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Rick Saldan is an excellent inspirational speaker who tailored the seminar to the needs of the individual students being instructed. This office thanks the Mayors Office of Information Services for having such a vendor.


Timothy K. Lynch

Office of Fleet Management

City of Philadelphia



Rick has a magical approach that provides a clear and concise message specifically designed to the needs of his audience. Rick will provide all the motivational magic you will ever need, propelling your organization to the next level of greater success.


Thomas Mulhern

Frontier Communications



Rick Saldan is a compelling and absorbing motivational speaker and magician.  I have been to five of his Motivational Magic presentations and it is amazing how he keeps our college audiences on the edge of their seats. A highly entertaining performer with great comedy flair. Rich content to increase students' productivity, peak performance and motivation. If you need an outstanding motivational speaker for colleges, Rick is definitely one of the world's greatest speakers and magicians!

Dr. Rob Gilbert, Sport Psychologist,

Montclair State University



Rick Saldan has the wit, wisdom and sorcery of a wizard. He has a dynamic personality, and all will enjoy his captivating stories, comedy and magic!

Dennis Slaughter
Credit Suisse First Boston



Rick Saldan delivers a first-class show! A pro in every sense of the word. Funny, unique, entertaining and polished.

Brian Letscher, Actor

Hawaii Five-O, NCIS, Cold Case, Law & Order and The Mentalist.



Rick Saldan is a wonderful combination of master magician, comic improviser and first class speaker. The audience loved his program, which was music to our ears. If you love celebrity motivational speakers such as Tom Hopkins, Dale Carnegie and Zig Ziglar, then you'll love Rick!

Dottie Burman, President
Burtley Productions, Inc.


Rick Saldan is an incredibly talented performer and motivational speaker with great insight. He shares many powerful motivational messages that will enhance your life for the better!

Jack Murray, President
Dream Illusions



Rick is one of the best inspirational speakers on the scene today. Funny, fun loving and highly energetic. If you want to make your next event into an extraordinary one, then invite professional speaker  Rick Saldan and his amazing  Motivational Magic.


Andres Lara, President

Inspiration Times Magazine




T'ai-Chi Ch'uan Lowers Blood Pressure
Author: Harvey Kurland, M.Sc., MFS, CSCS

Many students comment how the t'ai-chi they practice in our classes has helped them to keep their blood pressure under control. But, Dr. D. Young from Johns Hopkins University was surprised that t'ai-chi significantly reduced blood pressure. In a 12 week study, she found systolic blood pressure fell 8.4 mm Hg in the aerobic exercise group and 7mm Hg in the t'ai-chi group. The benefits were seen after only 6 week (AHA press release, Washington Post, 4/14/98, p. Z28). I don't find these results surprising, based on what students have said and the research we reviewed in past issues.

Several studies showed that t'ai-chi ch'uan is an aerobic exercise and has reduced blood pressure. For example Dr. K. Channer found that t'ai-chi reduced blood pressure in cardiac patients (Postgrad Med J 1996 Ju;(848):349-351) and Kurland (UW 1975) found it lowered blood pressure acutely after ONE session in normal, nonhypertensive, students.

Aerobically, the t'ai-chi ch'uan slow form was found by Kurland to be 3 to 4 METS* (Sports Med., Training and Rehab., 1992, Vol 3, p228). Dr. D. Zhou, et al., found the t'ai-chi long form to be 4 METS, (Can J. Appl Sport Sci 1984, Mar;9(1):7-10). Zhou classified the Yang style "long form" as a moderate form of aerobic exercise. *one MET (metabolic unit) is equivalent to resting metabolism, about 3.5 m; O2/kg/min. 3 METS is equivalent to walking at 3 MPH. This means that t'ai-chi can be an effective aerobic exercise for people with a low to moderate aerobic capacities.

Dr. Ching Lan of the National Taiwan University Hospital found that there was a significant increase in aerobic capacity (VO2max) from practicing t'ai chi ch'uan. There was a 16% increase in aerobic capacity in men and 20% increase in women. Dr. Lan found a significant increase in flexibility and knee strength as well. The exercisers averaged 4.6 days a week for 11.2 months. Classes consisted of 20 minute warm-ups, 24 minutes of t'ai-chi and a 10 minute cool down. (Medicine & Science In Sports & Exercise, 1998) Dr. Lan also found that classical Yang and Chen styles were 4-5 METs for women and 5-6 METs for men. This is a higher energy expenditure than found by Kurland or Zhou. Dr. Lan also found differences between several versions of Yang style.

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Harvey Kurland, M.Sc., MFS, CSCS, is a Certified Chief Instructor (Sifu) by the Chinese Tai Chi Chuan Association. He teaches for the University of California Riverside and Loma Linda University Drayson Center.






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"Rick's presentation is thoroughly inspiring, entertaining and wonderful!"

Elizabeth O'Keeffe
Random House Publishing





"Rick Saldan has the wit, wisdom and sorcery of a wizard. He has a dynamic personality, and all will enjoy his captivating stories, comedy and magic!"

Dennis Slaughter
Credit Suisse First Boston



"Rick has given of his time, energy and talents to all kinds; from the needy elderly to convicts, from terminally ill patients to runaways. He has strengthened and edified the lives of many."

Captain Ross Schwalm,

United States Marine Corps


  "The oohs and ahhs could be heard for miles as magician and motivational speaker Rick Saldan taught students at the Clarence B. Lamb School how to be possibility thinkers."

Dana Forde
The New Egypt Press


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