Traditional Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong/Meditation Classes:  

  • Saturdays 9:00am to 11:00am / $30.00 per month or $10.00 per class session.
  • 9-10am: Meditation, Qi Gong exercises, and traditional Chinese medicine concepts are taught to help enhance ones health and cultivate the mind.
  • 10-11am: The student learns Tai Chi movements in conjunction with understanding and practicing the health and defensive aspects to those movements.
  • We also incorporate pushing hands and other practical drills and applications to give the student a full compliment of this internal martial art.
  • Tai Chi is taught in a manner that matches and conforms to the individual student's physical capability, age, and health conditions.
  • Classes are instructed by Dr. Ryan Pedersen D.O.M., L.Ac. with over 15 years of experience in traditional Chinese martial arts. He teaches the standardized 24 movement yang style tai chi form, plus an older traditional 56 movement yang style Tai Chi Chuan form that has its direct origins from a taoist temple in China.

What is Tai Chi (Ji): 

Tai Chi Chuan can be described as a martial art that was originally designed for self defense, and later known for its health preserving benefits through what is sometimes referred to as meditation in motion movements. The practice of these movements helps the person to harmonize their mind, body, and spirit by balancing the positive and negative attributes

(yin and yang qualities) within one's self. In the beginning, the student learns relaxed slow precise movements that blends body coordination with slow rhythmic breathing. At this point, the student develops the core foundation and rooting/centering basics to Tai Chi Chuan (the yin aspect of practice). Once the yin part of practice has been developed, the student proceeds to advanced levels consisting of fast paced, focused and explosive movements. These quick and powerful movements allow the student to project and generate their energy into a very fine, concentrated and penetrating force that can generate strong healing effects or impose very destructive and damaging effects upon another person in a self defense situation (the yang aspect of practice). The goal of the art is to learn how to live and naturally respond in harmony to ones self, other people, and the surrounding environment. This creates a healing environment internally in the individual and allows them to acquire effective self defense skills at the same time.

What is Qi Gong:

Qi Gong consists of sedentary meditation, plus slow movement exercises that are combined with special breathing techniques and visualizations to elicit a calm mind that leads to enhancement of ones health. The student of this art strives to integrate the lower, middle, and upper aspects of the body into one harmonious system. This integrative process leads to improving ones internal and external health, creating a deeper mind and body connection, and developing a better understanding of ones self. Over time the benefits of this art can be felt and experienced, but only through consistent and regular practice.  

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