Taiji, or Tai Chi, is a series of slow meditative movements that improve a person’s ability to relax, be fully present and enhance balance and health. It is an internal martial art that really relies on sensing, being fully present and aware and responding to situations rather than reacting. We do not practice fighting and takedowns in our classes, but we do study the movements from the martial art perspective and learn self defense techniques in safe ways.
We offer three classes for Taiji as well as a Taiji For Balance Teacher Training.
Tai Chi for Health
is a 38-movement form that is simple to learn, opens joints, relieves stiffness and trains the mind to be in grounded and clear. This style is Sun (pronounced Soon) and is approved and taught by the Arthritis Foundation because of it’s positive effects on joint pain and inflammation.
Monday morning at 9:30 am and Thursday evening at 7:30 pm
Tai Chi For Balance
is a very gentle, 16-movement form that incorporates energy awareness, meditation, and promotes physical, emotional, and mental balance through simple postures, breathwork, energy exercises. This is a great class for beginners and anyone who craves peace and balance in their lives.
Thursday mornings at 10:00 am with Certified Instructor April Henricks
Guang Ping Tai Chi Chuan
is a 64-movement rigorous form that challenges physical energy while maintaining a quiet mind. Within the form are very challenging balance postures, strength postures, jump kicks and breathwork. This form requires practice and commitment. It takes many people about one to two years to gain just a basic understanding of the movements. It takes a lifetime to fully understand them. Or maybe more. The rewards for practice, however, are immeasurable focus, peace, patience, compassion, understanding, strength, and awareness.
Wednesday evenings at 6 pm
The head instructor for our taiji is Lucy Bartimole. Lucy holds several respected certifications and awards and has been teaching taiji since the late 1990s.
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