The school will be closed for vacation starting Friday, May 31st and will re-open on Monday, June 17th. I hope you all will enjoy your time off from class and practice a bit,when you can.
In June I am offering a five-week Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan class on Sundays starting June 23rd. This seminar is an introduction to and an overview of the Cheng Man-ching Yang style short form of Tai Chi Chuan. During this five week seminar, I will discuss the history of Tai Chi, Tai Chi’s connection to Chinese Medicine and it’s health benefits. The philosophy’sbehind the Tai Chi movements. The class will be very hands on with breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and we will beusing the Tai Chi movements to help us learn to relax.
Sundays – 9:30 – 10:30 AM
June 23rd , 30th , July 7th, 14th , 21st
On Monday July 1st, I will be offering a new morning beginners class.
That class will be from 9:00 to 10:00 AM Mondays and Wednesdays. Please tell your friends.
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Mondays and Wednesdays
Starts Monday July 1
9:00– 10:00 AM
6:00 - 7:00 PM
5:00 – 6:00 PM – Push Hands
6:00 – 7:00 – Form Correction
Five-week Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan
Starts Sunday June 23rd
9:30 -10:30 – June 23rd , 30th , July 7th, 14th , 21st
Classes take place at: 2333 SE 40th
Please call 503-234-7016 for more information
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The first thing I teach and most important principle in my mind is that Tai Chi is about learning to “relax”. We all know that whatever we do we do it better when we are relaxed.
We use the Tai Chi movements, which are very difficult to perfect as a framework that we try to relax around. This to me is a metaphor for those moments in life when we are put in difficult or stressful positions. Those are the moments that having the abilities to relax, breath deeply and focus are priceless.
Both the founder of the style of Tai Chi I teach and my teacher were Doctors of Chinese Medicine. This greatly influenced their interpretation of the form. Each posture, when done correctly, should be like an acupuncture treatment, opening the meridians and allowing energy to flow through the body. There is a strong focus on breathing into the abdomen because this stimulates the internal organs. 70% of American health issues have been traced to people only breathing into the chest area.
Tai Chi has been proven to reduce arthritic pain and improve joint movement
In class, I explain the health benefits of the movements as well as the history and the philosophy of the movements.
I have an aversion to “just waving your hands in the air” so I explain what the application of each movement is, not that I expect that any one will have to use it but I think it helps the learning process when you know why your arm is in that weird angle.
My classes are a workout but we joke around and no one is asked to go beyond where they are comfortable.
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To promote the safe and productive practice of Tai Chi Chuan
for Meditation, Healing Arts, Fitness Training and Martial Arts.
To inspire people to practice Tai Chi and enhance their lives.
Need more information? Please call 503-234-7016
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