Matthew began his studies in Qigong and Taijiquan in Yangshuo, China in 2000. He continued his training with multiple teachers in the Yang style of Taijiquan, including William CC Chen in New York City and Dr. Tao Ping Xiang in Seattle, WA. In 2007 Matthew began his training with Chen style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan lineage holder and Taoist adept, Harrison Moretz, at the Taoist Studies Institute in Seattle, WA. Matthew was accepted as a disciple and entered the Chen style and Hunyuan Taijiquan lineages in 2014. Matthew has taught Qigong and Taijiquan since 2004 to both children and adults, from university settings to Senior centers. He enjoys sharing this profound art and does so with patience and humor. Matthew continues advanced training in Qigong and Taijiquan at the Taoist Studies Institute in Seattle, WA.
Qigong class: Tuesday’s at 6pm
Taijiquan class: Thursday’s at 6pm
Taijiquan and qigong classes are held at Cross River Meditation Center 110 Harrison street, 2nd Floor. The entrance is in the rear courtyard.
Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan (abbreviated as Hunyuan Taiji) is a Taiji (Tai Chi) style that combines the martial skills and frame of the Chen-style system with elements of Xinyi Quan as well as Taoist internal cultivation methods. The system includes meditation practices, qigong sets, empty hand forms, weapons, two-person drills (push-hands), and free fighting.
Qigong is a system of self healing that has been used in China for over 2,000 years to maintain health, achieve longevity and treat disease. It consists of gentle exercises that combine breath, slow movement, self massage and meditation to harmonize body mind and spirit.
Hunyuan Taiji system
The Hunyuan Taiji system includes four different qigong sets – groups of movements that are practiced in repetition for specific purposes. These four are Hunyuan Gong, Chansi Gong, Fangsong Gong, and Stick & Ruler Gong. Each of these sets takes an average of an hour to complete. The foundation of all of these is meditation, or “wuji” sitting and standing practice. These qigong methods are more important to practice than Taiji form or push-hands applications. Grandmaster Feng often says, “you can skip practicing quan (form or boxing) for a day, but not gong (internal qi skill).”
Wuji Meditation The goal of meditation is the cultivation of stillness – merging with what is without polarity (literally, “wuji”). From this stillness, the one hunyuan qi emerges and becomes taiji (supreme polarity). Using our mind-intent, we then direct the qi through the movements of qigong or taiji form practice. All practices in Hunyuan Taiji emerge from and return to stillness. This is the secret of Taoist cultivation and the key to the deepest mysteries of Taiji.