About Us

 Our Mission

The Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs was founded in 1999 by Head Instructor Master Michael Paler to promote both Tai Chi & Qigong’s wonderful health aspects (Yin) and its effective Self-Defense aspects (Yang).  Our goal is to improve the wellness and awareness – encompassing the balance and flow of spirit, mind, and body – of each of our students.

 

Liv Social Ad ArtMaster Instructor: Shifu Michael Paler

Welcome to the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs.  The beautiful art of Tai Chi, with both its connection to nature and its healing benefits for the community, is my dedicated passion, and this is what our school is all about.  I also believe and teach that the many health and self-defense benefits of Tai Chi cannot be separated.

On this website you will find a wealth of information on the benefits and interconnections of Tai Chi, Qigong, Push Hands,  and Kung Fu.   You will learn the difference between brute force and true inner power, between the tensions of stress and deep, healing relaxation.

 

As the Tao De Ching says, “Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

In our school, we are currently introducing a powerful and effective method of relaxation, which I’m very excited to share with you. My student testimonials show how Tai Chi can, and does change lives.

I personally invite you to join my Facebook page: Tai Chi Colorado Springs.  By doing so, you will receive daily updates, quotes, and helpful educational information that I post on a regular basis.  I look forward to your participation on this Facebook page.

For over 20 years, Master Michael Paler has taught Tai Chi, Qigong, Kung Fu and various Martial Arts and other related disciplines to people from ages 5 to 93, in both group and private classes, and in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings.  Originally from Western New York, he has traveled extensively throughout Tai Chi communities around the country learning from many skilled teachers and instructors.

Since 1999, Michael has been teaching internal martial arts such as Tai Chi and Qigong in the Colorado Springs community.  In September, 2013, the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs moved to its current location, a beautiful, spacious facility with a view of the mountains, in the historic Trestle Building, at 219 West Colorado Avenue.

What We Teach

The Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs teaches to beginner and intermediate students the Yang Cheng Fu Large Frame of Yang Style Tai Chi, as Michael learned it from his teacher Joseph Wong, who learned it from the Fu Family. This structured system includes Jibengong (basic skill training); Kaimengong (gate opening methods) Forms; Qigong (Neigong); Large Frame Long Form of Yang Cheng Fu; as well as Sword, Broadsword, Staff, Spear, and more. The main emphasis is proper body structure and correct mechanics, along with developing internal power (Fajin) for creating both a healthy mind and body,  together with learning a functional and effective self-defense system.

*Yang Lu Chan was the founder of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan.

*Yang Jian Hou was the son of Yang Lu Chan and father of Yang Cheng Fu

*Yang Cheng Fu was the son of Yang Jian Hou and grandson of Yang Cheng Fu.

* Fu Zhong Wen was nephew and disciple of Yang Cheng Fu

*Joseph Wong was a student of the FZW and taught Michael Paler Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan

*Michael Paler was a student of Joseph Wong until 1999 and currently teaches his teachers system.

 

Dr. John Fung and Shifu Michael Paler Michael also teaches the more advanced Imperial Yang Tai Chi methods of Yang Jian Hou, son of Yang Family Tai Chi creator Yang Lu Chan; Middle Frame of Yang Style Tai Chi, as it was taught to him by John Fung, disciple of Master Wei Shuren, disciple of Wong Yongquan, disciple of Yang Jian Hou, son of Yang Lu Chan, the founder of Yang Style Tai Chi.  Yang Jian Hou was also the father of Yang Cheng Fu.

This structured system includes Jibengong (basic skill training); Kaimengong (gate opening methods), Forms; Tai Chi Neigong; and more — for both health and self-defense. The main emphasis is harmonizing Shen, Yi, and Qi to nourish the body and mind for developing a healthy vitality, as well as for learning a functional and effective self-defense system.

*Yang Lu Chan was the founder of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan.

*Yang Jian Hou was the son of Yang Lu Chan and father of Yang Cheng Fu.

*Yang Cheng Fu was the son of Yang Jian Hou and Grandson of Yang Cheng Fu.

*Wong Yongquan was a disciple of both Yang Jian Hou and Yang Cheng Fu.

*Wei Shuren was a disciple of Wong Yongquan.

*John Fung was a disciple of Wei Shuren and taught Michael  Paler Imperial Yang Tai Chi.

*Michael Paler is currently a student of Shifu John Fung and learns, practices and teaches Imperial Yang Tai Chi.

Link for more information on Imperial Yang Tai Chi

All systems of Internal Martial Arts (Tai Chi, Xingyi, Bagua), Qigong, Neigong and Meditation methods taught at the Tai Chi Association emphasize” Song” a very deep state of relaxation in both mind and body. This state of deep relaxation is emphasized in all classes, workshops, seminars, videos, etc. We work to create a very real and lasting state of healing relaxation. It is from this state of deep relaxation (or “song) that all the legendary health and self-defense benefits can be gained. More than theory these principles and methods are trained daily in a dedicated yet light and fun way.