Taiji classes at the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre begin week of January 6, and continue for 10 weeks. Register at the desk or you can phone the Centre 807-684-3066
- Beginners – 16 Forms (no class this session)
Mondays & Thursdays 10:45 – 11:45 am
We learn to link together a series of gestures called forms, that cultivate our ability to move easily in any direction, to have better balance, more strength and greater range and ease of movement. Some aspects of the lessons are more meditative (Qigong) and we work together in a friendly inclusive atmosphere.
- 24 Forms – Intermediate
Mondays & Thursdays 9 – 10 am
We link together in new patterns the movements learned in 8 and 16 Forms and add new gestures that expand the repertoire of ways of moving. 24 Forms is perhaps the most widely known Taiji form in the world.
- Advancing Taiji
Tuesdays & Fridays 10:45 am – 12 noon
We continue to rehearse the 8, 16, 24 & 48 Forms, to clarify and deepen our understanding of the inner awareness that results in beautiful, flowing and powerful movements. Focus will be on 48 forms.
For information about other Taiji classes you can follow the links below:
Taijiquan; The Art of Nurturing the Science of Power
Dr. Yang Yang has been a major influence in my study of Taiji. His book, Taijiquan; The Art of Nurturing the Science of Power is an elegant presentation that brings together traditional Chinese taiji theory with the western scientific perspective. Dr. Yang is both a master of the Chen Style of Taiji and has a PhD in Kinesiology. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand more of the ideas behind taijiquan.