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Silk Reeling workshops with Master Ong this weekend in Albany

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The Asian Arts Group is hosting Master C.P. Ong this weekend, May 17th and 18th in Albany, New York. Master Ong is the author of the newly released, "Taijiquan: Cultivating Inner Strength".

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Master C. P. Ong of Maryland was educated in Australia and earned his Ph. D in mathematics from University of California, Berkeley. While in graduate school, he began studying Guang Ping Yang Style Tai Chi from Master Yun Chung Chiang. Ong’s devotion to Tai Chi has spanned over four decades. He studied and assisted Chen Style Tai Chi Grandmasters Chen Zhenglei, Chen Xiaowang, and Zhu Tiancai to populate Chen Style Tai Chi in the U.S. He also went to China multiple times and studied Chen Tai Chi with Grandmaster Wang Xian and others. Uniquely, he is a disciple of both Grandmasters Chen Zhenglei and Chen Xiaowang.

According to Master Ong, Chansi or Silk-Reeling is the foundation of Chen Style Tai Chi. He elucidates its orientations, versatility, relationship with “Dang Yao Jin” (waist-groin energy), “Fa Jin” (release the internal explosive power), “Dong Jin” (comprehension of the hard and soft energy), “Dan Tian nei zhuan” (Dan Tian rotation), and other major Tai Chi principles in his book "Taijiquan: Cultivating Inner Strength". Through the practice of Chansi, one can cultivate Neijin. It does not matter which Tai Chi style you practice, adding Chansi to your regular practice can enhance the internal strength or build up true Tai Chi skill. In the last chapter of the book, Master Ong shares two sets (fixed step and moving step) of Chansi exercises that he learned from three Grandmasters with readers.

Master Ong will be doing a lecture and demonstration Saturday afternoon at 1:30. The lecture topic will be: "Balance in Taijiquan: How Taiji Balance Boosts Health and Builds Inner Strength." His focus will be on how Taiji enhances the mind/body axis that facilitates the development of inner strength and promotes health. He'll be demonstrating some of the principles involved.

On Sunday, Master Ong will conduct an Introduction to Silk Reeling workshop 10 a.m. till. In the afternoon from 1:30 p.m. till 4:30 p.m., he will use silk reeling practices to demonstrate how inner strength can be developed and its use in the martial arts.

The Asian Arts Group of Albany is a non-profit establishment and its sole mission is to promote Asian arts especially Tai Chi.

All the events will be at the Asian Arts Group Tai Chi Center on Essex Street. More information can be found on their web site - http://www.asianartsgrp.com/.

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