Intro to Tai Chi and Qigong

Monday, Oct 29th, 2018 (6pm – 7:30pm)
Learn the basics of Tai Chi & Qigong. We will cover basic stretch patterns, qigong movements, taijiquan push hand concepts, and the beginning movements of Tai Chi Form 24.

Taijiquan (Tai Chi) is an ancient Chinese martial art. Practiced today primarily for healing, taijiquan builds strength, flexibility and agility as well as increase energy and vitality.

This workshop is open to everyone, and is intended to jump-start the beginning Taijiquan student and prepare them for their first class.

$20 (90) Minute Class open to all participants
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September Schedule and Pricing Available

Being active and being fit is a choice.  Jump start your health in September!

Monday and Wednesdays will offer a full evening of classes.
5:30pm — Stretch & Condition
6:30pm — Taijiquan
7:30pm — Qigong
Classes are sequenced to optimize your evening training flow.

Also available for September will be an unlimited class pass at $75.
Register for you first class and purchase your pass when you attend the first class.
Plan to attend at least (2) classes/week and take advantage of this offer.

Which class is a fit for me?

Here’s a quick breakdown of how the movement classes tie together.  Check the current schedule and register for your first class.

Taijiquan:  Improve strength and agility while studying the fundamental movements of Taijiquan.  During a typical class you will continue to add new movements to Form 24, while progressing at an individual pace.  Learn to calm the mind and body in motion, as well as gain insights into the movement and martial applications of Taijiquan.

Qigong:  Deepen your understanding of the healing benefits of Taijiquan.  Instruction and practice focuses on the first four regulations of qigong:  body, breath, mind and qi.  Practice also includes a variety of popular qigong sets, such as 8 Pieces of Brocade and 5 Yin Organs.  Learn to release muscle tension and calm the mind.

Push Hands:  Practice the applications of the Taijiquan form while working with partners.  During a typical class you will experience how Taijiquan principles are applied in martial scenarios.  Please note, this is not a ‘fighting’ class.  The practice is intended to enrich your understanding of Taijiquan and gain insight into the practice.  To be proficient in self-defense, a much more intense training schedule is required.

Stretch & Condition:  Improve the overall quality of muscle tissue while improving joint range of motion and muscle flexibility.  A great supplement to help achieve the lower postures of the Taijiquan form as well as manage and eliminate chronic overuse symptoms from the modern-day lifestyle.

Upcoming Introductory Workshops

Intro to Tai Chi Push Hands

Push hands is a practice method used in Taijiquan (tai chi) to apply skills such as ‘sticking’, ‘listening’ and ‘centering’ while participating with partners. This workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about Taijiquan, Push Hands and applications.

Material Covered:
– centering, neutralizing, coiling, uprooting, yin/yang symbol sticky hands
– single hand push hands (horizontal, downward, upward and sideways)

FREE (1) Hour Class open to all participants.

Getting Started in Tai Chi

Taijiquan (Tai Chi) is an ancient Chinese martial art. Practiced today primarily for healing, taijiquan builds strength, flexibility and agility as well as increase energy and vitality. This workshop is open to everyone, and is intended to jump-start the beginning Taijiquan student and prepare them for their first class.

Material to be Covered:
– 3 stances
– 3 movement patterns
– 3 postures in the opening of Form 24

$20 (90) Minute Class open to all participants


Time-Lapse of Qigong Meditation & Posture

Here’s an amazing video clip of a 10-minute meditation, compressed to 30 seconds.  Watch as my posture is naturally corrected during this time.

This particular meditation was focused on the first two of five ‘Regulations’ in Qigong… 1) regulate the body and 2) regulate the breath.

To regulate the body, you simply identify tension and give the thought of ‘letting go’.  There are other techniques which I’ve spoken about in earlier posts to assist in regulating the body.  You can read about them here.

To regulate the breath, I used Natural abdominal breathing during this meditation.  Natural breathing is when the abdomen expands as you breath in and compresses as you breath out.  This added intention allows the muscles of the spine and thorax to assist in releasing postural tension.

Visit during any Qigong class to learn more about regulating the body.


Looking for a specific class?

If you’re looking forward to attending a specific class, but its not offered at a time that is convenient, follow the link below to vote and leave feedback for class times and offerings.  Thanks!

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Event

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD) is an annual event held the last Saturday of April each year to promote the related disciplines of Tai Chi and Qigong in nearly eighty countries since 1999.

Darold Starliper, Jr. will be leading a basic qigong sequence on the West Lawn of Liberty Place in Lancaster from 10am – 11am on Saturday, April 28th.

Geared to improve overall health, flexibility and strength, Qigong helps to boost and balance the body’s energy system.

This FREE community event is open to all ability levels. Participants will easily be able to follow along, mirroring safe and simple Qigong movements.

Again, this is a FREE event, but please be sure to register.

Rain location: Liberty Place, suite 263.

A Few Small Changes You’ll Notice

The name ‘tai chi’ refers to a philosophy linking two concepts together ‘wuji’ and ‘yin/yang’.  Wuji, which means ‘no extremities’, is a state of emptiness or no boundaries.  Yin/Yang paints a picture of balance between two extremities or opposites (ie:  hot/cold, black/white, summer/winter).  So within the transition from wuji to yin/yang is the creating force of ‘tai chi’.  Tai Chi is translated as ‘Grand Ultimate’, meaning a force so great and powerful, that it can create something (yin/yang) out of nothingness (wuji).

The nickname of ‘tai chi’ has become associated with the art of tai chi, but rather it should be called by its full name, “tai chi chuan”, meaning “Grand Ultimate Fist”, referring to the martial art system created from the philosophy of tai chi.

Along with the shortened nickname, tai chi is also an older Romanization of the Chinese word, but because of its popularity, tai chi has remained.

In interest of preserving the true meaning of the art and accuracy of translations, you’ll now find the word “taijiquan” (pronounced ‘tie jee chwan’), in place of ‘tai chi’.  This new spelling is the more modern Romanization of the full name and correlates with the current Romanization of the word “qigong“, vs the older version of ‘chi kung, (pronounced ‘chee gung’).

Another change you’ll notice when scheduling, is that ‘taijiquan’ and ‘qigong’ are offered separately.  Many students are progressing and require more time for refinement, so combining the two topics is not ideal.  As students continue to progress, class schedules and offerings will continue to change.  As for now, all are welcome.  Classes are structured toward individual instruction, so you’ll never feel like you’re behind.



Additional Class Times Added

Many of you have asked for class times with Qigong only and Tai Chi only instruction, as well as later evening times.  Beginning this coming Monday, Jan 22nd the following classes will be available:

Monday 6:30pm Qigong
Monday 7:30pm Tai Chi
Tuesday 12:00pm Qigong
Thursday 6:15am Qigong

Be sure to register right away.  As class sizes grow, I’ll continue to offer a wider variety of offerings.

For now, all Tai Chi instruction will be based on Yang Form 24.  The ‘Tai Chi only’ class will be open to all students and offers deeper instruction, refinement and application of the Yang Form 24.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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