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Chen Style Taiji, Old Frame First Routine  
  • Date:
  • October 4-8, 2017
  • Location:
  • Lenox, Massachusetts, USA
  • Venue:
  • Eastover Estate & Retreat Center
  • Address:
  • Eastover Estate & Retreat Center 430 East Street

Chen Style Taijiquan, Wang Xi'an System, Foundation Training & Old Frame First Routine with Dr. Robert Bacher

Dr. Bacher's teaching method emphasizes the importance of the health as well as the self-defense aspects of taiji. Every basic exercise and form movement is clearly demonstrated and explained as to how and why it fulfills both of these functions.

When you attend a class or workshop with Dr. Bacher, you will understand that as a martial art, tai chi must fulfill two functions:

  1. Tai chi must be good for cultivating health for your whole lifetime.
  2. Tai chi must be applicable for self-defense for your whole lifetime.



Foundation Training (Jibengong)
Students will learn tai chi principles and theory along with the following 6 components:

  1. How to Stand - learn how to align your body with gravity to relax and conserve energy - the key to all tai chi postures and movements
  2. How to Breathe - tai chi's specific method of breathing to energize your whole body for vibrant health and well being
  3. How to Loosen Up - a series of gentle joint rotation exercises to loosen up muscles and joints, increase circulation, relieve and prevent joint pain and injuries, and reverse the effects of aging
  4. How to Silk Reel - Silk reeling is tai chi's continually spiraling/coiling whole body movements. Silk reeling strengthens and tones muscles, tendons, and ligaments, cultivates powerful Qi circulation, improves cardiovascular and lymphatic function, and heals and prevents soft tissue injuries - the healthiest and most intelligent way to exercise the whole body



  • Student and teacher of taijiquan, qigong, meditation, karate, yoga, and various natural healing systems since 1969.
  • Many years intensive training in Chenjiagou, China (the historical birthplace of taijiquan) under the stict supervision of Grandmaster Wang Xi'an.
  • 20th generation lineage teacher for original Chen Family taijiquan under the strict guidance of 19th generation Grandmaster Wang Xi'an, chief lineage holder for the original Chen family art of taijiquan.
  • Doctor of Chiropractic - graduate Western States Chiropractic College (1980) DC degree.
  • Has worked in the capacity as Doctor of Chiropractic since 1980 worldwide (North America, Central America, South America, Asia, and Europe).
  • Studied and taught taijiquan and other martial arts worldwide since 1970.


EASTOVER is A 600-acre sanctuary and holistic retreat center located in the cultural hub of the Berkshires - minutes from Tanglewood, Kripalu & many cultural venues. The estate is designed around a hundred year old evocative “Summer Cottage” and immerses you in a contemplative, holistic environment from the moment you enter its grounds - with its courtyards and terraces overlooking English & Japanese gardens, inviting mix of meadows, woodland trails and breathtaking views of the Berkshire Mountains.


On the first floor of the mansion you will find a lovely Chinese Tea Room, a meditation room/yoga studio, a Chinese calligraphy station, and a terrace dining hall. Additionally, Eastover offers a sun drenched cafe, meeting rooms and a wide range of overnight accommodations, from rustic to luxurious.

Eastover has a beautiful heated indoor pool and a sauna as well. Massage services are available.

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