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Chinese Tai Chi Master to Present Free Demonstration at Antioch Park on Oct. 30
POSTED: 10/21/2003
 
A Chinese master of tai chi will present a free demonstration from 8 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch, Merriam. The demonstration is open to the public and will take place on the patio of Building A.

Master Chen Zhenglei of China's Henan province will make the presentation, which is being hosted by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Overland Park 50 Plus program.

Master Chen is visiting nine cities in the United States and is being brought to Kansas City by Gary Huff of the Three Dragons Way School of Chinese Boxing, Inc. and The Tai Chi Studio of Overland Park. The 50 Plus program's Tai Chi instructor, Craig Terry, is certified through this organization.

Tai chi consists of a series of slow smooth circular movements. Practiced alone or in groups, participants move through a series of movements which constitute a "form." Practice of this movement art is believed to promote balance, body awareness, deep breathing, and a sense of well being.

Master Chen was born and lives in the famous village where his ninth-generation grandfather, Chen Wang Ting, created tai chi. He has been practicing this discipline since he was eight years old and has been teaching since 1972.

Last year, the government of China awarded Master Chen with the designation as one of the "Top Ten Martial Arts Masters in China," a prestigious award considering the large number of martial arts masters living in the country. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and other materials on the subject of tai chi. The Antioch Park demonstration is part of a week-long visit in the Kansas City area as part of a worldwide tour to spread the teachings of tai chi.

For more information about the demonstration, contact the Overland Park 50 Plus Office at (913) 642-6410. For a listing of tai chi classes offered by the District, visit the agency's website at www.jcprd.com

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