Master Yijiao Hong is a 12th generation disciple of Chen Style Taichi, studying under Chen family successor and world-renown Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei since 1998. She studied Yang Taichi from Yang family successor and world-renown Grandmaster Fu Shengyuan since 1995.
Born in Jin Hua, China, Master Hong started practicing Wushu with the Jin Hua Wu Shu Team when she was 8 years old. She was the top Wushu athlete and Taichi champion in Zhe Jiang province, China. Master Hong has a B.A. degree in physical education in Wushu and Tai Chi from Zhe Jiang Normal University, China. She became an assistant professor and team coach of Zhe Jiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1992. She coached the college Wushu and Taichi Team and competed in China national tournaments until she immigrated to Seattle, U.S. in 1994.
Master Hong was named U.S. "Year of the Athlete" by USAWKF in 1998, and competed on the U.S.A National Wushu Team in the 5th World Wushu championship in Hong Kong in 1999, where she ranked 7th among the top world professional Taichi athletes.
In 2000, Master Hong was certified by the International Wushu Federation in Beijing, China as a Wushu International Judge. In 2004, Master Hong earned the highest rank as a Wushu International A Grade Judge in Beijing. Between 1999 and 2003, she judged for selection of National Wushu Teams for both the U. S. A. and Canada.
Master Hong's passion in Tai Chi originated from her late teenage years at University, especially after she studied Chinese Medicine for two years and visited Madam Chen Lixing in Xian, China Master Hong's strong belief in Tai Chi's therapeutic value in life and Tai Chi's powerful martial application is a constant source of inspiration for her. Master Hong is a lifetime student of Tai Chi Yang family from Grandmaster Fu Shengyuang and Chen family from Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, Chen village, China.
Currently, Master Hong is focusing her teaching on Taichi. In addition, she practices Guzheng — ancient strings, and spends time with her two young children. Her former wushu students are continuing their practice of Wushu at the Seattle Wushu Center, UW Husky Wushu Team, and Northwest Wushu.
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CWTCA has three elements that make it a great place to study and practice. Most importantly, Shifu Hong is a wonderful combination of patience, knowledge and competence. Secondly, we have a great connection with Chen Grandmaster Chen Zhenglai who is an absolute treasure to the world taiji community. Last but not least, the people who study here are really fun people who I am proud to have as friends.
— Blake Emery
YiJiao Hong is an inspirational martial artist and a wonderful instructor. Her students can always rely on her commitment, dedication and thorough instruction. The school offers diverse styles and many unique experiences as well as opportunities to train with world renowned masters.
— Jenya Burstein
I wanted to learn Chen Style with one of its grand masters, Chen Zhenglei. Sifu Hong helped me begin learning the basic form in preparation for a seminar with Master Chen. Ever since that, I have benefitted greatly from Sifu and the teaching assistants. Sifu is good hearted and genuinely cares about her students' progress from week to week and year to year. She is constantly working on her own practice and very generous in sharing her own learning from Grand Master Chen with us.
It is fun to try to drop all my mental concerns and put my mind in my body to try to really feel the movements. Taichi has also helped over the years with knee pain from a long ago knee surgery.
— Mike McAlister
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Master Hong will give in-depth, step-by-step instruction on authentic Yang Style Taichi 24 form movements and Qigong warm-ups from Traditional Chinese Medicine, using the latest in physical learning science. Master hong will also talk about how Taichi originated from ancient Chinese philosophy and Chinese medicine. This class will emphasize the skills of self-centering, body relaxation, and slow breathing while practicing form movements. You can expect increased flexibility, leg strength, coordination, and balance, as well as learning to be relaxed in an energetic way.
Taichi is an ideal aerobic exercise for life time. Do you know that practicing Taichi maintains spine health and increases bone density? It is beneficial to the cardio-vascular, respiratory, and nervous systems, digestive system, balance and also improves circulation of Chi. Master Hong's long-term Taichi students report that practicing Taichi helps alleviate hypertension, asthma, knee pain, and stress, while also improving mental, body strength and overall happiness.
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Learn and review Yang Style Taichi 24 Forms from international Taichi Grand Champion Yijiao Hong.
Stay tuned for information about Grandmaster Chen ZhengLei's next Taichi Seminar