Going The Extra Mile With Sifu Michael Paler of Tai Chi Colorado Springs

Are You Prepared to Go the  Extra Mile to learn AUTHENTIC TAI CHI with Sifu Michael Paler of The Tai Chi Association of  Colorado Springs?

For a very long time, the Tai Chi Association has been planning to offer a FREE monthly  community activity. We wondered what would be most beneficial for the community, and then Sifu Michael remembered that in his early days of training, he frequently used the technique of taking one single Tai Chi movement and repeating it over and over again.

This idea got him thinking: Wouldn’t it be wonderful to offer this in-depth training to everyone, one step at a time..  Of course, we won’t need to go miles and miles like he did in the early days. In this electronic age, we can just move instantaneously with him…online..

HERE’S THE NEW PLAN: Every month we’ll meet up at a beautiful location, and Sifu Michael will instruct the group on how to do one easy Tai Chi movement, and we will all walk the mile doing that movement over and over again.  By the end of that mile, you will all have one Tai Chi movement memorized, something you can take with you and do over and over again for your mental and physical well being

It’s our gift to you, Colorado Springs!

You do NOT need to have any Tai Chi experience at all in order to join us, and everyone of all ages is welcome. This is a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where everyone will work at their own personal pace. All that we ask is that you quietly focus on the movement while breathing and relaxing —  for just one mile.

ALSO: We recommend starting your morning with our Tai Chi ancient  warm-up exercise before the walk, and you are welcome to join us at the school for our beginner Tai Chi class before we go on our  hike, or simply follow along with the video below.

  • Important stuff to remember:
    • What should I wear?  Loose comfortable clothing, whatever you would normally wear to hike in, and tennis or hiking shoes are best.
    • What should I bring with me?  coat, water, hat, and sunblock.
    • Where will we meet-up? – On Saturday,  DATE TBA, 2018 we will meetup at Red Rock Canyon Open Space in the parking lot.  just look for the big group of people —  that will be us!
    • What time? – 11:15 am sharp

    Directions to Red Rock Canyon Open Space Google Map

Always warm up before you hike!




Come Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day With Us

Come Celebrate World Tai Chi Day with us
on Saturday, April 28, 2018
A little History: World Tai Chi and Qigong Day was started by a man named Bill Douglas from Kansas in 1999, His vision was to bring the whole world together for one day, to move and breathe together.  For more information, videos and history on this event please visit: www.worldtaichiday.org
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1. The purpose of this day is to educate the world about the many benefits of tai chi  and Qigong.
2. To thank the Chinese people and culture for not only creating this beautiful art, but also for sharing it with the world.
3. To bring together people from all parts of the world and the various cultures in unity for one special day..
4. To show how powerful unity can be, when people of all nations come together for one purpose and one goal.
Today, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has been officially recognized by government institutions throughout the world, including the United Nations World Health Organization.
How We Participate: The Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs have come out to celebrate this event every year since 2009, We love to host this FREE event for our Colorado Springs community, and every year large crowds of people come out to celebrate with us. In past years, we have held this event at places like Colorado College, America the Beautiful Park and various other places, but this year we will be hosting World Tai Chi Day at our school, the Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs.  Due to unpredictable weather here in Colorado we thought we would start here at our school, and if the weather is great, we will all walk across the street into America the Beautiful Park and finish up there.
You do NOT need any previous Tai Chi experience to attend. Please join us in this worldwide celebration!
Where: Tai Chi Association of Colorado Springs 219 W. Colorado Ave. Suite
310 Colorado Springs, CO. 80906
When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Workshop – Qigong Methods for Health and Beauty

Sign Up Today – Workshop – Qigong Methods for Health and Beauty –  For Healthy, Youthful Looking Skin

Price: $40.00 

Qigong for health and beauty is a series of exercises that targets the face, scalp, neck and throat.  You will learn to bring fresh circulation to your eyes, ears, gums, skin, neck, scalp / hair and more. Doing this 15-20 minutes routine daily will reveal many benefits.

Benefits of Qigong Massage:

  • TMJ  & Tension Headaches We will show you how to target facial muscles through massage that can help to lesson or even eliminate jaw pain, release tight muscles and relieve tension.  The masseter muscle that causes TMJ pain can cause earache and toothache symptoms.
  • Headaches – By using gentle pressure and qigong massage techniques we will show you how to improve blood flow, relieve muscle spasms, increase relaxation and relieve tension in the head and neck.
  • Facial Rejuvenation – This process can be achieved by surgery, but we will show you how you can accomplish it by doing a simple 15 to 20 minute exercise every day.
  • Wrinkles – These exercises will help you to increase circulation in the head, face and neck, and that in turn will aid in the production of collagen for thicker and more elastic skin texture.  This process works to tighten the facial / neck fascia web giving you a more youthful appearance.
  • Circulation – Using these Qigong massage methods on the face and head you will improve blood and lymph circulation increasing oxygen and nutrient delivery to the cells.  Good circulation is absolutely necessary for healthy glowing youthful looking skin.
  • Breast Health – To support breast health we will show you very simple yet effective qigong self massage techniques.

Learn this short 15 – 20 minute routine in great detail.  This set of qigong exercises is both powerful and accessible to all.  This informative workshop will be focused around releasing stress and toxins in the face, neck and head, and then increasing circulation in these areas for health and beauty purposes.

Traditional Chinese Medicine treats the root cause of illness and injuries, rather than the symptoms. In this workshop student will learn a variety of methods including but not limited to massage, patting, rubbing and acupressure.

In many disciplines these qigong exercises are used as a exercise to prepare oneself for meditation, as the methods release tension deep into the face, neck and head. This allows the practitioner to have a much better meditation experience.



Temporary Schedule Changes For The Next Two Weeks!

No Evening classes on May 10, 11 & 12, 2017 – Wednesday Thursday & Friday

No Saturday class on May 13, 2017 – Due to Dr. John Fung Workshop.

No Classes Morning or Evening on May 17 & 18, 2017 Wednesday & Thursday ALL DAY!

The class schedule will resume as normal starting Friday May 19, 2017

Thank you,
Julie Paler

Old Six Roads Workshop – Taught by Sifu Dr. John Fung, 5th Generation Disciple

This Workshop is now full

Register Today — Old Six Roads Workshop – Taught by Sifu Dr. John Fung, 6th Generation Disciple

Dates: May 13 & 14, 2017



Weekend Schedule:

Saturday: Workshop – 9:00 AM to 12 Noon.  (Potluck lunch at the school 12:00 to 1:00 PM).  Workshop continues: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Sunday: Workshop – 9:00 AM to 12 Noon,  (Potluck lunch at the school 12:00 to 1:00 PM).  Workshop continues: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Description: The focus is on Internal Dynamics, presented in an easy to understand everyday language, without watering down any of the most advance concepts. These methods represents how the mind and body functions. They are applicable in many martial art styles and not just Tai Chi.

It is going to be hands on, interactive with plenty of time for Q&A.

 Taught by 5th Generation Lineage Holder, Sifu Dr. John Fung of Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi

– Shen Yi Qi  “Intent and Energy are the Emperor, Bones and Flesh his Ministers”  -Wang Zhong Yue, Tai Chi Classics  The single most important, but often neglected, aspect of modern Tai Chi practice is learning how to manipulate the Shen Yi Qi.

Tai Chi Chuan works by bridging the gap between consciousness, the subconscious, and the physical body. – Sifu Dr. John Fung.

Old Six Roads Workshop — Workshop Outline









Tai Chi Ball Workshop

Tai Chi Ball Workshop – Beginner to Advanced Levels – 19 movement Form – (Part 1 & 2)

Register Now!

Cost: Workshop – $80.00 per person (2 day workshop)
Date: Saturday & Sunday, February 4 & 5, 2017 
Time: Feb. 4th – 4:00 – 6:00pm, &  Feb. 5th 10am to 12noon
Location: Tai Chi Association: 219 W. Colorado Ave.  Suite 310, Colorado Springs, CO.  Upstairs
Bring a note book to class, wear loose comfortable clothing. Healthy refreshments included

Workshop: $80.00
Requirements: must have attended at least 3 months of Tai Chi classes to participate in this workshop.
If you are in the Tai Chi Association Certification Program  this workshop is required to Level up, and is the basis of your Level 5 Certification.

