Tai Chi Extends Peace to UCR

By Sergio Abundis

The Highlander, October 6th 1998, p 24

After thirty years of instructing T'ai Chi in Southern California, Harvey Kurland joined UCR's Physical Education department this fall to bring to Highlanders his unique style of harmonizing the mind and body into functioning as one.

Last April, Kurland received an award from the City Council of Los Angeles recognizing his significant contribution to the Los Angeles Police Department's recruiting class.

The program that the Civilian Martial Art Advisory Panel (CMAAP) conducted received national spotlight by TIME Magazine for its successful results. Kurland, an original member, donated his time to the program.

"When I was teaching the recruits I was manly focusing on developing a more humane approach to arresting people," said Kurland. "We also encouraged them to use various methods when making an arrest that will reduce their chances of injury."

Kurland has helped women recruits to pass the LAPD's test, and has decreased the injury rates of recruits by 25%.

In 1970 Kurland sought out a master of T'ai Chi, Kuo Lien Ying, From that point on Kurland has been studying and teaching this martial art to eager students who want to learn to reduce stress.

"Learning T'ai chi is based on your persistence and preparation," said Kurland. "Twenty minutes twice a day, six days a week is a persistent schedule."

Kurland is currently screening UCR students to compete at UC Irvine against other UC Kung-fu clubs.

When Questioned about what advice he would give to UCR students interested in Learning T'ai Chi he said, "Just sign up. You will be surprised at how much of an effective impact this art will have on your body and mind. It will lower your stress and blood pressure."