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Tai Chi Beginner Book First Published in 1992
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Tested On Students
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From Shaolin Chi Mantis to Tai Chi Youth to Buddha Kung Fu
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Tai Chi Beginner Book First Published in 1992

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  OUT OF PRINT   -  NEXT EDITION TO BE RELEASED 2011.

Hired by the Governor of Utah, Michael J. Leavitt, Master Zhen became ther first Tai Chi or Kung Fu instructor to teach in a Utah prison. The FIRST EDITION of Tai Chi Beginner was printed using the printer at the maximum security prison in 1992.

More of this story is told on the ShaolinChiMantis.com and TaiChiYouth.org websites.

Tested On Students

Master Zhen and DisciplesStarting with his prison programs at Decker Lake Prison, Buddha Zhen Shen Lang, Spirit Wolf of Truth, was soon hired at several rehabilitation centers. Born, Richard Del Connor, Buddha Zhen was able to pass the high level F.B.I. security screenings to teach in prisons and government centers. Richard already knew he'd pass, since he'd worked in the Wayside Prison during 1986 and 1987 as a journeyman carpenter. Richard Connor also passed the highest level security screening when he was trained as the new locksmith for the Wayside Prison.

The first students that used this book were the inmate students of Decker Lake Prison, in 1992. Buddha Zhen was adamant that every class HAD TO INCLUDE group readings. These readings and discussions are as vital to Tai Chi development as dancing on your feet. The mind must be trained. The mind must be taught. The mind must learn to follow. The mind must learn to lead.

This first semester of inmate students showed such a noticeable improvement in skills of all sorts that the prison officials created a petition and persuaded the Utah Governor, Michael Leavitt to hire Richard O'Connor to teach Tai Chi and Shaolin Kung Fu in their prison. So the Governor contracted Buddha Zhen and paid him directly.

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Then, hired by the YWCA, Continuing Education Department, and Phoenix University, Master Zhen required all students to read and discuss the Tai Chi Beginner book in class. This feedback between the students and Master Zhen helped to refine the book as Master Zhen added in information to make it better, and designed a Teacher Curriculum with comments to add to the class group discussions.

Also hired by four elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools, Master Zhen was able to see how the book was understood by students of all ages ranging from 6 to 86.

From Shaolin Chi Mantis to Tai Chi Youth to Buddha Kung Fu

Uncommon Hand and FootAfter founding Shaolin Chi Mantis Traditional Buddhist Gongfu in 1992, Master Zhen founded the nonprofit organization, Tai Chi Youth, in 1996. Then, in January of 2008, Buddha Kung Fu was launched.

The Tai Chi Beginner book was a required text of all classes in all three Kung Fu schools. Hundreds of students purchased, studied, discussed and learned the valuable insights, Tai Chi concepts, and Kung Fu Basics taught in the student manual.

With 444 pictures detailing the Yoga Stretch Routine, Kung Fu kicks and punches, and the entire Yang Style Tai Chi Short Form of Shaolin Chi Mantis, this Tai Chi Beginner book is probably the most thorough guide to learning Tai Chi in the entire world, in any language.

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Newest edition to be published in 2011.

         
 
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