Qi Elements is dedicated to preserving and propagating the traditional martial art system of Yang Style Taijiquan and to providing the Northern Virginia community with the healing benefits of Qigongexercise. We are committed to remaining a small school and to teaching a comprehensive and in-depth curriculum. We welcome serious students who wish to pursue the study of Taijiquan for personal development, self-defense, maintaining heath, and combatting aging or disease.
Qi Elements is exclusively dedicated to teaching the martial art of Taijiquan and the healing exercises of Qigong. Here these arts are not add-ons or side-lines for us: they are our main and only arts.
Our Teaching Philosophy
At Qi Elements we take a comprehensive, in-depth approach to Taijiquan and Qigong. Whether the student is studying Taijiquan as a martial art or as a mind-body exercise for health, we provide knowledge and experience with both the martial root of the art and its internal energy (or Qigong) root. The program of study is based upon Yang Style Taiji bare-hand form, as developed by Yang, Chengfu and taught by Masters Yang, Zhenduo and Yang Jun. Our Taiji applications and Qigong are based on the teachings of Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming. Our primary goal of maintaining the highest quality of core classes is complemented by our goal of reaching out to the surrounding community. At Qi Elements, we believe that all people seeking peace and harmony should have an opportunity to experience the wonderful benefits of Taijiquan and Qigong.
Dr. Roger Blough, Ph.D. The Ohio State University (click hereto email Dr. Blough)
Dr. Blough began his study of Taijiquan at Qi Elements in 1994 under the tutelage of former Director of Qi Elements, Shifu Nancy Bloomfield, a student of Shifu Liu, Chao Chi. In 1995 Shifu Bloomfield introduced Dr. Blough to Grand Master Yang, Jwing Ming, then of Boston, MA. Dr. Blough has studied Qigong and applications of Yang Style Taiji with Grand Master Yang since 1995 in Boston and at the YMAA Retreat Center in Miranda, CA, earning certification as an Assistant Instructor of YMAA Qigong in 2005 and as a Full Instructor in 2010. Dr Blough has also completed seminars in Yang Style Taijiquan form from Masters Yang, Zhenduo; Yang, Jun; and Dr. Yang, Yang.
Dr. Blough received a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. He served three years as a Russian linguist with the US Army Security Agency and three years as an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Dayton. He retired in 2006 after a 21-year career as an analyst of international affairs, manager, and leadership trainer for the US Government.
Dr. Blough and his wife, Elsie, have resided in the Herndon area since 1985. They have one son, Christopher, who is works as a Loudoun County planner. The Bloughs are members of Herndon United Methodist Church.
Shifu Roger Blough (see above)
Assisting DamShifu Blough in teaching the Taijiquan curriculum:
Shifu Marc Friedman - Black Sash
Shifu Rich Beneke - Black Sash
Shifu Katya Sylvester - Black Sash
Margit Hanna - Red Sash
Lev Feldkhun - Red Sash
Qi Elements is a Limited Liability Company registered with the State Corporation Commission of the Commonwealth of Virginia (Qi Elements, L.C. ID: S-01771).