There are numerous styles of Tai Chi, and each has it's own "flavor" and techniques. Our school focuses first on the Yang style, the most popular style worldwide, as the foundations of Tai Chi can more easily be taught to all ages and abilities. We start with the 8 Move and 24 Move Yang Style. There is a progression to develop your body and mind in order to learn other forms and styles and deepen your understanding:
Tai Chi is a self-paced moving meditation with three levels (also called the three energies of Chinese Medicine).
Tai Chi, Taijiquan or Tai Chi Chuan, is an "internal" martial art training system that emphasizes the development and flow of Qi (internal energy). QiGong, literally translated "energy work", a basis for Tai Chi, is said to date back 4,000 years. Tai Chi theory is said to have been created by Zhang, San-Feng, a Daoist monk in the twelfth century. Tai Chi concepts "ying" and "yang" also came from the Daoist Monastery in the Wudang Mountains. The creation of this art was to enhance spiritual cultivation as well as self-defense. Through deeper study, the self-healing benefits were discovered. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are often referenced to explain the flow of Qi (bioelectricity) for each move or posture.
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Are there age restrictions for Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is considered an "internal art", so in general movements are slower, which is sometimes difficult for younger students. We welcome all ages and abilities, as Tai Chi is so beneficial for mind and body as long as you can remain calm and focused during practice.
What if I have severly limited range of motion ?
Tai Chi can be practiced by all individuals, even if you are in a wheelchair. For individuals that have very limited motion and need a slower modified style, we offer a "Tai Chi for Health" program by certified instructor Maureen Benet (formerly Manasco).
Can I get a workout from Tai Chi ?
Tai Chi is a full body system that can be gentle or harder depending on your preference. Tai Chi is a way to find balance, mentally and physically, and one you can do anywhere for the rest of your life.
Do I need to wait for a session to start and what if I miss classes, will I fall behind?
Our beginning classes are ongoing and even more advanced students will attend these classes to go deeper into each move. Each person has their own pace, so do not worry about falling behind, this is a lifelong art.
What is the progression?
Progression depends upon the student, but is beneficial to keep learning different aspects of your practice. Focus in placed on foundations in the Yang style, then moving on to Tai Chi sword, 48 Style and Chen, however, only when the student is ready. Patience is a main component to learning mind/body balance.
Tai Chi Benefits:
At all levels, Tai Chi is said to regulate the central nervous system and helps prevent and manage stress, high blood pressure, heart disease, respiratory problems,arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Further studies have shown it can reduce chronic pain and anxiety. Benefits have been published by numerous reputable medical practitioners including the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical.