Chief Master Instructor – Bao Sen Liang
Master Bao Sen Liang developed a passion for martial arts, or wushu, since he was very young. In 1965, he started to practise Southern style wushu, and over the years, he learned from many instructors and renowned martial artists in various styles. He later realized from his extensive studies that internal martial arts was the key to achieving breakthrough in his training and devoted his effort to learning Tai Chi. His pursuit of Tai Chi eventually led him to Master Hong Yuan Luo, whose instruction enabled him to achieve significant progress by allowing him to discover the true meaning of this internal martial art and establish a solid foundation.
In 1991, Master Bao Sen Liang officially began as the Chief Instructor at Ji Hong Tai Chi School and has been teaching ever since. Throughout the years, his teaching methodology and experience have cultivated a number of exceptional practitioners, including some who achieved medals at various competitions. In addition, some of these exceptional practitioners have been groomed to become excellent instructors.
Master Bao Sen Liang is appreciated as a highly qualified instructor who is approachable, attentive to details, and seriously committed to cultivating both student interest and potential. He is genuinely dedicated to help each student discover the health and wellness benefits from practising Tai Chi.
Master Instructor – May Rahnema
I started learning karate in Singapore when I was nineteen and continued my training when I came to Canada. In 1990, I accompanied a friend to the Ji Hong Tai Chi school in Edmonton to watch a class. I had no intention of learning tai chi, but after watching Master Luo Yuan Hong perform just the basic exercises, I was very impressed. I could not get over how he was able to exude so much power from such simple slow movements. I started taking tai chi lessons from Master Luo and was able to do it for only 6 months, as I needed to finish my studies and get a job. My first job brought me to Belleville, Ontario and I lost touch with Master Luo. Two years later I moved to Toronto and I still could not find a good tai chi master. By chance I was given a ticket to watch a Martial Arts show and I could not believe it when I saw Master Luo on stage performing. I left the show immediately after his performance and ran backstage to meet him. He put me in touch with a Ji Hong Tai Chi school and finally I was able to get back on track and continue my tai chi learning. The more I learn, the less I seem to know about tai chi, each level of progression just motivates me to learn even more, this is still true even after more than 25 years of practice.
Through all my years of practice, I always enjoy competing. Competition motivates me to train harder, to learn from my mistakes and to keep myself humble. I started with local and National competitions, slowly moving up to International competitions. One of the highlights of my life was competing at Jiaozuo, China, against some of the best in the world. This biennial competition is where the best athletes from Chen Village (the birthplace of tai chi) all come to compete. I look forward to returning to Jiaozuo one day to test my skills again.
My passion for teaching developed only after Master Liang Bao Sen gave me the opportunity to teach in 2004 at the Richmond Hill school. Teaching tai chi brought a different level of understanding and knowledge that I otherwise would not have gained. Under Master Liang’s mentorship, I learn as much from my students as they learn from me. My greatest joy is watching a student finally understand a concept both in mind and body.
Being an active person all my life, I did not practice tai chi because of health issues or a need to find an exercise. However a ski accident in 2007 seriously injured my sacrum and I could barely move without extreme pain. As I tried to recover from my injury, I continued to practice and teach tai chi. Doing tai chi actually caused me less pain compared to other activities like driving or walking. I strongly believe that my speedy recovery was due to tai chi and I hope that my experience dealing with such an injury can help others too.
Instructor – Ali Rahnema
I started Tai Chi in the year 1995. To be truthful, my wife is the one who convinced me to join. Before starting, my understanding of Tai Chi was very limited. The only exposure I had to Martial Arts was taking TaeKwando in my 20’s which lasted less than 6 months.
Chen style was the first form I learnt. With a somewhat poor hand eye coordination, the first few months proved to be challenging but I stayed persistent. As time went on, the art grew on me and I started enjoying the learning and have not stopped since. In addition to Chen style, I practice, Yang, Wu and Hao styles as well as multiple weapon forms.
There are countless articles and publications speaking of the many benefits of Tai Chi. I would like to mention the ones that I have enjoyed. Among physical benefits, improved posture is the obvious one. I have had a tendency to lean forward and that has been corrected. I am as flexible as I was 10 or 15 years ago with improved strength in leg and core muscles.
Mentally, Tai Chi has taught me to be focused, calm, with improved self confidence and surprisingly removal of aggressive behaviour. In addition, remembering all the moves has been a form of mental exercise.
For most people, the image of Tai Chi is what old Chinese people do in the park but it is much more than that. In terms of concentration and focus, it rivals Yoga with the added benefit of movement. It can be a soft and relaxing form or a must know for a true martial arts practitioner. Most will find learning Tai Chi at the beginning a challenge as I did but it won’t be long before you will enjoy it’s many benefits.
Instructor – Charlmane Wong
I started thinking about learning tai chi when someone told me that it’s a fun sport for all ages, not just for the elderly. When I expressed this interest to a friend, she referred me to Ji Hong Tai Chi. I started with learning the Yang style, and then after a couple of years, I also took up the Chen style.
I like the way Ji Hong teaches tai chi. It approaches it in a more scientific manner than the way it’s traditionally taught. It helps me understand the concepts of tai chi by referring to muscle groups or to body mechanics. It also makes me realize that tai chi is indeed a martial art, which confirms my expectation that practicing tai chi is a cool thing to do!
I’ve always heard that tai chi provides a lot of health benefits. What I specifically gained from it is improved posture. I no longer get scolds from my mother for hunching my back! I also gained strength in my legs and my core. Overall, I just feel healthier from better blood circulation.
I also got unexpected benefits from practicing tai chi. I realized that many of the concepts of tai chi can be applied to other sports. The ways we are taught to properly do the forms are in fact ways towards using our body in the most efficient and effective manner. The practicing of the forms is also a way to train our brain to exert control over different muscles of our body. Both of these factors allow us to improve in other sports.
I have been practicing tai chi since 2011. The more I know about it, the more intrigued I am by it. It is a challenging and rewarding process to practice tai chi. I would recommend everyone at any stage of life to take up this fun and healthy sport.
Instructor – Sylvia Tran
It was such a coincidence that at that time, I got a flyer from the Ji Hong Tai Chi School in 2010. I often heard that Tai Chi not only improves physical but emotional health as well. Out of curiosity, I joined a Yang style beginners class which was taught by Sifu May Rahnema.
My Tai Chi Journey is just starting, I hope to achieve a broader knowledge and progress to higher levels in my Tai Chi skills. Also looking forward to learning different styles from both Sifu’s. Finally, I sincerely thank you both Sifu Bao Sen and Sifu May for their patience and dedication in teaching.
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