TRADITIONAL YANG STYLE LONG FORM
Yang style is the most popular tai chi form in the world today and can be practiced by people of all ages. It is characterized by slow, graceful, opening and closing movements carried out at a smooth, even pace. It’s suitable for those who want a low to medium intensity exercise that improves balance, flexibility, and coordination while strengthening the body and improving internal circulation.
TRADITIONAL CHEN STYLE FIRST FORM
Chen style is the oldest tai chi form and retains a martial arts quality that is part of the origins of tai chi. It is characterized by varying opening and closing circular movements executed at different heights and speeds, including explosive expressions of force. This form is suitable for those who want a medium to high intensity exercise as well as an introduction to the harmonious interplay of hard and soft and the ongoing spiraling (or “silk-reeling”) motion that are fundamental to Chen Style Tai Chi.
TAI CHI GONG
Gong refers to repetitive exercise routines that have been developed to benefit overall fitness and health. Practicing gong is an excellent way of obtaining many of the physical and mental benefits of Tai Chi without having to memorize the particular moves of a form. At the same time, the exercises lay a solid foundation for learning any future Tai Chi form or for improving forms you may be doing.
TAI CHI PUSH HANDS
This course applies the full range of Tai Chi Chuan techniques to mastering self-control and controlling an opponent by learning how to “push hands” with them, lock joints, work with a long staff, and spar in a safe, controlled environment. The teaching and training are set according the student’s level of ability. At the beginning students work cooperatively in pairs to study and practice the principles of relaxation, sensitivity, timing, coordination and balance. Then they learn how to generate leverage, neutralize and redirect various types of force. And if students wish, they can progress to practicing Tai Chi as a competitive sport where two opponents try to unbalance or throw one another.
YOUTH TAI CHI
This course is based on the Chen Second Form (or Cannon Fist) but makes this demanding form more accessible while retaining its energy and dynamism. The purpose is to develop a challenging, but fun way for younger students to learn the basics of tai chi, build self-confidence, and develop self-defense skills. The course is suitable for youth and young adults between the ages of 13 – 25.
TAI CHI THEORY AND TRAINING (INTERNAL GONG)
This ongoing workshop provides a complete examination of key concepts and principles of Tai Chi Chuan such as relaxation, abdominal breathing, the dan tian, and pressure, as well as the key features of the Ji Hong Tai Chi System