Traditional Taoist Kung Fu / Tai Chi Instructors Courses

Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture & Massage Therapy

At the Alaska Institute in Anchorage, Alaska we offer Tai Chi classes from beginners introductory class to advanced certification. In addition to our regular tai chi courses we have special workshops and events. Make sure to check check our calendar or sign up for our latest news.

Learn to Heal Through Tai Chi 24

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Tai Chi. This beginner’s class in the Learn to Heal through Tai Chi program will introduce and take you through Yang Style Tai Chi 24. Along the way, your journey will include 3 Centered Meditation, Spiritual Weight Lifting, Standing Meditation and more as you focus on breath, alignment and relaxation.  Cost $2880


Taught by Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun: Master Healer/ Master Teacher and Senior Students

Dates TBA Tuesdays & Thursdays 6 – 9pm, 24 weeks

Learn to Heal Through Tai Chi 48

Deepen your understanding of Tai Chi and yourself with the second class in the Learn to Heal through Tai Chi program, you will learn Tai Chi 48 as you focus on heng ha breathing and fa jing. Cost: $2880


Taught by Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun: Master Healer/ Master Teacher and Lee Ann Benko, LMT, MQT, SM

Begins January 18, 2021 Saturdays & Sundays 5 – 7pm, 24 weeks

Healing Response Masterclass

How do we create the best conditions possible for healing to occur? We initiate The Healing Response™ within ourselves or others.

This 180 hour (36 weeks) masterclass teaches 9 essential components required to put our bodies into the optimal state to heal, AND how to use the Taoist healing arts of Meditation, QiGong, and Tai Chi to support these components.


Taught by Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun: Master Healer/ Master Teacher and Lee Ann Benko, LMT, MQT, SM

Next Class TBA, 36 healing weeks. Tuesdays 7-9pm and Saturdays 6-9pm.

Instructor Training

Tai Chi 10″
Tai Chi 24
Tai Chi 108
Hsing Yi and Chen Styles
Advanced, Martial Arts

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Traditional Taoist Kung Fu / Tai Chi Courses

Tai Chi Class Calendar

Traditional Taoist Kung Fu

A kinder version of the old ways of teaching, this class will challenge you physically, mentally and emotionally. If you want to grow, be stronger, return to your original self – this class is for you. A variety of styles are used, including Ba Gua Zhang, Hsing Yi, Shaolin Kung Fu, Yogic Arts, Chen, and more. Cost: $250/month

Taught by Mr Tai Chi

Sundays 10a – 12 and Tuesdays & Thursdays 300 – 530p

Tai Chi Basics

Straight from the birthplace of Tai Chi, Wudang Mountain, the content of this class will include invigorating Qigong, self – acupressure, stretching and cardio exercises based on Tai Chi principles. Designed to invigorate the body and mind, get the blood pumping, and warm up the muscles, this class will definitely get you ready for your day. Great for beginners to advanced practitioners. This is a punch card class.

Taught by Senior Instructor Seraphim Stapleton

Monday through Sunday, 6 – 7am

Meditations

Designed to calm the mind, different meditations create different internal environments. These internal environments challenge the body mind to relax, release and let go under a variety of stressors. Experience Spiritual Weight Lifting, 3 Centered Meditation, Standing Meditation and more during this class. Be someone whose feathers do not get ruffled. Great for beginners to advanced practitioners. This is a punch card class. @ Massage Now, 2606 Spenard Road

Taught by Senior Instructor Seraphim Stapleton

Monday through Sunday, 7a – 8a

Tai Chi Form Work

A consistent Tai Chi practice has been proven to be healing in many ways. This class will provide structure and instruction in Tai Chi 10, Tai Chi 24 and Wudang Tai Chi 13. Add flow to your life as you learn to move through the forms in this class. Great for beginners to advanced practitioners. This is a punch card class. @ Massage Now, 2606 Spenard Road

Taught by Senior Instructor Seraphim Stapleton

Monday through Sunday, 8a – 9a

Senior’s Tai Chi

The many health advantages of Tai Chi have been shown again and again, especially for Seniors. Reducing stress, improving balance and sleep are just a couple of the wonderful benefits of a Tai Chi practice. Join Sarah in this gentle, yet effective class. Great for beginners to intermediate practitioners. Cost: $5/class

Taught by Senior Instructor Sarah Hanuske

Thursdays 11a – 12

Free Community Tai Chi

In the spirit of giving to the community, we offer a free community Tai Chi class. All are welcome, beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Cost: free

Taught by Senior Instructor Seraphim Stapleton

Saturdays 9 – 10a

Tai Chi 24

One of the most popular Tai Chi forms, Yang Style Tai Chi 24 is well known world wide. Join Charlie as you learn the form and reap the many benefits of a regular Tai Chi practice. This is a punch card class.

Taught by Senior Instructor Charlie Sink

Mondays & Wednesdays 7 – 8p

For more information about our Tai Chi Classes – contact us.

Instructor: Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun

Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun, Shifu Warren Pretlow, CMT, OBT, TS
Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun, Shifu Warren Pretlow, CMT, OBT, TS
“Shifu”, a special title that is earned in the martial arts community, is a Chinese word that means “Master Teacher”. Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun is a master of Taoist internal arts. He has been a practitioner of Taijiquan, QiGong Meditation, and various mind, body and spirit healing modalities for over 30 years. In 1985, after 6 years of dedicated study, Shifu was certified to teach Taijiquan and QiGong by his Taoist mentor Lao Ma (Almanzo Lamaroux).

Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun learned the principles and methods of QiGong healing from various Taoist Masters (Tao Shihs) and Taoist priests of the Yellow Dragon Temple Elixir School of Taoism. He also studied Tui-na acupressure under the tutelage of the Taoist Priests of the Yellow Dragon Temple Elixir School of Taoism under Master Sher K. Lew.

In addition to Taoist studeies, he dedicated another 6 years studying Traditional Oriental Medicine. He is certified in Tui Na Acupressure, Chinese Health and Exercise, and earned a diploma in Massage Therapy through the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California, 1990.

Instructor: Shima Lee Ann Benko

Shima Lee Ann Benko
Shima Lee Ann Benko
Shima (teacher/master) Lee Ann Benko has been exploring, learning, and teaching martial arts and bodywork/energy healing for over twenty years. She is dedicated to helping you to understand how to discover and channel your vital energy or qi for empowerment, healing, and positive change.

Lee Ann’s search to understand our life force started in college, couched in the conventional terms of scientific laws, biological order, and chemical formulas. Her path leaned towards healing as she entered a Ph.D. program to study Toxicology. But Lee Ann was drawn towards something else, something unnamed and more promising.

Mid-quarter 1992, taking her cocker spaniel in her arms, Lee Ann followed her intuition, climbed into her little Honda, and drove to Alaska. Through a misaddressed invitational postcard that landed in her new Anchorage mailbox back in 1995, Lee Ann attended her first class with Master Shifu Tao Shih Pei Wo Lun at the Oriental Healing Arts Center. She is still learning and taking his classes. (When the student is ready the teacher will come – it just took finding the right teacher). Through Shifu’s guidance and the specialized teachings of Tai Chi/Healing Masters Jingjingye, Wu, Zhang, and Yuxuan Zhang, LeeAnn has discovered the many-faceted treasures of oriental healing/martial practices.

On several trips to Beijing, where Chinese healing philosophy is deeply integrated throughout the culture, Lee Ann would pass crowds of people practicing Tai Chi Chuan in the parks on her way to the Beijing Hospital. There, she would take the elevator past the floor and offices dedicated to western medicine up to the Tuina floor where she would learn alongside master healers how to use this ancient Chinese therapy to heal patients.

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