INDIVIDUALIZED PRIVATE INSTRUCTION
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 12 years experience).....AND... offering "Private Instruction" to people of all levels of experience, from total beginners to very advanced. 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)
"Inner-Circle"... Mastery Level Tai Chi Chuan Training in San Diego County
BASIC DESCRIPTION: This is a small, "Master Level" class of approximately 10-12 upper-level advanced 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!
THIS IS A VERY UNIQUE SITUATION AS IT IS ONE OF THE FEW CLASSES IN THE COUNTRY CONDUCTED AT THIS ADVANCED LEVEL
At least half of the class members are Tai Chi & Chi Gong instructors themselves and most have between 20 & 40 years of experience in these arts. You will find them all to be extremely friendly and helpful. This class has been running continuously in San Diego County for close to 40 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)
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 contacting the school's head instructor Master James Silver to discuss your Tai Chi background and your goals to make sure that it's a good fit for everyone. This information will then be relayed to Master Luth for a final evaluation.
1) A minimum of 65% attendance is required to support class continuity (calculated over a three month period to account for vacation travel etc.)
2) To be eligible for the "Tui Shou" (Push Hands) class you must also be a participant in the Tai Chi "Form" & "Application" classes.
4) You will need to 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 & TIMES: Please inquire for current class day & times.
1 DAY PER WEEK (2 hrs)
First 75 min: Chi Gong & Tai Chi Chuan "Form".... Advanced Form Energetics & Body Structure, Martial Applications etc. (Yang Style).
Final 45 min: Tui Shou (Push Hands)... Fixed Stance... Moving Step... Extreme Rooting... Internal Neutralizing... Awareness & Sensitivity Training Etc.
ADDITIONALLY: 1 time per month there is a 75 min. "Tai Chi Theory & Life Application" class & discussion with Chris conducted virtually by ZOOM meeting in your home.
YOUR INVESTMENT IN "MASTERY LEVEL" TRAINING
RATES: Please inquire for for current tuition rates
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 small & personal, private group, we are unable to offer credit for classes missed (Note: Case by case accommodations may be made for long-term travel absence)
4) All class fees are paid in advance at the beginning of the month (it is understood that some months will have 5 weekly classes and an occasional month may be missing a class due to official holidays... this is all factored into the tuition).
5) Please understand that classes may run slightly overtime on occasion (5-10 minutes) depending upon the depth of the subject matter being taught and the group involvement at that moment.
TO APPLY TO JOIN THESE CLASSES... Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and request a phone interview.
IS IT TIME TO EXPAND & GO DEEPER INTO THESE ARTS WITH SOME EXCEPTIONAL TRAINING PARTNERS?... MAYBE?...
WHY NOT STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE & CONTACT US... IF IT TURNS OUT TO BE A GOOD FIT, IT WILL BE A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US!
"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.)
"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)
"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
"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.)
"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)
"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
"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"
MASTER 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)
"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.)
"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.)
"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
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.
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 his first classes at Balboa Park in early 1974... and at age 17, may have been the youngest of the group. I continued to study with Abraham both in group classes 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 early 1979 I decided to move to Maui, Hawaii to surf.... and "practice Tai Chi on the beach". One evening between classes I told Grandmaster Liu about my decision 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 so I had no time to process it. Then he shocked me even further by saying "And... I think you should teach this class right now!".
The group he asked me to teach were his "advanced" students. My classmates! Having him sit there and intenly watch me for an hour, as I attempted teach a class of my equals and superiors was one of the most nerve wracking experiences of my entire life. I doubt that it was a very good class, but at least I could see that my classmates felt sorry for me and that helped a bit. Despite the extreme discomfort, his genius was effective, as it almost literally "burned out of me" any fear of teaching. Shortly after that I moved to Hawaii and immediately did as he had suggested and founded The Pacific School of Tai Chi & Chi Gong.
Abraham was always full of surprises.... when I moved back to San Diego in 1980, I "very humbly" asked if I could possibly be reinstated as an assistant.... to which he responded "No.... I don't think so" (my heart sank).... then after a long pause he surprised me once again 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 one of my class locations in La Jolla and I think you should teach it with me for a couple of months and then take it over and use that to start your school here!"
From my teenage years onward... this humble, generous, loving and highly perceptive Grand Master had literally directed the course of the rest of my life! I owe much of the credit for where and "who" I am today to this Very Special Human Being!
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 assistants, Bill Helm to his right and me to his left along with 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 the Pacific School Of Tai Chi & Chi Gong in Solana Beach, Ca. (mid 1990's)
Grandmaster Liu guest teaching at my bi-annual event, "The Push Hands Retreat". Murrietta Hot Springs, Ca. circa 1989
Grandmaster Abraham Liu (standing second from right) next to Tam Gibbs, Professor Cheng Man Ching's assistant & translator (standing far right), Gene Walder Grandmaster Liu's assistant standing to his right... me standing 3rd from left and Saul Krotki in front of me (kneeling) .... at a Tai Chi retreat in S. California circa 1977