Grandmaster Wang Peishing (1919-2004), Northern Wu Style, Xingyi, Bagua, and Qigong master, in a Qian Kun Wuji Gong posture.       
LATE FALL SESSION STARTS OCTOBER 28!
Our Late Fall Session begins Monday, October 28, with 23 different courses and more than 35 classes each week, ranging from our entry level programs (Tai Chi 101 and Tai Chi for Healthy Aging and Better Balance) to traditional Wu and Yang style Forms and Qigong sets, Chinese Self-Healing Exercises, and Interactive Tai Chi (Two-Person Tai Chi, Pushing Hands, Martial Tai Chi). Register early to reserve your space!  

NEW CLASSES THIS SESSION

1 . ROOTING: THE ART OF CONNECTING TO THE EARTH
"Rooting"means connecting to the Earth, to increase our postural stability, calmness, naturalness, instinctual intelligence, and internal power.  It is one of the most important qualities developed in the art, with a central place in traditional, "old school" Tai Chi practice. In this class, we will experience an array of methods to activate and deepen root, including various Zhuan Zhuang (Standing Qigong), Shifting and Walking exercises, and partner practices to Feed, Challenge,and Deepen Root in both stillness and motion.  A major upgrade to your Rooting--and every aspect of your Tai Chi practice--is guaranteed.
 
Open to all levels beyond 101/102--practices will be adjusted to each student's experience and ability level.

2. 8 ESSENTIAL MOVES
Deep exploration of single movements is one of the key practices in the original, ancient method of Tai Chi. In this course, we study 8 movements that are of major importance in all styles of the art.  Each move will be practiced as: Standing Meditation; Moving Qigong; Interactive Maneuver; and Energetic Archetype.  Variations in Frame, Height, Speed, and Intention will all be explored. Improvements in chi flow and understanding occur through this method that are unattainable in any other way.

Open to those who have completed Tai Chi 101/102 and Peng Lu Ji An OR have at least 6 months experience in any Long or Short Tai Chi Form.

3. PUSHING HANDS (TUISHOU)
Tai Chi Tuishou commonly called Pushing Hands, includes an array of two-person practices which develop the important Tai Chi qualities of Rooting, Sensitivity, Calmness In Action, Neutralization, and Energy Projection. These attributes can then be brought into the solo practice of Forms and Qigong, deepening and animating them. Push Hands is traditionally the basis for beginning to learn the martial side of Tai Chi, as it trains awareness, timing, self-protection, and being fully in the present moment. This class will explore several varieties of Push Hands in a format that is safe, energizing, empowering, healthy, and fun!

Open to all levels past 102, by permission of the instructor.
 
A TASTE OF TAI CHI
Introduce your friends and family to the wonders of Tai Chi. We are once again offering a free first class in our A Taste Of Tai Chi program. Free single-class cards are available at the school. Be sure to pick some up, and give them to anyone you know who might benefit from ... a Taste. After the free intro, a 3-class introductory trial is also available for just $29.

Share the gift of Tai Chi with those you care about! 

FROM THE DIRECTOR:
The intriguing Tai Chi posture name "Embrace Tiger, Return To Mountain" (Bao Hu Gui Shan) warrants some contemplation. The Tiger may be that which we fear, or the ferocious/challenging aspect of a situation, a period of time, a medical condition, or even ourselves. To "embrace the tiger" means to not avoid or escape that which is difficult, but to enter, engage, absorb. And the Mountain is--what? Nature, the Tao, our personal place of calmness, power, and wisdom. To which we return, with the Tiger now our friend, our lover, our expanded and unified self. Or perhaps it's just about practicing hard and then restoring our balance. Four words, many possible meanings. What do you think? --Don Miller, BTC Director   
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