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Master Bosco Baek (白承哲), the first Korean-American disciple of Master Chen Bing and a senior disciple of 'The Old Ten Disciples (老十徒弟)', is a leading figure in the world of classical Chen Family Taijiquan. A direct recipient of the rich traditions passed down in Chenjiagou, he brings with him an abundance of knowledge and experience to his role as the founder and principal of the Chen Bing Taiji Academy USA in Los Angeles.
His profound understanding and superior mastery of Chen Family Taijiquan was officially recognized on October 5, 2014, when the Chen Village Committee and the China Chen Village Taijiquan Association conferred upon him the prestigious title of 'Chenjiagou Intangible Culture Chen Family Taijiquan Excellent Successor' (陈家沟非物质文化陈氏太极拳优秀传承人). This honor, often encapsulated as the "Chen Village Intangible Culture Successor," is the highest recognition awarded by Chenjiagou, affirming Master Baek's standing as a true inheritor of Chen Family Taijiquan.
Out of the 18 esteemed 'Intangible Culture Successors' worldwide, Master Baek holds the unique distinction of being the only one in North America. This endorsement signifies Master Baek's authenticity as a Tai Chi master, authorized to instruct in all the classical practices as they are taught in Chen Village, spanning from health objectives and longevity, to weapons, push-hands, classical Tai Chi grappling, and martial applications.
A milestone in Master Baek's illustrious career came in May of 2015, when he became the first professional Tai Chi teacher to conduct a seminar at the FBI Los Angeles headquarters. Sharing his extensive knowledge with agents and staff members, Master Baek demonstrated Tai Chi's value in promoting both physical and mental well-being, as well as its application in self-defense and law enforcement. In recognition of this landmark seminar, Master Baek received a plaque of appreciation from the FBI, an enduring testament to his unparalleled expertise, dedication, and contribution to Tai Chi.
In 2016, the California State Assembly bestowed upon Master Baek a Certificate of Recognition at the 5th Kung Fu Tai Chi Day, acknowledging his tireless efforts to preserve and propagate the rich cultural heritage of martial arts. This accolade underscores Master Baek's unwavering commitment to fostering the martial arts community in California and beyond. Further solidifying his reputation, the Chen Bing Taiji Academy Chenjiagou Headquarters honored Master Baek with the 'Excellent Coach' (优秀教练) award in October 2016, reflecting his persistent dedication to Tai Chi instruction and his distinct contributions to the field.
Master Baek's journey into the world of Chinese martial arts began at the age of 13 with Chinese Hygiene Qigong (中華養生益智功). He continued his studies with classical Raja and Hatha Yoga at the Himalaya Meditation Center and Korea Yoga Academy in 1996, and in 1999, he delved into Chen Family Taijiquan under the guidance of Master Myung-Won Seo (徐明源), the first foreign disciple of Grand Master Chen Xiaoxing. A year later, in 2000, Master Baek formally started studying under Master Chen Bing, culminating in his formal acceptance as a disciple on Christmas Day in 2005 in Chenjiagou.
Apart from his rich Tai Chi instruction, Master Baek also teaches Chinese Hygiene Qigong, Sva Sam Vidya Raja Yoga (स्व सम् विद्या, Himalaya Meditation Center), Anuka Yoga Cikitsa (अनूक योग चिकित्सा, Korea Yoga Academy), and Svastha Yoga (स्वस्थ, A.G. Mohan). His multi-faceted experience includes tenures as a Tai Chi and Qigong professor at Samra University and Dongguk University Los Angeles. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a major in Biology.
Renowned for his ability to tailor Taijiquan and Yoga therapy to the individual needs of his students, Master Baek is a highly sought-after teacher. His commitment to share the essence of Chen Family Taijiquan and his three yoga styles, collectively known as Ekatala yoga, is unwavering. His life and career serve as an inspiration to Tai Chi practitioners and enthusiasts across the globe, fostering a deep appreciation for this ancient and dynamic martial art.
