Saturday, June 24, 2017


Sophia Delza: 
American Tai Chi Pioneer

Sophia Delza (1903-1996) was an American tai chi
pioneer, one of the first to widely promote tai chi 
in America. Originally a professional modern dancer 
and choreographer in New York City, as a young 
woman, Delza gave many public performances of 
Spanish and modern dance. 


In the 1920s she earned a science degree 
at Hunter College and then entered graduate school at 
Columbia University. Eventually she moved to Paris 
to further study dance. Upon returning to New York 
she began working in Vaudeville, film, and 
stage productions, dancing with James Cagney 
in the Grand Street Follies of 1928.
 
In 1948 she and her husband moved to Shanghai, China
 for three years, where she taught modern dance and 
learned Wu Style Tai Chi and sword forms, from the 
famous tai chi master, Ma Yueh Liang.  

In 1954 she returned to the US and gave the first 
documented public tai chi demonstration in America 
at New York's Museum of Modern Art. That same year 
she started The Delza School of Tai Chi Chuan at 
Carnegie Hall. By the 1960s she was writing articles, 
lecturing, making television appearances, and 
demonstrating tai chi to many audiences. 


She wrote her first book on tai chi,
T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Body & Mind in Harmony,  
in 1961, which is credited with being the first English 
language book on the subject of tai chi. During her 
teaching career, Delza taught tai chi for health at 
The United Nations, The Actor's Studio, 
SUNY Purchase, and the University of Hawaii.

Sophia Delza died in Manhattan in 1996 at the age of 92.

Delza wrote four books on tai chi including,

The T'ai Chi Ch'uan Experience: 
Reflections and Perceptions 
on Body-Mind Harmony

and

Tai Chi Chuan an Ancient Chinese Way


Friday, June 23, 2017


"In all things seek balance - 
strive for perfection 
while enjoying what you do."


"Tai chi is slow, though 
if you are doing it correctly, 
you won't even notice."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017


Can Tai Chi Really Slow Aging?
A New Study Has The Answer

Saturday, June 10, 2017

'Defeating Stress': UC Irvine Professor Studies Benefits Of Tai Chi




'Defeating Stress': 
UC Irvine Professor 
Studies Benefits Of Tai Chi

It's 4 p.m. on UC Irvine's campus and 
a group of students - some of them well past 
college-age - are gathered for a lesson 
in stress reduction. 

CBS Los Angeles - Pat Harvey reports.

 

Friday, June 9, 2017


"Tai Chi Hands: Strong yet gentle, 
relaxed yet vibrant, expressing 
and concealing the internal life force."