Certified Tai Chi Instructors

Master Instructor and School Founder – Sifu Michael Paler

Sifu (Teacher) Michael Paler, 7th Generation Indoor Lineage Disciple, Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi.  —  For more about Sifu Paler, visit our About Sifu Michael page.

If you are interested in being a Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs certified instructors to teach Tai Chi, Qigong, Empty Hands or Kung Fu, please contact us at 719-375-8339 to set up an appointment with Master Paler.

 

 

 


Tai Chi Association – Levels I – XIII Certified Instructors 

All of our Certified Instructors listed on this page have completed the required training and have passed both physical and written tests given by Master Michale Paler.  
The Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs offers verified proof, in the form of a certificate of qualifications, to organizations and/or individuals wanting to employ Certified Tai Chi / Qigong Instructors.    

We only guarantees the authenticity of Instructors who have successfully completed our training courses.

 

howard_drossmanHoward Drossman – Level IV (4) Instructor

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 and 108 movement forms under the tutelage of Sifu 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, III and IV Beginner and Intermediate Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs and Push Hands.. He has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner and Intermediate instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.


JulieJulie Paler – Level VI (6) Instructor

Julie, is the Creative Director and Manager of the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs.  For fun she loves spending time with her husband hiking, gardening, and playing with her 4 cats and 2 dogs.  She has over 10 years experience in the field of herbal medicine, with hands on experience 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 Sifu 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, III, IV, V & VI Beginner and Intermediate Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs, Push Hands and Weapons: Tai Chi Ball and Tai Chi Saber.. She has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner and Intermediate instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.


Kathy Roark  Level VI (6) Instructor

Kathy began her study of Tai Chi Chuan in early 2014 and it quickly became her passion, she also enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and hiking.   Kathy is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I, II, III, IV,  V, & VI Beginner and Intermediate Tai Chi Forms  in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs,  Push Hands and Weapons: Tai Chi Ball and Tai Chi Saber.. She has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner and Intermediate instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.

 


Jacob Carroll  Level IV (4) Instructor

Jake discovered the Tai Chi Association because a chef noticed he was wearing a yin-yang symbol on his shirt and asked if he knew about the place. Jake said that he didn’t and a few days later decided that he should.  Two and a half years after that Tai Chi has consumed his life. Choosing to remain in Colorado Springs after graduating Colorado College solely to spend more time under the careful tutelage of Sifu Michael Paler, Jake couldn’t be happier. He feels like he’s living the dream, and he hope you feel like that too.  Jacob is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I, II, III and IV Beginner and Intermediate Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs and Push Hands.. He has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner and Intermediate instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.


Brian Moore – Level IV (4) Instructor

Using ancient Tai Chi principles in his training of dogs and puppies, Brian Moore works as a positive reinforcement trainer for Lucky Dog Resorts here in Colorado Springs.  With over 20 years of experience in the healing and martial arts principles of Tai Chi, Brian is able to connect with animals on a deeper level and to better communicate with them through body language. Using safe and easy to follow techniques, he is able to develop a more harmonious relationship that will help a dog better understand and follow commands.  Brian also teaches trainers and owners to learn to listen (Ting Jing) and to be more sensitive to each dog’s unique chi, thereby increasing the spiritual connection between them.
Brian has studied Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and Shaolin Kung Fu under Sifu Michael Paler for the past 22 years. He has been a Tai Chi instructor for over 10 years at the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs.
A devoted husband and father of two young children, Brian loves to snowboard, hike, and mountain bike with his family..
Brian is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I, II, III and IV Beginner and Intermediate Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs and Push Hands.. He has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner and Intermediate instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.
To contact Brian to set up an appointment for a dog evaluation or for upcoming training classes call: 719-527-9663

EthaEtha Behrmann – Level IV (4) Instructor

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, III and IV Beginner and Intermediate Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs and and Intermediate Push Hands.. She has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner 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.  Etha has successfully completed requirements for Adult CPR/AED valid 2 years.  Date completed 9/26/2014 conducted by the American Red Cross.


