"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.
Zoom Classes Schedule and feesaand nd
All classes are on Zoom - No in-person or private lessons at this time due to the COVID 19 emergency.
Monthly fees: $50 single / $75 family.
All classes last 1 1/2 hours except for the 1 hour session on Wednesday evenings.
Wednesday evenings at 7:00 - Cold Mountain Old Yang White Crane style Tai Chi, starting with 3 animal Qigongs: Phoenix, Dragon and Crane.
Thursday evenings at 7:00 - Chen-style Tai Chi, starting with Bang and then some silk reeling.
Saturday a.m. at 9:30 - Yang-style Tai Chi every week; Qigongs at the beginning of class alternating every second week between Bang practice and the Yang family 1st. and 2nd. Brocades.
Sunday a.m. at 9:30 - alternating every second week between Tai Chi Fan and Old Yang long form. Old Yang sessions alternating between the form-based Qigong sequence and Dr. Shen's Qigong for cultivating Qi.
To join the ZOOM sessions communicate with Steve Higgins at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.