tai chi & 
qi gong

The gateway to balance and harmony

Health and fitness exercises, such as Tai Chi, have been practiced in China for thousands of years. Tai Chi itself was originally developed as a martial art, Tai Chi combines mental concentration with soft flowing body movements. Today, Tai Chi is appreciated by millions for its therapeutic effects, balancing the body as well as the mind. As a relaxation exercise or as a method of self-defense, Tai Chi is suitable for all ages, body types and fitness levels.

The Life Vitality Tai Chi Program, based on scientific theory and research and on innovative, systematic training, has shown itself to be especially effective in developing Tai Chi skills and knowledge so individuals can achieve their personal health and rehabilitation purpose.

meet the instructors

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Head Instructor, Jim Liang began his teaching journey for Tai Chi in 1991 in Toronto. With more than 30 years of practice and teaching Tai Chi, Master Jim Liang is well recognized nationally and internationally.

May Hao studied Tai Chi since 1993 and has been a Tai Chi instructor since 2013.

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ACHIEVEMENTS
  • 2 gold medals for Tai Chi Weapons and Chen Style Form (1992: US National Martial Arts Tournament; Orlando, Florida) 

  • 2 gold medals for Chen Style Tai Chi Sword and Yang Style Tai Chi Form (2004: 5th Invitational Wushu Tournament; Beijing, China) 

  • Gold medal for Chen Style Tai Chi (2005: 3rd International Taijiquan Exchange Competition; Jiaozuo, China) 

  • Head Judge for Tai Chi Push Hands Competition (2006: 6th Pan American Wushu Championships) 

  • Head Judge for Tai Chi Push Hands competition (2007: Canadian Tai Chi Championships) 

  • Awarded Class A Shanshou Judge Certificate by the International Wushu Federation (2010: Beijing, China) 

  • Special guest speaker at the Zoomer Show and CARP Conference (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) 

  • Featured on Global TV, Rogers TV, WOW TV

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Well experienced in Chen form, Yang form, Tai Chi Gong, Qi Gong and meditation

  • Gold medalist in Traditional Yang Form (2015: International Tai Chi Competition) 

  • Gold medalist in Group Chen Form (2015: International Tai Chi Competition) 

  • Gold medalist in Traditional Chen Form (2015: National Tai Chi Competition)

  • Gold medalist in IWUF Chen Form (2016: National Tai Chi Competition)  

  • Gold medalist in IWUF Chen Sword Form (2016: National Tai Chi Competition)

  • Gold medalist in IWUF Yang Form (2016: National Tai Chi Competition)

  • Competed in the 2nd World Tai Chi Championship for Team Canada (2016: Warsaw, Poland) 

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BENEFITS OF TAI CHI & QI GONG

Calms the mind

Improves mood

Enhances concentration ​

Mitigates anxiety & depression

Improves balance 

Reduces stress

Improves posture

Enhances Qi --- vital energy 

Improves circulation 

Form of self-defense

Promotes relaxation 

Supports deep, restful sleep

Lowers blood pressure

Improves overall well-being

Enhances muscle strength

Suitable for everyone

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programs

Yang style is the most popular tai chi form in the world today and can be practiced by people of all ages. It is characterized by slow, graceful, opening and closing movements carried out at a smooth, even pace. It’s suitable for those who want a low to medium intensity exercise that improves balance, flexibility, and coordination while strengthening the body and improving internal circulation.

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Chen style is the oldest tai chi form and retains a martial arts quality that is part of the origins of tai chi. It is characterized by varying opening and closing circular movements executed at different heights and speeds, including explosive expressions of force. This form is suitable for those who want a medium to high intensity exercise as well as an introduction to the harmonious interplay of hard and soft and the ongoing spiraling (or “silk-reeling”) motion that are fundamental to Chen Style Tai Chi.

Tai Chi Gong refers to repetitive exercise routines that have been developed to benefit overall fitness and health. Practicing gong is an excellent way of obtaining many of the physical and mental benefits of Tai Chi without having to memorize the particular moves of a form. At the same time, the exercises lay a solid foundation for learning any future Tai Chi form or for improving forms you may be doing.

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Tai Chi Push Hands applies the full range of Tai Chi Chuan techniques to mastering self-control and controlling an opponent by learning how to “push hands” with them, lock joints, work with a long staff, and spar in a safe, controlled environment. The teaching and training are set according the student’s level of ability. At the beginning students work cooperatively in pairs to study and practice the principles of relaxation, sensitivity, timing, coordination and balance. Then they learn how to generate leverage, neutralize and redirect various types of force. And if students wish, they can progress to practicing Tai Chi as a competitive sport where two opponents try to unbalance or throw one another.

Youth Tai Chi is based on the Chen Second Form (or Cannon Fist) but makes this demanding form more accessible while retaining its energy and dynamism. The purpose is to develop a challenging, but fun way for younger students to learn the basics of tai chi, build self-confidence, and develop self-defense skills. The course is suitable for youth and young adults between the ages of 13 – 25.

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Tai Chi Theory and Training (Internal Gong) is an ongoing workshop that provides a complete examination of key concepts and principles of Tai Chi Chuan such as relaxation, abdominal breathing, the dan tian, and pressure, as well as the key features of the Ji Hong Tai Chi System.

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