News from So Cal CTCCA



San Diego, CA. 05/20/06  Joe Adams from our UCR class won gold in pushing hands, silver in hand form, and gold in short weapons doing the walking stick. Eric Mummert from our UCR class won gold in Guang Ping form, gold in pushing hands, and bronze for long weapons, doing the spear.

Riverside, CA. 02/28/06  The NSCA Certification Commission certified that NWTCCA Instructor Harvey Kurland MS, has earned the designation of CSCS�, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist�, as defined by the Executive Council of the NSCA Certification Commission.
Kurland is also certified by the ACSM, American College of Sports Medicine, and ISSA, International Sports Sciences Association. Kurland is a certified t'ai-chi ch'uan Chief Instructor by CTCCA, Chinese T'ai Chi Ch'uan Association.
Certification The NSCA�s Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist� (CSCS�) certification is the first nationally accredited certification programs in the fitness industry. Awarded only after passing a rigorous and challenging exam administered by an independent examination service, the credentials are widely respected and internationally recognized. Having received the full approval of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the credentials are regarded as the Credentials of Distinction among fitness professionals. Harvey Kurland holding advanced degrees in Exercise Physiology and Health education was originally certified in 1998 and recertified in 2006.
CSCS� The CSCS� program was initiated in 1985 to identify individuals who possess the knowledge and skills to design and implement safe and effective strength and conditioning programs. The program encourages a higher level of competence among practitioners that, in turn, raises the quality of strength training and conditioning programs provided by those who are CSCS� certified. To be eligible to take the exam, you must hold a BA/BS degree, be enrolled as a college senior at an accredited college or university, or hold a degree in chiropractic medicine, and be CPR certified.

Berkeley, CA. 4/19/03 Asatar Bair, Student of the University of California Riverside Student Recreation Center Class won three Silver Medals at the 2003 11th Annual UC Berkeley Chinese Martial Art Championships. He won silver for Pushing Hands, Guang Ping Style Form, and Yang Style Form. In the 2003 tournament Bair won 2 bronze medals, one for form and the other for pushing hands.

Montery Park, CA, 9/18/02 Harvey Kurland made a presentation to the Chinese Media and Chinese Community representing the American Heart Association and Chinese Heart Council. Kurland spoke on the benefits of T'ai-chi ch'uan and other forms of exercise in preventing Heart Disease. Kurland spoke of his personal experiences working in Cardiac Rehabilitation and about energetic research he did on T'ai-chi ch'uan and standing meditation. The event was held in Monterqy Park Civic Center City Council Chambers. Other speakers discussed medical issues and diet.

West Los Angeles, 4/19/01. Harvey Kurland did a seminar for the West LA VA Hospital for the Southern Region therapist specializing in fall prevention. Kurland taught them the right methods for doing the t'ai-chi movements to prevent injuries, prevent falls and improve balance. Therapists learned the proper way to do t'ai chi and those already studying t'ai-chi discovered what they were doing that caused them knee pain.

Black Belt Magazine, November 1992.  Study Shows Value of Tai Chi Chuan SAN DIEGO-Research presented by exercise physiologist Harvey Kurland at the annual Southwest American College of Sports Medicine convention here recently showed that tai chi chuan can be considered a low-intensity aerobic exercise. Kurland, a tai chi instructor at the University of California, Riverside, studied two expert-level yang-style tai chi practitioners, measuring their oxygen consumption to determine their energy expenditure. One subject performed a long tai chi form while the second subject performed a short form. Both showed increased oxygen consumption and increased energy expenditures following the exercise. The data suggests that yang-style tai chi is a suitable aerobic exercise for people with low cardiovascular capabilities.