Overview

David Shaver

Peaceful Wolf T'ai Chi Ch'uan was established in 1996 when David Shaver began teaching full time.

David has had a wonderfully varied background of life experiences that contributes to his understanding of T'ai Chi Ch'uan and his ability to teach it well.

Between 1949 and 1956 he spent four and a half years on a cattle ranch in New Mexico and one season of that riding bulls on the amateur rodeo circuit. During this period, he began to learn about self-reliance and staying in the present moment.

Short Description

David Shaver, the principle teacher at Peaceful Wolf T'ai Chi Ch'uan, has been "playing" T’ai Chi Ch'uan for twenty-five years. He studied for four years with David Chandler. Then, drawing on resources from Terry Dunn, Stuart Olsen, Ken Cohen, Bruce Frantzis and others, he deepened his understanding and practice of Tai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong (Ch'i Kung). During the last four years of his life he studied with the late Grandmaster Jou, Tsung‑Hwa in Warwick, N. Y. Since Master Jou's death in 1998 he has studied with Dr. Jay Dunbar, Master Jou's senior student, Master Jianye Jiang from Albany, with Master Henry Wang from Vancouver. Most recently he has been studying with Taoist and T’ai Chi Master Bruce Frantzis with emphasis on the Taoist Water Method of Meditation and qigong. He has also been to China twice to study T'ai Chi, Taoist meditation and qigong. He has taught T’ai Chi for seventeen years.

Because of his interest in the uses of T'ai Chi for the senior community he has taught in eighteen locations including Essex Meadows Retirement Community, The Eliza Huntington Memorial Home, One MacDonough Place and St. Jude Common as well as Senior Centers in Colchester, Hebron, Norwich, Montville, East Hampton, Middletown. Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Cromwell. (Studies by the National Institute for Aging have shown that T'ai Chi can improve strength, flexibility and balance and decrease potential for falls by seniors who practice this art by 47%).

The Peaceful Wolf school is located in East Haddam, CT. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced classes are offered there including Staff, Sword and San Shou. Separate training in Qigong (Ch'i Kung) and Taoist Water Method Meditation is also available. Workshops on the T'ai Chi form, Qigong (Ch'i Kung), Weapons forms and other related subjects are offered on a regular basis taught by Master teachers and David Shaver.

David's varied background contributes to his understanding and use of T'ai Chi: BA. in Dramatic Arts from Western Reserve University, graduate study in Religion and the Arts at Boston University School of Theology, 4 years as a cowboy and rodeo rider, 15 years in the professional theatre, 14 years as a professional craftsman, and 7 years as a massage therapist. Now, between teaching twenty T'ai Chi Classes a week, his own practice, and time with his family, he has a full and wonderful life.

Full Biography

T'ai Chi Ch'uan frees the body, encouraging circulation and relaxation. It activates muscles and opens the joints, strengthening physical power without stress. It maintains youth while slowing down the aging process. It teaches us how to live as stress-free a life as we are able.

T'ai Chi Ch'uan calms and centers us, clearing the mind to help us focus on our daily lives. It reinforces soft approaches to the hard edges of life. When body and mind are in harmony the spirit can soar.

Peaceful Wolf T'ai Chi Ch'uan is dedicated to the memory and principles of Grandmaster Jou, Tsung Hwa. Master Jou was truly a T'ai Chi master who practiced the principles of this art in every aspect of his life. His dedication to the practice of this art and his ability to demonstrate it's potential benefits and application remain an inspiration to us. His generosity of spirit in fostering open sharing among all martial artists continues to guide us. Master Jou lived T'ai Chi Ch'uan in each moment of his life and so remains our guiding example.

David Shaver, the principle teacher at Peaceful Wolf T'ai Chi Ch'uan, has been "playing" T’ai Chi Ch'uan for twenty-five years. He studied for four years with David Chandler. Then, drawing on resources from Terry Dunn, Stuart Olsen, Ken Cohen, Bruce Frantzis and others, he deepened his understanding and practice of Tai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong (Ch'i Kung). During the last four years of his life he studied with the late Grandmaster Jou, Tsung‑Hwa in Warwick, N. Y. Since Master Jou's death in 1998 he has studied with Dr. Jay Dunbar, Master Jou's senior student, Master Jianye Jiang from Albany, with Master Henry Wang from Vancouver. Most recently he has been studying with Taoist and T’ai Chi Lineage

Master Bruce Frantzis with emphasis on the Taoist Water Method of Meditation and qigong. He has also been to China twice to study T'ai Chi, Taoist meditation and qigong. He has taught T’ai Chi for nineteen years.

Because of his interest in the uses of T'ai Chi for the senior community he has taught in eighteen locations including Essex Meadows Retirement Community, The Eliza Huntington Memorial Home, One MacDonough Place and St. Jude Common as well as Senior Centers in Colchester, Hebron, Norwich, Montville, East Hampton, Middletown. Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Cromwell. (Studies by the National Institute for Aging have shown that T'ai Chi can improve strength, flexibility and balance and decrease potential for falls by seniors who practice this art by 47%).

The Peaceful Wolf school is located in East Haddam, CT. Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced classes are offered there including Staff, Sword and San Shou. Separate training in Qigong (Ch'i Kung) and Taoist Water Method Meditation is also available. Workshops on the T'ai Chi form, Qigong (Ch'i Kung), Weapons forms and other related subjects are offered on a regular basis taught by Master teachers and David Shaver.

David's varied background contributes to his understanding and use of T'ai Chi: BA. in Dramatic Arts from Western Reserve University, graduate study in Religion and the Arts at Boston University School of Theology, 4 years as a cowboy and rodeo rider, 15 years in the professional theatre, 14 years as a professional craftsman, and 7 years as a massage therapist. Now, between teaching sixteen T'ai Chi Classes a week, his own practice, and time with his family, he has a full and wonderful life.