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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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


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.

New Schedule and Curriculum on Hold

As my studies continue with different teachers, the shape and direction of my Tai Chi instruction has continued to shift.  For the time being, I am postponing the Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan class, until I solidify my studentship with the appropriate instructors.  I am extremely sorry for the change, but this delay will insure the fluidity between all of my teachings and services as well as solidify the foundation of the curriculum.

You can view the current class schedule here.  It will remain very similar to the 2017 schedule with only a shift in the lunch time classes.  Please note the Qigong only class is temporarily postponed as well.

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Introduction to Tai Chi & Qigong

Start your New Year off right.  If you’ve been thinking about trying a Tai Chi/Qigong class, now is the perfect time.  This FREE introductory workshop is geared to get the beginning student up to speed.  Instruction will include:

– Five Organ Qigong
– Movements 1 and 2 of Yang Form 24
– Fundamentals of Qigong
– Fundamentals of Tai Chi
– 10 min daily practice routine

Date:  Wednesday, January 10th
Time:  6:30pm – 8:00pm.
Cost:  FREE
Limited Registration.  Register Here

New Class Schedule available for Jan 2018

Here’s a look at the upcoming class schedule beginning January 2018.  Be sure to notice the shift in the lunch time class from 12:15pm to 12:00pm.  I’ve also added ‘Qigong‘ and ‘Tai Chi Chuan‘ as stand alone classes.  ‘Tai Chi/Qigong‘ will still be available.  Qigong Meditation will be integrated into the ‘Qigong’ class.  As always, it is best to reserve your spot before attending a class, as space is limited to fewer than ten students.  If you haven’t attended a class yet, it’s not too late to get started!

schedule 2018

Parting Mane vs Brush Knee

As students work through the first opening movements of Tai Chi Form 24, two sequences may present some confusion:  Parting The Wild Horses Mane and Brush Knee.  Here’s a short video and practice exercise to help you sort through the varying hand positions, transitional movements and weight shifts.  The benefit is in the subtlety of the postures.  Practice consistently and intentionally.

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