Carl Meeks, Senior Instructor is the Director of the Louisville Yang Chengfu Tai Chi Chuan Center.
First introduced to Tai Chi in 1974, he has focused his studies in Tai Chi since 1990, first learning the 108 Posture Yang Style Long Form, the 32 Posture Sword Form and the 24 Posture Simplified Form. In 1999 Carl joined the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association and began studying Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan with Han Hoong Wang, Michigan Yang Chengfu Center Director and Disciple of Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo. Following a brief time with Han, Carl became a direct student of Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo's grandson, Master Yang Jun, the 5th generation Lineage Holder of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan and 6th generation descendent of Grandmaster Yang, Lu Chan.
Carl entered the Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association ranking system and was awarded Rank 6 (6th Duan) in December 2011.
He was recognized as Senior Instructor of the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association in January, 2017 joining Angela Soci of the Sao Paulo, Brazil Center and Claudio Mingarini of the Rome, Italy Center in receiving this distinction.
Carl teaches accredited and non-accredited classes at the University of Louisville and throughout the Louisville area.
In addition to operating the Louisville Tai Chi Center, Carl is a member of the President's Advisory Board and has served the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association in the following capacities:
Head of the Division of Education and Training.
Chairperson of the Association's Instructors Advisory Board.
Vice-President of the Association's Tai Chi Chuan Teacher Academy.
Member of the Association's Judges and Ranking Advisory Board.
Vice-President of the International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium.
Jeffery Graham-Lietz, Certified Instructor of the International Yang Familly Tai Chi Chuan Association. Jeff began his Tai Chi Chuan journey in 1998 as a means to improve his health. He started with the Yang Style Simplified 24 and 88 posture forms under the direction of Tom Keenan and Zhang Fuxing. Jeff then studied a 108 Yang style form with You, Yong. In 2003 he was introduced to Louisville Center Director Carl Meeks. After attending Master Yang Jun’s Hand Seminar in Louisville, Kentucky that year he joined the International Association and became a student of the Traditional Yang Family Style.
Jeff has studied the different Hand Forms, as well as, the Sword, Saber and Push Hands. He has been fortunate to attend numerous seminars held by Master Yang Jun, as well as, the Master’s Forum in Canada (2006), the Master’s Symposium in Nashville (2009) and to compete in the Third International Tournament in Shanxi, China (2007.)
Jeff received his Level Four Ranking in November 2009 and was certified as an Instructor in January 2010. Jeff teaches Tai Chi to several Senior groups in the Louisville area.
Don Bolinger, Certified Instructor of the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association. Don began his study of Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan in 2007 in order to improve his health and reduce stress. In 2008, he joined the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association and has since focused his training on all aspects of Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan.
Don has attended several seminars on the Traditional 103 Hand Form, the 67 Sword Form and Yang Family Push Hands with Master Yang Jun, 5th generation direct lineage holder in Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. As a result of his diligent study and commitment to the Yang Family art, he achieved his level 3 ranking from the International Association in 2010.
From his study and daily practice Don has seen the benefits of improved health and a significant reduction of stress and strongly believes that the practice of Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan is an ideal part of an overall health program by reducing stress and gently building strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination.
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Lisa Nutt, Certified Instructor. Lisa began her practice of Tai Chi in 2003 as a therapy for inner ear damage that severely impacted her sense of balance. She is also a member of the Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association and has achieved the Level Three Rank. Ms. Nutt has attended seminars for the hand forms, Saber Form, Sword Form and push hands plus two International Tai Chi Symposiums (2009, 2014). She served on the organizing committee for the 2014 Symposium. In 2012, Ms. Nutt competed in the 4th International Invitational Tai Chi Chuan Tournament in Shang XI, China. Ms. Nutt teaches at Highlands Community Center.
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Tim Brelig, Associate Instructor. Tim began his Tai Chi practice under Sam Smith in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Since 2011 he has studied with Carl Meeks at the Louisville Tai Chi Chuan Center. Over the years Tim has trained in the traditional 103 Yang style hand form, tai chi saber, push hands and applications, as well as a range of chi kung exercises and Peng Lai kung fu.
Tim teaches the 103 Hand Form with the Louisville Center and also teaches the 16 Posture Form and other classes in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
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Cynthia Frusha, Associate Instructor.
Cynthia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences emphasis in Zoology and has used this for horse Gentling throughout the United States.
She studies Full Contact Kickboxing and is an ISSA Certified Fitness Instructor
She was first introduced to Tai Chi Chuan while training in full contact kickboxing. Part of the warm ups for kickboxing were “winding thread exercises” (silk reeling), which were instrumental in recovery from an injury.
ollowing her recovery Cyndi came to the Louisville Tai Chi Center and was introduced to Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan and the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association.
Cyndi is currently living and studying at the Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan training Headquarters in Kunming, China.
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