Six weeks into 2013, are you getting lax with your New Year’s resolutions for better health and fitness? If so, no worries. The Chinese New Year just began! Here’s your chance to refocus and commit to work on your fitness goals.
In this video, Master Sbarge discusses very simple, effective exercises for beginners.
Join us Saturday, February 9, 2013, for our annual Chinese New Year Festival! Fun for the entire family, there will be free intro classes in tai chi and kung fu, door prizes, exciting kung fu demos, and much more!
Attention Charlotte: Our first workshop of the year, Shaolin Yoga, will be held by head instructor Master Eric Sbarge. Start off the New Year with an in-depth look at the principles, postures, and philosophy of yoga as a mind/body/spirit practice.
About staying fit, the great football coach Bill Parcels supposedly once said to his players, “The only person getting fat around here is me.”
You might ask, what good is a fat coach who I can’t look up to as an example and role model? To which I would respond, a fat coach who’s good at what he does is a thousand times better than a skinny coach who sucks, and a skinny coach who sucks is still way better than no coach at all.
Most people who aren’t professional athletes and aren’t aspiring to be have no coach to help them get and stay fit and healthy. And how do they do as a result? Well, just look around you. The average person is in terrible shape and lousy health.
A coach serves vital functions that we rarely can fulfill on our own: She motivates us, guides us, teaches us, holds us accountable, inspires us, reprimands us, and regularly holds a mirror up for us to look in.
Left to our own devices we are mostly unmotivated, floundering, unsure, ignorant, undisciplined – and unwilling to hold up that mirror.
If you want to get fit and healthy, the bottom line is you need a coach. Coaches go by various names: Trainer, instructor, teacher, mentor and so on. Call them what you like, they are indispensable assistants in the quest for health and fitness.
If you’re in the Charlotte area, join us for World Tai Chi Day on April 28. We will celebrate the joys of tai chi with more than 70 countries around the globe.
Beginning at 10am sharp, our World Tai Chi Day festivities will include an informative workshop on tai chi and qigong. Learn about the history of these practices as well as their unique martial applications and health benefits. Participants will also have a chance to learn and practice tai chi and qigong movements, which have been shown to improve balance in the elderly, alleviate pain from arthritis, help Parkinson’s sufferers, and offer a myriad of other health benefits.
Free and open to the public, this workshop is suitable for anyone (ages 14 and up)– those with no tai chi experience to advanced tai chi practitioners from every style are welcome.
It’s almost time for our annual Chinese New Year Festival! This year of The Dragon celebration ironically coincides with our 15th anniversary, so we’re excited and filled with optimism about the coming year!
If you’re in the Charlotte area, come out and join us for what will surely be a great time Saturday, January 21 from 11am-2pm. Admission is at no charge with a non-perishable food item, which we will donate to Loaves and Fishes of Charlotte; otherwise, admission is $3.
The concept of chi (or “qi”) is often misunderstood. Known as “ki” and “prana” in other traditions, chi is an important underlying philosophy behind chi kung, tai chi, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In this short video, Master Sbarge offers more insight in answering the question “What is chi?”
Welcome to 2012, a new year, which for many represents new opportunity, new growth and new achievement. This year also is the Year of The Dragon (January 23). In addition, The Peaceful Dragon celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, so we’re definitely excited to reach this milestone as we spread traditional Chinese martial arts, and the concept of mind/body/spirt fitness throughout the Greater Charlotte Area.
With this first blog post of the year, we’d like to take a moment and look back at some of the fun events of 2011. Last year, Master Sbarge did a series of informative videos using throws from bagua. If you haven’t had a chance to see them yet, or if you’d like to see them again, go here: Bagua Throws
Charlotte martial arts and health arts center features authentic tai chi, kung fu, yoga, kempo karate, Zen meditation and grappling (mixed martial arts) – for health, fitness, stress management, self-defense, spiritual growth and more!