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What is Golden Breath American Tai Chi™?

Golden Breath American Tai Chi™ pays respect to older Chinese systems, but it’s a modern system that has developed its own personality in this country.

A Modern Mind-Body-Spirit Discipline Based on Pure Healing Movements

classThe essence of this self-healing practice is the connection between the breath and soft flowing motions done in easy natural stances (or sitting).

The principle behind Golden Breath™ is that the distribution and flow of “chi” (or universal life force energy) throughout the body will be improved by coordinating certain physical movements with the breath flow. When these slow, fluid movements synchronize the breath and the body, the chi levels and the chi flow are adjusted in a way that is optimum for each practitioner to restore health, release emotional burdens, and refresh his or her outlook on life. Thus, even people with significant restrictions, as well as individuals looking to reduce stress in their lives, can benefit from this form. In addition to improving balance, postural alignment, and coordination, Golden Breath’s synchronization of breath, movement, and mental focus relaxes the mind, restores the body, and rejuvenates the spirit.

Golden Breath American Tai Chi™ is a series of over 300 choreographed Tai Chi movements developed by SiBok Robert Kassof over the last several years of his Tai Chi and martial arts career. Golden Breath American Tai Chi™ is the name of the Tai Chi System; Golden Breath™ Tai Chi is the name of the Tai Chi Form. The movements of Golden Breath™ Tai are slow, rhythnic, fluid, and beautiful to the eye to watch. The movements teach a person how to move with the breath and how to grasp one’s Life Force Energy. In Essence, Golden Breath™ Tai Chi is a dance of the Life Force Energy expressed through the Tai Chi form.

Golden Breath American Tai Chi™ has been taught widely to people with disabilities, medical conditions, and in some medical settings. The movements can easily be adapted to be taught in a chair and thus more easily accessible to those individuals who have decreased endurance or difficulty standing. Golden Breath American Tai Chi™ was designed to be practiced by all individuals regarless of physical limitations. Please feel free to view the testimonials of some of our practitioners.

SiBok Robert Kassof, founder of Golden Breath American Tai Chi™ System, originally earned a Black Sash in White Crane Gung Fu in 1971.  In 1974, he joined the American Karate and Kung Fu Association as a teacher of White Crane.  In the early 1970′s, he had a life threatening illness that led him to study with Master Pau. Master Pau was an internal teacher of his lineage and taught Dragon Ba Gua, Hsing-i, Su Tai Chi, and internal healing practices.  From Master Pau, he earned the title SiBok.  Through Master Pau, SiBok learned internal healing movements of Master Pau’s system and a “Way” that allowed him to become in touch with his own inner Presence and insight.  With this insight and gratitude to God, SiBok was able to regain his health and to develop the movements of the Golden Breath American Tai Chi System as they are today.

People of diverse backgrounds, religions, and cultures now practice the movement of Golden Breath American Tai Chi™. It is being taught in a variety of settings, including college activity centers, health centers, HIV/AIDS and arthritis support groups, community centers, and in local workshops. Classes and workshops are conducted regularly throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. A list of locations where Golden Breath™ is available can be found on the Classes page.

Frequently Asked Questions


 

How does Golden Breath™ differ from other styles?

Golden Breath American Tai Chi™, like other styles, promotes good body mechanics, balance, health and well being. It differs from many Tai Chi Systems in that it emphasizes the coordination of the body movement (the Tai Chi Choreography) with the breath. This is a conscious process. This skill is taught immediately from day one. For example, “Breath in through the nose as you raise arms and breath out through the mouth as you lower the arms”. Some other Tai Chi systems teach the choreography first and then at a later time discuss the aspects of breath as a secondary process. Golden Breath™ also utilizes higher stances as a general rule compared to some Tai Chi systems emphasize lower stances. Golden Breath can even be done in a chair if desired or an individual has a physical limitation. This is true because Golden Breath Tai Chi™ teaches breath control.

How much do I need to learn before I start getting benefits from this practice?

Just one movement can begin the restoration process… right from the start, the simple but powerful breathing technique and slow, fluid movements begin to spread their positive influence.

How often do I need to practice to improve my health?

The very minimum is at least once a day for a few minutes. The optimum recommendation in the early movements is two to three times a day for a few minutes. This is a great way to empty out all the stress that accumulates during the day.

Does Golden Breath™ conflict with practicing meditation or martial arts?

Golden Breath™ will not conflict with other practices any more than saying your prayers would. Most likely, it will augment anything else that one practices, either through the way it enhances breathing or the way it enhances movement coordination.

Are Instructors and Certified Teachers of Golden Breath™ different?

Certified teachers may teach Golden Breath™ at any location. Instructors are Senior Students that may teach Golden Breath™ at designated locations with SiBok’s approval. (Legalese: Golden Breath™ is not liable for any instructor’s teaching.)

