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Meet Justin Garcia of The Giving Tree Tai Chi and Cultural Center in San Gabriel Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Justin Garcia.

Justin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The story begins twelve years ago after my wife and I married and moved from Singapore to her home in China. My profession after college was a professional chef. My time in China I became a successful chef and restaurateur prior to moving to Los Angeles. The life and culture of China had a great impact on my life. I began learning Gong Fu (Kung Fu) shortly after my arrival in China. From there the passion for Chinese culture began to develop further. I enjoyed sitting in the local tea shops sampling different teas from all over China and learning the subtleties of how to steep and pour Chinese Gong Fu Tea. I began learning about Buddhism and started my own daily spiritual practice. My passion for Chinese martial arts led me to concentrate my skills specifically on Tai Chi. Chen style Tai Chi to more exact. So I headed to a small village called Chen Jia Gou in Henan, China where Tai Chi originated over 300 years ago in search of a Master to learn from and to further develop my skills.

In 2016 when we decided to close our restaurants and relocate to Glendora, California I knew it was the right time to change careers and begin to share all of my experiences from my time spent in China. We opened The Giving Tree Tai Chi and Cultural Center May of 2017. Currently at The Giving Tree Tai Chi and Cultural Center we teach authentic Chen style Tai Chi as it is taught in the Chen Village including old open hand form and as well as Tai Chi weapons. We also host meditation classes and offer our students Chinese Tea.

In China, I have spent some time learning acupuncture and now currently a full-time student working on my master’s degree in Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture.
The future of The Giving Tree Tai Chi and Cultural Center will eventually be transitioning in to a full Yang Sheng (Nourishing Life) Chinese clinic providing not only Chen Tai Chi, meditation and Chinese tea but also including Chinese Medicine including acupuncture, Chinese Tui Na and herbal medicine.

We welcome everyone to The Giving Tree Tai Chi and Cultural Center to come and enjoy in all the great benefits that Tai Chi can offer to better your health. It is our please to share the great benefits of ancient Chinese culture.

Has it been a smooth road?
As we are newly opened it will take time for people to get to know us but, with all the wonderful research recently about how daily Tai Chi practice can benefit one’s life and health, we are confident that as the public becomes more proactive about their health they will want to search out schools offering Tai Chi classes.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Giving Tree Tai Chi and Cultural Center story. Tell us more about the business.
We specialize in Chen Tai Chi. My instructor is a Tai Chi Master in the Chen village who I visit yearly. We have direct lineage to the Chen Village and our teaching is authentic.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I believe that more and more people will want to start to take the quality of their health into their own hands. Tai Chi is the perfect prescription for prevention of disease.

Western medicine has its place in the modern society but, acupuncture is a great alternative in many cases to reduce the amounts of pharmaceuticals that are taken.

People will want to learn how to Yang Sheng (养生) or how to Nourish Life. This is true “Health Care”. How to prevent disease and live a long and healthy life is the health care that we need not the sick care that we have now.


  • Yang Sheng Nourishing Life Tai Chi Classes: $98 monthly.

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