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.



Good morning everybody!


The cold weather is 'icumin in' so it is time for some changes!


1. Presently we have two Yang-style sessions per week: Monday evenings in Victoria Park and Saturday mornings by ZOOM from 9:30 to 11:00.  These two sessions cover largely the same material. I am therefore cancelling the VP evening session.  Those who cannot join the Saturday morning ZOOM session due to other commitments will have access to it as a recording on Youtube. I usually send out the link by e-mail the same or the next day.  In the future the mailing lists for both regular and distance sessions will be consolidated so that mailings and links will go to everybody in the club and our guests from elsewhere.


2. The Wednesday evening 7:00 p.m. Crane and Animal Qigongs sessions will continue as at present: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30.  I shall leave videos up on Youtube for classes that have significant new material (like Phoenix qigong), but shall not otherwise be recording them on a regular weekly basis.


3. Chen style: This coming Thursday evening the temperature is forecast to drop to 4 degrees which is certainly sending us a message!  Effective THIS WEEK into the future we will therefore be moving to Zoom.  The session will start a half-hour later at 7:00 p.m. and will go to 8:30 p.m.  It is my intention to complete the teaching of the Cannon Fist.  When that is done we shall start the evening sessions with some silk-reeling and Cannon Fist, but then focus on the study of the Chen Fa-ke version of the Yi-lu / First Road.


4.  While the weather co-operates, the Sunday sessions in Victoria Park for Old Yang and Fan will subject to weather continue as they are at present; Old Yang 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 and Fan from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30.  Upon completion of learning the Rainbow form we will continue going through it while commencing study of the Chen 16-Movement Fan form.


The COVID second wave is shaping up to be really serious.  The situation is being exacerbated by public fatigue with taking such precautions as masking and the government's disinclination to restrict social gatherings due to reasons which are not only economic but also related to public health and a need for a certain amount of sociability.  I hope that our Tai Chi sessions are providing a certain amount of relief and that we can help each other get through this in the coming months. 


Remember, we can all look forward to Spring weather and the possibility of once again seeing each other in the flesh rather than just virtually!   But in the coming months be careful!


Fees and dues are waived during the duration of this emergency, but any donations by EFT are gratefully welcomed.


Good health and good practice to you all!


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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