"I have enjoyed finding out new things
inside/about myself and others on different
levels; gaining better inner balance,
self-confidence and martial ability.
The benefits I feel also include a deeper
control over my body and ability to relax on a
different level, physically and mentally.
I have been to other schools and this teacher
(Herb Goldberg) is outstanding in many respects
-- a unique combination of a background in
education, martial ability and deep
understanding of the art, decency, honesty and
I feel very lucky to have found this
"When I agreed to speak on "Adding Humor to Your
Writing" at the Georgia Writer's Spring Festival
2002, little did I know the lasting effect it would
have on my life. While killing time in the book
store area I picked up a free copy of a magazine
featuring the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi Chuan.
I'd always seen this in movies, done by old people
in China, and never imagined the health, physical
and mental benefits of these slow precise movements.
Story after story featured writers who had been
healed of lifelong ailments or practitioners who
spoke of the incredible feats that they or others
accomplished by being able to focus the "Chi" (life
force) in their bodies. That night a search on the
web brought me to www.taichichuanatlanta.com, the
website for Herb Goldberg's Tai Chi Chuan Atlanta
Within a week I was enrolled. That was almost a year
ago and it's one of the best decisions of my life,
(besides selling Apple Computers stock in Jan of
My balance has increased, some physical problems I
had have disappeared and I can't believe the
strength in my legs. I plan to make this a lifelong
exploration. Unlike most forms of exercise you can
practice Tai Chi and still receive the benefits your
whole life through. So what started out as me giving
my expertise to the writing community of Georgia
turned out with the universe giving an incredible
gift to me. I can't wait to see what I get this
"Some of the greatest benefits I feel are patience; ability to listen to the needs
of the body and turn off the demands of the mind; better understanding of the
transitory nature of daily life and ability to transcend it; confidence in my
ability to make positive changes in my life through consistent, daily patient efforts."
"What I've enjoyed about learning T'ai Chi Ch'uan is that I'm not expected to rush and
learn it at any set pace. I just have to be dedicated. That this isn't just a portion
of my life, it's a thought that goes with everything I do."
"Some of the benefits I've derived from T'ai Chi Chuan are improved posture, inner
awareness, sense of procedure - elegance."
Dr. Ron Milestone
"Better balance, openness in my body, and a better, quieter, more flexible mind."
"I am beginning to feel like I am attaining a meditative state (at moments) while doing
the form. I feel like my leg strength in regards to stamina has increased and when we
have our sometimes energetic Push Hand sessions, I feel leaner and more fluid."
"The teacher provides good corrections, folks to practice with. I like this version
of the Form - its energy and feeling of strength."
"I've enjoyed learning about the potential for integrating mind, energy and body in
an exercise form which is rigorous yet gentle. I'm given the chance to learn at my
own pace - and within my own body rhythms - yet I get the benefit of the experience
of all members of the class. Also, there is a grace to the discipline, in the Form
and Push Hands, which intrigues me."
"I like the atmosphere. The people are very supportive and helpful of one another.
Also, the teacher is outstanding."
"One of the principal reasons that I continue to study in this particular class is
the laughter and enjoyment that is present in almost every class. Although there is
very serious study going on, it is never taken so seriously as to ruin the enjoyment
of learning Tai Chi. Even more significant is the nature of the work itself. While
practiced slowly and in accordance to the classics, this branch of T'ai Chi emphasizes
the martial as well. However, the martial aspects of T'ai Chi are not practiced
exclusively at the expense of the Taoist framework of T'ai Chi. The main reason that
I continue to study in this particular class is the instructor, Herb Goldberg.
His advanced knowledge is tempered by an ability to relate very well to every level
of student from the first time students to the most advanced. Further, the structure
of the classes is such that everyone gets the work that they need, whatever level
they are at."
"I feel that I can move much more freely
than I have in years; I have a bone spur which
was creating problems with my shoulder and arm
and now no longer bothers me; I generally stand
better and am less prone to achy neck and
Also it is a new way of looking at some types of
movement, and that's intriguing. I
particularly enjoy Chi Kung, because it makes me
feel good and the payoff is immediate."
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