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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Learn and review Yang Style Taichi 24 Forms from international Taichi Grand Champion Yijiao Hong.
Master Yijiao Hong will cover authentic Yang Taichi form movements and Qigong warm-ups from Traditional Chinese Medicine, giving in-depth, step-by-step instruction and using the latest in physical learning science. This class will emphasize the skills of self-centering, body relaxation, and slow breathing as you practice form movements. You can expect increased flexibility, leg strength, coordination, and balance, as well as learning to be relaxed in an energetic way.
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Master Yijiao Hong will seek to develop students' flexibility, coordination, agility, balance and proper overall body strength. She will use Wushu and basic physical movements, as well as Taichi movements to foster students' sensation of an integrated body, mind and breathing. Wushu and Taichi curriculum are based on Wushu basics, Changquan (No. 3 Elementary Routine - world Junior wushu championship curriculum), and Taichi Yang style 24 forms.
For children 6-9 years old. Limited to 8 students (ideally 4 boys and 4 girls)
Grandmaster Chen ZhengLei's 2013 Seattle Chen Taichi will be held from Thursday, September 12th to Monday, the 16th
This seminar is a must for anyone who has no taichi experience, or is at beginner or intermediate level. An advanced practitioner will also be able to deepen his or her taichi foundation.
This seminar is for the intermediate and above level Chen Taichi practitioner, or for those who have several years of martial arts experience.
This seminar is for all Chen Taichi practitioners who are learning, or have already learned Old Frame One. Old Frame One is the foundation of all Chen Taichi forms. Reviewing the form with Grandmaster Chen is a deeply rewarding experience, even for those who are already adept at the form.
This seminar is for Chen Taichi practitioners who have already learned at least Old Frame One. This is a must for all advanced Taichi students!
This seminar is for taichi students who already know Old Frame One, and who are learning or have already learned Old Frame Two.