History of Golden Breath American Tai Chi™

siboksmGolden Breath™ founder Robert Kassof was pursuing a career in martial arts, studying White Crane Kung Fu in New York in the late 1960’s. A few years later, he became seriously ill with a condition that eventually left him partially paralyzed, to the point where he couldn’t hold a cup of water in his hands. He was eventually hospitalized and underwent an operation in an attempt to correct this condition. This didn’t work and he was forced to rely on daily medication.

During this time, Robert was also attending several martial arts programs through the Chinese Medical Association. One of these classes proved to be a turning point in Robert’s life: Norma Chow, a martial artist of great standing, affiliated with the University of Southern California, explained the ancient “internal system” and demonstrated its ease of movement. She showed how, using the principles of this system, that the soft, flexible and subtle can defeat the hard and unyielding, and how one can use such softness to achieve a balance between health and illness.

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Founder Robert “Sibok” Kassoff is now a certified Ashtanga Yoga & Chair Yoga Instructor

SiBok Robert Kassof, founder of Golden Breath Tai Chi™ System, originally earned a Black Sash in White Crane Gung Fu in 1971.  In 1974, he joined the American Karate and Kung Fu Association as a teacher of White Crane.  In the early 1970’s, he had a life threatening illness that led him to study with Master Li Piao. Master Li Piao was an internal teacher of his lineage and taught Dragon Ba Gua, Hsing-i, Su Tai Chi, and internal healing practices.  From Master Li Piao, he earned the title SiBok.  Through Master Li Piao, SiBok learned internal healing movements of Master Li Piao’s system and a “Way” that allowed him to become in touch with his own inner Presence and insight.  With this insight and gratitude to God, SiBok was able to regain his health and to develop the movements of the Golden Breath American Tai Chi™ System as they are today.

 

American Tai Chi Association (ATCA)

logoThe American Tai Chi Association™ (ATCA) is a non-profit educational organization that safeguards Golden Breath and its students by ensuring the quality of its teachers as well as maintaining standards of the art itself . ATCA serves as the professional guild of Golden Breath American Tai Chi™ by holding all instructors and students who assist in teaching to prescribed standards of knowledge, integrity and responsibility. ATCA reaches out to educate the public about the benefits of Golden Breath™ and encourage people to improve their lives. ATCA’s scope of interest has broadened beyond just helping individuals to helping people and organizations that benefit others. Everyone who has completed the first 49 movements is required to join the association. Membership is encouraged upon completion of the first three months of study and required before any advanced studies begin.

Golden Breath American Tai Chi™ Trademarks

BREATHE TO BELIEVE™

Goods and Services IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: educational training services, namely seminars, workshops and classes in the fields of martial arts, health, fitness, nutrition, wellness, meditation and stress relief.
FIRST USE: 19990700. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19990700
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number: 76416761
Filing Date: June 4, 2002
Owner:(APPLICANT) Kassof, Robert INDIVIDUAL; UNITED STATES 1928 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia PA 19111
Attorney of Record: Evelyn H. McConathy, Esquire
Type of Mark: SERVICE MARK
Register: PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator: LIVE

GOLDEN BREATH AMERICAN TAI CHI™

Translations: The foreign wording in the mark translates into English as “knowledge of the supreme ultimate”
Goods and Services IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: educational training services, namely seminars, workshops and classes in the fields of martial arts, health, fitness, nutrition, wellness, meditation and stress relief
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number: 76383160
Filing Date: March 15, 2002
Filed ITU FILED AS ITU
Owner (APPLICANT) Kassof, Robert INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 1928 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia PA 19111
Attorney of Record: Evelyn H. McConathy, Esquire
Disclaimer: NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE AMERICAN and TAI CHI™ APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN

AMERICAN TAI CHI ASSOCIATION™

Translations: The foreign wording in the mark translates into English as “knowledge of the supreme ultimate”
Goods and Services IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: association services to promote the benefits of tai chi, namely seminars, workshops, publications and classes in the fields of martial arts, health, fitness, nutrition, wellness, meditation and stress relief
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number: 76383159
Filing Date: March 15, 2002
Filed: ITU FILED AS ITU
Owner: (APPLICANT) Kassof, Robert INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 1928 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia PA 19111
Attorney of Record: Evelyn H. McConathy, Esquire
Disclaimer: NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE AMERICAN and TAI CHI APART™ FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark: SERVICE MARK
Register: PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator: LIVE


Trademarks

logoSMThe following are federally trademarked and owned by the American Tai Chi Association™:

  • Golden Breath American Tai Chi™
  • Golden Breath™
  • The American Tai Chi Association™
  • Breathe to Believe™
  • The Difference Between Life and Death is Breath™

American Tai Chi Association™ Certificate (PDF format)

Golden Breath™ Certificate (PDF format)

The Difference Between Life and Death is Breath™ Certificate (PDF format)

Golden Breath
American Tai Chi

2417 Welsh Road
Suites 214-215
Blue Grass Shopping Center
Philadelphia, PA 19114
(GPS : 2446 Gregg St.)

215.745.4047 ♦ 215.783.5459

 

 

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