Our Mission

The Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs was founded in 1999 by Sifu Michael Paler, “Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi” 7th Generation Direct Lineage Holder, to promote both Tai Chi’s wonderful health aspects (Yin) and its effective Martial Arts 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.  

Tai Chi people are the ultimate “Relaxation Junkies” ~Sifu Michael Paler

the trestle buildingWelcome 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 martial arts 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, Tai Chi Energetics / Qigong, Empty 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.

Read Article in the Gazette about Sifu Michael’s trip to China here.


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.

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

Sifu Michael Paler is a 7th Generation Lineage Disciple of Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi. 

Since 1999, Michael has been teaching internal martial arts such as Tai Chi and various Qigong’s in the Colorado Springs community.  The Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs is currently located in the beautiful and spacious  historic Trestle Building, at 219 West Colorado Avenue. offering amazing views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range.