José Figueroa's Chen Style Tai Chi Progressive Silk Reeling DVDs are exceptional. Mr. Figueroa presents the very core aspects of Tai Chi which reveal how and why it is a true, powerful martial art and not just a method of gentle exercise as is so often depicted in the west.
Indeed it does provide a great deal of gentle stretching and joint mobility but it also provides fantastic power from full body-mind engagement which will make you a more powerful and more efficient person via training your body and mind to function together.
You do not need to be a martial artist to use these DVDs although you might become one with them!
Jose Figueroa's 20+ years in Chinese martial arts includes unrivaled success as America's premier internal Chinese martial arts competitor. He has won numerous grand championships and first place titles at every major Chinese martial arts tournament in the United States. As a national champion, he traveled to China with Master Ren in 1998 to train in Chen village and compete in the International Taiji Competition held in Wenxian, Henan, China.
With a BS in Physical Education, Mr. Figueroa has designed innovative physical education curricula based solely on Chinese martial arts for the aged, at-risk youth, and physically challenged youth. He has taught a variety of classes for the Board of Education, Wavehill community, and the Equinox health club in New York. Currently, Mr. Figueroa writes on the action film and theater business as an entertainment correspondent for Kung Fu/Qigong magazine As a writer, Mr. Figueroa has been a contributing writer for Wu Shu Kung Fu, World of Martial Arts, Qi: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness, Inside Kung Fu, and many other magazines devoted to the health sciences.
Jose Figueroa has won numerous martial arts tournaments on the Local, Regional, National and International levels of competition, and has, collectively, been awarded over 40 world gold medals from 1992 to the present. In 1998 he received a Proclamation by Senator Carlos Davila of Humacoa, Puerto Rico for his many contributions as a Latino to the Martial Arts. Jose Figueroa was also inducted into the International Kung Fu Federation Hall of Fame in 1998 as Elite Martial Artist of the Year and the 1997 USWKF Chen Style Taijiquan World Champion. Other awards from 1999 include the 1999 USAWKF Wushu Kung Fu Hall of Fame "Internal Athlete of the Year" and the 1999 International Wushu Kung Fu Championships "Men s All Around Internal Forms Grand Champion." In early 2000, Mr. Figueroa s work earned him the NY Foundation for the Arts , NYFA Gregory Millard fellowship for choreography, based on his use of Chinese martial arts for theatrical combat choreography.
Jose has performed numerous demonstrations, lectures and seminars on the Chinese Martial Arts in New York, Philadelphia, Florida, California, Africa, Holland, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico, and China. He has been featured by Channel 7's Good Morning America, Eyewitness News, Fox 5 Good Day New York, ESPN and WSDT 96 .9 FM. As an actor, Jose marked his debut as martial artist/film actor in the 1998 feature-length film entitled Manhattan Chase with Cynthia Rothrock & Loren Avedon, directed by Godfrey Ho.
With noted Chen practitioner Stephan Berwick, Jose has coauthored an instructional tai chi book series including Taijiquan 38 Forms and Application Tai Chi for Kids and Practical Tai Chi .
As a Choreographer, Jose directed the martial arts choreography for the off-Broadway premiere of composer Fred Ho's Journey Beyond The West: The New Adventures Of Monkey at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 1997 "Next Wave Festival", to critical acclaim in the New York Times. He also worked as Fight Choreographer and actor on Fred Ho's Warrior Sisters Opera at Aaron Davis Hall in 1998. His largest accomplishment in this arena came when he choreographed the sensational Voice of the Dragon (aka) Once upon a time in Chinese America. Produced by Big Red Media and toured by Columbia Artists in 2003.