Bill Cartmell,
Senior Instructor

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Phone: (480) 518-3055
White Crane Tai Chi
Welcome to White Crane Tai Chi!
Tai Chi is a fun exercise program that is safe for students of all ages.  Tai Chi has been called part martial art, part
exercise program and part moving meditation.  It is classified as a soft style or internal martial art as it is a combination of
martial arts movements with Qigong.  Qigong (pronounced "chee-gung") are internal energy building, Chi-energy
circulation, breathing and stretching exercises. This powerful combination of Tai Chi forms with Qigong exercise sets has
many health benefits which is the reason Tai Chi is becoming more popular today.  

                                                                       Tai Chi Styles
 The styles of Tai Chi I teach are the Yang, Sun and Modern Styles.  The Yang style is the most popular worldwide and I
offer the full Yang training program.  The
Yang style was created by Yang Luchan (1799-1872) who modified the more
martial Chen style in the early 19th century.  The Yang style  movements are gentle, graceful, effective for health
promotion, and easier to learn.
Sun style was created by Sun Lu-tang (1861-1932). Sun was a well-known exponent of the Xingyiquan and
Baguaquan (two famous internal martial art styles) before he learned Tai Chi. Sun Style is characterized by agile steps.
Whenever one foot moves forward or backwards the other foot follows. Its movements flow smoothly like water or clouds.
Whenever you turn there is an opening and closing movement, which is a powerful Qigong exercise. Sun Style has a high
stance which makes it easier for students with Arthritis and Osteoporosis.  
Modern Style are official forms created by the Chinese government since 1956 to simplify and standardize the
forms.  These forms are taught throughout China in schools and is part of their Wushu program. Wushu is made up of a
mixture of Tai Chi and Kung Fu and other internal arts.

Please check out our FAQS and Education on more information on Tai Chi and Qigong.

                                              White Crane Tai Chi Mission Statement

The mission of White Crane Tai Chi is to educate students, instructors and schools in the ancient Chinese martial art of
Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong.  Our goal is to:
  •     Improve your sense of well-being and health.
  •     Increase your range of motion, build strength, increase stamina,
        improve balance and coordination.
  •     Integrate your mind, body, spirit and energy.
  •     Create a calm, natural balance of energy that can be used in work,
        recreation, or self-defense.
  •     Improve the function of the internal organs, delay aging, and prolong life.