In this workshop you will learn:

    • The Tai Chi Ball 19 Movement Form.
    • Tai Chi Jin Luo (meridians / power lines)
    • Accompanying Qigongs.
    • Solo & 2 person exercises.

A Michael Tai Chi BallInstructor: Sifu Michael Paler, 7th Generation Lineage Holder Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi.  Sifu Michael Paler has over 32 years experience in Chinese Martial Arts with a focus on Tai Chi and various Qigongs.   




Tai Chi Ball – taught by Sifu Michael Paler – Learn the Yang Style Tai Chi Ball Form.  This form is based off of the 24 and 108 forms.  It assists in many of Tai Chi’s energetic and self defense aspects such as neutralizing force, energy absorption and projection as well as exercises which promote blood and qi circulation for relaxation and health.  The practice of this form is beneficial for Intermediate and Advanced level energetic (Qigong)  and self defense.

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Hands folded in Respect,

Sifu Michael and Julie Paler


Old Six Roads Form Intensive Workshop

Register Now – “Old Six Roads” Form Intensive Workshop

Dates: Jan. 14 & 15, 2017

Days & Times: Saturday – 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday –  9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Cost: $140.00 for both days 

Requirements: must have some experience with “Old Six Roads” —  Road 1, 2 & 3

We will be practicing Road 1-3, with focus on form details, energetic’s, and Yang Family Tai Chi Philosophy of “Shen, Yi, Qi”.

Refine and deepen your personal practice for stress reduction, mental acuity and overall well-being.

Saturday 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Imperial Yang Qigong, Road 1 and 2

Sunday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Imperial Yang Qigong and Road 3


Taught by 7th Generation Lineage Holder, Sifu Michael Paler of Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi – Shen Yi Qi  “Intent and Energy are the Emperor, Bones and Flesh his Ministers”  -Wang Zhong Yue, Tai Chi Classics  The single most important, but often neglected, aspect of modern Tai Chi practice is learning how to manipulate the Shen Yi Qi.

Tai Chi Chuan works by bridging the gap between consciousness, the subconscious, and the physical body. – Sifu Dr. John Fung




The New Dharma Bums

sifu-michael-paler-blogger-michael-byrneThe New Dharma Bums is a New Journalism project that seeks to raise public awareness of the health and happiness benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong, as well as to provide information about the Taoist philosophy that underpins these ancient Chinese martial and energy arts. Writer Michael Byrne is on the road in search of the characters who are creating this old-school renaissance, and the big ideas behind them. This blog tracks our meandering course through a national tour. At the end will be a gonzo-style book that closes the circle on the Dharma Dudes.

Below is an article written by Michael Byrne about Sifu’s Michael Paler & Ray Abeyta.  Enjoy!


The Top of the Mountain

Ray Abeyta and Michael Paler are tough guys who survived the mean streets of El Paso, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, respectively. They learned to protect themselves with martial arts. Then they learned to dominate with Tai Chi.

Ray is a Vietnam veteran from a family of boxers, and he reveled in martial arts contests as a youngster, and still does. Michael had to fend for himself in cold, unforgiving Buffalo, discovering he could do it pretty well. Both gravitated toward Tai Chi, Paler when he was a teenager, Abeyta after the war and a series of roughneck jobs in El Paso. Today, they are pursuing their dreams in the mountains of the U.S. Southwest – Paler in Colorado Springs and Abeyta high above his old Air Force base in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Both also are disciples of Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi, a mysterious branch of the most popular style of Tai Chi that originated from the Palace staff during the Qing Dynasty in the early 1900s. It is characterized by its intense internal work (neigong) and powerful energy release. Here’s how the Imperial Yang school evolved, according to an account by Grandmaster Wei Shu Ren, who carried on the family tradition until his death in 2013:

Master Yang Jian Hou, son of Yang style founder Yang Lu Chan, was summoned to train the royal family and, along with his son Yang Chengfu, used the palace staff to absorb the blows. No one absorbed blows better than Wang Chonglu and his son Wang Yong Quan. After years of pushing them around, the fearsome Yang Chengfu rewarded their courage with lessons in the Yang family secrets, not shared with others.


