Cold Mountain

 Tai Chi

"I climb the road to Cold Mountain,
The road that never ends.
The valleys are long and strewn with stones; Streams are broad and banked with thick grass; Moss is slippery, though no rain has fallen;
Pines sigh, but it isn't the wind. Who can break from the snares of the world and sit with me among the white clouds?" 






Cold Mountain Internal Arts was established in 1990 in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. We offer daytime and evening classes in both Kitchener and Waterloo.


Our members include beginners and expert practitioners. Our instructors encourage mixed group levels, not only with focused attention to those new to the arts, but also for those wishing to advance in their study and proficiency.


We practice different styles of Tai Chi and Qigong exercises. These are traditionally referred to as "internal arts" because they work with the deep structures of the body, and with its subtle energies. Postures and moves are practiced with a soft quality, slowly, and cultivating relaxation of muscles (as opposed to external martial arts that are fast and use external strikes, cultivating muscle power).


All internal arts share common principles of efficiency through relaxation, and our particularity is in the diversity of styles we teach and practice. Our teaching style combines theory and practice. All of our instruction is devoted to learning and practicing various Tai Chi and Qi Gong forms. Our club also has an academic component. Students are encouraged to read classic and modern references of internal arts and philosophies from Eastern as well as Western traditions. Groups gather regularly to study textbooks or articles and understand how to incorporate their teachings into one's own practice.


In Kitchener-Waterloo we are now into stage 3 of the opening restrictions. We are experimenting with a combination of physical group practices in Victoria Park and ZOOM sessions.  Therefore just come to class! 


If you elect to attend a group session remember that this does still mean masking up and observing social distancing. Venue is the island in Victoria Park. So far the site has been relatively bug-free. It is deeply shaded.  There is lots of parking in the area.  These sessions are weather contingent.  Any class cancellation will be announced by e-mail at least an hour in advance. 


Alternatively, we do have the ZOOM sessions continuing as indicated by the schedule below.  To get into these, RSVP to me by e-mail and I can add you to the invitation list. If you have friends who are interested, have them e-mail me directly so I can add them directly to the list. (This is a controlled access event.)


Here's an update on how things are going!


Monday 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Victoria Park --- Yang style.   As announced, this is a chance to get back into our routine with qigong (mainly 1st Brocade) and forms.  My focus will be on hand forms, but people are free to practice weapons (dagger, fan, sword) in groups or independently.  My emphasis will be on forms reps and helping with problems, rather than teaching from scratch.


Wednesday ZOOM 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. ----  qigong and Crane. This form was developed by 2 of our members and is an off-shoot of the Old Yang.  Stances are upright, elegant, and expressive. The form is combative and also a high-level qigong. I've taught the form in some detail over the past 4 months.


Thursday 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Victoria Park  ----  BANG and Chen-style Cannon Fist.  This form is very old-fashioned Kung Fu.  It is a suitable introduction to the Chen tradition. The qigong focuses on silk reeling.  I am teaching it from scratch.  Independent practice of the complete form is welcome.


Saturday ZOOM 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. ---- BANG (1st. half hour), qigong, and then Yang style.  In this class I have taught the 13 Powers foundation form in detail over the past 4 months.  I am now just starting to teach the 108.

Sunday 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. ---- Old Yang (middle frame) qigong and forms.  I have just started teaching this from scratch.  Since numbers restrictions have been lifted I am hoping we can have both Beginners and Veterans groups working at the same time.  This tradition is the core of our club's teaching.  It is qigong intensive.

For new members -- This can seem a bit overwhelming because the curriculum explores three different traditions and is not progressive.  So, explore at your leisure and ask me or other members for advice as to what to try!


Steve has been practicing martial arts for over 40 years.
His combined studies and experience include Jujitsu, Tongbei, Tai Chi and other internal martial arts such as Xing Yi, Ba Gwa and Le He Ba Fa. Steve has studied with Asian masters of old lineages and
devotes his life to the practice and teaching

of Tai Chi and Qi Gong.

Steve Higgins
Principal Instructor

Get In Touch \\ Tel: 519-240-7694



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