Tai Chi Ch'uan is an ancient system of Chinese exercise and has existed for some 2,000 years. It is a slow moving health exercise, practiced regularly, that can help reduce stress; increase flexibility; improve muscle strength and definition; and increase energy, stamina, and agility. It is popular in America for its health benefits.
Tai Chi is generally safe for people of all ages and fitness levels. Older adults may especially find it appealing because the movements are low impact and put minimal stress on muscles and joints. Each student works at their own level - gradually developing balance, coordination, reflexes, strength, energy, and general good health.
We teach the Yang style of Tai Chi as taught by the late Professor Cheng Man-Ching. Classes meet on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. or Sundays at 6:00 p.m.
Yang Lu-Ch'an (d. 1872) studied under Chen Chang-Hsing in the 1820s. Eventually becoming a teacher in his own right, Yang Lu-Ch'an was hired by the Imperial Family to teach his style to the elite palace guards.
Yang Lu-Ch'an passed the style onto his three sons. His third son, Yang Chien-Hou (d. 1917) passed the style onto his sons, Yang Shao-Hou (d. 1930) and Yang ChengFu (d. 1936). In the mid-1900s, Professor Cheng Man-Ching (d. 1975) began teaching the "Yang-Style Short Form" or "Yang-Style Tai Chi in 37 Postures" with the approval of Yang ChengFu. Professor Cheng's modifications allowed students to learn Tai Chi more quickly, and Professor Cheng was one of the first teachers to teach publicly in the United States.