Marek is committed to improve and enhance his overall skills and teach by an example to the best of his ability. He started learning martial arts in 2002.
In 2007 he went to China to improve his Kung Fu and in addition learned Tai Chi and Qi Gong in the Wudang Mountains of China. There he studied with one of the well-known Taoist monks in Wudangshan, master Yuan Xiu Gang and also with Wudang Tai Chi master Tseng Yun Xiang in Boulder Colorado. Marek is continuing to study Tai Chi using Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming's video tutorials on Yang style Tai Chi, master Zhou Xuan-Yun's video tutorials on Wudang style, as well as attends workshops with master Mike Anderson, master Xia ChongYi and master Adam Mizner.
Tai Chi has become a part of Marek’s daily practice and he continues to find its principles in every part of his lifelong journey. He is currently an instructor of Wudang Tai Chi in Littleton Colorado. He also teaches Wing Chun Kung Fu and Kickboxing.
Tai chi, short for T’ai chi ch’üan, or Taijiquan, is an internal Chinese martial art practice, which uses relatively slow movements to practice breathing, mindfulness, response drills, and self-defense techniques. Like meditation, it uses focus techniques to foster mental calm and clarity. Unlike meditation, however, it also aids the muscles and provides physical stress relief. Since it also teaches you some basic combat stances, and involves more movement, it’s an especially nice option for people who want to meditate but find it a little bit boring. Previous studies have shown the ancient martial arts practice to have numerous benefits for seniors, such as improving balance and flexibility and lowering blood pressure. Another recent study found that it can be as effective as traditional medical treatment to ease a number of respiratory diseases. So, if you haven’t tried Tai Chi before, now might be a good time to start. There are a few different Tai Chi styles such as Wudang, Sun, Wu and the most popular Yang and Chen.
There are many stories of the origin of Tai Chi. One tells of a day in Wudang Moutains, Hubei, China, sometime in the 12th century when a Taoist monk Chang San-Feng was disturbed by the sounds of a snake and a crane fighting in his courtyard. Each time the crane’s beak stabbed, the flexible snake twisted out of reach. And the crane’s wings, like shields, protected its long neck from the snake’s striking head. According to the story, from observing this battle, Chang San-Feng developed the art of Tai Chi Chuan, based on the concept of yielding in the face of aggression. Chang San-Feng traveled around China living the life of an ascetic. He spent several years at Hua Mountain before settling in the Wudang Mountains, which is where my Tai Chi journey began.
Chi (Qi) is said to be the force that sets the world and everything in it into motion. It is also said that it's the force that sustains all things once they are created. Every physical expression is the result of intent. Intent, determined by our mind, directs the Chi, and the Chi moves the body. For every external movement, something internal has preceded it. Chi is also translated as a life energy force contained within matter.
If Chi is an energy contained in any matter, then it must be somehow perceivable. You may wonder how can one perceive, feel or perhaps even see this energy? There are a few guiding steps we will practice in class. As with all learning - the art of practice leads to development of a habit. Habits, repeated often enough, become routine. Routine together with teaching transforms over time into mastery and the way of life. Given tools and enough practice time, every curious practitioner can master the ability to perceive and utilize Chi.
The team of our experienced instructors and practitioners is passionate about what we do and how we do. We strive to bring the most creative and relaxing atmosphere to our daily lives and thus to the lives of the students and clients.
While we are all humans and come with our beautiful imperfections, we strive to always provide honest and outstanding service, regardless of the level of difficulty.
We take time to provide as much information as is necessary to help the client or student to accomplish what they wish to improve. We are happy to go above and beyond and trust that the learning or healing process unfolds in the most appropriate way.
We encourage the clients and students to truly look at their lives, take responsibility for their own daily habits (body, mind and soul) in order to deepen the growing and healing results.
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1500 West Littleton Boulevard, Littleton, Colorado 80120, United States
Tuesday: 6pm - 7:15pm
Wednesday: 8am - 9am
Thursday: 6pm - 7:15pm
Saturday: 9am - 10:15am