OREGON TAI CHI WUSHU
As of April 2018 - Wushu students who were in the 3-sectional class and tested, are now in the "Advanced class" on the schedule. Broadsword group is now "Straightsword" if you tested in March 2018.
April 14th is the Good Thought Good Action Foundation "Face Your Fears" martial arts tournament in Bend, Oregon. Ask Master Chen or Karin if you have questions and are interested in competing.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the cost to try a class?
We want to make sure a class is right for each student, so to try is free! If you decide to join our school, there are monthly fees based on how many times a week that fits your schedule. There are also family discounts.
What do I wear to try a class?
Loose fitting, comfortable clothing. If you do not own Tai Chi or Wushu shoes, wear socks. If shoes are required for medical purposes, please wear clean soled shoes.
When can I try and begin learning?
All beginning classes (Tai Chi Beg/Wushu White/Little Tigers) are ongoing. Please email or call to let us know to expect you and arrive 10-15 mins before class begins.
What is the difference between Tai Chi and Wushu, which is best for me to try?
Tai Chi and Wushu are both martial arts, the main difference is Tai Chi is more internal, the movements slower, focusing on movement of energy or "Qi". Wushu is more external, with faster kicking and jumping. If you are unsure, you can watch or try each.
Which Wushu class should my child try?
Little Tigers is generally for ages 4-7, this class teaches a child how to be a student and become familiar with the basic kicking, jumping and stretching movements. We prefer all children aged 4 to 7 come to the Little Tigers class to begin. Ages 8 and older should try the Wushu White Belt class.
Is there sparring in Wushu?
In Chinese Martial Arts there are sparring competitions, however, our Wushu classes do not introduce sparring until years of practice and students have displayed control, knowledge of applications and having respect for the art itself. We do not spar in Little Tiger classes. Martial art applications are taught throughout training so technique is learned correctly.
What is the "Tai Chi for Health" class on the schedule, how is it different than beginning Tai Chi?
The "Tai Chi for Health" program was developed by Dr. Paul Lam, who offers certification through his classes. Dr. Paul Lam suffered from Arthritis and although all Tai Chi is good for all abilities, as a medical professional he realized some people need guidance on how to modify moves and focus on warm ups in order to help relieve and address very limited range of motion and rehabilitation. It is also good for those that like a much slower pace than traditional Tai Chi, which enables us to offer a class to a wider range of abilities. Our Instructor, Maureen Benet, has a wonderful style of teaching and will take you through all levels/styles of the "Tai Chi for Health" program.