Don is board certified to teach in numerous Tai Chi Styles and sets with the Tai Chi for Health Institute founded by Dr. Paul Lam, a tai chi master, and retired medical doctor. Don has been practicing Tai Chi and Qigong for over 14 years and is a student of Eastern philosophy and has had a personal meditation practice for more than 20 years. He has taught in the Pittsburgh Metro area for health clubs, corporate wellness programs, community organizations, and also provides private lessons. He has been endorsed and well received by students of all abilities, ages, and walks of life.
Dr. Paul Lam
Don is certified to teach in numerous styles with the Tai Chi for Health system founded by Dr. Paul Lam, a tai chi master, and retired medical doctor. Dr. Lam’s Tai Chi for Health programs have benefited more than eight million people worldwide and are recognized by the National Arthritis Foundation, the Center for Disease Control, and the National Council on Aging.
Dr. Aihan Kuhn
Don is also a student of Dr. Aihan Kuhn and a certified professional Level 3 Qigong instructor with the Tai Chi and Qi Gong Healing Institute. Dr. Kuhn is a Chinese Medical Doctor trained in both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is one of the foremost educators and practitioners of holistic medicine in the world.
Dr. Kuhn has successfully treated thousands of patients with a wide range of illnesses which were not easily treatable by conventional medicine. In addition, Dr. Kuhn is a Qi Gong & Tai Chi Master Teacher and is an author of five books on natural healing, including the award-winning “Simple Chinese Medicine”
Dr. Yang Yang
Don has studied with Master Yang Yang, founder and director of the Center for Tai Chi and Qigong Studies. Dr. Yang Yang won first place in the Shanghai University Gongfu Tournament for three straight years (1981–1983) and was voted Best Overall Martial Artist in 1983. Yang Laoshi has a Ph. D. in kinesiology from the University of Illinois. His background in martial arts combined with his formal education has enabled him to study and understand the science behind the movements used in Tai Chi and Qigong.
Sifu Dan Jones
Don has also attended numerous workshops presented by Sifu Dan Jones. Dan is the Owner and Lead Instructor at Moving Stillness Tai Chi Chuan and Healing Arts in Lansing, Michigan. Dan is a Master Level Tai Chi Chuan and Internal Gong Fu Instructor. He has over 44 years of martial arts experience and formerly served as a member of the security detail for the Michigan State Senate.
Dan’s instruction and friendship have added to Don’s depth and experience as both a tai chi practitioner and Instructor. Don and Dan both attended the annual week-long Tai Chi for Health conference in Asheville, NC in the Summer of 2017.
Standing Crane, LLC Tai Chi and Qigong programs are offered in a safe, non-competitive environment where persons of all ages, physical abilities and walks of life can come together to share in practices which can ultimately help them to improve their health and overall sense of well-being. All participants are encouraged to stay within their own personal comfort zones during classes and should, as always, check with their physician to determine whether they are healthy enough to participate in the classes.
The Crane In Asian Culture
Second only to the Phoenix, the crane is the most important bird figure in Chinese culture. Its mythological life is over 1000 years and it is a symbol of longevity, happiness, and immortality. Cranes are known to bring wisdom, solve problems, and dissolve obstacles allowing upward progression and greater achievements with honor. Following the second world war and September 11, the origami crane also became known as a symbol of peace worldwide.