Lineage and Forms
Bobbi Esmark began "playing" Tai Chi in 1993 with Tom Walters, a student and designated teacher of Grand Master Tung Kai Yang. She continued Tai Chi with Martha Cheo in the Hudson Valley. She still studies with Grand Master Tung when possible. She has been teaching since 2004.
Our style is the Yang Style Long Form as well as advanced forms. Our legacy is in the Tung Family tradition as passed down from Grand Master Tung Ying Chieh to his grandson Master Tung Kai Ying. Tom Walters and Jane Golden are important influences in our school. Both studied with Master Tung Kai Ying for many years and each teaches in California. Master Alex Da De Dong is the great-grandson of Grand Master Tung Ying Chieh. He teaches in New York City and frequently has workshops in our area. He has contributed to our studies although his form has differences from ours.
BE TAI CHI is part of New Paltz Taiji, which is comprised of three teachers: Martha Cheo, Joe Bergin and Bobbi Esmark. For information about our group and classes available in New Paltz and Gardiner, www.newpaltztaiji.com
In addition to the slow set long form, we practice:
Hard Set Hao form or Ca He (open/close)
Tung Family Set
Push Hands (tui shou)