Tai Chi Class Times

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Tai Chi Beginners

The Tai Chi Beginner’s Course is an 8 week course that reviews the fundamentals of tai chi and teaches the “Yang 10” form in a step-by-step process.  This class is perfect for first-timers to get an introduction to tai chi. “Yang 10” is a very concise and compact form, perfect for small confined spaces.  Because it can be practiced anywhere, we like to call it our “Travel Tai Chi” set.

Each Monday a new movement is introduced and repeated throughout the week at the beginner times. The “Movement of the Week” is then incorporated into the form with details on transition, flow and application with some review of the previous week. Gentle, stretching movements called “qigong” are also incorporated into the class to reduce stress and increase range of motion. Students are also welcome to attend our other Qigong classes.

Although you can start anytime, the first two weeks of the course is the best time for brand new beginners to start!

Beginner’s Form restarts every 2 months in January, March, May, July, September, and November

Come try a FREE try-out anytime!

Our Classes

Qigong for Health

‘Qigong’ is a moving meditation that serves as the perfect stress-management tool and mind-refreshing tonic after long hours of work. In addition to deep breathing and graceful movements, qigong uses concentrated imagery to guide qi throughout the body. In this way, qigong “washes” the body with the mind using intrinsic energy-flow to restore organ function and strengthen the mind-body connection.

Qigong movements originated from dao-yin stretching or “Taoist yoga.” They differ in that qigong’s soft movements focus on gathering qi to rejuvenate the body, whereas dao-yin aims to improve flexibility and release energy blockages by stretching the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Together, dao-yin warms-up the body for more efficient cultivation in qigong; and qigong gathers energy for more effective qi-flow during tai chi practice.

Saturday’s ‘Qigong for Health’ has open enrollment anytime.  This class will focus on physical mechanics of each move, first, and then will focus on flow, breath and imagery.

Each qigong set will be followed by a Sunday seminar once-a-quarter that will provide time to explore deeper concepts and details of each move. Hand-outs and instructional material will also be provided at these seminars. See our ‘Events Calendar’ for our next seminar!

8 TaiChi for Seniors

Tai Chi Beginners

The Tai Chi Beginner’s Course is an 8 week course that reviews the fundamentals of tai chi and teaches the “Yang 10” form in a step-by-step process.  This class is perfect for first-timers to get an introduction to tai chi. “Yang 10” is a very concise and compact form, perfect for small confined spaces.  Because it can be practiced anywhere, we like to call it our “Travel Tai Chi” set.

Each Monday a new movement is introduced and repeated throughout the week at the beginner times. The “Movement of the Week” is then incorporated into the form with details on transition, flow and application with some review of the previous week. Gentle, stretching movements called “qigong” are also incorporated into the class to reduce stress and increase range of motion. Students are also welcome to attend our other Qigong classes.

Although you can start anytime, the first two weeks of the course is the best time for brand new beginners to start!

Beginner’s Form restarts every 2 months in January, March, May, July, September, and November

Come try a FREE try-out anytime!

Push Hands Class

Intermediate Level

Tai Chi 24

Level 2 teaches the Yang 24 form and is for students that have completed the ‘Tai Chi Beginner’s Course.’  Yang 24 expands on the 10 form and is the most widely practiced Tai Chi form in the world. This class is used to add more detail to movements, incorporate breathing and qi-flow.  We also review some of the martial applications to better understand each movement.

 Tai Chi 10 and 24 Practice

This class is intended for students that desire an additional practice night for the 10 and 24 forms.  This is NOT an instructional class, rather a class to emphasize the meditative and internal aspects of tai chi practice. The instructor will guide the form, however, they will not stop to teach the movements. Just breathe, relax and flow!

Note: Issa will lead this class once a month

Chen posing 2000pxWudang Tai Chi

Wudang Mountain is the birthplace of tai chi and internal martial arts as designed by Zhan Sanfeng over 700 years ago.  Originally designed for “warrior priests” on Wudang Mt., Wudang Tai Chi uses martial arts as an internal alchemy practice to heal the body and foster spiritual growth.  The Wudang style demonstrates powerful rooting, waist power and internal cultivation methods.  The style is both more martial and internal with great detail and subtleties.

Square-foot Tai Chi & Wudang 28

After students gain a firm understanding of the Yang 24 form, students may learn the advanced Wudang style of tai chi.  Level 1 Wudang Tai Chi consists of forms derived from the Wudang 108 Tai Chi form. Level 1 will alternate between the Square-foot Tai Chi form and Wudang 28.  Square-foot was designed by Master Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen) as a short, condensed form that can be practiced in a small confined space. The form is characterized by lots of twists and turns and is excellent for the kidneys! Wudang 28 is another modern derivative of 108 that was recently designed on Wudang Mountain for competition purposes.  These forms take 4-6 months to learn.

Sanfeng 13 Tai Chi

Sanfeng 13 is the original Tai Chi form created by Zhan Sanfeng himself.  From Wudang 13 all other tai chi and internal martial arts was born.  This form was not taught outside of Wudang until recently.  The “Advanced Practice” is for students that already know the form.  Wudang Lv 2 is for students that want to learn the form from the beginning. Although 13 sounds small, this is a large form and takes roughly 1 year to learn.

Pre-Class Warm-ups

Monday – Thursday

6:30 – 7pm

Qigong (pr. ‘chee-gong’) has been practiced for thousands of years in China as a means of healing the body and revitalizing the spirit.  There are many varieties of qigong ranging from standing meditation to gentle stretching to cardio and strength training.  Kaikudo offers qigong as a ‘Pre-Class Warm-up’ to our other classes.  This class is FREE for members.

Mondays: ‘Stances & Flexibility’ will use a variety of dao-yin stretches and stance work to improve one’s flexibility and structure.  In addition to flexibility the class will strengthen muscle and is likely to make you sweat!

Tuesdays: ‘Qigong Relaxation’ includes gentle, easy-to-follow stretching movements that reduce stress, increase range-of-motion and improve health. This is the perfect rejuvenation of mind and body after a long day of work!

Wednesdays: ‘Qigong Fitness’ is a cardio and strength training class that was originally designed for martial artist called ‘Hard Qigong.’  Think Cardio-kickboxing with qi and meditation!

Thursdays: ‘Xing Yi 5 Elements’ is the core practice of the internal style called Xing Yi Quan.  Xing Yi Quan uses strong structure and focused intent to guide qi into explosive power.  The 5 elements of Xing Yi are great self-defense techniques and serve as an excellent way to warm the blood and get the qi flowing for other internal work.

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