Michael Paler leads his class at Tai Chi Colorado Springs in the  Old Six Roads form. I am following along from the back row. (Photo by Julie Paler)

Paler and Abeyta teach the Imperial-style “Old Six Roads” form, along with the Yang long form. I had the opportunity to participate in classes for both at Paler’s Colorado Springs Tai Chi studio, plus push hands play. The Old Six Roads seems distinctly different from the Yang form, with shorter and more compact movements within the larger postures. Paler’s students have plenty of questions, which he answers and illustrates on a giant digital whiteboard. And we do it again.

For decades, Wei Shu Ren traveled China and South Asia to teach and compete. He quickly won over Australian martial artist John Fung, who became a sixth generation disciple of the Yang Imperial style. Fung introduced Abeyta and Paler to the Imperial forms, and to the Wei family. He has pledged to carry on the tradition of his teacher, who dispatches him effortlessly in this video.

On the website he created, Fung describes the essential “Shen-Yi-Qi” fundamentals that underpin the Imperial style, designed to “unite the mind and body to maximize function and harmony.”


Pushing hands with Ray Abeyta at his New Mexico mountain retreat. (Photo by Etha Behrman)

As Abeyta demonstrated to me, those three centers of the “mind-body” can generate immense power when working in unison, along three rings of countercircular action. Imperial Yang Tai Chi includes sets of Qigong exercises to strengthen each of those dynamic centers. It’s also important to cultivate the “Eye Spirit,” as described by Wei in his book, since it gives you the power to push beyond your opponent, Abeyta said.

Seemingly effortless Herculean powers are the stuff of legend in martial arts, brought to life with old video footage. The most common technique used to dispatch opponents with internal power is called fajin, which requires much internal work to open the fascia in the body, so that the attackers’ force can be absorbed and sent back to them. My friend Justin Harris demonstrates an easy touch with fajin here, pushing hands with fellow Tai Chi traveler Gurinder Singh. I’ll have more from Justin in the next blog.

It’s important to remember that you don’t have to be a big person to dispatch, or disable, an opponent using internal martial arts. Today the Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi tradition is carried on by Wei Shu Ren’s three daughters, and the youngest, Wei Xi Lan, still packs a wallop at 65, as you can see in the video below. Fung accompanied Abeyta and Paler, and several of their top students, to Beijing to train with Wei Xi Lan last year. Besides getting certified to teach the form, they had a good time:

Now back on their home turf, high in the mountains, Abeyta and Paler are working on building up their own internal power as they continue teaching. “Shifu Wei said it would take a few years of working on our skills before we can master this Tai Chi,” Abeyta said. “I expect we’ll be ready next year when we bring her to the United States to work with other students.”


For more fun articles like this visit Michael Byrnes Blog 




Give the gift of health

This year give the Gift of Health for the Holidays

What if…….. instead of buying the usual sorts of store-bought gifts this year (most of which will be forgotten by next year), you could give the people you care about something very very special, something that could help them feel and look amazingly better, something that could help them learn new ways to do everyday things, making daily tasks easier and more enjoyable. but, most of all, something that could actually help heal them.  Perhaps you know a friend or family member who could use a little stress relief.  Or someone recuperating from an injury or illness?

Because Tai Chi is known for its rehabilitative qualities, a Tai Chi Gift Certificate can be just that PERFECT gift for so many needs.  For starters, our school offers
 a UNIQUE, powerful and effective method of relaxation, which is an important key to transforming health in so many ways.

Tai Chi Gift Certifcate

Each package comes with a beautiful printed Gift Certificate and envelope perfect for gifting.




Best Deal Of ALL – Unlimited Classes 1-Year Package $999.00

We offer three “New Students Get Started Packages” to choose from.

1) 12 Class Package $59.00

2) Unlimited One Month Class Package $99.00 

3) The Whole En”CHI”Lada- One Tai Chi Beginner’s Workshop + 12 Class Package  $99.00 

If you are a student already, or you would like to purchase a gift certificate for a current student we offer these special packages below
1)Unlimited 1-Year Package $999.00 (Best Deal Of ALL) 

2) 12 Class Package $99.00 

3)  Unlimited Month Package $149.00 

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-red-holiday-gift-box-image27259087Always remember:  The Gift of Health is the gift that keeps on giving.  Life is precious. If you could spend more quality time with the people you love, wouldn’t you?