Yang Pai Tai Chi Chuan
Jason's version of Tai Chi vastly improves one’s focus, balance, circulation, grounding and transfer of energy. We call this Yang-Pai T'ai Chi Ch'uan. The movements of T'ai Chi, along with proper breathing, will help develop explosive power and can improve skills in other activities including sports like football, baseball, tennis, golf, wrestling and other methods of martial arts. By coordinating one's breathing with each movement, one develops superior grounding, balance, bone density and core strength. The results are immediate if the techniques are practiced correctly.
As in all t'ai chi systems, each movement must flow into the next. The entire body is always in motion, with the movements performed slowly and at uniform speed. Some of the benefits of T'ai Chi include improved concentration, a clear, calm mind, and amelioration of many chronic health conditions like arthritis, digestive disorders, high blood pressure and back pain.
The overall positive effects of Yang-Pai T'ai Chi on one’s body can be endless and affect one's everyday activities. Aside from the sense of well-being that one develops, there may also be enhanced recovery from injuries and a reduction in their occurrence.
Besides the practice of the t'ai chi form, itself, there are other important elements which must be mastered including the famous pushing hands exercise in which two individuals touch hands to engage in a rolling form of contact involving pushing at the opponent while receiving and dissipating the opponent's own pushes. This teaches practitioners to further develop and apply the physical sensitivity for which t'ai chi is famous and which makes it the effective fighting method that it is.
Besides teaching this important practice to our own students, we invite t'ai chi players of all styles to join us in the practice so that we can have the broadest exposure to different methods and individuals of all sizes, shapes and capabilities.
In 2010 Sensei Perri participated in an International T'ai Chi Pushing Hands Tournament held in Boston and took two gold medals and a silver in three weight classes:
"I would especially like to dedicate these medals to the memory of my late teacher Grand Master Min Q. Pai. I'm glad I was able to give him the International recognition that he always deserved. Master Pai inspired and touched the lives of so many and this is my own small token of appreciation. I want to thank Grand Master Min Q. Pai for all the years of his teaching. I know he is smiling down on me."
Master Pai & Sensei Perri 1987
Sensei Jason Perri (1970 – ) was born in Greenwich, CT in 1970. Jason is a practitioner of Martial Arts for 30 years and an International T'ai Chi Push Hands Champion. Sensei Perri holds a 5th degree black belt in the Yun Mu Kwan system, which he earned under Grand Master Pai and his successor master James Stewart. The system is currently under the guidance and tutelage of Master James Stewart, a 6th degree Black Belt disciple of Grand Master Pai and one of only two of his senior students selected by the late Grand Master to carry on his methods. Sensei Perri is authorized by Master Stewart to continue the teachings of Grand Master Pai. (Master Stewart is the only currently active master of the system today.
Grandmaster Min Pai (1934 – 2004) was born in Korea in 1934. He learned T'ai Chi directly from one of Yang Cheng Fu’s top students, Cheng Man-ch’ing. In 1928 Cheng Man-ch’ing met the well-known master Yang Chengfu, with whom he began to study Yang style t’ai chi ch’uan, which he did until 1935. Grandmaster Pai modified the original Cheng Man-ch'ing form, creating a more balanced and effective fighting form which we call Yang-Pai Tai Chi. This form, along with Zen meditation, helps develop superior grounding, balance, bone density and core strength.
Cheng Man-ch’ing was born in 1902 and passed away in 1975 during a visit to Taiwan. He was born in Yongjia, now present-day Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province in China. Many regard Cheng Man-ch'ing (often referred to as "Professor" because of his credentials as a scholar and educator in China) as the man who introduced T'ai Chi to the west. Cheng Man-ch'ing moved to the United States in 1964 and taught at the New York T’ai Chi Association and then the Shr Jung T’ai Chi Ch'uan Studies Society in New York City’s Chinatown section. He is best known for his “Simplified” 37 Posture Yang Style T’ai Chi Chuan, "Simplified" because it reduces the time it takes to perform the complete routine as well as the complexity of some of the movements, thus making it easier to practice the form in today's busy world but not at the cost of the quality and sophistication of the form's constituent elements. Yang Cheng-Fu(1883-1936), Cheng Man-ch'ing's teacher, was a grandson of Yang Lu-Chan the founder of Yang-style T'ai Chi Ch'uan. It was Yang Cheng-Fu who produced the modern version of the form. His version of the form is the most widespread around the world today. Learning T'ai Chi Ch'uan from his father since early childhood, Yang Cheng-Fu showed talent early on and learned quickly, especially the “middle frame” Yang style passed on by his grandfather to his father and uncle Yang Ban-Hou, both of whom had taught martial arts in the Prince of Duan’s mansion and enjoyed a great reputation in Beijing. As an adult, Yang Cheng-Fu was invited by the Beijing Sports Society to teach martial arts in the city and afterward he traveled to Wuhan, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hangzhou to teach Yang-style T'ai Chi Ch'uan. Master Yang Lu Chan had the most impact and influence on the development of modern t'ai-chi ch'uan. He is often referred to as the first “stranger” to have been able to learn and master the secret art of t'ai-chi ch'uan, then held closely by the Chen family who were thought by many to be the originators of this form of martial art. Yang Lu Chan had convinced a master of the Chen style to teach him the art and went on to become a renowned and effective martial artist in his own right, further developing what he had been taught and which would become the forerunner of modern Yang style t'ai chi ch'uan. He was born in 1799 in the Hebei province of China. According to many accounts, Yang began his tai-chi chuan apprenticeship in the Chen Jia Gou village in 1820 under Master Chen Ghang Hsing, with whom he trained until he was 18 years old. Because of his exceptional skills, he received permission from Master Hsing to teach t'ai-chi ch'uan, in essence, to take on his own students. Yang Lu Chan came to be nicknamed “Yang the Invincible” in recognition of his undefeated record in combat during his lifetime. Many subsequent styles of t'ai chi ch'uan, which have grown up in the last two centuries, including the Wu Hao system and the Wu and Sun styles trace their lineage back to Yang Lu Chan.