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About Your Facilitator- Dawn Nader, Clarendon Hills, IL

Based in the Western Suburbs of Chicago, Dawn Nader is a Certified TaijiFit Instructor with over 500 hours of training and facilitating TaijiFit™.  April 2019 marks 15 years experience as a student and instructor through TaijiFit™ and Wushu- specializing in straight sword and Yang Style Tai Chi.  Dawn is a proponent of mindful movement for health. She brings a  TaijiFit™ Basic Instructor Certification, TaijiFit™ 200 Hour Instructor Certification, Certification to lead TaijiFit™ for Tivity-Silver Sneakers FLEX Program TaijiFit™ and Metro Chicago YMCAs. She is fully licensed and insured to facilitate one to one as well as small or large group movement experiences using TaijiFit™ at traditional fitness venues and non-traditional fitness venues. 

Dawn’s love for Tai-Chi began in 2004, as a student at Wushu Central Martial Arts Academy in San Jose, CA. Under the instruction of  Sifu David Chang, her training as a student and instructor provided incredible opportunities to transform her health and life.  She explains, “For me, Wushu Central was a personal sanctuary to reconnect myself (body, mind & spirit).  Along the way I reconnected to my smile & rediscovered what I CAN DO with perseverance & encouragement from a community rich in love.” Her dedication to life long learning has earned her a 5th duan black belt in Wushu. Her personal journey toward wellness & maintaining an active lifestyle through the Chinese Martial Arts provides a unique prospective on movement & it’s role in improving the condition of the human spirit.

Currently, Dawn is dedicated to building upon this foundation as she focuses her efforts on Yang Style Tai Chi w/ David-Dorian Ross as his indoor student.  She volunteers to mentor participants in the TaijiFit Basic Instructor Certification Program.  And, gives back to this growing TaijiFit™Community through service on the Senior Instructor Leadership Team for TaijiFit™ International.  You can find Dawn in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. She facilitates meetups & group movement experiences using a method called TaijiFit™. Additionally, she provides instruction for the most popular Tai Chi form in the world- the 24 Movement Simplified Yang Style Form (Beijing Short Form) & it’s companion form-the 32 Movement Simplified Yang Style Sword Form (Beijing Sword Form) .

Dawn’s list of previous and current clients include-

  • American Association of University Women-Naperville, IL Chapter
  • Carilion Club 55+ Active Adult Community-Naperville, IL
  • Metropolitan Chicago YMCAs- Naperville, IL (Kroehler Family Y & Fry Family Y)
  • Tivity Silver Sneakers FLEX Program 
  • HUMANA Guidance Centers- Lombard, IL & Naperville, IL
  • Acacia Academy Private Day School for Special Needs, Elementary/ Middle School Physical Education Facilitator-La Grange Highlands, IL
  • TaijiFit™International- David-Dorian Ross (Founder/CEO) Volunteer / Senior Instructor / Leadership Team: Studio TaijiFit™- Online LIVE TaijiFit™ and On-Demand Recorded Classes; TaijiFit™ Academy; TaijiFit™Immersions / Retreats / Workshops; TaijiFit™ Basic Instructor Mentoring & Certification Program; TaijiFit™ Continuing Education Workshops for Fitness & Health Industry Professionals  (ACE  Certified)
  • Wushu Central Martial Arts Academy-San Jose, CA Senior Instructor / Leadership Team for Children/Adult Group & Private Instruction under the direction of Sifu David Chang 2004-2012

What is The TaijiFit™ Experience?

TaijiFit™ is the most unique movement experience to come along in decades. It’s a ride along the wave of your inner power, like surfing on your own life energy – Qi. It combines the best elements of fitness, meditation and the ancient martial art of Taiji (Tai Chi).

When you take a TaijiFit™ class, you find yourself moving your body with the grace and confidence of the ancient Tai Chi masters who learned the secret of balancing yin and yang – strength with beauty, power with peace, endurance with flow. There is no routine or choreography to memorize or “get right.” The TaijiFit™ instructor will lead you into FLOW using the Qi Cueing method developed by International Master, David-Dorian Ross. Attending every class and practicing at home just to “keep up” will not be needed. Come as often as your schedule allows and never get behind.

Exploring the Frontier of How We Teach and Learn Tai Chi-

David-Dorian Ross is the creator of TaijiFit™: Meditation in Motion and the founder of the TaijiFit™ Method- Instructor Training Program. He is America’s “Chi-vangelist,” whose public appearances introduce people to the benefits, accessibility and sheer joy of learning Tai Chi. Inside Kung-fu Magazine called him “the man who brought Tai Chi mainstream.” David-Dorian holds the record as America’s competitive Tai Chi Champion – winning 8 US Gold Medals, a World Silver medal and 2 World Bronze medals in Tai Chi performance (Still the highest record of any American Tai Chi athlete).

