Tai Chi Master, Arthur Rosenfeld on Kaua’i, April 17-22
The Martial Art of Tai Chi Chuan
These days, almost every fitness buff and their grandmother has heard about Tai Chi, the gentle, slow-moving, stretching exercises that appear more like a graceful dance than the deceptive, highly-skilled martial art that it is. You may have even heard about the various styles of Tai Chi – Yang, Wu, Sun and Chen amongst the better known, each lineage originating from one of the famed martial families of China. And amongst those lineages, passed down from generation to generation, you will find the rare western disciple who has been bestowed with the title of “master”. It is so rare, in fact, that even the Chinese government knows who those individuals are, and have them ranked on an official list in the “Who’s Who” of Martial Arts in China. One such master is Arthur Rosenfeld.
Upon first meeting Master Rosenfeld, one might be prone to feeling intimated by the intelligent sparkle in his deep, intense eyes – the eyes of someone who has seen and experienced sufficiently of life to discern whether something really is worth fighting for or better to walk away from. The truth is, Rosenfeld is not your typical martial art’s master – he is a Yale graduate who is well-versed in medical science and communications. Along with the Dalai Lama, he was a finalist for the prestigious Books For A Better Life award for his bestseller, The Truth about Chronic Pain and has penned several optioned screenplays. As an accomplished author of 12 books, among them, the first Qigong thriller (yes, imagine that – a Qigong thriller!), The Crocodile and the Crane, he has also contributed articles to Vogue, Vanity Fair, Ebony, and other notable magazines, as well as having a regular blog on the Huffington Post.
Arthur Rosenfeld: Avid Environmentalist/Passionate Penman/Swift Swordsman
Rosenfeld is an enigma to be sure – a fighter who can spar with the best of them, but when he chooses to engage in battle, it is more often with pen than sword. An ardent environmentalist, he is a defender of the defenseless and has written extensively on sea tortoises and their protection from the foolhardiness of those who pollute our ocean waters, as well as pesticide/herbicide spraying and the devastating worldwide effect on honey bees. Together with his young son and former beauty queen wife, Rosenfeld raises land tortoises on Pompano Beach, Florida. Inside their home, you will find a veritable den of snakes as well as a substantial garden of rare orchids. Like the Tai Chi masters of old, this western master has a penchant for quiet beauty and tranquil surroundings. He only comes out of his writing den to care for his immediate family of warm or cold-blooded critters – or to teach Tai Chi.
In truth, Rosenfeld is a somewhat reluctant master who has agreed to come out of his shell to be a conduit for information to flow through from east to west, allowing for the intricacies of an ancient eastern art to be understood by the western, pragmatic mind. Part story-teller, part philosopher and a life guide to his students, he has the strength and resilience of bamboo – staying true and respectful to his Chinese masters teachings while putting it under diligent scrutiny of western scientific testing. His lively, inspiring teachings have been captured on PBS in the program “Longevity Tai Chi with Arthur Rosenfeld”, seen by some 60 million households who are being educated on how to improve their balance, release stress and boost immunity through Tai Chi and Qigong practice.
Despite the awards and prestige that surrounds Rosenfeld, he is as humble as the tortoises he cares for, and will duck his hairless head under his hat in slight embarrassment when one mentions his long list of credentials.
Free Dharma Talk…plus workshops April 17-22
Master Rosenfeld will be on Kaua’i for one brief week to share his love of Tai Chi by offering a free dharma talk on April 17, as well as a special program for women’s self-defense on April 20 before beginning a weekend program on “The Transformative Power of Tai Chi” in Kapaa. This will be a rare opportunity to learn from a profound and talented western Tai Chi master who will doubtless leave you refreshed, revitalized and wishing for life to move at a turtle’s pace by week’s end.
I look forward to seeing you and sharing the “Art of Arthur” with you next week!
For a schedule of Master Rosenfeld’s workshops check: Calendar
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With Warmest Aloha Always,