Donald B. Beere  |  Retired

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I started learning TaiJi in 1975 from Hubert H. Lui. Beginning in 1978, I coordinated 21 annual TaiJi workshops (from two to five days long) led by three TaiJi Masters: “Al” Chung-liang Huang (author of the classic, Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain, Real People Press, Moab, UT, 1973) (https://livingtao.org), Dr. Zaiwen Shen (a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and of Physiology), and Hubert H. Lui (author with Horowitz and Kimmelman of T'ai Chi Ch'uan: The Technique of Power, Chicago Review Press, Chicago, 1976).

Prior to my retirement, I was invited to lead or teach TaiJi at 11 workshops, and I taught TaiJi as a regular credit-bearing course at Central Michigan Univerity. 

I also learned TaiJi for Arthritis from Dr. Paul Lam, an Australian Family Physician, and author of many books and developer of many instructional DVDs. (http://usa.taichiproductions.com)  I have been a Certified Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor and taught it to students at the St. Elizabeth Hospital's Holistic Health Center in Edgewood, KY., where, for 4 years, I also taught the Five Elements, the Five Precious Jewels and Mr. Lui's Short Form.

A most propitious result of the 21 annual workshops and classes is that there are now many TaiJi teachers and classes in Michigan, and TaiJi masters are still leading regular workshops in the state near Mt. Pleasant.  Cloud Hands Michigan is a group that blossomed from the 15 years Mr. Lui led his workshops

When I began learning TaiJi, it was almost unknown in this country. Forty years later, most people have heard about it. It is a wonderful and challenging practice.  Most recently, research has begun to show that Tai Chi is helpful for balance, arthritis and other health problems. The Chinese extol its virtue for enhancing and maintaining health.

I began teaching TaiJi at the Ethical Society of St. Louis in November 2015.  Classes meet on Tuesdays at 5pm in the Hanke Room. Everyone is welcome.  We ask for at most a $5 donation to support the society. The calendar can be found at  http://ethicalstl.org   


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