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Hakim Tafari

Hakim Tafari has studied martial arts since 1996, starting off with Southern-style Praying Mantis Kung Fu. After a major knee injury, he did a lot of research and decided to start studying Tai Chi Chuan. From 1998 until present, Hakim has studied, taught, researched, and spent many hours practicing the art. During this time, he also embarked on the spiritual path of Taoism, which went hand in hand with the mystical art of Tai Chi.

For many years, Hakim delved deeply into the life, philosophy and mystical arts of Tai Chi, Wu ji and Qi Gong. He has had an opportunity to study with some of the best in Kung Fu and the internal arts of Tai Chi, Baqua Zhang, and Aikido, as well as the powerful art of stick fighting known as Arnis.

“The lifestyle of veganism and martial arts has led me to the world of spirituality, especially the beautiful practice of Buddhism. Through studying the lessons of the Dharma, the Four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold Path, it has brought me to a state of calmness and serenity, using mindfulness to orchestrate and put into practice right actions and right thoughts, and knowing when the ego needs to be dissolved.”

Useful Links

  • Visit Hakim's website
  • Hakim's Instagram handles are @Hakstao & @puresoulzenmind
  • Hakim teaches every Sunday at 11am PT at the Line Hotel, please visit his Events page for more information


Featured Talk
November 02, 2020 - How I found the Dharma

There’s so much beauty in suffering. When you go through the suffering that a lot of us have, you go through such a darkness that you learn to have gratitude for the smallest thing. There were times I didn’t think that I was going to make it out of that space. But when you’ve hit a certain level of suffering and you think there is nothing else, you can look back at these times in that darkness and be like, man, if I didn’t know the depths and the levels of darkness, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy this moment right now. When I was literally crawling on the bottom, like “I don’t know if I can make it,” Zen was like “Yes, you can.”

Journeyman of Reinvention w/Rich Roll
Tai Chi
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