Classes We Teach
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Starting with simple, easy to learn exercises that help improve posture, balance, and flexibility, we progress to learning the flowing movements of the Yang style short form taiji. The relaxed practice of this discipline reduces stress and aids concentration. Taijiquan emphasizes fluidity and trains the body and mind in flexibility, balance, and control. Classes consist of stretching and strengthening exercises, learning a series of traditional stances that compose the sequential movements of the form, and include some elementary qigong exercises. Suitable for any fitness level.
Mixed Level Taiji
Physically more challenging, this class teaches the rare, traditional Guang Ping Yang style of taiji. Student learn both a short version and the traditional 64 movement long form. Emphasizes longer, lower stances, development of balance, harmony, and physical strength. Taijiquan emphasizes fluidity and trains the body and mind in flexibility, balance, and control. Classes consist of stretching exercises, learning a series of traditional stances that compose the sequential movements of the form, and incorporate elements of qigong, yiquan, and meditation. Beginners welcome.
Guang Ping Taiji for Balance & Health
This class uses a short, specially developed, eight movement Guang Ping Yang form modified to meet the needs of individuals with severe balance and/or other physical issues. The methods and curriculum used in this class were developed in collaboration with the Ohio State University's Center for Integrative Medicine, Ohio State Department of Health, and the international Guang Ping Yang T'ai Chi Association. This class is safe and approachable for individuals with a wide range of conditions and abilities. Open to all.
Taiji for Seniors
Concentrates on improving balance and flexibility and gradually increasing levels of activity. Gently strengthen and tone muscles in the limbs and core. Taijiquan emphasizes fluidity and trains the body and mind in flexibility, balance, and control. Classes consist of mild stretching and strengthening exercises, learning a series of traditional stances that compose the sequential movements of the form, and include some basic qigong exercises. Geared toward the less physically active, and those with specific health concerns and/or limitations of movement. Ideal for those wishing to gently increase their level of physical activity and with physical limitations requiring accommodation.
Meditation & Qigong
Explores basic techniques for calming the mind, shedding stress and aligning vital energy. Develop mind-body connection and promote improved health and vigor. Seated, standing and moving meditation. Make use of techniques from a range of traditions and disciplines. Requires no prior experience. Suitable for any level of fitness.
30 Basics Plus
This class teaches the system of the “30 Basic Exercises” developed by Xifu, Doctor Y. C. Chiang at the Chung Hua Clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine, El Cerrito, CA. Taught as conditioning and prerequisite for the study of all forms of traditional Gongfu at the Wen Wu School of Martial Arts for more than 30 years, these exercises are designed to improve flexibility and balance, strengthen the body core and foundation. They can be practiced for aerobic benefit as well thus making a complete fitness system. They are adaptable and can be approached at any level of fitness allowing anyone to achieve a healthier, more active way of life. Master Chiang’s basics are augmented in this class with carefully selected stretches, balance enhancing and strengthening exercises from other sources, as well as specially chosen activities targeted at individual student needs.
Taiji Weapons **
Taiji weapons classes explore the use of one of the traditional Chinese weapons, such as staff, saber (or knife), straight sword, etc. Taiji weapons supplement the practice of empty hands sets for students deemed to be at an appropriate level of accomplishment. They provide a several additional levels of challenge. Significant focus shifts from moving the energy (qi) only within to directing it all the way out into the weapon as an extension of the body.
** Student is required to purchase his/her own weapon for all weapons classes. Please see your instructor prior to purchase. We will try to arrange group purchases at discounted prices whenever possible. NOTE: All weapons must be approved by the instructor to ensure they are of good quality, safe, and appropriate for class use.