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I have recently earned my yellow belt in taiji through Ling's Oriental Martial Arts. I've been doing taiji for about six months. It's been a challenging but very rewarding experience, and I have nothing but gratitude towards Master Zhichao Ling and all of the other more experienced students in the class for offering their wisdom, experience, and encouragement week after week. Tests for advancement are given twice a year at the Noblesville studio. Although I was a little nervous, I'd spent enough time practicing in and outside of class that I felt confident about passing my yellow belt test. Again, many thanks to Master Ling and my fellow students! P.S. For those interested in the details, this version of taiji is known as Yang taiji, and in order to earn the yellow belt, I had to do all of Yang Form 24 three times: at normal speed, fast speed, and with closed eyes. Master Ling is a seventh-generation instructor of this particular branch of the art. There are other martial arts practiced at the studio, but this was the one I felt most drawn to.
I’m a part of this class. It is amazing. I thought I would learn Taiji to help reduce my stress. I was the only beginner in a class of brown and black belts. I wondered why Dr. Ling didn’t have a beginners class for people like me. He told me very simply: “You will learn by following”. And he was so right. These people are fabulous. I have grown to love them like family. They are ALL wonderful teachers. Dr Ling is a regarded “big deal” in this area. When we have workshops, people come from all over the Midwest and beyond. Kokomo privileged to have a teacher with his credentials and pedigree. I strongly encourage you to come and try it. I was overwhelmed at first. I thought it was too hard. But it was amazing how quickly I was able to pick up the things he was teaching....because I had a circle of classmates who ALL take their time with me and share their knowledge with me. And on a side note...I feel better. I look better and I am hooked! Taiji: “NOT just old people sneaking up on trees!” It’s much much more.
I have visited Dr. Ling's school on two occasions. Dr. Ling is an amazing instructor, a dedicated martial artist, and great spirit. I attended the Chen Bing seminar last summer and look forward to attending this summer's seminar. Dr. Ling helps everyone who walks into his dojo and is a delight to talk to! I look forward to learning from you again, sir!
We (Doina and Mark) have been extremely fortunate to learn and practice Tai Chi at Master Ling's School in Noblesville , Indiana for over 2 years. In each class, layers of detail of Tai Chi are shared, practiced and enjoyed by everyone. Our strength, flexibility and memory has improved significantly during this time. In addition, there is a strong community of kind and gentle souls that are always welcoming i.e. the Tai Chi family. The gym or dojo provides true zen relaxation with massive, clean open space and large, bright windows . Because Master Ling knows so many different martial arts, he brings an understanding to the true strengths and benefits of Tai Chi. We highly recommend trying a class since new students are always welcome!
I have been taking classes with Master Ling for about three years. I have noticed significant improvement in flexibility, balance and coordination. People often ask why I go to a class in Noblesville driving from Indianapolis. I do it for the same reason many students drive a half hour and one student drives from Lafayette, because of the progress his students make. Master Ling sets the tone for a warm and compassionate community of students who care about each other.
We attended the Taiji Yang 24 workshop the morning of February 24, 2018. We were impressed by the training, and even more so by the friendly, welcoming environment. It was worth the drive! Hope to see you again.