Fu Style Master Liang Qiang Ya
EARLY FALL, 2023
Fall at Brookline Tai Chi promises to be great, with the continuation of the summer's Morning Practice classes, new courses in Tai Chi Form Variations, Tai Chi 201 and 301, and a new section of Tai Chi For Healthy Aging and Better Balance. Wu Style Tai Chi classes with Alan Dougall continue through the Fall. See descriptions below, visit our website, view the Fall Schedule--and sign up soon!
NEW THIS FALL: 3X/WEEK MORNING PRACTICE
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 10-11am, starting September 6
In China and elsewhere around the world, people gather in parks and open spaces every morning to practice Tai Chi and Qigong. Students of all levels exercise together, with individuals modifying their practices according to their ability.
BTC Morning Practice classes are appropriate for all students beyond beginners. Each session will include Standing Qigong; Shifting, Pulsing and Rooting; Walking practices; Balance work; and selected Form Moves and Sequences.
There will be less emphasis on learning new moves and exercises, and more on the effects of consistent practice. There will also be time each class for questions and attention to individual issues.
Pricing is lower than our normal per-class rates. For the 8 week
Morning Practice program, 3 times a week (24 classes), prices are:
Please register early to reserve your spot! Class size will be limited to allow for personal attention.
Register for Morning Practice Class Here:
YANG IN THREE: 3 FRAMES, 3 SPEEDS, 3 BASINS
with Senior Instructor Allen Bourque
Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm Starting September 11
In the original Old Yang Method (prior to the 1930's), all forms and movements were practiced in a wide variety of ways, to develop different qualities, attributes, and powers. The main areas of variation were:
--3 Frames (size of movements/postures: Large, Small, and Middle)
--3 Speeds (from very slow to quite fast), plus Fajin
--3 Basins (height/depth of stances, from high to low)
This method makes the movements "come alive", and opens up an almost infinite array of energies and experiences.
It is the key to understanding the Yang Style, and Tai Chi itself as a multi-dimensional art of self-development. Your Tai Chi will (literally) never be the same!
Open to all levels past Peng Lu Ji An, or with at least six months of any Tai Chi Form practice.
Register for Yang in Three Here:
TAI CHI 201: INTERMEDIATE
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm, starting September 5
Once a basic foundation in Stances, Rooting, Pulsing, and Flow have been established, authentic Tai Chi training continues with the the further development of Tai Chi skills and qualities, via:
--Repetition and exploration of single movements (Dan Lian) to develop chi flow, internal power, variations, and practical use;
--Deeper exploration of posture holding (Zhan Zhuang) for root, structural integrity, calmness, and inner strength;
--Completion of the Eight Primary Jings of Tai Chi, which include: Peng, Lu, Ji, An, Cai, Lieh, Zhou, and Kao;
--Introduction of the use of Equipment (balls, rocks, weights, staves, etc) to enhance and augment Tai Chi empty-hand training;
--Exploration of the major mind-states of Tai Chi, including Wu Chi (emptiness), and the use of Intention (yi) and non-intention.
These skills and qualities may then, if one chooses, be woven into the practice of choreographed sequences of movements, or Forms.
Open to those who have completed Tai Chi 101 or other Tai Chi foundation work.
Register for Tai Chi 201 Here:
TAI CHI 301: ADVANCED WORK
Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm, starting September 7
Note: This a class for practitioners with a minimum of 5-10 years experience in Tai Chi and other Internal Arts.
In keeping with the original methods of the Taoist arts, there is no fixed curriculum, but classes will cover such subjects as: the Eight Advanced Jings (Ting, Hua, Chansi, Ren, Fa, Nian, Jie and Kong), Deep Form work, the relation of Martial and Healing energies, wu wei (non-doing), Releasing Fear from the body-mind while maintaining awareness/mindfulness, and the like.
The class will include a great deal of individualized work to enhance each student’s specific personal path to progress.
Limited to 10 people. Admission to class is by permission of the instructor only.
Register for Tai Chi 301 Here:
QIGONG: CIRCLES SPIRALS AND SPHERES
with Senior Instructor Allen Bourque
Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm, starting September 13
Circles, spirals, and spheres pervade nature, including our bodies and our energy fields. Activating these components dramatically deepens our Qigong and Tai Chi.
In this course we will take several simple Qigongs and then move beyond basic coordination to learn how the curvilinear provides a continuously deepening experience. This applies even to the simplest movements. You will increase strength, suppleness, mental focus and upgrade your experiential knowledge of internal connections.
By the end of the six weeks you will be able to continue the Qigong processes on your own. The learning will also carry over to your Tai Chi practice.
Open to those who have completed at least TC101.
Register for Qigong: Circles Here:
TAI CHI FOR HEALTHY AGING AND BETTER BALANCE 1
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11am, starting September 5
Beginning with a grant from the Tufts Foundation in 2011, BTC has developed a unique program for restoring vitality and improving balance for seniors and those with balance challenges and increased risk of falls. Tai Chi For Healthy Aging And Better Balance (tm) uses Tai Chi principles of Rooting, Centering, Pulsing, and Flow to increase energy, reduce stress, and improve stability and balance.
"I had taken some bad falls. With Tai Chi it is never too late. I feel rescued and rejuvenated, able to take on the challenges of travel, raising grandkids, and my garden. It has made a difference in my competence, resilience, and general well-being. " (J.S.)
TCHABB 1 meets twice weekly for 8 weeks, specially priced at $160.
Register for TCHABB 1.0 Here:
TAICHI/QIGONG 101: FUNDAMENTALS
with Senior Instructor Allen Bourque
Saturdays 9-10am, starting Sept. 11
This course enables students to “enter the gate” of authentic Tai Chi, with a complete program of basic practices (jibengong) that are the foundation for all other Tai Chi forms, Qigong, and two-person work. Key principles of Rooting, Releasing, Pulsing, Spiraling, Alignment, and Flow are introduced through Stance and Posture work, Tai Chi Walking, Qigong and selected movements from the classical Yang Tai Chi forms. No prior experience necessary.
Register for TC/QG 101 Here:
A TASTE OF TAI CHI
Always wondered about Tai Chi, but don’t know where to start? This is a perfect introductory short program that gives individuals a chance to experience the joys and benefits of Tai Chi, without having to commit to a full 12-week course. ATOTC introduces the essential Tai Chi processes of Quiet Standing, Rooting, Pulsing, and Mindful Movement, and is appropriate for students of all ages and levels of physical ability.
Sample your first ATOTC class for free. After that, you can purchase a special Introductory 3-Class Card for only $29.
Register for A Taste Of Tai Chi Here:
THE FIFTH SEASON
We are entering the period recognized in traditional Chinese culture as the "Fifth Season". There is a sense that time stands still.
The peak of summer has passed, the beginning of autumn is a full month away. This is a time to regroup, to center, to gather our
resources, to rest, and to plan the "fall campaign". Our Tai Chi and Qigong changes, moving toward more stillness, containment, and root. A balance between in and out, doing and non-doing. The pendulum pauses between swings. We pause, fully present, capable of moving but choosing not to move. We breathe.