Self-discovery school of T’ai Chi Ch’uan

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    The school will be  closing for Winter break in December.
The last class this year is on Thursday, December 11th 2014.
Classes start again Monday, February 16th 2015

I wanted to wish you all a happy holiday and a prosperous new year.

I will look forward to seeing you all in 2015

Warm regards

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Tai Chi  improves your health, calms your mind and makes you feel good. you will experience improved flexibility, energy and clarity. I teach the Cheng Man-Ching Yang style Tai Chi Chuan short form in South-East Portland, Oregon. I have been studying this style of internal development since 1987. My teacher, who is an acupuncturist and a Doctor of Chinese Medicine taught me that doing Tai Chi correctly should be like getting an acupuncture treatment, in that it opens the meridians and moves stagnant energy out of the body. Every movement must fulfill all aspects of health, meditation and function.

In class,We will be learning  the Tai Chi form, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation techniques.  I will discuss the history of Tai Chi, Tai Chi’s connection to Chinese Medicine and its health benefits. The philosophies behind the Tai Chi movements.



The kind of Tai Chi I teach

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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.

Thank you



Tai Chi Chuan

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Mission Statement:

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.

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