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: Michael “Peng Jing” 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, Healing Medical 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.”

For over 20 years, I have taught Tai Chi, Qigong, 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 New York, I have traveled extensively throughout Tai Chi Communities around the country.  Since 1999, I have been teaching in the Colorado Springs community.  In September, 2013, we moved our school to its current location, a beautiful, spacious facility, with a view of the mountains, in the historic Trestle Building, at 219 West Colorado Avenue.

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.

lao-tzu-paintingTo start with, the following is a sample excerpt of wisdom from the Tao De Ching for you to ponder.

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

                                 -Tao De Ching

And please always remember — Breathe and Relax!
Master Michael Paler

Tai Chi and Qigong Master Michael Paler is available for Seminars and Workshops.  To schedule Michael for an event call us at 719-375-8339 or email him at Michael@TaiChiColoradoSprings.com

Tai Chi Association - Level I, II, & III Certified Students

Howard “The Professor” Drossman

Howard Drossman began his study of Tai Chi in 1980 as an undergraduate student in Berkeley, California, where he learned the Yang style long form from Louis Sun. From 1985 – 1991, he studied the Chen Man Ching Yang style form with Tricia Yu in Madison, Wisconsin while completing his PhD in Bioanalytical Chemistry. While in Madison, Howard attended several workshops with Ben Lo, William Chen and Peter Gallagher. In January 2010, Howard renewed his commitment to Tai Chi by intensively studying Qi Gong, Push Hands, Staff and the 24-movement form under the tutelage of Shifu Michael Paler. Howard continues his practice of these forms as well as independently practicing the Chen Man Ching 37-movement form. He also practices Grandmaster William Chen’s closely related 60-movement form, which he reviews through occasional workshops and classes at Grandmaster Chen’s Manhattan studio. When Howard is not practicing Tai Chi, he teaches full time as Professor of Environmental Science at Colorado College (since 1991) and serves as Board President of the Catamount Center in Woodland Park, Colorado.

Howard is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I &II Beginner and Intermediate Forms. He has completed the required 450 hours of training and has passed both physical and written tests for Level I & II Beginner and Intermediate instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.

Monika Milburn

Monika is a retired art gallery owner, she has traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe. Monika lives very close to nature and is a cancer survivor. She embraces Tai Chi for Martial Arts and health reasons and considers Tai Chi Chuan to be the most significant study in her lives journey. Monika is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I & II Beginner and Intermediate Forms. She has completed the required 450 hours of training and has passed both physical and written tests for Level I & II Beginner and Intermediate instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.

SONY DSCJulie Paler

Julie is a professional herbalist and managed a respected herbal pharmacy & clinic for many years, she has hands on experience in the field as a herbal medicine maker and formulator, with knowledge of nutrition, vitamins and supplements. Julie Paler began her studies of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong with Shifu Michael Paler of the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs in December of 2003. Julie is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I & II Beginner and Intermediate Forms. She has completed the required 450 hours of training and has passed both physical and written tests for Level I & II Beginner and Intermediate instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.

Etha Schuette

Etha joined the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs at the end of 2010 after a year of Qigong study with other teachers. She enjoys organic gardening, baking, all fiber arts, web page design and is the design and publication manager of a printed newsletter of a local animal sanctuary and rescue organization.

Etha is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I & II Beginner and Intermediate Forms. She has completed the required 450 hours of training and has passed both physical and written tests for Level I & II Beginner and Intermediate instruction of Tai Chi Chuan. Etha holds a Ph.D. in Physiology and Neuroscience from CUNY where she also received an award for Excellency in Teaching.

Brian Moore

Brian Moore has studied Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong and Shaolin Kung Fu under Master Michael Paler for the past 15 years. He is qualified to teach Level I Tai Chi Beginner Forms at the Tai Chi Association. Brian has been a Tai Chi instructor for over 10 years at the Tai Chi Association.Brian also loves to snowboard, hike, and Mountain Bike with his wife and two kids, Anthony -3 yrs and Coraline -3 months.

Stephen “Boxer Steve” Philippus

Stephen Philippus has been a practitioner of Martial Arts for over 12 years, beginning his studies under the instruction of his father in Okinawan Karate. He continued his studies, achieving his first degree black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu, training in Krav Maga, and reaching the level of 7th degree black belt in Kajukenbo. Most recently, Stephen has studied Western-style boxing and was a trainer in both professional boxing and amateur Mixed Martial Arts. Stephen has studied Tai Chi, Qigong, and Push Hands under Shifu Michael Paler since March 2010. Stephen is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level 1 Beginner Forms. He has completed the required 450 hours of training and has both physical and written tests for Level 1 Beginner instruction of Tai Chi Chuan. Stephen also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from ASU.

Allison “Laughing Sword” Bizal

Allison Bizal began her studies of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong with Shifu Michael Paler of the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs in July of 2010. Allison is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I & II Beginner and Intermediate Forms. She has completed the required 450 hours of training and has passed both physical and written tests for Level I & II Beginner and Intermediate instruction of Tai Chi Chuan. Allison is a practicing Registered Nurse and recently completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

C.C.

C.C. has studied Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong under Master Michael Paler since December of 2009. C.C. is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I Beginner Forms, C.C. has completed the required 450 hours of training and has passed both physical and written tests for Level I Beginner instruction of Tai Chi Chuan. To watch C.C. perform the Yang Style 24 Form click the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgZHF6N_yk8 . C.C. is also a Career Massage Therapist with expertise in Skeletal and Muscular Anatomy and Kinesiology.

Kris Johansson

Kris began his study of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong with Shifu Michael Paler of the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs in January of 2012. Kris is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I Beginner Forms. He has completed the required 450 hours of training and has passed both physical and written tests for Level I Beginner instruction of Tai Chi Chuan. Kris is a Master Engraver, Oil Painter and Horologist. He attended Gem City College, The Denver Art Students League and Santa Fe workshops. Kris enjoys Fly Fishing, Archery, Sailing, Mountain Sports and Travel.

Martial Morality

Humility, Trust, Loyalty, Respect, Righteousness Will, Patience, Courage, Endurance, Perseverance.  Only through morality of action and deed as well as of the mind can one hope to achieve great power in martial arts.

“I have always judged a martial artists skill and power by their morality and personality, not how many forms or techniques they have nor how they execute them.”

“I would like to express my respect and honor to all the Colorado Springs Martial Arts and Healing Arts Instructors, Teachers and Masters for your dedication in spreading the beautiful arts we practice and devote our lives to, and to the teachers across the continents, to my Tai Chi and Internal Martial Arts teachers and everyone who has encouraged me on my path.”

Thank You

Michael S. Paler

“This school has only two rules, these rules are to breathe and relax”