Duan Zhiliang

SUMMER 2022 AT BTC!

This summer we will offer both a range of weekly classes--from TaiChi/Qigong 101 to Wu and Yang Style Forms, Primal Qigong, and Yiquan--and an array of weekend programs, including 5000 Sparrows, Tai Chi Boot Camps, and Dan Lian. Join us for a summer of growth, learning, and good energy!

"What Don Ethan Miller has to offer is at the very core of what the dance of Tai Chi is all about. With an earthiness and clarity that comes from years of mastery, he tunes you in to the very essence of this inner art, channeling energetic practices that can have a transformative effect on our very experience of life. For those who have been hesitant to try Tai Chi, feeling that it is just too inaccessible or difficult to learn, taking a class with Don is like directly plugging yourself into a current: the light comes on and you feel great. If you have been practicing in black and white, it is time to practice in full color."  --Les F . 
 
FEATURED PROGRAMS:

5,000 SPARROWS

In this special 50-day training, participants will perform 5,000 repetitions of the "Grasp Sparrows Tail" sequence--the movements of Ward Off/Roll Back/Press/and Push--which express the Four Primary Powers of Tai Chi :  Peng, Lu, Ji, and An.  The 5000 will be completed over the course of 7 weeks, July 10 through August 28th.

Once the basic routine is established, we will explore 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.

There will be four 2 hour Workshop Sessions: Sunday 7/10, then 7/24, 8/13, and 8/28. (Missed classes may be viewed on Zoom.) Between sessions, students will be expected to do 100 repetitions every day, requiring around 15-20 minutes of daily practice.  

In addition to the 4 online sessions, there may be some optional outdoor sessions (TBD); and Instructor Don Miller will be available for personal consultation (phone/email/zoom) through the 50 days.

This is an experience of "old school Tai Chi" training, that will produce improvements to every aspect of your Tai Chi practice--conferring more energy, internal power, centering, fluidity, relaxation, confidence, and understanding. Upgrades guaranteed!
 
Open to all students who have learned Peng Lu Ji An at BTC; or by permission of the Instructor.

Cost: BTC Members $195, Non-Members $245.

Note: This special program will be strictly limited to 25 participants, to allow time for personal attention and correction. 

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

This summer, BTC will hold 7 special weekend workshops, enabling students to experience a variety of subjects and practices without requiring weekly attendance. Open to all levels beyond beginners.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (All workshops are held 10am-Noon):

1. Saturday 7/9: Tai Chi Boot Camp
2. Sunday 7/17: Dan Lian 1: White Crane Spreading Wings
3. Saturday, 7/23: Five Standing Postures for Health and Power
4. Sunday, 7/31: Dan Lian 2: Repulse Monkey
5. Sunday, 8/8: Great Wall Qigong
6. Sunday, 8/15: Rise Up Rooted
7. Saturday, 8/21: Primal Qigong: 8 Directions

Workshops are limited to 20 people. Sign up early to reserve space!

Price: $70 BTC Members, $85 Non-Member. (Discounts available on all workshops after the first one.)


NEW CLASS: 3 DANTIENS QIGONG: SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

The 3 Dantiens--in Western terms, the belly/physical body, the heart, and the mind--are a core component of many Qigong practices. In this class, we will approach them as centers of knowing, enhancing our experience of a fully embodied spirituality. Classes will will include familiar Qigongs as well as some specally designed to amplify awareness of, and from, our Three Centers.

Prerequisite: TC101 or permission of the instructor (Allen Bourque) 

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 in the immediate future. We will continue in Zoom format, which has proven successful in providing both safe instruction, and a surprising amount of interactive capacity. (We may hold some outdoor, mask-optional sessions this summer. Stay tuned.) 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

In difficult times, Tai Chi can provide an island of relief, a respite from confusion, struggle, stress, and pain. It is not an escape so much as an antidote, a time to improve our mind/body/energy, in the direction of greater vitality, centeredness, harmony, and healthy empowerment.

Join our classes and workshops, yes, but also make some time every day to practice on your own, at home, or outside among the trees. Tai Chi works--if you do it! --Don Miller

Cheng Man Ching

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dedicated to movement, balance and wellness.