Jeffrey Woodson practices Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Ch’uan sometimes called "the Lost Yang". Woodson calls Guang Ping “Tai Chi with teeth” because it still contains “fa Jing”, or full speed movements, such as jumping and crescents kicks, making it rather different from the slow moving Tai Chi most people are familiar with.
Woodson turned to Tai Chi after suffering an injury. Shortly after returning from Desert Storm, he had been in a car accident which caused him to have to relearn how to walk.
“I needed to find an exercise that I could do in my condition,” Woodson says. “It was important that it was something I could continue doing for the rest of my life, after my accident.”
He discovered Tai Chi, and began learning the ancient martial art under one of the students of Grandmaster Y.C. Chiang, of Wen Wu School in San Francisco, about 15 years ago. His instructors didn’t require him to pay during his tenure there – continued practice and progress were the expected payment.
Woodson has been practicing Tai Chi for almost 15 years. As his master said, “there are no belts in Tai Chi, only years.” Tai Chi has become a very important part of his life and he tries to practice it every day, continuing to work towards perfecting his skills.
While there aren’t any specific tools used in the art of Tai Chi, Woodson says he likes the Rattan Bo Staff because it can be used in the practice of Wushu, another Chinese martial art that he teaches on in his class at Century.
“I use it in my own wushu and Chinese gunshu practice, as well as for stretching,” says Woodson. “It makes a great stretching tool.”