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FALL SESSION BEGINS SEPTEMBER 21!

Happy Fall! As BTC begins its 30th year, we're excited to be offering an array of 18 great classes, ranging from Rise Up Rooted to Tai Chi For Healthy Aging and Better Balance, Yang and Wu Style Forms, a Qigong Workout, and much more. Check out our NEW WEBSITE: www.BrooklineTaiChi.org, register for classes, and get some good Qi going. All classes are currently held in Zoom format. See you in class!

Fall 2021 FEATURED PROGRAMS:

5,000 SPARROWS

In a 12 week adaptation of our intensive 30-day training, class participants will perform 5,000 repetitions of the "Grasp Sparrows Tail" sequence--the 4 linked movements of Ward Off/Roll Back/Press/ Push--which contain and express the Four Primary Powers of all Tai Chi systems:  Peng, Lu, Ji, and An. 

Once the basic sequence is established, we explore and integrate the all-important Variables that bring Tai Chi practice to full fruition: 3 Frames, 3 Speeds, 7 Footwork Patterns, 5 Hands, 10 Points, Intention/Non-Intention, and Relation to the Environment.

Between classes, students practice on their own roughly 60 repetitions every day, requiring about 10-15 minutes. This is an experience of "old school" Tai Chi, that will produce improvements to virtually every aspect of your Tai Chi practice--conferring more energy, internal power, centering, fluidity, relaxation, confidence, understanding; and authenticity. Upgrades guaranteed!
 

TAI CHI FOR HEALTHY AGING AND BETTER BALANCE

Since 2011, beginning with a grant from the Tufts Foundation, BTC has developed a uniquely effective program for restoring vitality and improving balance in senior populations and those with balance challenges and increased risk of falls.  Tai Chi For Healthy Aging And Better Balance (tm) uses the Tai Chi principles of Rooting, Centering, Pulsing, and Flow to increase vitality, reduce stress, and improve stability and balance.

Unlike other Tai Chi programs, the BTC program goes beyond rote repetition of fixed moves, enabling students to use their lessons in the complex challenges of daily life.  It is built upon decades of teaching experience, combining the essence of the ancient arts with a modern, scientific understanding of aging and the body-mind. Specially priced at 50% of normal class fees as a service to our honored senior community. 
I had taken some bad falls.But 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.  --Judith S.

YANG STYLE SHORT FORM I

Yang style Tai Chi is the most widely practiced form in the world. It emphasizes rooted, flowing movements; relaxed, yet mindful awareness and intention; and the integration of mind, body, and energy. The class will cover the First Section of the Yang style form, a 3-5 minute sequence that becomes both a moving meditation and a whole-body exercise routine. Open to students who have completed TC101/102 and one additional class.

WU STYLE SHORT FORM I

The Wu style of Tai Chi utilizes small circular movements and relatively high stances, making it easy physically easy to do, but imbued with essential Tai Chi body alignments and internal energy. The Wu Short Form takes only 4-5 minutes to perform and can be done anywhere. This form is taught in two 12-week sessions. We will learn to release tension from arms and shoulders, align knees and feet to support the body naturally, and move smoothly and consciously. Open to students who have completed TC101/102 or have previous experience with Wu Style.

QIGONG WORKOUT

Repetition of standing and moving Qigong practices are a great way to relax and enliven and develop the internal components in all Tai Chi and Qigong. This class will increase your flow and whole body coordination. Emphasis will be on practice routines repeated for several classes. Both students who have completed Tai Chi 101 and those who have studied for several years are welcome.

A great way to start your week and an excellent complement for more teaching-oriented classes.

A TASTE OF TAI CHI

"Tai Chi makes the weak person strong, the strong person gentle; the old person youthful, and the young person wise."

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. 

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COVID UPDATE:

With the current uncertainty about new variants and possible resurgences, we are not planning to resume in-person/indoor classes this semester. We will continue in Zoom format, which has proven successful in providing both safe instruction--and a surprising amount of interactive capacity. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions on how to proceed through these challenging and demanding times. Stay healthy!

(Send comments and suggestions: don.miller@brooklinetaichi.net)

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FROM THE DIRECTOR

As I practice my daily 200 or so "Sparrows" (repetitions of the Grasp Sparrows Tail Sequence), as part of our 5th Season 5000 Sparrows program, I'm amazed at the amount of information and energy that's coming to me. Sometimes it's about flow, sometimes it's about root, sometimes it's about my relationship to the environment--the air, the earth, the trees. Sometimes it's powerfully martial--defending and attacking imaginary opponents; sometimes it's all about healing--releasing fear and pain, finding peace and positive energy. Sometimes I direct the action, sometimes I allow it to happen. Yin and Yang. What never ceases to surprise me is how much there is to learn and experience, in these four "simple" moves. And now I must go, the wind is up, the Sparrows are calling me...
Tai Chi Master Cheng Man Ching
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