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Lecture with His Holiness, The Sakya Trizin: June 26, 2013

We are delighted to welcome His Holiness, The Sakya Trizin, who will be visiting North Carolina for the first time June 25-26. Join us for a very rare opportunity to hear him speak at a lecture open to the public, right here at The Peaceful Dragon. For more information, please click the link below:

http://thepeacefuldragon.com/specialevents.shtml#sakyatrizin

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Charlotte Fitness: Easy Exercises for Beginners

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.

Learn more here: Easy Exercises

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Chinese New Year (2013): Celebrate the Year of the Snake with Us!

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!

For more info about this year’s festival, go here: 2013 Chinese New Year

To see highlights from last year’s demonstration, click here:  2012 Chinese New Year

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Charlotte, NC: January Yoga Workshop Conducted by Master Sbarge

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.

The workshop takes place Saturday, January 26, 2013, and is suitable for teenagers to adults. Read more about the workshop here: http://www.thepeacefuldragon.com/specialevents.shtml#shaolinyoga

Read more about our yoga classes here: http://www.thepeacefuldragon.com/specialevents.shtml#shaolinyoga

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Fitness Without a Coach? Good Luck!

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.

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Qigong Exercise for Fitness

Qigong has been used for centuries to promote health, wellness, and overall mind-body fitness. In our latest video, Sifu David Block demonstrates a gentle qigong, “Push the Mountain and Move the Sea.”

Enjoy!

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World Tai Chi Day in Charlotte–April 28, 2012!

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.

Read more here: http://thepeacefuldragon.com/specialevents.shtml#taichiday

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Does qi (chi) really exist?

The subject of qi has often been misunderstood, both by the general public and even by martial artists.

In our latest video, Master Sbarge discusses this controversial concept, and he examines the more practical (instead of magical) aspects of qi.

Watch the video here.

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2012 Chinese New Year Festival…Right Here in Charlotte!

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.

Read more about our upcoming celebration here.

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What is chi?

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?”

See the video here: What is qi?

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