Tai Kung Ha Holistic Center
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To become one with Tao, the universal internal life depends wholly on oneself.
Around the age of seven, Teacher Ha always liked to spend time at Guan Gong Temple in South Vietnam where he loved practicing Kung Fu and hang out with the teachers. Fortunately it is also where he found his first teacher, Monk Hoang Ca Cuong, a Fukien-branch Shaolin monk who moved to Vietnam during China’s cultural revolution. Based on his humble character, Master Hoang Ca Cuong accepted him as a student in the traditional art of Hung Gar Kung Fu. Few years passed, Master Hoang Ca Cuong recognized his natural potential and introduced him to the Taoist Teacher Li Wei Ming, who was from Fukien and lived in the South of Vietnam, and from whom he learned Taoist healing arts. People from the community and colleagues where he lived in Oregon recognized his talent and asked him to teach. Some people called him master, others called him Sifu, but he prefers just teacher.
Having learned in a traditional environment from both teachers, and the natural teachings of Lao Tzu which talks about the relationship between human and nature, Teacher Ha is a firm believer that ‘when a superior man holds his position, he holds the principle firm and does not let it go’. He studies traditional cultivation of the physical body to support the spirit and mind through the Taoist Arts. Through self-discipline, dedication, and daily cultivation of the mind and body, one will return to one's own original nature or the Tao within, as the tenets of Taoist and Buddhist philosophy are not only learned through theory but put into everyday practice as a ‘living philosophy’. His teaching is very unique, based on the Taoist system of cultivating the body and the mind.
Teacher Ha began teaching in 1982 under special request from local government to promote health for their employees through Taoist Qi Qong. In 1986, he immigrated to the USA where he continued his teachings in Oregon at Linfield College and local senior citizen centers to promote health and natural healing. On his free time, he also taught Tai Chi at a local Okinawa Karate dojo, owned by his close friend, Peter Akimo. In 1996, he moved to Colorado where he continued his teachings at Nhu Lai Buddhist Temple in Denver, and subsequently established the Tai Kung Ha Holistic Fitness Center in 2000. He enjoys a simple life of solitude and quiettude, and continues to research, practice and teach the natural Taoist arts to promote natural healing.