Chen, the original Tai Chi style, has long been revered for its combination of fluid grace, high energy, explosive power and devastating martial applications. Yet until recently, the fundamental training required to truly generate these remarkable results remained the closely guarded secret of the Chen Family's own inner circle.
This all changed when the leading modern-day Chen Style representative, Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, decided to publicly reveal the true essentials behind Chen's superiority as a martial art. Extracting and distilling the absolute core principles of Chen Style, he created the now-legendary Silk Reeling Qigong system. To quote Chen Xiaowang, Silk Reeling represents the foundational roots, as opposed to the leaves and branches, of true martial mastery. A focus on mastery of these foundational roots will allow you to more quickly develop high-level skills in ANY of the myriad martial forms you may then to choose to learn.
Grandmaster Ren Guan Yi Chen Xiaowang's most senior disciple and his leading representative in the US in turn passed this knowledge to Jose Figueroa. Master Figueroa is uniquely qualified to convey these essential cultivation secrets in a way that makes them immediately accessible to a Western audience. After over 20 years of dedicated classical Chen Style practice, as the co-author of three Chen Style books and with a highly extensive teaching background, Jose Figueroa is able to break down the Silk Reeling methods with extreme clarity, precision and attention to the crucial detail.
According to the Chen Family, both superior movement and the mastery of Qi are grounded in impeccable body mechanics. Immense emphasis is placed on exact alignment, supreme coordination of movement, proper balance and a deep understanding of relaxation and tension in the body. Jose Figueroa has developed a careful progression of methods that ensure practitioners develop a solid foundation in each step of this powerful system.
Individual movement sequences and techniques are demonstrated from three angles, followed by a highly detailed explanation of every key element needed to extract maximum benefit from that method.
Series III reveals many of the Chen family's inner secrets for developing Fa Jing that dramatically explosive release of power, which is considered to be a hallmark of their art. Series III represents the culmination and integration of all lessons learned in the Progressive Silk Reeling program.
While further enhancing your energy, power, strength and movement skills:
Discover how to generate a powerful torque focused in both horizontal and vertical planes Learn how to recruit and suddenly express a powerful surge of Yang energy from may parts of the body Develop true waist power for highly effective pivoting, thrusting and striking techniques Develop a refined economy of movement and highly agile footwork
About the Actor
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.