Mar 12, 2015
In Part 2 of her conversation with Ken Gullette, Kim Ivy describes training with Grandmasters Chen Xiaowang and Chen Xiaoxing, the experience of being a disciple, and what it is like to train in the Chen Village, the birthplace of Taijiquan. Ken asks how she responds to statements made on an earlier podcast implying that the Taiji being taught in Chen Village is not as high quality as the Chen Taiji as taught in Beijing by the Chen Fake line of instructors. She also addresses the challenges of operating a school: how rigorous should classes be, how to adapt to students with different goals and limitations, and the always controversial question of commercialization. In addition to her Taiji and Qigong experience, Kim Ivy also has black belts in Judo and Aikido. Her school, Embrace the Moon, is in Seattle, focusing primarily on Chen Taiji, Qigong, and meditation/spiritual cultivation.