Lewis Paleias, Cloud Chi Studios

Lewis Paleias has been studying and teaching Chinese martial arts for over 40 years. He is a YMAA Certified Instructor (certification diplomas: Instructor of Taijiquan, Qigong Instructor and 5th level Chin Na) for Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming, the famous Shaolin, Taiji, Chin-na and Qigong Grand-Master, founder of Yang’s Martial Arts Association International. At the time this bio was made, Lewis was one of only 12 YMAA Instructors of Taijiquan and one of only 6 YMAA Qigong Instructors world-wide. 
   He has also studied Taiji, Xingyi, Bagua, Weapons, Qigong and Tui-na massage under the eminent Grand-Master Liang Shou-Yu, and Master Chan Ching Kai. Using this knowledge, he has designed and implemented a myriad of programs for improving the balance and health of seniors. These programs are now being utilised at hospital centers, Federal/State assisted living facilities, the MS Society and at Senior Centers in South Florida and New York City.  Lewis helped design and co-teach ‘Tai Chi and Fall Prevention’, an accredited CEU course with Professor Helen Cornely, head of FIU’s Dept. of Physical Therapy and has been featured in and has written twelve articles for the international magazine “Inside Kung Fu”.  
     Working with police, sheriffs, military police and friends in the FBI, he’s distilled his many years of experience to create “Open Hand Control, Compliance & Escort”; a system  designed to be taught in a simplified module format to quickly train police and security forces in self-defence, combat and control/compliance situations. This offensive use of Tai Chi specialises in using open hand controlling techniques, joint-locking and weapon disarms which minimise liability while maximising safety. In 2000, Lewis teamed up with Bill Garrison to form “Crisis Resolution Ltd”. This unique training program joins together the “Mental Martial Arts” training, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, hostage negotiation training and psycho-profiling that Bill is so famous for with the physical aspects of control & compliance that Mr. Paleias excels in. Together they have designed a series of programs for the Baptist Hospital security forces and other organisations. He am a certified MEB/Asp Expandable Baton trainer, and (on the health side), a Physical Therapist, Sports Nutrition Advisor and a CPR instructor. Lewis was the facilitator of the NYU grant for “Tai Chi and Parkinsons/Movement Disorders”, facilitated at the JCC of Manhattan, taught “Tai Chi for Frailty/ Injury” and “Tai Chi for Stroke Victims” at Mount Sinai Hospital and headed the Qigong/Tai chi program at the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mt. Sinai Hospital. 



The Chinese Internal Martial Arts I Teach
Their are three generally known styles which emphasise Qi development more seriously than other styles and are therefore considered “internal”. These three styles are Taijiquan, Xingyiquan and Baguazhang. Before I discuss their differences, I would like to point out their similarities. First, they all concentrate on training the Qi circulation and building it up to a higher level. Second, they all emphasise a calm and peaceful mind. Finally, they all are very effective in improving health and longevity.

1. Taijiquan:
A. To smooth and help our Qi circulation, you must relax from the skin to the bone marrow and internal organs. To move Qi to any part of the body without stagnation, the body must be relaxed and the movements soft.
B.  When Jing is emitted, it is soft like a whip; the power strong and penetrating.
C. The fighting strategy concentrates on defence. Training focuses on yielding, neutralising, sticking, adhering, coiling in preparation to attacking.
D.  Specialises in short and middle ranges.

2. Xingyiquan:
A. To smooth and help our Qi circulation, your body must be natural and comfortable.
B. Xingyi Jing is like rattan; soft in the beginning and hard at the end, manifesting like an exploding cannonball. When Jing is emitted, the body moves from a natural relaxed state and stiffens for an instant upon striking.
C. Specialises in short range. Kicks are limited at or below the groin.

3. Baguazhang:
A. The movements are not as soft as Taiji, yet softer than Xingyi. The main focus of training is the internal Qi and moving naturally.
B. Emphasising circular movements and constant stepping, all of it’s movements combine neutralising, sticking, coiling and adhering. Because energy and power are obtained from the walking and turning, Jing can be emitted, like a coiled spring unwinding, at any point.
C. Specialises at all ranges. 

tel.: (954) 249-7505  www.lewis@cloudchi.com





Crisis Resolution


Articles Appearing in “Inside Kung Fu”



October 2009 Issue

“Slice and Dice - Chopping Palm”

June 2009 Issue

“Piercing Palm Pointers”

August 2006 Issue

“Respect the Blade - Defending Against the Knife”

March 2006 Issue

“Hooked on Bagua - the Mechanics of Deer-hook Swords”

December 2005 Issue

“Power of the Drill - Increasing Punching Power through Torque”

May 2005 Issue

“The Line in the Circle - the Straight Sword of Bagua Zhang”

December 2003 Issue

“Rock, Paper, Scissors - Xing Yi's Game to Mastery”

June 2003 Issue

"Twist & Shout" - the Martial Applications of Tai Chi's Brush Knee”

Feb. 2003 Issue

“Deer Hook Swords: Bagua's Deadly Duo”

December 2000 Issue

“Tai Chi in the Rain Forest”


Lewis Paleias Biography

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