Martial Arts Champion Trains New Discipline
Renown martial arts Grandmaster Arnold Chien is starting a unique Tai Chi class at the Arcadia Community Center from 8:30AM – 9:30AM every Tuesday starting July 10 through September 11, 2012. Tai Chi is an ancient form of martial arts dating back to the 13th century. It utilizes complimentary movement and energy transfer. Kinetic Tai Chi, created by Chien, introduces the use of potential energy to the discipline.
The class is intended for adults only, and stresses health benefits, including releasing stress and anxiety, gaining muscle, strength and flexibility, and improving posture and breathing. There are important spiritual aspects, and of course combat self-defense. All levels from novice to expert are welcome. No athletic ability is required to begin. The full 10 week class costs just $33.
One of Chien’s regular students, Gina Henzel, came to Tai Chi after a health scare. “I developed an irregular heartbeat and found it difficult to breathe,” she explained. “But after my first session, my symptoms subsided.” Another student who takes all of Chien’s classes is 76 year old Eugene Walder, who had studied Tai Chi for over 30 years, but he says “Grandmaster Chien was able to answer questions no other teacher has ever been able to answer.”
Grandmaster Chien, 45, began his own martial arts training at the age of 15, eventually competing and becoming a martial arts champion in Judo, Kung Fu, and Body Building. After 20 years training and competing and teaching, he developed his own style named Kinetic Tai Chi. He teaches throughout Southern California to people of all backgrounds and cultures, from age 4 to age 97.
For more information call Arcadia Recreation Dept 626-574-5113.