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What is Taijiquan? 

Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) means “Grand Ultimate Boxing”. It is a fighting style that uses the philosophy of the grand ultimate, or Tai Chi (the Yin Yang symbol). It is based on duality. This ancient Taoist martial art in the beginning stages uses slow, flowing movements to develop relaxation, leg strength, and inner power (chi).

Tai Chi Chuan is an introspective art that makes you spiritually and physically aware, improving your physical and mental balance.This form eventually develops into a superior fighting art that loses preconception and exists in the now. One reacts fluidly with speed and agility, being able to adapt to any situation.


Because of the philosophy of the art and the way it’s taught (learning small pieces at a time, and existing in the now) it teaches you patience and improves your physical and mental health, and teaches you not to obsess about the past or the future and to live in the moment. Tai Chi Chuan develops a sense of well-being and calmness.

While you become adept at self-defense, Tai Chi Chuan practice fosters a philosophy that permeates every aspect of your life.

In addition to improving balance, Tai Chi Chuan strengthens tendons, ligaments, and joints, and has been recommended as a great form of physical therapy for people who have had problems with arthritis or injuries. It is also an excellent way to prevent future joint problems or injuries.

Mark Bram studied Yeung (Yang) Style Tai Chi Chuan with the late Sifu Lee Wah Yook (former President of the New England branch of the Eastern United States Kung Fu Federation), for 12 years one on one, in the back of his Chinese Restaurant. Mark was Sifu Lee’s senior student, and after his passing in 1991, inherited the Lee Wah Yook Qi Quan system. This system uses Yeung Style Tai Chi Chuan as a basis, and then adds various training forms of other Chinese Gung Fu (Shaolin, Fu Hok Tai He Morn) and He Gung [Chi Kung (standing meditation and internal power training)]. These training techniques are done in an internal martial arts style, which combine to form a system that more closely resembles the “old style” Taijiquan. Students learn traditional Yeung (Yang) Family Tai Chi Chuan. After many years, advanced students begin to learn Lee Wah Yook Qi Quan training methods. Mark has trained in this system for over 30 years.

Sifu Lee learned Yeung (Yang) Style Tai Chi Chuan from Chu Gin Soon and Yeung Sau Chung, and learned Fu Hok Tai He Morn from Kwong Tit Fu. He also was trained from childhood in Sil Lum (Shaolin) Gung Fu. After Sifu Lee’s death, and the family passed the system on to Mark, he named the system after Sifu Lee. Lee Wah Yook Qi Quan means "Lee Wah Yook’s Chi Fist" or "Lee Wah Yook’s Chi Boxing".

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Internal Arts

Visitors are welcome to watch our Tuesday evening class. Arrive anytime between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM

We are in our new location!

1005 Main St. Pawtucket RI 02860 Phone: (401) 475-0192
At the end of N. Main St. (Providence) bear left at the fork. We are in the new Hope Artiste Village.
Make a left at the end of the building onto Warren Ave. Go up the wooden stairs and enter the building. Internal Arts is the first door on the left.

Class Schedule (integrates all levels):

Tuesday: 1:30-2:30PM 6:30-8:00PM Wednesday: 6:300-8:00PM
Friday: 11:30AM-12:30PM
Saturday: 10:00AM-12:00PM (every other week, by invitation only)

Visitors are welcome to watch our Tuesday evening class. Arrive at around 7:00 PM
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PRIVATE INSTRUCTION: Day or night hours at reasonable rates. Group rates available
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