Shifu Elizabeth Connors

Biography

Liz-PensiveShifu (Chinese for "Master") Elizabeth Manser Connors has been interested in the positive effects of exercise and energy since she taught her first class, Aerobics and Calisthenics, in the 1980's. As her commitment to a healthy lifestyle evolved, so did her approach to fitness.

In 1997, she commenced study with Sifu ("Master Teacher") J. Teasley, learning Tai Chi Chuan (Yang style), followed by Northern style Kung Fu and other martial and healing disciplines.

She continues her involvement as Assistant Director of Martial Arts at Teasley's Traditional School of Wu Shu in Baldwin. Following in her Teacher's path, Shifu Connors facilitates classes and seminars in Taoist Yoga (Dao Yin), Tai Chi Chuan (Yang and Sun styles), Women's Kung Fu, Children's Kung Fu, QiGong Healing, and Meditation. She is the only certified teacher of "Ultimate Energy©", a unique form of exercise created by Grand Master Teasley.

Elizabeth's teaching encompasses work with elders and the physically challenged, including Yoga for the Blind. In 2006, she was formally recognized for her commitment to enriching the lives of seniors by both the City of Long Beach, and the Oceanside Department of Community Activities Senior Citizen Club. Shifu Connors also continues her special commitment to uniting people on behalf of planet Earth through the four disciplines of Yoga, Chi Kung, Tai Chi Chuan, and Meditation. She firmly believes that as we heal ourselves, we heal the planet.

liz-yoga on bench She has been a guest speaker at diverse women's organizations, was honored for her teaching during Women's History Month by the Village of Rockville Centre. Since 1999, Shifu Elizabeth Connors has been a featured performer in New York City's annual World Tai Chi Day and in Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown, New York. She has received medals (Silver and Bronze) in international and national Chinese Martial Arts tournaments and competitions. Elizabeth was also honored to be a USA TEAM Competitor in the 2004 World Culture Open in Seoul, Korea, as a key member of the Multicultural Wu Shu Ensemble.

Shifu Elizabeth is a Pipe Carrier and Sundancer at the Wahpeton Dakota Sioux and Carry-the-Kettle-Nakota Sioux Reservations.

Elizabeth is a mother and grandmother.

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