Peter Kwong

About Tai-Chi Chuan

Tai-Chi Chuan (translated to mean supreme ultimate boxing) is an ancient internal and external exercise form that is practiced all over the world. Tai-Chi is based on the principles of I Ching (Book of Changes) and the Philosophy of Yin and Yang, which means maintaining a balanced way of life.
Tai-Chi is actually a martial art based on the development and circulation of one’s internal energy or vital force of life - the "Chi", which is the basis of the Chinese health system.

What are the Benefits of Tai-Chi Chuan?

Tai-Chi Chuan is beneficial for young and old alike. It is relaxing, non-strenuous, helps circulation and balance, and requires very little effort. The soft, flowing movements of Tai-Chi help people of all ages to improve their physical condition, decrease fatigue, and develop endurance. Tai-Chi exercises the cardiovascular system by increasing the circulation of blood and oxygen to all parts of the body. The combination of turning, stretching, and twisting movements work to release tension and allows every part of the body to be exercised without strain. Concentration, coordination, flexibility, and balance will improve over a period of time, and many degenerative and stress related conditions are relieved by practicing Tai-Chi daily. The ability of Tai-Chi to rejuvenate the body, rather than to exhaust it, makes practicing Tai-Chi a valuable exercise program in our active and fast paced society.


  • Intensive course - once a week
  • Stretching techniques
  • Warm-up exercises
  • Yang Style long form set - 108 movements
  • Names of movements in English
  • Basic background of Tai-Chi Chuan and health benefits

Class Times and Rates

The cost of the intensive course is $200 for 16 consecutive lessons or $60 per 4 week consecutive lessons or $20 per class. It is the instructor’s philosophy that everyone should benefit from Tai-Chi. Therefore, for those on fixed incomes and hardship situations, please contact the instructor.

Course Schedule Throop Unitarian Universalist Church
300 S Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
Throop Hall
Corner of Del Mar and Los Robles

Mondays and Thursdays
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Singer Park
250 W California Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
Corner of St. John and California

8:30 - 9:45 AM


About the Instructor

Peter Kwong has been a martial arts practitioner for more than 25 years. His background in martial arts started in northern California studying Hung Kuen Sil Lum from Sifu Y.C. Wong. Peter then moved to southern California and studied Yau Kung Mon Sil Lum under Sifu Richard Van for several years. Finally, Peter studied with Sifu Johnny So under the Northern Shaolin Style.

It is through a seventeen-year practice of Northern Shaolin, with fellow senior classmates, that eventually led to the study of Tai-Chi Chuan and Chi Kung meditation. It is his hope to share this knowledge with those who have the desire to learn and benefit from Tai-Chi Chuan.

Peter's career as a full time actor has led him to be in more than 80 stage, television, and feature film roles. You may recognize him from "Big Trouble in Little China", "Golden Child", "The Presidio", Gleaming the Cube", TV's "My Wife and Kids", "The District", "King Of The Hill", just to name a few. He served on the National Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. And he is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Contact Information

Peter Kwong
(323) 610-6367

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