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Michael Browning – Level II (2) Instructor

Michael’s love for martial arts began in 1984 at West Coast Shotokan Karate Association in Temple City, California under Shihan Ed Hamile.  He has studied various styles thru-out his life and in 2010 began his study of Tai Chi and Wisdom Healing Qigong in the Colorado Springs area.  Michael began a deeper study of Tai Chi Chuan under the direction of Sifu Michael Paler in 2013, and is continuing his certification training with the Tai Chi Association.  Michael is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I & II Beginner Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs and Push Hands.. He has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.
Michael also enjoys playing music and being outdoors and is continuing his understanding/education in T.C.M and holistic healing.


Jeff Coyle – Level II (2) Instructor

Jeff began studying Martial Arts over 20 years ago.  His first formal classes were Tae Kwon Do as a teenager and a semester of Western Boxing as an undergraduate student;  he admits that he was not a very stellar student in either. Then, in 2001, he started studying Kajukenpo, Hsing, Tai Chi, Escrima, and Pa Kua with Sifu Chris Quayle. His studies lasted seven years and he earned a second degree black belt in Kajukenpo.

Between training with Sifu Chris Quayle and Sifu Michael Paler of the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs, Jeff briefly studied Aikido and further teachings in Hsing for several years with some well respected instructors in Denver.  And then life took him away from Martial Arts for several years while he pursued his formal academic education at the Colorado School of Mines

When he began to suffer some health issues such as fatigue, back pain, and knee trouble, to name a few, his interest was renewed in the healing qualities of the Chinese Martial Arts and he returned to the Tai Chi Association of  Colorado Springs.  He has benefited so much from Sifu Michael Paler’s teaching that he has been practicing it diligently every day since 2011 and plans to make this a life-long pursuit.

Jeff is also a professional naturalist and has worked as a wildlife biologist, hydrologist, and rangeland technician; his work has taken him all over the West to study these. What he especially likes about traveling and working with so many different groups is the opportunity to become familiar with many different points of view on these subjects.  Such a wide range of diverse perspectives has also helped him build a larger mental map for himself in relation to whatever subjects he is learning about. Jeff hopes to eventually settle down somewhere in Colorado or Wyoming in the future.

Jeff is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I & II Beginner Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs and Push Hands.. He has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.


Allison Bizal  Level II (2) Instructor

Allison Bizal began her studies of Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong with Sifu 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 Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs and Push Hands.  She has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.  Allison is a practicing Registered Nurse and recently completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.


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Tom Parker  Level II (2) Instructor

Tom Parker began his study of the martial arts at the Ed Parker Kempo Karate
Studio in Santa Monica, California in 1974.  He discovered Tai Chi in 1996
in Northern Virginia, learning the Chen Man Ching Yang style, 37 Movement
form from Sifu Will Chan, a former student of Grand Master Chen.

After 16 years of independent Tai Chi study-which included multiple location changes
due to his naval career–Tom was about to take up Yoga in 2012, but decided
to give professional Tai Chi instruction another chance, enrolling in Sifu
Michael Paler’s Tai Chi Association in Colorado Springs in August of that
year.  Tom is delighted with this choice, and has studied Qi Gung, the Yang
24 and 108 forms, Tai Chi Ball, as well as the Yang family private form and
energetics.

Tom is a government worker and retired U.S. Navy Captain, who post-Navy has
worked for the Raytheon Corporation and taught at the Naval War College.  While on
active duty in the US Navy, he commanded the aircraft carriers Belleau Wood (LHA-3), Essex (LHD-2), and Kitty Hawk (CV-63).  When not practicing Tai Chi or working,
Tom enjoys fly fishing, skiing and motorcycle riding.

Tom is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I & II Beginner Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs and Push Hands.. He has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.


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Martha Rzasa  Level II (2) Instructor

Martha began Tai Chi, Qigong and Push Hands with Sifu Michael Paler in August 2015, and quickly became fully involved.  Trained in ballet and modern dance, Martha soon found Tai Chi to be something entirely different.  Martha has a Masters Degree in Creative Arts-Dance from New York University and enjoyed choreographing, performing and teaching.  In Milwaukee she participated in a major theater project with at-risk children, and worked with adults with cerebral palsy. Martha continues to deepen her study of Taichiquan and Qigong and their considerable healing benefits. Martha enjoys her family, nature walks, sea kayaking when able, writing, and her cat Boston. She works in health care as an Occupational Therapist.  Martha is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I & II Beginner Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs and Push Hands.. She has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.

Gabriel Shaw – Level II (2) Instructor

Gabriel has been studying Chinese martial arts since 2002.  He has focused primarily on taijiquan and qigong, learning from many teachers and styles.  During that time, he also earned his black belt in Shao-Lin kung fu (2009).  Gabriel committed his practice to the Imperial Yang family Tai Chi method after beginning his training with Sifu Michael Paler in 2012.

Gabriel is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I & II Beginner Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs and Push Hands. He has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.

Gabriel is a fun, gentle and enthusiastic instructor. His passion for health has deeply influenced his study of nutrition, emergency/wilderness medicine, fitness and meditation. Gabriel appreciates the martial arts for training to relax under pressure. He tries to implement this philosophy in all types of conflict, whether intra- or inter-personal. Gabriel is working diligently towards his B.Sc. in Kinesiology, which will be completed in 2017.  He hopes this education will help him apply these philosophies in his work with clients.  Currently, Gabriel lives in Victoria, BC, Canada where he teaches Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and Kid’s Jiu-Jitsu.   Website: www.FierceStudio.ca  Email: admin@fiercestudio.ca


William E.T. Plume  Level II (2) Instructor

William began studying Chinese martial arts under elder masters David and Sharon Soard at the Denver Shao Lin center in 2002, where he studied both Shao Lin kung fu, and tai chi chuan.  In 2004 he decided to focus his training on internal martial arts and began studying large frame Yang style tai chi as well as Xing Yi Quan’s five element and animal forms under Debudo Sensei Master David Mchollough, 4th dan.

After many years of searching for a school that took a realistic stance on Tai Chi as a martial art, he found the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs.  in 2014 and began his to study with Master Michael Paler.  Following the example given by Master Paler, William now takes a balanced approach to Tai Chi instruction, holding nothing back and gladly sharing what he know, believing that each student should be measured only against themselves, and the effort they give to their own personal training.

William is a licensed LPN in the State of Colorado and serves in the same capacity in the United States Army Reserves where he also holds a level one certification in the Modern Army Combatives Program.  He enjoys a multitude of outdoor activities and sports as well as gardening, cooking and reading.  He also makes a private study of world myths and religious beliefs focusing primarily on Northern European and Asian traditions.

William is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I & II Beginner Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs and Push Hands.. He has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.


Scott Ward – Level I (1) Instructor

Scott is an accomplished Martial Artist in a variety of systems.  He is a Nidan 2nd Degree Black Belt in Karate in the styles of Shotokan and Shorin Ryu under Kyoshi Jay Haynes, and a 1stDegree Black Belt in Eagle Claw Kung Fu under Hanshi Ken Baker.  He is also trained in Luzviminda Arnis (Filipino stick fighting).  Scott is the former owner and chief instructor of Ward’s Family Karate and has trained over 100 students in the art of Shotokan Karate, three of which bear his signature on their Shodan 1St Degree Black certificates.
Scott began training with Sifu Michael Paler in 2012.  He had been practicing Chinese Qi Gong exercises for pain relief and decided to see what he could learn training under a Master in Tai Chi.  While seeking the healing benefits of Tai Chi, he discovered he had also found a powerful Martial Art.   Watching Michael demonstrate the power of internal energy he knew this would be the next level of his Martial Arts journey.  Years of hard style karate had damaged Scott’s joints and tendons.  Tai Chi was healing his injuries and providing a Martial Arts training that he could continue practicing for the rest of his days.
Scott is a Software Engineer with FedEx with over 30 year of experience.  He has made Colorado his home for the last 20 plus years and has enjoyed Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Mountain Biking, Camping, and Amateur Auto Racing.  More recently he enjoys driving Jeep trails and easy hiking.
Scott is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I Beginner Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs and Push Hands.. He has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.

Susan Claxton – Level I (1) Instructor

On 2002 Susan became a student at the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs.  Born in Wyoming, she and her husband have lived in Manitou Springs since 1999.  Susan is certified through the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs to teach Level I Beginner Tai Chi Forms in the body mechanics of the structured Yang Chen Fu large frame form with the accompanying Qigongs and Push Hands.. She has completed the required hours of training per level and has passed both physical and written tests for Beginner instruction of Tai Chi Chuan.


 

Wu (Martial) De (Virtue/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

At The Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs our certified Tai Chi instructors must train and learn for a period of no less then 6 months.