1993 Certified Chinese Hygiene Qigong Instructor (3rd level)
1999 Yoga Teacher Certification from Korea Yoga Academy
2002 Yoga Teacher Certification from Himalaya Meditation Center
2002 Certified Instructor of Chenjiagou Taijiquan School
2004 President of World Chen Family Taijiquan USA
2005 Advanced Teacher of Chen Village Martial Arts Association
2006 Yoga Instructor Certification by A.G. Mohan
2009 Headteacher of Chen Bing Taiji Academy USA
2012 President of Chen Bing Taiji Academy USA
2014 The sole individual entitled to the 'Chen Village Intangible Culture Chen Family Taijiquan Excellent Successor' (陈家沟非物质文化陈氏太极拳优秀传承人) in North America by Chen Village Committee and Chen Village Taijiquan Association
2015 'Certificate of Appreciation' by the FBI Los Angeles
2016 'Certificate of Recognition' by the California State Assembly
2016 'Excellent Coach' by Chen Bing Taiji Academy Chenjiagou Headquarters
2002 6th Korea National Taijiquan Tournament; Gold Medal (Old Frame First Road), Silver Medal (New Frame First Road)
2004 Chicago International Wushu-Gongfu Tournament;
Gold Medal (Old Frame First Road, Sword)
2008-2009 Illinois Open Martial Arts Championship;
Gold Medal (Old Frame, New Frame, Sword)
2015 8th China Jiaozuo International Taijiquan Exchange Competition;
Silver Medal (Chen Family Taijiquan Single Straight Sword)
Bronze Medal (Combined Complex Chen Family Taijiquan)
2016 24th Chinese Martial Arts Tournament (CMAT);
Gold Medal (Advanced Taiji Spear, Advanced Straight Sword)
Silver Medal (Advanced Combined Chen Taiji)
Bronze Medal (Advanced Cannon Fist)
2017 2nd Chenjiagou Taijiquan Exchange Competition;
Gold Medal (Double Straight Sword)
Bronze Medal (Single Straight Sword)
2004 Tai Chi Teacher for Cancer Patients, Caregivers & Staff at Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University (Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation)
2010 Tai Chi Professor at Samra University
2014 Tai Chi Instructor at METRO Los Angeles
2015 Tai Chi Instructor at FBI Los Angeles
2017 Tai Chi & Yoga Director at Fabletics
2017-2018 Tai Chi Guest Professor at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
2019-Present Tai Chi & Qigong Professor at Dongguk University Los Angeles (DULA)
2009 Writer for "Inside Kung-Fu", featuring the article "Finding Fang Song"
2011 Cover model and writer for "Journal of Asian Martial Arts", featuring the article "Three Techniques of Dantian Rotation in Chen Taiji"
2012 Model for Nissan Altima TV advertisement (Chinese version), showcasing Tai Chi demonstration
2015 Cover model and writer for "Chen T'ai Chi: : Traditional Instructions from the Chen Village, Volume 2"
2015 Participant in the Guinness World Records' "Largest Martial Arts Display" (multiple venues)
B.S. in Biology from Loyola University Chicago
Currently pursuing a dual degree of Master's & Ph.D. in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at Dongguk University Los Angeles, where he has also served as a professor in Tai Chi & Qigong
On October 5 2014 at Chen Village, Master Bosco Baek was appointed the 'Chenjiagou Intangible Culture Chen Family Taijiquan Excellent Successor'
'Master Show Case' from the "ALL STAR" Chinese Martial Arts Championship by ICMAC (International Chinese Martial Arts Worldwide Circuit) on April 30, 2016 in Los Angeles
Free Tai Chi Classes for the Community
Starting September 6th, Chen Village Tai Chi is offering free Tai Chi classes aimed at improving community well-being.
Free classes are currently held in Los Feliz and San Gabriel. We're also considering adding Koreatown to the list, pending location availability.
* San Gabriel: "Sheng Ballet" at 811 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776
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You're warmly invited to join our free Tai Chi classes. While the classes are free, any donations are greatly appreciated and will help us continue offering free classes.