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About

Torben Bremann is the founder of Danish Center for Taiji and Qi Gong and author to quite a few books on taiji, qi gong, standing meditation, body awareness, anatomy and coaching.

 

He has had many different teachers and have had the great fortune to learn on an “one on one” base, either having lived at his teachers homes or they have lived in his house for extended periods.

 

He has travelled around the Globe to learn from his teachers and that have brought him to places like Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, US, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Canada – to mention a few.

 

His biggest influence have probably been from three different lineages:
In the Chenstyle from Master Chen fake and Master Chen Zhaokui, in the Yangstyle lineage about 15 years in the system of Master Huang Xiangxian – being a close student of some of his topstudents, and least but absolutely not last, the last 12 years where he has been a close and now senior student of his present teacher – master Sam Tam.

 

The teaching he received in his early years in direct lineage of Master Yang Shaoshung has influenced him as well – just like some other teachers from other system has.

 

Apart from his main teachers some of the other masters and teachers who has influenced Torben and he has learned from and/or studied with may be listed in random order: Peter Ralston, Master Feng Zhigiang, Master Wu, Master Shen Shen Yuan, Master Jeng, Master Shu, Master William Chen, Master James Lau King as well as several others.

 

In this online program he will include some exercises from each of the three main systems, as he find it appropriate to make you progress the fastest and most direct way. Gradually he will move more and more into the system of master Sam Tam – according to his understanding of it by now.

Torbens teaching method

 

Although he himself didn’t receive training “chronologically” – that is, from A – B – but was instead often taught more” holistically” with a focus on the bigger picture, he have tried to adapt the material to a more western approach, to the best of his ability, so that it is systemized and contains a certain chronology. The teaching will take you all the way from beginner over intermediate to advanced.

 

Where it can be quite difficult for many teachers and students in the internal martial arts to be willing to change, empty the cup and start from scratch again when they meet a new teacher with a higher level than the former – Torben’s focus has always been on learning and developing his understanding and skills in the internal martial arts – and therefore he sees himself as a lifelong student of these.

 

Torben has a wide teaching experience and he is known for his compelling and attentive way of teaching with emphasis on hands on demonstrations and plain explanations. As to his own development in the internal martial arts, Torben keeps an open and humble approach, always willing to investigate new paths to excellence.

 

This openness is also reflected in his relation to his long term students with whom he generously shares all his insights.

 

Besides teaching taiji and qi gong, Torben has his own clinic, specializing in treatment and rehabilitation of physical disorders. He is a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, has studied medicine, nutrition and sports medicine and has specialized in functional anatomy, motor analysis and physical rehabilitation.

Torbens close teachers

 

1987 He began as a student of Master Chu King Hung, learning the Yang style.

 

1989 Torben started learning Chen style from Master Chen Guan Ming during his visit to Denmark and in 1994 he was introduced to Chen Guan Ming’s teacher, Master He Gong De.

 

1991 to 1997 Torben had close contact to and learned from Patrick Kelly, one of Master Huang Xiangxian’s close students in his later years.

 

1994 to He Gong De’s death in 1999, Torben and De became close friends and De made him his main disciple and heir of his Chen Style heritage. Master He Gong De officially named Torben a 20th generation successor in the Chen style line.

 

1998 Torben met Master Yek Sing Ong and Wee Kee Jin, both indoor students of Master Huang Xiangxian, and began learning from both of them.

 

1999 to 2007 Torben was a very close student of Wee Kee Jin, arranging regular workshops with Wee Kee Jin in Denmark and going to Wee Kee Jin’s home in New Zealand several times for instructions.

 

2005 – Torben brought Master Sam Tam to Copenhagen to conduct a workshop and later that year he visited Master Sam Tam in his home for the first time – together with Wee Kee Jin. From that time on he became one of Master Tam’s private students in the arts of Tai ji Quan, Qi Gong and Yi Quan and comtinues his study with master Sam Tam.

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