Let’s start a new class in your community-

TaijiFit™is not just an exercise – it’s an experience! Great music, great energy – and most of all, great people. It combines the best elements of fitness, meditation and the ancient martial art of Tai Chi. Feel for yourself the Mind/Body connector we call FLOW.  Let go of tension and flow like water. Enjoy a movement experience & gentle exercise that leaves you relaxed, energized & refreshed. TaijiFit  introduces you to the basics of Tai-Chi & Qigong and makes the art of moving meditation fun, stress-free & accessible to all.

TaijiFit™ is Meditation in Motion–ME time in the middle of WE time! Unplug the noise. Connect to NOW. Enjoy 45mins. of continuous movement in this group movement experience. Feel the healthful benefits of these ancient martial art movements without stress. All are welcome. No experience needed. Come as often as your schedule allows. TaijiFit™ gives your body exactly what it needs… a gentle way to exercise, a peaceful place to slow down & breathe, a wonderful community.

TaijiFit™ is a wonderful compliment to an existing activity calendar & group fitness schedule.  Dawn Nader is independently contracted to introduce and facilitate the TaijiFit Experience throughout the Western Suburbs of Chicago. If you have a questions about Tai Chi and the TaijiFit™ Method of sharing Tai Chi with others please reach out.  It is a pleasure to introduce Tai Chi to your community.

TaijiFit™ is improving the condition of the human spirit, one breath at a time. Residing in Clarendon Hills, Dawn is a proponent of mindful movement for health and is working towards building a kinder, healthier world for children of all ages to play. Fall in love with the moment. Reconnect to your smile. Find out more- visit: dawnnadertaijifit.me Contact Dawn Nader directly: dnader01@mac.com 

About Dawn’s Teachers-

Sifu David Chang, Wushu Central- San Jose, CA

Sifu (Master) David Chang is one of the United State’s foremost experts in Wushu, has coached a number of national Wushu champions, and together with his wife Elizabeth owns Wushu Central, one of the nation’s most successful Wushu school.

For Sifu Chang, Wushu is an all-encompassing passion and the great love of his life. He began studying Wushu at the age of eighteen with Sifu Bryant Fong and the U.C. Berkeley Wushu Team. There he developed his basic foundations in Wushu, but it was not until a couple years later, when he entered his first competition at the 1996 USAWKF Western Regional Championships, that he truly discovered his love for the sport. Sifu Chang began an intense training regimen that included study under China’s national champion Sifu Hao Zhi Hua and summer practice in China with the Beijing Wushu Team under the supervision of Jet Li’s own coach, Wu Bin.

Sifu Chang attributes his success and inspiration to the many outstanding coaches he has studied under, including in the United States: Hao Zhi Hua, Bryant Fong, Liu Bo, Li Jing, Dale Chung, and Tony Chen. In Beijing, he trained with Sun Ming Li, Zhu Wei Guang, Zhang Xian Ming, Liu Yang, Cui Ya Hui, as well as a host of other Beijing Wushu Team athletes. He comments, “Every single one of my coaches, in their own unique way, has contributed to my development as a martial artist. I owe everything to each and every one of them.”

Sifu Chang’s Wushu expertise covers both traditional and contemporary styles, including Shaolin, Long Fist, Southern Fist, Staff, Straight Sword, Broadsword, Spear, Drunken Fist, Eagle Claw, Praying Mantis, Drunken Sword, Plum Flower Fist, Wu Dang Sword, and more. In addition to Wushu, Sifu Chang also has extensive experience in Tae Kwon Do, as well as Karate, Judo, and Hapkido.

Sifu Chang’s Wushu tournament record includes over 40 awarded medals and winning Grand Championships at the 1998 Annual Open Classic Belt Tournament in San Jose, the First International Eagle Cup Kung Fu Tournament in San Francisco, the 15th and 16th Chinese American Athletic Tournament in Cupertino, the 2000 and 2001 Grand Championship Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona, and at the end of his competitive career winning Men’s All-Around Champion at the 2001 USAWKF U.S. Nationals in San Diego.

Sifu Chang can be reached in Wushu Central at (408) 850-9479, or by emailing info@wushucentral.com.

David-Dorian Ross, TaijiFit International-Huntington Beach, CA

David-Dorian Ross is “America’s favorite” Tai Chi master teacher – having introduced Tai Chi to more people in America than any other individual through his television shows and dvds. He has been studying Tai Chi since 1979 from some of the top Masters in the world. He’s also a US and world record holder in Tai Chi forms competition.

