Cate Morrill is the founder of Shoulders Down, Inc. and Rising Phoenix T'ai Chi Studio, which she began in 2003 to share the healthful benefits and teachings of T'ai Chi and Qi Gong. She began her studies in 1988, with local teachers and a well respected and internationally known Chinese Master of Yang Style T'ai Chi, and had been teaching under his authority since 1996. When she heard of and met Master Tseng in 2002, her current Master gave his blessing and permission for her to begin training with Master Tseng to study more deeply the internal arts of Qi Gong and T'ai Chi from the Wu Dang tradition.
Cate has completed many courses and workshops with Master Tseng, and has studied many sets of Qi Gong and T'ai Chi forms, and now teaches with his certifications. She has a passion and great enthusiasm for sharing this truly rich and rewarding work. Part of her practice focuses on special populations, and she has been the teacher for three NIH Grants studying T'ai Chi and the Visually Impaired, Parkinson’s Disease, and Dual Tasking in the Elderly, and has taught as a guest instructor at Emory University regarding T'ai Chi applications in Physical Therapy, and at other universities and national conferences, explaining and teaching the virtues of T'ai Chi training for a wide variety of healing modalities. Her full bio can be viewed on her website. One of her main goals is to continue to bridge the knowledge of this valuable Eastern practice with that of Western medicine applications.
She received her first certification with Master Tseng in 2003 for Standardized T'ai Chi 24, attended the Blueberry Hill Qi Healing workshops in 2004, Wu Dang T'ai Chi and Qi Gong Instructor Certification also in 2004, and along the way has earned her certifications in various Wu Dang Qi Gong sets. She has approval to teach T'ai Chi 52 and 13, as well as permission to adapt some of the forms for those with special needs. Her ongoing studies with Master Tseng have provided amazing health benefits for herself, her family and her students. Cate continues to study and teach and she is grateful for the opportunity to share.