Arkansas – Chen Taiji Academy

by Richard Johnson on 2010/11/04

Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method is now taught in Northwest Arkansas by Aaron Bartholomew.  If you are in the area and would like to study Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method, please contact him to set up times and locations.

Contact: Aaron Bartholomew

Richard Johnson is now teaching in Auburn, Alabama. For more information, you may reach him at

Arkansas – Chen Taiji Academy – Classes

Contact for times and locations……………Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method

Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method classes are internal martial art classes. The Chen style Taijiquan Practical Method is taught in two phases or paths. The first path (yilu) focuses primarily on internal training. This is coordinating the mind and body to move in new ways; it is learning to respond to outside influences in a taiji way and learning to turn vulnerability into power. In Taijiquan, this is taught physically in a way that the body and mind can see, feel, and understand. It then can provide a resource for many other areas of life.

Internal training of the first path has almost universal application. Chinese calligraphers, artists, chefs, dancers, acrobats and other athletes all benefit their arts through internal training. Historically, many famous scholars, monks, and others have applied the lessons internal training to the mind too.

The second path (erlu) applies the unique internal principles and practices learned in the first path to martial usage. This path is optional and is taught only after proficiency in the first path is attained and only to students of good character. Many renowned Taijiquan practitioners, revered for their martial prowess and self-defense abilities only practiced the first path. Many Taijiquan practitioners are experienced in other martial arts and became interested in Taijiquan, especially the first path, to enhance their martial abilities.

Classes generally involve three categories of activities: Learning a choreographed routine, also called yilu; Internal foundation exercises; And push hands, learning how to use internal skills to manipulate external physical forces. Extended classes address forms (yilu and erlu), weapons and advanced push hands.

Contact: Aaron Bartholomew for class times and locations




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Janet Russo July 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm

Moving to Eureka Springs, AR- I am taking Chen Tai Chi for the first time here in SC. Wondering if you are near E.S? Thanks


James October 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Curious if any of your advanced students are teaching near the Fayetteville area. If not, are you aware of any CMA in the area?


charlie wishon October 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Contact Aaron . he’ the only one teaching in NWA


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