly Great Human Being!

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    Over many years, Grandmaster Lui taught hundreds of students at his bi-annual Tai Chi Camps in the Southern California mountains and at Retreats that he shared with his Tai Chi brother Grand Master Benjamin Lo (and occasionally other visiting students of Professor Cheng Man Ching).

     

    During his 40+ years of teaching in California, he taught thousands of students and trained dozens of accomplished instructors!

     

    At his death in 2017, he had been practicing Tai Chi Chuan for more than "83" years!

    Abraham (2nd from right) in class with Professor Cheng Man Ching in Taiwan (early-1960's?)

    Abraham (first row, center) with his students from across the West Coast at one of his "Tai Chi Camps" in the S. Cal. mountains (early 1980's)

    Practicing in a mountain meadow late 1970's?

    Grandmaster Liu guest teaching at my "The Push Hands Retreat" 1989