Mindfulness In Motion

Mindfulness In Motion

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Tai Chi Chuan (Supreme Ultimate Fist)

Tai Chi Chuan is a meditative, internal martial art and unique system of physical, mental and spiritual culture that originated from Taoist monks in ancient China between 700 and 1500 years ago. It is a challenging system of exercise and a sophisticated martial art based on the interaction of yin and yang. Tai Chi Chuan employs slowness and quickness, suppleness and strength, and softness and hardness. New students begin by learning a long, slow sequence of circular, balanced movements and postures that after a time seem effortless. These elegant movements and postures are the foundation of the entire system and embody all of the physical and philosophical principles of Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi Chuan is a life-long learning process for young or old, strong or weak, can improve health, strengthen the body, increase stamina, generate energy, clear and calm the mind and harmonize the spirit. Total immersion in this system of exercise can help develop better posture, increase arm and leg strength (without adding bulk), and improve cardiovascular conditioning and endurance. Medical studies have shown that Tai Chi Chuan can improve joint flexibility, balance, enhance mental and physical health of the body, lower high blood pressure, and reduce pain and symptoms of stress. Tai Chi Chuan also develops the "qi," (chi) or internal energy and allows it to flow through the energy channels in the body to help maintain overall health and well being. Tai Chi Chuan is easy to learn, easy to practice, and a low impact, yet rigorous exercise 

Instructor: Reuben M. Quesada

Reuben Quesada is a life-long student and dedicated instructor of Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. Mr. Quesada has studied under third generation Grandmaster Tung Kai Ying of the Kai Ying Tung Academy of Tai Chi Chuan in Los Angeles, CA and has continued his studies with Tom Walters, an instructor and senior student, of Grandmaster Tung who was given formal permission to teach Tai Chi Chuan in Orange County, but who is now retired. In 2005 Mr. Quesada was given a Letter of Recommendation by Grandmaster Tung to instruct Yang style Tai Chi Chuan in Riverside County. Mr. Quesada, a member of the American Tai Chi and Qigong Association, is proficient at and is prepared to instruct many of the Yang style Tai Chi Chuan forms. Mr. Quesada is prepared to instruct Qigong, 24 Form (YMAA), Slow Set, Push Hands, Fast Set, Tung’s Family Set, Sabre, Double Sticks, Sword, Lance, and San Shou. The goal is to build our skills to San Shou and thereafter begin learning Applications. Applications are a necessary goal for understanding the dynamics of tai chi. Mr. Quesada is dedicated to informing everyone of the mindful and healthy benefits and aspects of Tai Chi Chuan. Mr. Quesada is a retired educator and former certificated teacher with past credentials and experience in Multiple Subjects and Single Subject-History and Social Science. Mr. Quesada also has a Masters Degree in Political Science and a Bachelors Degree in Legal Studies.

  • A mindful, gentle, meditative, internal martial art that will significantly & positively impact your body, mind, & spirit
  • A low impact yet highly rigorous core exercising activity that is easy to learn and practice
  • Ideal for seniors who want to mature with grace
  • Health clubs, gyms, yoga studios, and dance studios; add to, or supplement your existing fitness programs with Tai Chi
  • Health care centers; engage patients/clients as well as staff in alternative healthy living activities
  • Local forward thinking companies; offer employee healthy living, stress relief break times
  • Teacher Associations; suggest to members to engage in stress relief from a former teacher who knows
  • Sober living homes; a healthy living activity that teaches mindfulness, focus, & discipline & inspires confidence
  • Free Introductory Lessons Available
  • Early Morning classes available by arrangement
  • Personalized Lessons available by arrangement

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Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Introduce simple concepts about body movements and mechanics.  Begin with a warm-ups.  Instruct simple beginner upper-body movements in an exercise known as Qigong.  Introduce simple concepts of foot work.  Begin instructing the first section of Tai Chi Chuan.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been a Tai Chi instruct for 7 years at a local community center.  I have been a student of Tai Chi for over 30 years.  Furthermore, I've been an teacher in public schools, charter schools, and a community college.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$10 dollar fee each lesson.  Personal lesson pricing by arrangement.


How did you get started teaching?

A friend introduced me to Tai Chi Chuan.


What types of students have you worked with?

Predominantly older adults.  Many with physical impairments and medical conditions.  However, both young and old alike can benefit.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day which is the last Saturday of every April when people from all around the world perform Tai Chi in groups in their hometowns at 10am local time.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

They must practice what is taught and they must practice every day.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Questions about commitment, determination, patience, mindfulness, attitude, and personality.


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