Tai Chi is a martial art that not only provides defense techniques, but also has positive effects on the mind and body. Through the study of Tai Chi, an internal style of martial arts, a student can learn to relax his/her body, reduce stress, control breathing, increase flexibility and strength. Tai Chi has a slower pace, and is lower impact than most other martial arts, but can be applied in the same situations by simply performing the techniques at a more appropriate speed.
Beginning students learn the six sections of the Yang style long form of Tai Chi. More advanced students learn Tai Chi weapon forms and pushing hands, a form of sparring where competitors use their opponents momentum against them causing balance loss. Our students are taught the Yang style movements and are not just following a leader as is often the case in other Tai Chi programs. This is so that Tai Chi can then be performed daily at home and which will help to develop increased health benefits.
Daily practice of Tai Chi Chuan will:
- Promote a youthful appearance
- Increase agility in movement
- Promote tranquility of mind
- Promote better circulation
- Promote improved blood pressure
- Tone the muscles
- Increase concentration
- Promote better memory
- Improve coordination
- Improve balance
Senior citizens and those with limited range of motion enjoy a therapeutic effect through the practice of this art unmatched by any other form of exercise.
Mr. Jeff Zukor has been studying and practicing the long form Yang style of Tai Chi for over 30 years with Grandmaster Huang. He teaches here on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. He is assisted by Shi Fu Paul and Mrs. Maricar who also study Yang and Chen Pan Ling style Tai Chi with Grandmaster Huang and Master Mike Huang.
There is a Friday afternoon class each week for beginner Tai Chi students and a Friday afternoon class for advanced students. The three weekday evening classes are open to all Tai Chi students at all levels. Beginners are always welcome!