Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials

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March 5, 2015

“I retired and decided that my “someday” was “today”.  I had always wanted to take Tai Chi,
but never had the time in my busy schedule.  I had developed osteoarthritis in my knee and
ankle, which was not only painful, but also annoying as it would throb when I tried to sleep
at night.  I went to my first Tai Chi class knowing that it would take time and practice to get
the benefits of improved circulation and balance.  So I was surprised and shocked to find that
within the first four classes, my arthritis not only stopped throbbing at night, but allowed me
to walk like a real human again!  Sifu Ron is a kind, patient teacher that doesn’t make you feel
like the clumsy fool I sometimes feel like and so it is one of the highpoints of my week to join
his class.  The flexible schedule for classes at The Bead Angel makes it easy to accommodate a
class for a busy person, and as Tai Chi itself does, reduces the stress of everyday life.

Kate Fiala

August 8, 2012

“I had studied the martial arts for over 20 years before meeting Sifu Ron.
I originally called him because I wished to learn Tai Chi for the purpose of raising
my internal energy to enable me to create more power for Karate. Instead I learned
a whole new world of martial arts. Ron showed me that there is so much more
to martial arts than fighting. It is a martial ART, and it can be beautiful as well as functional.
Through Tai Chi, Kung Fu and weapons, I learned a new way of life from Ron.
I find him to be extremely patient, understanding, knowledgeable and most wise.
He and I came from two different worlds. I came from powerlifting, hard style
Okinawan Karate, third shift policeman. He came from Tai Chi and teaching
Qigong to people in retirement communities who have limited range of movement.
I learned so much from Ron. He even taught me the art of Reiki, and I have now
learned that I am someone who heals, not someone who hurts. If you have heard
someone talk about Sifu Ron and wonder if you should contact him, I say he will
open your eyes to who you can be, what you can do, and where you can go.
Sifu Ron is truly the traditional definition of SIfu, a teacher who shows the way.
I am forever grateful for what he continues to teach me.”

Joey Weigant

June 7, 2012

“Today’s washing machine series stretch was the best upper body stretch I have
experienced in my life. I have chronic upper body tension and chronic headaches,
and today is the first time in many years that I feel relief…and headache is gone!
The headaches are constant, they only get worse or lessen.
I didn’t know what it felt like to not have one until today.”

Newburgh, IN

March 28, 2012
I have studied Tai Chi with several different people over a number of years
in several different places including Colorado and Ron is without doubt,
the best that I have worked with. First he brings the energy flow concepts
into the class from the start. I have had several teachers that want you to get
the form perfect before they introduce the meat of Tai Chi.

Second Ron teaches the form easily, like a dance, and then once you have
the basic movements, we work to prefect it. I have had teachers who dwell
from the start on perfection with the result I never learn the form. And
above all Ron’s enthusiasm and continuous study of Tai Chi and other martial
arts lets you know here is a teacher who loves his craft and that is very contagious.

I have recommended Ron as a Tai Chi teacher to a number of people, telling
them we are awesomely lucky to have such talent in our community.

Vernon Arnold

January 23, 2012
Sifu Ron is my father. I began training Kung Fu at the young age of 7 yrs old.
I trained on and off until I was 9 and was too distracted by my friends staring through the window
waiting for me to get done so we could go play. I didn’t start training again until I was
about 21 yrs old and trained for the next 2-3 years until once again life got in the way.
Well, I am now 32 years old and started training again
and I was quite amazed that I still remember everything I learned over 10 years ago!
That just goes to show how good of a teacher my pops is.
I own a business, recently got married, and weight train 5 days a week.
So needless to say, I have a very busy life and my memory isn’t that great
due to the overwhelming stress of owning a business.
So for me to realize that all that he taught me years ago is still in my head is amazing.
I am very excited that I decided to get back into martial arts and Tai Chi with him.
It’s a great workout and stress reliever.
I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Its never to late to start.
Thanks again pops,

Ian Weatherford

March 13, 2011
If you have interest in tai chi, chi gung, or kung fu,
I highly recommend Sifu Ron as an instructor. He is a caring and
generous person who has wholeheartedly devoted his life to
the promotion of wellness through eastern arts.
Ron is very approachable and always willing to help his students,
and the information he shares is a treasure in today’s fast paced society.
Private study with Ron affords extra time to focus on the fine points
of your selected art, and his insights into your personal development are very helpful.
– Toby Jeffers

March 7, 2011
I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis for 40 years and
since the last 10 years also from Fibromyalgia.
Three years ago I started a Tai Chi class for beginners at S.W.I.R.C.A.
In the beginning I could not do the arm movements and my balance was terrible.
(I am 72 years old.) Now after twice a week following Ron’s classes
I can do exercises I had never thought I could do. Really amazing!
That is because the excellent way Ron teaches. I can highly recommend his classes.
Another very important aspect is that my memorry has improvede a lot.
Dee Bonger

Sept. 7, 2010
Ron, my husband and I want to let you know how much we enjoy the TaiChi
classes we have been attending for the last two years. I always feel better
after the class and try to practice some of the techniques
throughout the week, especially the deep breathing.
Thanks so much,
Carolyn Conners

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