April 1, 2016 Chris Potter
"I am completely happy with my experience at Zhen Ren. Instructor Charles has been so patient and thorough in my training. He makes every class demanding and fun at the same time. In the five months that I have been at Zhen Ren, I'm noticeably healthier, happier, more focused and less stressed with the demands of my very busy life. My only regret is that I didn't start training at Zhen Ren sooner. Also, Instructor Charles is really great with kids. Both of my children are also enrolled at Zhen Ren and they thoroughly enjoy their classes with him. It is amazing how Instructor Charles captures the children's attention as well as providing a great source of motivation. I cannot stress enough how every aspect of my life has improved since training at Zhen Ren. All the best, Chris"
January 6, 2016 Will Schwartzman
"How Zhen Ren Chuan Training Has Affected My Life I have gained self confidence.Now I don't let people who are mean to me, get to me. Also, I used to get mad all the time, but since I learned Sea Turtle Breathing I use it to calm myself down at school and at home. I also use it when I get flustered. I am now part of the Zhen Ren Chuan community, I have made lots of friends in the advanced children’s class and have enjoyed helping other people through the food drive. I really enjoy being a part of this community. Will Schwartzman"
December 30, 2014 Chris Mungenast
"I had played varsity basketball in high school and had a year of Taekwondo in college. 4 years ago, I was approaching 50 years old and becoming too good at sitting in a chair. My wife had recently signed me up for Tai Chi at the YMCA. It whetted my appetite, but once a week wasn't enough. After seeing an open-house demonstration at Zhen Ren Chuan, I decided to sign up. Although the program also includes Kung fu, Bagua, Taekwondo, Judo, and weapons, I thought I was only interested in the Tai Chi at first. I didn't see the point of the harder styles, weapons training, or taking tests. I promised myself I'd keep an open mind. I also started my training with the belief that there were certain things I was never going to be able to do well. Being tall, it seemed I would never get as low in my stances as the higher belts, or have a decent side kick, for example. I was surprised at how hard it was to keep up in my first classes. It was inspiring to see the higher belts leading the way, offering advice when needed. Over time, I was amazed to see changes in my strength, endurance, and mental acuity. Instructor Charles' presentation and practice of each style informed and reinforced the other styles in ways that aren't possible by simple practicing one style alone. Each connection that we discovered deepened our understanding. The rhythm of preparing for the tests and then taking them enhanced the effectiveness of the training. It got me into the habit of practicing on my own as well, preparing me for life ahead. By trying to do difficult forms and finally achieving them, I found my preconceived notions of what I couldn't do falling away. The 'hard' style forms built up my strength and energy level. Weapons taught me how to use my whole body and extend past it. The 'internal', meditative side of the program has helped me remain calm in difficult situations at work, and added balance to my life. I appreciate Instructor Charles' creative and extensive efforts, tailoring each class to the students needs. While the program requires great effort, I felt I got at least as much out of it as I have put into it."
December 22, 2014 Elif Tosun
"I started my martial arts practice about 6 years ago when I had just moved to the area. I was looking for a new hobby, an exercise regime, new friends, and hey, who would mind a boost of self confidence that’s supposed to come with one’s martial arts practice? I could not have guessed then that not only I would find all that was I looking for, but also that my practice and training at Zhen Ren Chuan would become a pillar in my life that I lean on. I have been through some rough spots during the last few years, and my practice was the one thing that was constant and kept me going. Instructor Charles’ enthusiastic and supportive presence and the friendships I have formed with fellow students always made me go back to class, and after so many years, I still leave every class feeling better than how I started it. Over the years I learned to control my anxiety, improved my self confidence, and overall became a lot more resilient to whatever life throws at me. The physical strength and agility I gained, better posture and improved health were all one big bonus. It’s hard to believe I am now a first degree black belt, one of those people that I used to look to with envy. And now that I am one of them, I have a lot more to look forward to - Making my practice truly mine, adding to the arsenal of tools I have gathered over the years to deal with "life" and eventually passing this knowledge to others so that they can have a better life also. Many thanks to Instructor Charles, Instructor Ian, and the community of Zhen Ren Chuan for helping me get to where I am today."
December 22, 2014 Steve Lazar