White Crane Tai Chi: 32 count form
What you'll learn
- White Crane Tai Chi, the complete 32 count form, health and wellness benefits, history, individual movements
- This course can be practiced by anyone including those limited in mobility or space
White Crane Tai Chi is a gentle art imparting many benefits of wellness, balance, peace, and inner strength to practitioners of all ages. Grandmaster Chuck Blackburn guides students in this historical film through the basic movements and then combines them to give you the complete form as taught within his 55 year martial arts career.
The class begins with a wonderful discussion on the 'why' of training this ancient art and 'who' it's for. Spencer also shares some of his history learning with Grandmaster Blackburn and how his own training was shaped by Blackburn; Spencer's first teacher beginning in 1992.
Students of all ages and ability can learn and enjoy this style. It is appropriate for diverse students including adaptive ability, seniors, beginners and experts, even those with limited mobility or those healing with physical pain or trauma.
While some styles of Tai Chi claim self defense elements, White Crane as presented here is a wonderful way to balance the body and mind, and rejuvenate our spirit especially when conducted in nature or outdoors. It is a balancing soft art for people who have studied rigid, hard, or combative styles and are looking to round out their whole being.
Chuck Blackburn was a legendary teacher of martial arts, earning his Tang Soo Do black belt in the 1960's under the same instructor who taught Chuck Norris. As he aged, Chuck explored mind body connections and was a forward thinker in applying psychology, spiritual study, as well as survival and preparedness to his teaching. He retired near Asheville North Carolina where he also taught public speaking and other classes at a local community college. His legacy lives on in some form through teachers in Florida and Western North Carolina. He passed away in 2013. Riverside martial arts in Canton, NC, continues to honor his vision and strict adherence to excellence in training and in life.
Blackburn was a sentinel for justice, and always found ways to reach out to others and bring a diverse array of people to Learn, to Grow, and to Share.
Who this course is for:
- graceful aging, wellness practitioners, martial artists, dancers
Spencer 2 Dogs Bolejack operates Land of the Sky Wilderness School in Western North Carolina where he lives with his wife and three kids. An apprentice of mountain man Eustace Conway in the 1990s and director of many Turtle Island programs, Bolejack holds dan rank in multiple styles of martial arts including Tang Soo Do, Kenpo, IMA, and a 5th degree black belt in ninjutsu. After a rough start at Appalachian State, he gave everything away and moved into the woods for a total of three years, surviving on little and accumulating many of the skills discussed in camp. Eventually graduating from UNC-A, he has taught public school, won state level awards from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, has been published in Best Practices for Middle School Teachers and has taught internationally. The 11th generation Carolinian also co-hosted 59 episodes of Discovery’s Hillbilly Blood.
Recently Spencer has been freelancing as a curriculum designer for Mastery Systems, adapting Conscious Language training materials for Parents and Kids. He has run sound and recording tech for live tours and continues to pursue a variety of endeavors from his humble paradise on North Carolina's largest Wilderness Area. His hand forged knives and turned bowls are sold locally. Spencer hosts guests for clinics, therapy, intervention, and one on one advanced training in woods lore and survival at the LOTSWild Base Camp. Air b n b available.