Category Archives: T’ai Chi

2 Weeks Free Sept-Nov at CTCC

CTCC 2 Free WeeksNow is the time to begin!

Interested in trying T’ai Chi? With this special offer, new students can attend T’ai Chi classes free!

If you’ve never taken classes at CTCC before, you are eligible for up to two free consecutive weeks of unlimited T’ai Chi classes at CTCC between September 1 and November 30, 2018!

Please note that we validate for two hours of free parking at the Water Street garage.

  1. Check out the CTCC schedule to choose the classes you would like to attend. Our T’ai Chi classes are highlighted in green.
  2. Download, print and fill out the Registration Form below and bring it to your first class — or just fill out one at CTCC when you arrive.
  3. Review the “Dojo Code” below for further information (e.g. what to wear).
  4. Feel free to email any questions to registrar@charlottesvilletaichi.org or call (877) 880-2479.
  5. Check out the links on the right for more information about T’ai Chi and CTCC.

>> See the weekly Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center schedule here

>> Download the Registration Form here

>> Download the Dojo Code (information about what to wear and the Dojo guidelines) here

Grandmaster Wang’s August 2018 Workshop

The Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center is very proud to once again host Grandmaster Wang Fu-Lai for a weekend of T’ai Chi, Hsing-I and Ba Gua seminars!

The workshop will be held from Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12. All events will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

>> Download the registration form here

To register online, please see instructions below.

Friday, August 10 (evening)
6:00 – 9:00pm Ba Gua (note – there are prerequisites for this workshop) (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $90
Saturday, August 11
10:00 – 11:30am 1 – 14 Steps (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $65
11:45am – 12:30pm 15 – 33 Steps (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $40
 Lunch Break at Westminster. Lunch orders are due at the dojo by Tuesday, August 7.
2:30 – 3:30pm 34 – 65 Steps (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $50
3:45 – 4:45pm 66 – 100 Steps (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $50
5:00 – 6:00pm Entire Form (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) Free
6:30 – 8:00pm Pot Luck Dinner (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) Free
All Saturday Sessions $200
Sunday, August 12
1:00 – 3:00pm Hsing I – Empty Hands (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $70
3:15 – 5:45pm Hsing I – Animals (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $80
All Sunday Sessions $145
Full Workshop $430
Saturday Buffet Lunch $15

Online Payment for Workshop

You can register for Grandmaster Wang’s upcoming workshop using your PayPal account or a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover).

Please fill in the total amount for the sessions you wish to take and click the Pay Now button. You can either log into PayPal or click the “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” option.

Please bring a completed registration form to the first session you attend.

The lunch order is due at the dojo by Tuesday, August 7.



World Tai Chi Day 2018

World T’ai Chi Day is an annual free event where participants around the globe practice T’ai Chi at 10 a.m. (local time) on the last Saturday of April.

We will gather at IX Park in front of Brazos Tacos at 9:45 a.m. to warm up and then start the 100-Step T’ai Chi form at 10 a.m., followed by 10-15 minutes of Ch’i Kung.

Note: If it rains, we will meet at the CTCC Dojo.

If you are interested in trying T’ai Chi, please join us for this free chance to experience the relaxing flow of chi through your body!

World T’ai Chi Day
Place: IX Park
Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 9:45 a.m. – 11:00
Cost: FREE

Japanese Tea Ceremony Spring Fundraiser

Ceremony Master Noriko Takashima
We are very excited and honored to welcome ceremony master Noriko Takashima to our dojo on April 28.
Have you ever wanted to see a traditional Japanese tea ceremony? Much more than the making and drinking of tea, this ceremony is a traditional Japanese art. Join us for our Japanese Tea Ceremony and experience the meditative nature of two different ceremony styles, Furo-temae and Chabako-temae. As a part of our Spring Fundraiser, this art will be demonstrated at CTCC.

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Place: Charlottesville Tai Chi Center Dojo
206 East Water Street — Google Map
2-hour parking validation available for the Water Street Parking Garage next door
Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
          3:00 – 4:00pm
Cost: $35 minimum donation for one session; $50 for both (Donations are non-refundable; Children ages 10-16 years may attend for free.) This event is a fund-raiser for CTCC – thank you for your support!

UPDATE: All seats for the Tea Ceremony are now full. Additional guests are welcome and invited to make a donation to the dojo and come watch the ceremony.

Online Payment for Fundraiser

Please type in the amount of your donation and enter “Tea Ceremony” in the Apply To field, and then click Pay Now. You will be given the option to log in to PayPal or pay with a credit card.

Other Amount:
Apply To:

Hiromi’s Spring 2018 Workshop

Come join us for Hiromi Sensei’s Spring 2018 Workshop!

Hiromi Sensei will be teaching the 6-Step Beginner T’ai Chi form. This form has something to offer everyone — if you are brand new to T’ai Chi, it is a great introduction to the basic principles of moving more mindfully.

For intermediate students it provides a very helpful review and also offers opportunities to work on the balance needed for kicks beyond the 14-step.

Additionally, it can be a wonderfully convenient option for all students for their home practice when time is limited.

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Place: Charlottesville Tai Chi Center Dojo
206 East Water Street — Google Map
2-hour parking validation available for the Water Street Parking Garage next door
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $50

Online Payment for Workshop

You can register using your PayPal account or a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover).

