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Shifu Shirley Chock, CCWS

Meet Shifu Shirley Chock, also known as The Stressbender. She is the Owner and Executive Director of Aiping Tai Chi. Shirley has trained under the guidance of Grandmaster Aiping Cheng since 2001 — and was appointed as the school’s assistant director before taking over ownership in 2017. She has led the Aiping Tai Chi competition team to multiple grand championships in national and international competitions, including winning the 2006 U.S. Wushu Union Women’s National Champion title.

Shirley is a certified Health Qigong instructor under the Chinese Health Qigong Association and International Health Qigong Federation, having earned the top score at the 2019 U.S. Health Qigong exams. She also studied wushu kung fu and mixed martial arts earlier in her life before transitioning to internal martial arts.

Previously, she earned an economics degree from the University of Chicago and had a successful career in finance and administration leadership roles prior to taking over Aiping Tai Chi. After helping to launch, Shirley became the controller of at the remarkably young age of 25. Later, she served as the Manager of Financial Reporting and Analysis at Yale University, ultimately earning the title of Director of Finance Training and Development (a position created for her to train Yale’s elite financial analysts).

As a busy working mother, Shirley discovered the power of Tai Chi training in managing stress and using Tai Chi’s martial arts philosophies to navigate conflict situations. Her experience and success in implementing Tai Chi techniques into modern life has made her a leader in the field. She was the Founding Co-Chair of Asian Network at Yale, an affinity group for Yale’s over 2,000 Asian heritage employees, and named Working Mother of the Year by Working Mother Magazine and Yale University in 2012 for this work.

Shirley is a certified corporate wellness specialist and launched Aiping Tai Chi’s wellness programs, which offer effective stress management techniques to improve productivity and overall quality of life. She is also a content creator, becoming the first affiliate to stream internal martial arts content. She grew the Aiping Tai Chi YouTube channel to partner status, making @aipingtaichi one of the fastest growing internal arts channels on both Instagram and TikTok.

With her wealth of knowledge and experience, Shifu Shirley Chock is the perfect guide to help you achieve your goals.

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Shifu Shirley Chock Featured In the Media:

Authority Magazine: Women In Wellness

Livestrong: Tai Chi for Injury Prevention

New York Times: Tai Chi is a Workout for the Brain and Body

Well + Good: Try This Body Stress Release

New Haven Biz: Power 25 – Class of 2023

Canvas Rebel Magazine: Meet Shirley Chock

CT Post: Asian American Cultural Center Opens in Milford

Milford Mirror: Women In Leadership Summit

Daily Nutmeg: Formative Experience

Arts Council of Greater New Haven: Qigong Welcomes the Year of the Tiger

SiriusXM: The Karen Hunter Show

News12: We’re Open

Bustle Magazine: Top 10 Twitch Fitness

New Haven Independent: Lunarfest Connects Body and Mind

Fox61: Lunar New Year Celebration

Citizens Television: Got Girlfriends?

2019 International Festival of Arts & Ideas – Habits to Heal

CT LIVE!: Happy Year of the Pig

Good Morning CT: Celebrating Chinese New Year

Good Morning CT: World Tai Chi Day at Yale

Good Morning CT: Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Tai Chi

Working Mother Magazine: 2012 Working Mother of the Year