David-Dorian began his Tai Chi lineage by studying from Sifu Kuo Lien-ying in San Francisco. Sifu Kuo brought Guang Ping – the predecessor to Yang style – to the US, and was one of the first Chinese masters to teach Tai Chi to non-Chinese students. David-Dorian’s Yang family lineage comes directly from Yang Chen-fu to GrandMaster Hu Yuen Jou to GrandMaster Doc Doc-Fai Wong of San Francisco and then to his disciple Jane Hallander. David-Dorian has studied with both Jane Hallander and then GrandMaster Wong after she passed away. In the 1990’s, David-Dorian made numerous visits to China to study with coaches there – in particular with Coach Wu Bin, the master who discovered Jet Li. David-Dorian’s current teacher is Wei Jingling from Jiangsu province, a former member of the Jiangsu professional Wushu team and a Chinese national Tai Chi champion. Coach Wei’s teacher is Men Huifeng, who is considered one of the most knowledgable martial artists in China. Among other accomplishments, he was the person who developed the hand-to-hand system used by the China defense force. He was also on the committee of masters who created the 48-movement combined form. David-Dorian is also currently studying with Huang Chungliang, focusing on the Tai Chi principle of wu wei.

David-Dorian is also an international competitive Tai Chi champion. He is a former member of both the San Francisco Wushu team, the US National Tai Chi team and two U.S. National Wushu teams. He competed at the first World Wushu Championships in Beijing in 1991 and was the only non-Asian out of 42 participating countries to win a medal. He is an 8-time US gold medalist, World silver medalist and 2-time World bronze medalist in Tai Chi forms competition. He is the only American, and the only non-Asian, in the world with this record.

Inside Kung-fu Magazine called David-Dorian “the man who brought Tai Chi mainstream.” He has written, starred in and hosted more than 100 instructional dvds, television specials and television series. He is a Professor for The Great Courses, and his program The Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong is the #1 selling dvd collection in the world. He is a featured expert for YMAA Publications, and his dvd “Tai Chi Fit Over 50” is the #1 New Release in Amazon’s Top 100 fitness dvds. David-Dorian is also the executive producer of “24 Hours of World Peace Livestream,” a live webcast of World Tai Chi Qigong Day events. Bill Douglas, the founder of World Tai Chi Qigong Day, dedicated the 20th Year to David-Dorian for his contributions to the theme of world peace and harmony. International action film star Jet Li called David-Dorian “the American Idol of Tai Chi” and brought him to China to be the international face of his online TaijiZen Academy. David-Dorian is the only master of the TaijiZen method outside of China.

David-Dorian is a pioneer in multi-media methods for educating people about mind-body methods like Tai Chi, yoga and meditation. He is the CEO of TaijiFit International, the first Tai Chi school in the world to use live streaming technology. TaijiFit Academy is an international school with students in countries worldwide, who can study together in the same class without leaving their home. TaijiFit International has also partnered with the largest healthcare services and insurance provider in America to provide Tai Chi workplace wellness and Tai Chi classes to special populations all across the country.

David-Dorian is a great believer in the power of collaboration. He recently introduced The Great Courses and YMAA to each other, and the result is a new opportunity to introduce many more people to Tai Chi and martial arts. YMAA is the #1 English language publisher of Chinese martial arts books and video in the world — and The Great Courses is the #1 distributer of top-quality educational courses for “life-long learners.” These two great publishers are now working together to create streaming versions of martial arts instruction on the Great Course Plus platform – beginning with a channel dedicated completely to David-Dorian’s Tai Chi and martial arts programs. Viewers will be able to subscribe to this channel in the fall of 2107.

Chungliang Al Huang- Urbana, IL / Living Tao Foundation-Gold Beach, Oregon- 

Chungliang Al Huang is Founder/President of Living Tao Foundation. He has been called “a master in the arts of living” and “a sage for the modern age.”

Huang’s organic style of Tai Ji is immediately accessible to people of all ages and experience levels. His approach allows students to quickly experience the joys of Tai Ji energy flow along with the deeper sensations of stillness in motion.

Huang uses a wide range of tools to inspire his students: brush calligraphy, music, poetry, mythic story telling, and more. Fundamental to his work are the Five Elements, Tao Te Ching, I Ching and other classics in Taoist, Zen Buddhist and Confucian studies.

If you spend any time at all with Chungliang, you immediately understand why so many people around the world choose to study with him. His passion, charm, intelligence, tireless energy, and child-like enthusiasm are infectious.

For a complete bio on the life of this remarkable man visit living-tao-foundation/about-chungliang-al-huang

Find out more-

WushuCentral.com

TaijiFit.net

LivingTao.org

dawnnadertaijifit.me

 

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