NEW AND FEATURED CLASSES:
1.TAI CHI FOR HEALTHY AGING AND BETTER BALANCE
Since 2011, beginning with a grant from the Tufts Foundation, BTC has developed a unique, extraordinarily 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 the rote repetition of fixed moves, enabling students to truly utilize their lessons in the complex challenges of daily life. It is rooted in decades of teaching experience, combining the essence of the ancient arts with a modern, scientific understanding of the human body-mind. Open to all.
(For information on the TCHABB research study, see below.)
2.STICKS AND STONES: TAI CHI EQUIPMENT TRAINING
In ancient times, practicioners of Tai Chi used rocks, logs, stone balls, iron weights, as well as staves, swords, spears and other weapons to enhance structure and alignment, increase root and mobility, and expand energy flow and extension. In this course, we explore both traditional and modern equipment training to strengthen our internal power, rooting, balance, intention, and Qi flow. Upgrades guaranteed! Open to all levels beyond 102.
3.TAI CHI 301: ADVANCED WORK
For advanced students and instructors with a minimum of 5-10 years in Tai Chi and other Internal Arts. In keeping with the original Taoist methods, there is no fixed curriculum, but classes will cover such subjects as: the 16 Major Jings of Tai Chi, Yiquan Standing and Moving Practices, Dan Lian "deep form" Work, , the relation of Martial and Healing energies, etc. Class will also include individualized work to enhance each individual's specific path to progress. Limited to 12 , by permission of Director only.
4.YANG STYLE SHORT FORM, FIRST SECTION
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 20 movements of 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.
TAI CHI FOR HEALTHY AGING AND BETTER BALANCE: TEACHER TRAINING/PROJECT STUDY UPDATE
We have just concluded our first Teacher Training/Certification Program, with 10 TCHABB Instructors finishing an intensive 50-hour program held over the past 8 months. Beginning in January, instructors will conduct multiple trial groups delivering the 12 week, 24-class TCHABB program. Data from these groups will be collected to demonstrate the benefits of the TCHABB program for falls prevention and mitigation, balance improvement, and improved physical and mental well-being.
One of the groups will be held as a regular BTC class, Tai Chi For Healthy Aging and Better Balance 1, taught by Director Don Miller. Course fees are reduced to $155 and will be fully refunded to all students who complete the course and participate in the study.
A separate mailing will go out shortly regarding participation in the study groups. If you know someone age 60+ who would be a good candidate to participate in this program, please forward their contact info to Don at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(NOTE: Those who have already asked to participate will receive detailed notification in the next few days.)
Testimonials from former TCHABB students:
"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.
"It has changed my whole way of moving in the world." --T.M.
"The practices were simple and profound...The increase in self-reliance has been global...The effect in my life has been immeasurable." --S.S
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 7-week course. ATOTC introduces the essential Tai Chi processes of Quiet Standing, Rooting, Pulsing, and Mindful Movement, and is designed to be appropriate for students of all ages and levels of physical ability.
You can sample your first class for free. After that, you can purchase a special Introductory 3-Class Card for only $29.