Over the past twenty years, we are fortunate to have woven special relationships with other clubs, instructors, and practitioners. This make us part of an amazing Tai Chi community that we would like to celebrate and build with you! It is our hope, though this website, to support and strengthen the members of the larger Tai Chi and martial arts community by promoting them, their clubs and projects.
Here are a few of our friends:
- Carol O'Connor has studied with Steve Higgins since 2000 and was the editor of the first Cold Mountain club book, a collection of essays by club members on topics ranging from the use of Tai Chi training in professional sports to introspections on the I Ching. She was introduced to Sam Masich's love of sword in 2000 and has enjoyed weapon work ever since. Carol is a level 1 instructor of Tai Chi and teaches Tai Chi in Kincardine, Ont. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Working and playing with Cold Mountain Internal Arts has been a family-type experience over the last decade. Now when I journey "home" for tai chi events, I realize what high quality training is available there and what close bonds can be made with people who play together."
- Ed Cooper, founder of Circle of Friends and long-term President of the Canadian Taijiquan Federation, and Steve Higgins were for many years a team, providing guidance to the Tai Chi community, delivering presentations at various international symposiums, and designing a series of pedagogy and certification workshops for the CTF. A student of Sam Masich, Ed now lives on Vancouver Island and is a continuing inspiration to many in our community.
- Gloria Jenner, Phoenix Tai Chi, http://www.phoenixtaichi.ca Located in London, Ontario. Gloria is beloved by instructors throughout the province of Ontario. She is a mentor to others, including Steve Higgins, and is an advanced practitioner of small-frame Yang style Tai Chi.
- Haibin Gao. A student of Huang Junji in Beijing, Haibin is an instructor in a Chen New-frame (Bejing) lineage deriving directly from Chen Fa Ke, and also teaches Bajiquan. He has contributed the Traditional Beijing Chen Family New Frame form, and the Beijing Xin Yi Hunyuan sword form, to the CMIA Chen style curriculum.
- Jill Heath and Adriaan Blaauw - email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill and Adriaan teach Tai-Chi in Milton and Gatineau. Both elite performers and tournament champions, they are associate members of Cold Mountain Internal Arts, and always join our club events. They have presented workshops at CMIA, and give outstanding free-hand and weapons demos. They are also a great resource for Tai Chi books, clothes, shoes, weapons etc.
- Jonathan Krehm, Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy http://www.toronto.wustyle.com/ International champion and senior disciple of Grandmaster (Eddie) Wu Kwong Yu, Jonathan is a colleague, friend and teacher. He has been a generous support to the CTF, COTTQA and to CMIA.
He has led demonstrations at CMIA and presented workshops on weapons form and, with Steve Higgins, Tai Chi theory. He is also the publisher of the English translation of Grandmaster Wu Kung Cho's 1932 classic, Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan, a canonical source for most Tai Chi enthusiasts.
- Judith Mackay-Kowalski - Chenoa Studios, Barrie, Orillia ON - www.chenoastudio.ca
Like many other practitioners, Judith came to Tai Chi from personal need (see "What our Members Say" section) and stayed to help others. An expert in curriculum development, she has unusual expertise at working in institutional settings, having set up a Tai Chi instructional curriculum for the Orillia and Barrie campuses of Georgian College.
- Linda Kearns, Guelph Tai Chi for Health does not have a website (someday!), but can be contacted at email@example.com, or by phone at 519-823-1441. A student of Sam Masich and formerly of Steve Higgins, Linda is a specialist in the traditional Yang and Old Yang Middle Frame styles.
- Loong Wong is a mentor and senior figure in the Ontario Tai Chi community. An expert in Wu Style Tai Chi fighting applications, he has an extensive background in a wide range of other combative styles including Five Ancestors, Black Tiger and Kuntao Silat.
- Mary Hansell, Circle of Friends, Campbellville / Milton, Ontario - firstname.lastname@example.org
Students of Ed Cooper and of Sam Masich, Mary and Roger Hansell have dedicated years to promoting and supporting Sam Masich's approach to the classical Yang-style curriculum. We co-celebrate club events, co-host seminars with them and enjoy their dedication to the art.
- Patricia Beretta, Tai-Chi and 15 Minutes to Health, Waterloo and Conestogo, Ontario - www.LeShiatsu.com Patricia has been with CMIA for the past ten years. She shifted to a Shiatsu therapy career thanks to her experience at the club, and began to teach her own short form classes in 2007. She has an original and creative approach to Tai Chi curriculum and pedagogy, based upon a background combining both advanced western medical technology and shiatsu, an Asian healing modality.
- Ian Sinclair, Cloud Mounain - Orillia, Ontario has studied with G.M. Liang Shou-yu and with Sam Masich, and practices a wide range of the internal martial arts. See Youtube for his excellent videos.
- Robin Young, Jing-Mo Kung Fu (Guelph) is a disciple of James Lore (Toronto) and a master of Southern-style Shaolin Temple Boxing in the lineage of Lore's Hung Kuen. He is an associate member of CMIA and perennially performs Lion Dances at CMIA with his club. Many years ago he studied Wu style Tai Chi with John Lee, first President of the Canadian Taijiquan Federation. Robin has demonstrated at CMIA functions, and has presented workshops. email@example.com; http://www.templestudios.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24&Itemid=59
---- "It has always been a pleasure to take part in Cold Mountain
Internal Arts activities, either taking part in tai chi classes or by
performing the Chinese Southern Lion Dance at the school's New Year
celebrations. My association with Sifu Higgins and Cold Mountain over
the past years has enhanced not only my martial skills, but my
martial community." ----- Sifu Robin Young.
- Sam Masich, Germany:
www.sammasich.com Sam is an elite instructor and performer. Internationally known as a perennial North American tournament champion, his profound research and approach to Tai Chi are a central part of the CMIA curriculum. He has been a guest in China of the Yang family, and was the preferred assistant of Chen Xiaowong (then lineage holder of the Chen family Tai Chi tradition) on his first North American tour. He is a colleague, teacher and friend! He has presented workshops at CMIA, both solo and with Steve Higgins.
- Steve Yee, Tai Chi Tango, http://www.taichitango.com/TaiChiTango_Site/Welcome.html is a master of both Yang style Tai Chi and of Argentine Tango. A longtime supporter of the CTF, he has demonstrated on many occasions at CMIA functions, and has presented a workshop with Steve Higgins on artistic expression.