NH Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center

Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan at
The New Hampshire Tai Chi Chuan Center, LLC

        Laoshi Michael Coulon  -  Center Director

Laoshi Michael Coulon is the Center Director of the New Hampshire Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center and is certified as an Academy Instructor by the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association to teach Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. Laoshi Coulon is a student of Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo, fourth generation Yang family master, and Master Yang Jun, sixth generation Yang family master and fifth generation lineage successor.

EDUCATION

1984-1988     Saint Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire

May 1988      Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, and Certificate, Fine Arts

                   Recipient, Dr. Joseph B. McDonald Award in Philosophy

TAI CHI CHUAN STUDIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

- Began studying with Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo and Master Yang Jun July 1998. Member of the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association since October 1999, and named Center Director of the Manchester New Hampshire Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center, April 2001. Certified as an Academy Instructor, October 2014.

- Tested for rank July 2002 while in Taiyuan (Shanxi Province), P.R. China, and attained Level 4, Copper Tiger.Tested for rank July 2007 while in Taiyuan (Shanxi Province), P.R. China, and attained Level 5, Silver Tiger. Tested for rank July 2010 at the NY Yang Chengfu Center (Danbury, CT) and attained Level 6, Gold Tiger.

- July 17-30, 2002. Competed in the 2nd International Invitational Tournament while attending the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Shanxi Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association, July 20-23, 2002, Taiyuan (Shanxi Province), P.R. China. Studied with Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo and Master Yang Jun while touring Shanghai (Shanghai municipality), Wuxi (Jiangsu Province), Hangzhou (Zhejiang Province), and Beijing (Hebei Province), P.R. China.

- July 23 – August 1, 2005. Attended 80th birthday celebration of Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, P.R. China. Studied with Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo and Master Yang Jun in Wutai Shan (Shanxi Province), P.R. China.

- July 11-20, 2007. Competed in the 3rd International Invitational Tournament in Taiyuan (Shanxi Province), P.R. China earning three silver medals (49-posture hand form, sword, and saber forms). Studied with Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo and Master Yang Jun while in Taiyuan (Shanxi Province), and Beijing (Hebei Province), P.R. China.

- July 5-10, 2009. Deputy Director of the vendor area (Silk Road Bazaar) at the International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium on Health, Education and Culture Exchange, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Attended workshops and/or practice sessions with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo, Grandmaster Wu Wenhan, Grandmaster Ma Hailong, and Grandmaster Sun Yongtian. Attended several academic workshops on health benefits of Tai Chi Chuan and attended the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association 10th Year Anniversary Celebration, July 6, 2009. Participated in the opening performance (Center Director group demonstration) for the Grand Showcase and Masters Demonstration, July 9, 2009.

- Hosted 5 weekend seminars at the New Hampshire Tai Chi Chuan Center with Master Yang Jun from 2004 to 2008. Manchester, NH.

- February 25-27, 2005 attended ranking/judges training with Pat Rice (Montreal Center). February 27, 2013 attended ranking/judges training with Pat Rice (Redmond Center) Continues to support the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association ranking system by administering and judging at rankings at the New Hampshire and other Yang Cheng Fu Centers.

- July 2-3, 2005. “USA All-Taijiquan Championships” 2005 A Taste of China, Scoring Judge (Yang style division), Winchester, Virginia. Participated in the judges’ group demonstration at the ‘Friendship Demonstration’,  July 2, 2005.

OTHER MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

- September 1994 - June 1997. Previously studied a variation of Yang style tai chi chuan at Robert Fleming’s Martial Arts Academy, Manchester, NH. Learned the ‘108 posture long form’, several sword forms, and appropriate warm up exercises. Assisted with teaching tai chi July 1995 - June 1997.

- October 1995 to August 1997. Trained in Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu at Robert Fleming’s Martial Arts Academy, Manchester, NH. Attained green sash with red stripe May 1997.

- August 1997 to September 2005. Trained in Combative Concepts and Sayoc Kali at the Bujinkan Dojo, Manchester, NH under Steven Lefebvre. Combative Concepts is a modern, eclectic self defense program that emphasizes realistic self protection skills in both armed and unarmed training techniques. Attended seminars with Prof. Tom Sotis, Tuhon Chris Sayoc, and Raymond Floro.

                  Ronald Weiss  -  Certified Instructor

Mr. Weiss began studying tai chi chuan with Laoshi Michael Coulon in 1997. He is a member of the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association since 1999. Mr. Weiss has been assisting in teaching Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan classes at the New Hampshire Tai Chi Chuan Center since September 2001. In March 2011 Mr. Weiss was accepted as a Certified Instructor by the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association.

- Seminars attended with Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo and Master Yang Jun:

  • 103 posture hand form, New York Center, 1999
  • 103 posture hand form and sword form, Montreal Center, 2000
  • 103 posture hand form, sword form and saber form, New York Center, 2001

- Seminars attended with Master Yang Jun:

  • 103 posture hand form and saber form, New York Center, 2003
  • 103 posture hand form, New Hampshire Center, 2004
  • 49 posture hand form and push hands, New Hampshire Center, 2005
  • 103 posture hand form and push hands, New Hampshire Center, 2006
  • 49 posture hand form and push hands, New Hampshire Center, 2007
  • 103 posture hand form, 3rd section, New Hampshire Center, 2008

- Tested for rank August 2006 at the NY Yang Chengfu Center (Danbury, CT) and attained Level 3, Golden Eagle. Tested for rank November 2010 at the Montreal Yang Chengfu Center (Montreal, Quebec Canada) and attained Level 4, Copper Tiger.

- July 11-20, 2007. Competed in the 3rd International Invitational Tournament in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, P.R. China earning a silver medal (saber form) and two bronze medals (49-posture hand form and sword form). Studied with Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo and Master Yang Jun while in Taiyuan (Shanxi Province), and Beijing (Hebei Province), P.R. China.

 - Previously studied Karate earning a brown belt and Shoalin Kung Fu earning a black belt.

             William DeSimone  -  Certified Instructor

Mr. DeSimone began studying tai chi chuan with Laoshi Michael Coulon in 2001. He is a member of the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association since 2001. Mr. DeSimone has been assisting in teaching Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan classes at the New Hampshire Tai Chi Chuan Center since September 2011. In July 2013 Mr. DeSimone was accepted as a Certified Instructor by the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association.

- Seminars attended with Master Yang Jun:

  • 103 posture hand form, New Hampshire Center, 2004
  • 49 posture hand form and push hands, New Hampshire Center, 2005
  • 103 posture hand form and push hands, New Hampshire Center, 2006
  • 103 posture hand form, 3rd section and push hands, New Hampshire Center, 2008

- Tested for rank August 2006 at the NY Yang Chengfu Center (Danbury, CT) and attained Level 3, Gold Eagle. Tested for rank October 2012 at the NH Yang Chengfu Center (Manchester, NH) and attained Level 4, Copper Tiger.

Other martial arts experience:

- 1963 - 1968, attended George Mattson Academy of Uechi ryu Karate where he received Shodan (black belt) level.

-  1999, tai chi chuan with Shihan Leon Drucker (Milford NH).

-  2002,  Combative Concepts and Sayoc Kali under Sensei Steve Lefebvre at the Bujinkan Dojo (Manchester NH).

- 2003, seminars on Kali (blade and stick defense) presented by Tuhon Chris Sayoc and Prof. Tom Sotio.

- 2009 - present, Kickboxing and Jujitsu at Terry Dow Martial Arts Academy (Manchester NH).

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Oct 17 at 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, Oct 17 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday, Oct 19 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, Oct 19 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM