WTCD Postponement :(….

IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS AND FRUSTRATION that I must announce the Postponement of today’s World Tai Chi Day Event – It was supposed to be 54degrees and instead it’s 33 ūüôĀ
WE WILL still be hosting a day of Free Workshops in the very near future, illness so please stay tuned – a new announcement will be out within the month!



 World Tai Chi Day Saturday April 26th, link 2015

Come Celebrate World Tai Chi Day with Black Mountain Spirit!

The Cathedral of Learning Lawn Pitt University, approved Forbes Avenue Side

World Tai Chi Day Flyer

World Tai Chi Day in Pittsburgh! Come join us in this year’s celebration!

World Tai Chi Day was begun years ago with the intent that All Tai Chi people Everywhere would be able to share in this experience of Chinese Martial Traditions that we all have grown to love so much.

Beginning at approximately 10:00a, approved the first city begins their practice of Tai Chi at their own World Tai Chi Day event, and as the¬†Earth rotates each location will sequentially have a local¬†“10:00am” that begins. In this way a “Wave of Chi” will slowly cross the continent, the oceans, into Asia and Europe, etc. Each major city, and probably every town now has a World Tai Chi Day event, so the Wave of Chi is growing ever stronger!

At this year’s¬†World Tai Chi Day celebration¬†we‚Äôll be conducting Free Workshops where you‚Äôll learn the basics of TaiJi technique, and Qi Gong (Energy Skills).

Master Black will teach the Advanced TaiJi Broadsword Form (Pre and Onsite Registrants only).

The final schedule for the day’s activities are as follows:

– 9:30a-10a
Introduction to TaiChi Basics

– 10a-10:20a
Commencement of the Tai Chi Form with MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD!

– short break ūüėČ

– 10:30a-11:30a
Instruction in the Yang Family TaiChi Long Form sequence

– short break ūüėČ

– 12p-2p
Fighting Applications of the Yang Family TaiChi Form

– 2:30p-4p
Yang Family TaiJi Broadsword Basics and Form. (This requires pre-registration)

Call or Register online for Location Maps, Details, Updates

412 759 8570

(From the Official Website for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day)

Purposes of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day:

1) To educate the world of the profound health & healing benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong for individuals, communities, and nations

2) To thank Chinese culture for creating and sharing these profoundly valuable gifts with the world

3) To bring together people across racial, economic, religious, and geo-political boundaries, to join together for the purpose of health and healing, providing an example to the world.

4) To give a powerful example of how the power of the internet can be used to foster global health & healing.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQD) educates millions worldwide about Tai Chi & Qigong’s benefits, how to find
local classes, how to get the most from those classes, and we consult health care, corporate, government and educational
institutions about integrating these health tools into society at all levels.



Farm to Table Pittsburgh is ONE WEEK AWAY!

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Farm to Table Pittsburgh, medic Black Mountain Spirit Table manned by Malcolm Hudson and Mira Angelova!


Yup, it’s That time of year again! Once again, The Black Mountain Spirit School of Chinese Kung Fu will be sponsoring a table at this year’s Pittsburgh Farm to Table event!




WHAT: Farm to Table, Pittsburgh, 2015

WHERE: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown Pittsburgh

WHEN: Friday March 27th & Saturday March 28th, 10a-5p both days

WHY: Because we’re a Really Cool Table to visit!

IF you’re¬†into Health and Wellness, and are seriously interested in either beginning your holistic health journey or adding more to it, Stop by and¬†¬†Get to Know us, ask questions about how our school and how it is that we can help you achieve your personal goals! If quality of life and finding your personal balance is important to you, Please take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to meet with representatives of our school face to face and learn all you can about these life-enhancing skills.


Anyone that visits our table and enrolls for a 3 month course of classes only pays for 2!!! These are discounts that are only available to participants at this year’s Farm to Table, Pittsburgh, so be Sure to stop by and further your wellness journey with the skills handed down to us by the ancient Chinese!


3 months/36 classes @ $270 (That’s only $7.50 a class!!!)


3 months/36 classes @ $195 (That’s only $5.40 a class!!!)


3 months/36 classes @ $180 (That’s only – oh my GAWD – $4.10 a class!!!)

There are all kinds of other events, food tastings, and products available as well, and more information can be found at these official event pages


ERIC LEE in PGHGrandMaster Eric Lee is a Living Legend of martial arts!

And He’s Coming to Pittsburgh!!!¬†

An early pioneer of Kung Fu Forms in the Open Karate Circuit, phlebologist Eric Lee was known as the ‚ÄĚKing of Kata‚Äú¬†as¬†an ¬†Undefeated Champion with countless tournament wins, as well as numerous movie and television credits!
Do NOT miss this chance to work with this world renowned master and develop a deeper understanding that will profoundly impact the quality and depth of your martial arts practice !

You Do Not Need To Be a Kung Fu Practitioner to attend!

Register NOW for the Eric Lee Seminar in Pittsburgh!

Pre-payment by April 30th, 2015 *$109 at the door.

Contact ShiFu Marc Black to pre-register and receive updates!
102 E 8th Avenue Homestead PA 1512, above the Lowes Theatre at

The Waterfront, Homestead.


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¬†Let’s take a look at GrandMaster Eric Lee in Action!


 A few words by Eric Lee about Matrix Martial Arts!

 GrandMaster Eric Lee on his own TaiJi practice


Another Major Martial Arts Star, Cynthia Rothrock, gives us her insight into GrandMaster Eric Lee’s TaiJi practice!


¬†I had the pleasure of meeting Eric Lee in Seminar the last time he was in Pittsburgh, it was a brief encounter but memorable! For me, the real high point was the fact that my teacher had a chance to meet him as well! DaShiFu Haddad (Tony to his friends) was a pretty shy guy in some respects, so seeing him a little bit ‘Starstruck’ was a pretty unique¬†experience for me.

And then, of course, there’s Big Trouble in Little China. You Can NOT be a Chinese Kung Fu practitioner and not dig every single thing about that movie! And everything from the Tongs to Lo Pan’s very name –¬†the movie is replete with Chinese Cultural references with a nice drizzling of Taoism across everything! It’s been many years since the making of that movie, and I have no doubt that GrandMaster Eric Lee has done nothing to diminish his own Kung Fu fire and keeps it burning strong. Grandmaster Eric Lee Seminar¬†in Little Pittsburgh – I’m personally looking forward to seeing what he might pull out of his ‘Six Demon Bag’ and leave all¬†of us¬†attending his seminars with some Big Trouble of our own-!













In The Very First Second – HARD FAST I WIN


In The Very First Second of the video –¬†I break the attacker’s hand, prothesis elbow, about it and either break his jaw or crush his throat – under 1 Second.

In The Very First Second of an attack –you ONLY Have 1 second to take Decisive action and make a change for the better.

In The Very First Second – you have to be physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of applying what you’ve been taught under what can only be considered Extreme and unforseen circumstances.

In The Very First Second Рonly your ability to apply your knowledge of how and where to strike, and instantly choosing the Best from a wide variety of attack & defense techniques, your will be the only thing that passes for a guarantee in a threatening situation.


There has to be a very clear difference between ‘self defense’ and Real World Fighting. Self defense, things that a person can do to ‘get someone off of them’ is fine for that one time when things get out of hand, or when someone is testing some social boundaries, but when someone has a Serious Intent on doing you some Serious Harm, you need to be Equally Serious in your Intent to protect yourself. And regrettably, that usually means hurting Them. FIRST. Badly.


This video shows a very wide variety of techniques, each situation ending in roughly 1.5 seconds, from single full-bodyweight kicks to the ribs, stationary and jumping kicks to the head, to multiple fist/elbow/knee combinations from every direction. There’s a lof of ‘bob and weave’, ducking/dodging, and I think everyone shows a decent sense of spacial relationships (their environment) and meditative awareness (a cool head) in the midst of some fast moving bodies – punches, elbows, and kicks flying at each other’s heads! Close quarters in-fighting is the name of the game. Hard Fast, I Win.Go at to see more.

Taking it a bit further, even with all of that stuff going on physically and mentally, you can still see the Real, Orthodox, Kung Fu Trapping/Joint-Locking, Throwing techniques, and in some instances what I can only call Extreme Acccuracy, and absolutely phenomenal timing.¬†There’s a¬†lot of talk in the ‘modern combatives’ circles that traditional martial arts are all about looking pretty, feeling the energy,¬†becoming one with nature, etc. I’m looking at this video and saying NO, these things are Not very pretty – pretty goddamned brutal in fact – and the only peace that I see are the pieces flying off of their faces.

It goes without saying that you need to properly¬†train your techniques to make them effective, and you only use techniques and methods that you’re personally capable of and have extensively tested in your fight training.

And, of COURSE no one’s going full contact in the video, but that’s the Only thing that isn’t happening 100%. Protective gear doesn’t really protect that much (I’ve accidently knocked people out even with light contact), it gets in the way of a Lot of technique, and regardless of what gear you’re wearing, it’s going to come down to how Much you hit the other person vs. them hitting You; that is, you may be weaker, they may be stronger, so unless everything is¬†perfectly “equal”, full contact fighting with gear just proves how much damage you’re willing to accept just as part of your training. Me? I’m looking at the video & I don’t care What the weight or power disparity is, all I know is that if Anyone gets hit with the combinations that I’m seeing the ‘defender’ use on the ‘attacker’, he’s going down. It may be sooner, it may be later, but regardless of the weight/power issues, given enough time or in this case opportunity (Proper Training)¬†it’s ON.¬†It’s GOT to be Hard and Fast so that I can Win.

Most people wait until something bad happens, and then either really wish that they’d prepared in advance, or they call someone else to do the work for them. If you haven’t specifically trained to really fight, and fight at a high level, you haven’t got a chance against the person who does, good guys and bad. I admit, it was the physically artistic expression¬†and philosophy that pulled me in, but it’s been the hardcore, down and dirty Hard Fast I Win approach that’s kept me alive all these years doing private security and bodyguard work.



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Use TaiJi (Tai Chi) To Eliminate Stress, caries Fatigue, pills Back and Joint Pain

Use TaiJi (Tai Chi) To Increase Flexibility, Balance and Coordination

Use TaiJi (Tai Chi) To Unite Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Use TaiJi (Tai Chi) To Achieve Inner Peace and Well Being

Use TaiJi (Tai Chi) To Live Longer, Healthier

Our main TaiJi (Tai Chi) Classes in Pittsburgh are held Saturday Mornings, but in response to student inquiry we’re looking into expanding our classes into the weekdays as well.

Whether for self-defense, better health or finding inner balance, do not miss the opportunity to study with Master Black, renowned for his insightful knowledge of Chinese Qi Gong & Chan Meditation, with a distinguished competition career, and decades of experience of sharing this ancient art with his students.


Be Healthier, more Flexible and more Vibrant Рthrough the power of  TaiJi (Tai Chi).


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TaiJi (Tai Chi) is a gentle exercise proven to increase your health and fitness. For Centuries, TaiJi (Tai Chi) movements have been considered Ideal for older adults, as they do not place great strain on the joints or the muscles of the body, while still offering a variety of health benefits.
This Taoist Yoga is an ancient system of exercise, meditation & martial art that
Unites the mind, body, & spirit.
Improves Balance, Coordination, Flexibility & Posture
Cultivates Health while warding off Stress & Illness

 The movements are easy to learn, remember and practice.
You’ll set your own pace, with step-by-step instructions.
Without any prior knowledge of TaiJi (Tai Chi),
you’ll learn how to relax,
keep fit and be healthy,
enabling you to enjoy your chosen lifestyle.


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Previous and Current TaiJi (Tai Chi) Classes in the Pittsburgh area:

TaiJi (Tai Chi) Phys Ed class at The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA*

Public TaiJi (Tai Chi) classes 7 days a week at Heaven and Earth Herbs, Incense, and Teas Bookstore, Pittsburgh PA*

YangJia TaiJiQuan (Tai Chi Chuan) Club classes at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

Seniors TaiJi (Tai Chi) classes at Mckeesport Hospital, McKeesport PA

TaiJi (Tai Chi) classes at the Black Mountain Spirit School of Chinese Kung Fu, Homestead PA 

*TaiJi (Tai Chi) classes that have been discontinued in the Pittsburgh PA area.