Lee Fife and Beth Rosenfeld
Lee and Beth began studying Tai Chi (taijiquan) in 1983 with Jane and Bataan Faigao, working closely with them until their deaths in 2001 and 2012 respectively. In 1985 we became assistant instructors at Rocky Mountain Tai Chi Chuan, and in 2012 we assumed leadership of the school at Bataan's request prior to his death.
In 2000, Jane sent us to study with Maggie Newman, and we have worked closely with her since then. Ben Lo and Wolfe Lowenthal have also been important influences in our taiji studies. Both Bataan and Maggie authorized Lee and Beth to teach the full curriculum of Cheng Manching's taijiquan.
Beth and Lee are currently faculty members at Naropa University, where we lead the Contemplative Martial Arts program that grew out of Jane and Bataan's long association with Naropa.
Besides teaching tai chi, Lee also works to translate classic and recent works from the Tai Chi canon. His focus is on clarifying the usage and meaning of the specialized jargon and techniques described in those writings and connecting tai chi theory to the larger landscape of Chinese culture and thought. His translations are available on this website.
Jenni Lord began studying Tai Chi Chuan with Bataan Faigao in 2008 at Naropa University. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in Visual Arts and a minor in Tai Chi Chuan. From 2010-2012 she was assistant-student teacher to Bataan for Naropa’s level one and two Tai Chi Chuan classes. She is a senior student of Beth Rosenfeld and Lee Fife at RMTCC.
Lord is a painter. She reads avidly and curates the collection of a small used bookstore in Boulder, Colorado. She is the mother of a budding adolescent. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, she currently lives, works, and teaches in Boulder, Colorado.
In 2008, Bill Regan dropped out of the corporate life of 'high pressure' sales training and enrolled at Naropa University. There he studied Eastern philosophies of meditation, yoga, ikebana, and tai chi. Upon graduation in 2012, Bill continued to study tai chi with Rocky Mountain Tai Chi Chuan where he assists with teaching the beginning level classes.
Jon Lears has been studying and practicing t'ai-chi since 1998. He began his practice at Naropa University, studying with Jane and Bataan Faigao, and he continued on through their school, Rocky Mountain T'ai-chi Ch'uan. While not practicing t'ai-chi, Jon can be found with his wife and two children at home in the mountains practicing, well, t'ai-chi.
Heather began her practice of taiji at Naropa University in 2012. She completed her bachelor's in Traditional Eastern Arts and is continuing her education of taiji with Beth and Lee at their farmhouse in Hygiene. She loves how much depth the practice offers and how closely connected and aware one becomes of their own body and its movements. "We move with our connection to the ground through our feet -- if we can relax, and get out of our own way for even a moment, we may feel the earth move all the way through us to the heavens."
David holds a Bachelors in Traditional Eastern Arts (emphasis in Tai Chi Ch'uan) from Naropa University and is a licensed Acupuncturist. He has been practicing and studying martial arts since 1985 and has dedicated this practice to Tai Chi Ch'uan since 2007. He currently teaches Tai Chi classes here and with recovery and therapeutic programs, including his private practice (www.DragonInTheGlen.com). He also enjoys practicing ink painting and the occasional ikebana arrangement.