Born in Sendai, Japan, Mari spent her formative years between Japan, Spain, South America, and the United States. She lived in Lima, Peru, from 1974 to 1989 where she began her Tai Chi journey. In 1990 Mari moved to the United States to start a new life, settling in Connecticut. In 1996 she started learning the Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan with Bill Walsh, Director of Yang Cheng Fu New York Center. That same year she attended her first seminar with Master Yang Zhen Duo and Master Yang Jun. She began teaching the Traditional Form in 1998 and over the years has built a community of devoted Tai Chi students in Fairfield County, Connecticut. For the past four years Mari has been traveling to Lima, Peru, to teach the Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan.
In 2007 Mari was named Co-Director of Yang Cheng Fu New York Center.Mari Lewis
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After playing college basketball, Bill chose tai chi chuan as an exercise routine to maintain strength and increase flexibility. He began this study is 1973 and soon after studied at the Cheng Man-Ching school in NYC, studying under Lou Kleinsmith and Stanley Israel. In 1993 he had the opportunity to study with Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo and Master Yang Jun. In 1995 he became the NYC Director for the Yang Family, which was one of the first three US centers. Bill has been to China six times and most recently, travelled around for ten weeks, visiting the different Yang Family Centers. Bill has competed successfully in China in hand form, sword, saber, and push hands. He served as a judge in 2007 for ranking in China. Also in 2007 Bill had the honor of being accepted as a disciple to Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo. Bill recently moved to Arundel, Maine.
Bill has taught in different environments: college, corporate, the BodyChance Alexander school of Japan, public classes and privately. As an aging athlete dealing with nerve damage, he applies the principles of tai chi chuan to maintain optimum health. He has also applied these principles to the mediation practice at the high school and corporate level.Bill Walsh
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