Category Archives: T’ai Chi

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.

UVA Faculty and Student Discount

CTCC is happy to offer a special ongoing discounted price of $120 for 12 classes to University of Virginia faculty and students.

All classes are taught at our dojo at 206 East Water Street in Charlottesville near the downtown mall.

Please bring your ID to your first class so we can apply the discount when you register.

Students and faculty who have never taken classes at our dojo are also eligible for our one-time introductory 3 Classes for $30 offer.

Grandmaster Wang’s July 2017 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 Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23. All events will be held at the CTCC dojo, except for the Saturday sessions held at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

To register online, please see instructions below.

Thursday, July 20 (evening)
6:00 – 8:00pm Ch’i Kung (at CTCC dojo) $75
Friday, July 21 (evening)
6:00 – 9:00pm Ba Gua (note – there are prerequisites for this workshop) (at CTCC dojo) $90
Saturday, July 22
10:00am – 12:30pm Hsing I – Five Elements (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $80
Lunch Break at Westminster Church. The lunch order form is due at the dojo by Wed., July 19.
2:30 – 5:30pm Hsing I – Animals (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $80
Both Saturday Sessions $150
6:15 – 8:00pm Pot Luck Dinner (at CTCC dojo) Free
Sunday, July 23
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 the Dojo. The lunch order form is due at the dojo by Wed., July 19.
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 $495
Full Workshop Early Bird Discount – pay by July 14 $450

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 form is due at the dojo by Wed., July 19.



Hiromi’s Spring 2017 Workshops

Come join us for two workshops with Master Hiromi!

The first workshop will cover the T’ai Chi Warm-Up. T’ai Chi warm-up is a perfect exercise for everyone, from absolute beginners to advanced students. It engages the entire body by loosening and stretching muscles and joints. We will explore the Cheng Ming warm-up sequence with special attention to body alignment and angles.

The second workshop will explore the Warm-Up Applications. Each warm-up has a martial application. Have fun and deepen your form by learning the applications and practicing them in pairs. Body alignment and angles learned in the morning workshop will help make these applications effective.

To register online, please see instructions below.
>> View the flyer here

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Place: Charlottesville Tai Chi Center Dojo – New Address!
206 East Water Street — Google Map
2-hour parking validation available for the Water Street Parking Garage next door

T’ai Chi Warm-Up
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $80

Warm-Up Applications
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Cost: $80

Cost for both workshops: $150

Online Payment for Workshop

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

Please select your option and then click the Pay Now button.


Workshop Options




World Tai Chi Day 2017

2017 World Tai Chi DayWorld 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 30
Time: 9:45 a.m. – 11:00
Cost: FREE

Grandmaster Wang’s February 2017 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, February 17 through Sunday, February 19. All events will be held at the CTCC dojo, except for the Saturday afternoon weapons session.

To register online, please see instructions below.

Download the brochure and registration form here.

Download the lunch order form here.


Friday, February 17 (evening)
6:30 – 8:30pm Ch’i Kung Meditation (at CTCC dojo) $75
Saturday, February 18
10:00am – 12:30pm Hsing I – Empty Hands (at CTCC dojo) $80
Lunch Break at Dojo – download order form above
2:30 – 5:30pm Hsing I – Weapons (at Johnson Elementary School) $85
Both Saturday Sessions $160
6:15 – 8:00pm Demonstrations and Pot Luck Dinner (at CTCC dojo) Free
Sunday, February 19
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 $415

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.



Calligraphy and T’ai Chi Performance

Come join us to learn about the connection between the principles of Calligraphy and T’ai Chi!

Master Calligrapher Miyuki Kawane will demonstrate large scale calligraphy while T’ai Chi is performed by four members of Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center. Parallels and similar principles between the two arts will be drawn.

T'ai Chi and Calligraphy Workshop

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Place: IX Art Park – on the stage near the painted large building
Time: 10:30 – 11:00am
Cost: $10 suggested donation – no registration required

Sumo Wrestling Workshop

Come join us to learn about SUMO – the traditional art of Japanese wrestling! The workshop will be taught by Koji Watanabe with a cost of $20.

Sumo wrestling originated in Japan centuries ago and involves many martial arts principles (such as rooting and uprooting). The winner of a sumo bout either forces his opponent to step out of the ring or to touch the ground with any part of his body other than the bottom of his feet.
Sumo Workshop Flyer July 22 2016
To register online, please see instructions below.

Date: Friday, July 22, 2016
Place: Charlottesville Tai Chi Center Dojo
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: $20

Online Payment for Workshop

The cost of the workshop is $20. You can register using your PayPal account or a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover) by clicking the Pay Now button below.