Please click the Pay Now button. You will be given the option to log in to PayPal or pay with a credit card.


Workshop Options




New Ch’i Kung Class

Ch’i Kung (Qi Gong) is an ancient Chinese system of self-cultivation developed specifically for protecting health and promoting vitality, while heightening spiritual awareness and insight. It consists of a series of fluid movements coordinated with the breath to increase flow of energy throughout the body and the mind while standing, sitting or reclining.

We are excited to announce a new Ch’i Kung class at the CTCC Dojo on Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm taught by Hiromi Sensei!

Date: Tuesdays, beginning March 6
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Place: CTCC Dojo
Cost: Normal class fee structure (view more information)
More information: 877-880-2479 or registrar@charlottesvilletaichi.org

Grandmaster Wang’s January 2018 Workshop

The Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center is very proud to once again host Grandmaster Wang Fu-Lai for a weekend of T’ai Chi and Hsing-I seminars!

The workshop will be held from Friday, January 12 through Sunday, January 14. All events will be held at the CTCC dojo, except for the two Saturday sessions at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

To register online, please see instructions below.

Download the brochure and registration form here.

Download the lunch order form here.

Friday, January 12 (evening)
6:00 – 9:00pm Ba Gua (note – there are prerequisites for this workshop) (at CTCC dojo) $90
Saturday, January 13
10:00am – 12:30pm Hsing I – Empty Hands (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $80
Lunch Break at Westminster Church – download order form above
2:30 – 4:30pm Hsing I – Weapons (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $85
Both Saturday Sessions $160
6:15 – 8:00pm Demonstrations and Pot Luck Dinner (at CTCC dojo) Free
Sunday, January 14
10:00 – 11:30am 1 – 14 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $65
11:45am – 12:30pm 15 – 33 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $40
 Lunch Break at Dojo — download order form above
2:30 – 3:30pm 34 – 65 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $40
3:45 – 4:45pm 66 – 100 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $40
5:00 – 6:00pm Entire Form (at CTCC dojo) Free
All Sunday Sessions $180
Full Workshop $430
Full Workshop Early Bird Fee – pay by December 29 $400

Online Payment for Workshop

You can register for Grandmaster Wang’s upcoming workshop using your PayPal account or a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover).

Please fill in the total amount for the sessions you wish to take and click the Pay Now button. You can either log into PayPal or click the “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” option.

Please bring a completed registration form to the first session you attend.



An Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Take on T’ai Chi for Seniors

Frequent Problems with Aging

  • Decreased activity
  • Gradual weight-gain
  • Muscle loss and weakness
  • Osteoporosis/bone loss
  • Loss of balance and unsteadiness
  • Frequent falls
  • Fractures of wrist, spine, and most seriously, the hip (80% over 65 and 70% in women)

Effective Exercise Program for Seniors

  • Aerobic conditioning
  • Strength training
  • Flexibility and agility exercises

T’ai Chi

  • Flexibility/agility program of exercises, breathing, and movements based on Chinese practices
  • Integration of mind and body in slow, circular movements and changes in the center of gravity
  • Though not all are unequivocally proven, there is a growing body of scientific literature reporting a multitude of psychological and physiological long-term health benefits
    • Increased self-confidence and sense of well-being
    • Statistically significant improvement in self-assessed health
    • Significant improvement in self-efficacy for arthritis symptoms
    • Significant improvement in level of tension
    • Significant improvement in satisfaction with general health status
    • Reduced somatic symptoms of depression
    • Improved physical functioning
    • Reduced fatigue
    • Significant improvement in glucose control, diabetic self-care activities, and quality of life of patients with type 2 diabetes
    • Improved diet quality and coronary heart disease risk factors, such as LDL particle size (when T’ai Chi added to diet education)
    • Positive impact on cardiovascular fitness
    • Reduced blood pressure
    • Positive impact on muscle strength
    • Increased muscle endurance
    • Increased bone density
    • Improved postural stability
    • Improved body balance
    • Decreased fear of falling
    • Decreased falls and reduced risk of hip fractures (according to OrthoInfo from The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)

CONCLUSION

Now that I’m a senior myself, I recently decided to practice what I’ve preached for years.  In addition to aerobic and strengthening exercises, I’ve been doing T’ai Chi at Farmington Country Club with Hiromi Johnson, a very well-known and respected, internationally certified instructor from Charlottesville  T’ai Chi Center.  I recommend that others, especially seniors, do everything possible – INCLUDING IMPROVEMENT OF BALANCE – to prevent a hip fracture and its often dreadful consequences.  To complete a fully effective exercise program, if possible and available, START T’AI CHI!

Michael Kovac, M.D.
Fellow, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

CTCC’s Open House 2017

Place: CTCC Dojo (206 East Water St., next to the Water Street Parking Garage)
Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: FREE

If you or someone you know is curious about T’ai Chi and its calming influences and positive effects on health, please join us on Saturday, October 7th between 10:30am – 12:30pm!

We will demonstrate some of the forms that we teach and discuss how T’ai Chi works to strengthen and integrate the mind and body. You will have the opportunity to try out some of the things we do and feel T’ai Chi’s effects for yourself.

Parking: We can validate parking tickets for the Water Street Parking Garage for two hours.