Tai Chi Classes

For current lesson schedule and location please visit our Tai Chi Blog.

Some people would consider Tai Chi as a form of moving meditation. The focus and calmness cultivated by the meditative aspect of Tai Chi is seen as necessary in maintaining optimum health (in the sense of relieving stress and maintaining homeostasis) and in application of the form as a soft style martial art.

Anyone, regardless of age or physical ability, can practice Tai Chi. It doesn't take physical prowess. Practicing of Tai Chi Chuan primarily involves three subjects - Health, Martial art and Meditation. Yan Cui has been learning and practicing Tai Chi since his youth, and has developed a deep understanding of the three aspects of Tai Chi. He teaches Tai Chi in his spare time.

Tai Chi developed in China in about the 12th century A.D. It started as a martial art, or a practice for fighting or self-defense, usually without weapons. Over time, people began to use Tai Chi for health purposes as well. Many different styles of Tai Chi, and variations for each style, developed. To do Tai Chi, you perform a series of postures or movements in a slow, graceful manner. Each posture flows into the next without pausing. Tai Chi, as it is practiced in the west today, can perhaps best be thought of as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined.

Before Tai Chi's introduction to Western students, the health benefits of Tai Chi Chuan were largely explained through the lens of traditional Chinese medicine; which is based on a view of the body and healing mechanisms not always studied or supported by modern science. Today, some prominent Tai Chi teachers have advocated subjecting Tai Chi to rigorous scientific studies to gain acceptance in the West. Researchers have found that long-term Tai Chi practice shows some favorable effects on some of the health aspects. For example, Tai Chi's gentle, low impact movements burn more calories than surfing and nearly as many as downhill skiing. In addition, a pilot study, which has not been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, has found preliminary evidence that Tai Chi and related qigong may reduce the severity of diabetes.

The ability to use Tai Chi as a form of self-defense in combat is said to be the most effective proof of a student's understanding of the art's principles. The study of Tai Chi chuan martially is the study of appropriate change in response to outside forces; the study of yielding and blending with outside force rather than attempting to meet it with opposing force.