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  Brian Nieminen

Brian's lifelong interest in martial arts began with some training in the late 60's in Kung Fu and the 70's in Aikido. He spent about a year and a half studying Taoist Tai Chi in the 80's. After a 20 year hiatus he finally returned to Tai Chi with Oliver Reimer and Master Peng just before the International Forum on Taijiquan in 2006 and has been training with Master Peng and other local instructors ever since.

Brian is certified to teach Tai Chi Chigong and has studied Yang style - 8, 16, 24 and 48 forms, 32 and 42 sword and 36 Broadsword; Taiji Hockeystick; and has focused on Chen style – Essential 18, Old Frame 1 and 47 sword.

He has been fortunate enough to have participated in many workshops, beginning with the 6 Masters at the International Forum. Other workshops include 32 sword with Master Jack Yan from Toronto, and 8 and 24 forms and 32 sword with Masters Li and Wu from Japan. He has had the privilege of taking several workshops with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, including Chen Essential 18 forms and Old Frame One. In the spring of 2011, with Master Peng he attended the International Seminar on Chen's Taiji in Los Angeles for 5 days of intense training in Chen style Taiji, Old Frame 1, Old Frame 2 and New Frame 1.

Brian currently teaches Chen style Taiji at the Academy, is Fundraising Chair for the Taiji Park, and serves as PR Coordinator on the Board of Directors of the Association.

Brian is a retired Thunder Bay Firefighter and now a full-time artist: