Category Archives: T’ai Chi

Hands and Feet Workshops

Come join us for two workshops with Master Hiromi!

T’ai Chi classics tell us that if there is a problem with our form, look to the legs. The first workshop will focus on correct footwork on the 14-step Cheng-Ming T’ai Chi form.

In the second workshop will explore the role of the hands in the 14-step T’ai Chi form. The hand postures reflect the applications, and there are many possibilities.

To register online, please see instructions below.

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Place: Charlottesville Tai Chi Center Dojo

T’ai Chi Footwork
Time: 8:30 – 10:30am
Cost: $60

T’ai Chi Hand Postures
Time: 10:45am – 12:45pm
Cost: $60

Cost for both workshops: $100

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.


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CTCC’s Open House 2015

Place: CTCC Dojo (609 E. Market St, enter on 7th Street, across from SNL Financial)
Date: Saturday, September 19
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
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, September 19th at 2pm! If you’ve never attended an CTCC class before, you’ll receive a coupon to try a class FREE.

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 from 2 to 3pm. You will have the opportunity to try several movements and feel T’ai Chi’s effects for yourself.

Afterwards, stick around for snacks and opportunities to ask questions of any of the current students.

Parking: You may park in the SNL Financial parking lot across from the entrance to the dojo on Seventh Street. You may also park in the parking deck next to the police station on East Market Street. Please bring your parking deck ticket to the dojo — we can validate it for two hours.

Ed and Betsy Reflect on T’ai Chi

For the past seventeen months Ed and I have been students of Master Hiromi Johnson, Director of the Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center. We are learning the Cheng Ming form of T’ai Chi Chuan which we started in our late sixties. In the following article, Ed as a former physician of Internal Medicine focuses on the health benefits of T’ai Chi as well as other aspects of our shared learning experience. My focus, with a background in Recreation and Park Management, is on my personal experience and how I feel T’ai Chi is beneficial to growing older.

Ed and Betsy Doing Deflect Right and LeftEd:
At the beginning of each class we do a series of warmup exercises to loosen and stretch our muscles. This has improved our flexibility. Each member of the class sets their own limit on the extent of their warmup, so there should be no major pain or injuries. These exercises gently work the upper and lower back muscles, shoulders, hips, and thighs. This is followed by two sequences of specific T’ai Chi exercises which consist of movements that we perform throughout the formal 100-step T’ai Chi form. These exercises have more martial applications, but are mainly demonstrations for learning the proper form for positioning and moving our body when we start the formal T’ai Chi sequence.

Once we learned the gross movements and positions, we gradually started refining the details of each step. Only as we began the refinement process did we realize that a minimum error in our form would result in a major loss of strength and force. When we finish our warmups and the T’ai Chi Exercises, we do a T’ai Chi standing meditation. This helps to relax and calm our minds before we begin the 100-steps. The effects of this relaxing meditation persist for the rest of the day.

When we first see a new movement it is very confusing, and I think it will be impossible to remember, but by carefully observing our instructor as she moves gracefully through the process of each step, I learn the individual components of the movements.

The key to the enjoyment of T’ai Chi is to commit yourself to the process of concentrating on the information in class, taking it home, and practicing each day until your next class. At first we had only one movement to practice, so it didn’t take very long. As we learned a new movement, we would focus on it, and add it to the preceding one. The most important movements are the first fourteen because subsequent steps are built on these steps as you go further into the form. These fourteen movements improved my strength, especially in the legs and back. The increased strength and flexibility helped improve my balance.

Additional benefits we personally discovered as we progressed in T’ai Chi were weight loss, mental calming, better posture, increased flexibility and decreased pain from sites of prior injuries. Additional benefits suggested in The Harvard Medical School Guide to T’ai Chi written by Peter Wayne and Mark Fuerst include: fall prevention, lowered systolic and diastolic blood pressure, reduced back pain, reduced stress, improved psychological well-being, and improved breathing efficiency. There was also improvement in diabetes mellitus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, stroke and cholesterol levels in some patients. Most of the patients who benefited were enrolled in a twelve week program of beginning T’ai Chi. These patients with regular daily practice completed the first fourteen steps of the program by the end of the twelve weeks.

Betsy:
First of all T’ai Chi with its gentle movements is a wonderful way to exercise, especially at our stage of life. We both have had previous injuries from other forms of exercise and T’ai Chi enables us to exercise without injuring our bodies. Although I am not a natural student of Tai Chi, and I lack flexibility, Hiromi encourages me to progress within my capabilities and my limitations. Her encouraging words, “Inch by inch many things are possible” point me in a positive direction.

Initially I was drawn to T’ai Chi to help reduce my stress levels and to experience its many health benefits. Now I practice daily for many other reasons. To me practicing the Cheng Ming style with its various nuances and subtleties is like learning to solve a moving puzzle. My brain seems to want to try to fit the pieces together. This is a surprise to me because focusing is not a natural habit of mine. .

I am learning new forms, repeating some forms, learning variations of forms, and continually learning to place the forms in a sequence of moves. All of this challenges my ability to not only learn but to remember. My brain gets a good workout in addition to my body. I also appreciate that Tai Chi helps me to become more spatially aware of my body when I place my feet, knees, hands, elbows, shoulders, and hips in various positions. This is important for many reasons including learning how to keep a better sense of balance as I travel through my daily activities.

The principles of T’ai Chi such as alignment, harmony, awareness, intention, relaxation, centering, the integration of opposites, and living in the present moment all appeal to me. In addition to our forms, each of our warm up exercises has health benefits as well. My instruction in how to break down complicated tasks into manageable steps, how to persevere when I struggle with a form or forms (in my case this is often!), how to become more patient, and how to learn to just “Be with what is” (Hiromi’s sage advice) can carry over to my daily life. The wide variety of learning opportunities through classes, lessons and workshops is another motivating factor.

T’ai Chi has introduced me to many wonderful kind, positive, and encouraging people. Practicing T’ai Chi with my husband Ed has given me an opportunity to share something with him that we enjoy so much. Having three young grandchildren, and feeling I am doing something that will help me engage with them in an active way, is priceless. Finally, the joy of practicing T’ai Chi is very important to me. I cannot express it well in words, but there are times something opens inside me when I practice T’ai Chi creating a space for possibilities. At my age I am well aware of my limitations, and it is such a good feeling when I become aware of these possibilities.

Ed and I appreciate our opportunity to learn T’ai Chi from our teachers who have encouraged us each step of the way, and we especially want to express our deep gratitude to Master Hiromi Johnson and Grand Master Wang Fu-Lai.

Grandmaster Wang’s May 2015 Workshop

201505_GMW_FlyerCharlottesville 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, May 29 through Sunday, May 31. For directions to the different events, please click the locations in the table below.

To register online, please see instructions below.

Download the brochure and registration form here.

Download the lunch order form here.

Friday, May 29 (evening)
6:30 – 8:30pm Push Hands (at CTCC dojo) $75
Saturday, May 30
10:00am – 12:00pm Hsing-I – Empty Hands (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $80
Lunch Break at Westminster Presbyterian Church — download order form above
2:30 – 5:00pm Hsing-I – Animals (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $85
Both Saturday Sessions $160
6:15 – 8:00pm Pot Luck Dinner (at CTCC dojo) Free
Sunday, May 31
10:00 – 11:30am 1 – 14 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $65
11:45am – 12:30pm 15 – 33 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $40
 
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 – Registration Fee on or before May 15 $400
Full Workshop – Registration Fee after May 15 $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 enter “May 2015 Workshop” in the Apply To field.

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

Other Amount:
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Live Internet Seniors T’ai Chi

Congratulations to JABA (Jefferson Area Board for Aging) for celebrating its 40th Anniversary this month!

As part of the celebration, Hiromi Sensei will lead a live internet-streamed class of Ch’i Kung & T’ai Chi for seniors from 11:30am-12:00pm on Wednesday, May 13th.

Anyone who has internet access can join the live class on Wednesday — just click the link below. Please feel free to share with everyone you know!

Join here – http://www.ustream.tv/channel/jaba-tv

World Tai Chi Day 2015

World Tai Chi Day 2015World 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 Pen Park 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 HTC Dojo.

Afterwards everyone is invited to meet at Taste of China in Albemarle Square for lunch at 11:30 a.m.

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: Pen Park
Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 (afterwards we will meet at Taste of China at 11:30 for lunch)
Cost: FREE

Self-Defense For All Ages

Come learn self-defense with Hiromi!

Learn to evaluate threats and choose the best response. In addition to practical methods of release from grabs and hand holds, we will cover the basics on psychology, tactical stances, and safety zone principles.

Benefits include developing courage, confidence, and heightened awareness. Participants will practice effective skills and build self-confidence in an energetic, fun, and safe environment.

To register online, please see instructions below.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Place: Charlottesville Tai Chi Center Dojo
Cost: $99 ($90 if paid before March 27)

Online Payment for Workshop

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

Please fill in $99 ($90 if paying before March 27), enter “Self Defense” in the Apply To field, and then click the Pay Now button.

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Grandmaster Wang’s Winter 2015 Workshop

GMWJan2015_flyerHiromi T’ai Chi 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 16 through Sunday, January 18. For directions to the different events, please click the locations in the table below.

To register online, please see instructions below.

Download the brochure and registration form here.

Download the lunch order form here.

Friday, January 16 (evening)
6:30 – 8:30pm Warm Ups (at HTC dojo) $70
Saturday, January 17
10:00am – 12:00pm Hsing-I – 5 Elements (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $70
Lunch Break at Cafe 88 — download order form above
2:30 – 5:00pm Hsing-I – Weapons (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $80
Both Saturday Sessions $140
5:45 – 6:30pm Demonstrations (at HTC dojo) Free
6:45 – 8:00pm Pot Luck Dinner (at HTC dojo) Free
Sunday, January 18
10:00 – 11:30am 1 – 14 Steps (at HTC dojo) $65
11:45am – 12:30pm 15 – 33 Steps (at HTC dojo) $35
 
2:30 – 3:30pm 34 – 65 Steps (at HTC dojo) $45
3:45 – 4:45pm 66 – 100 Steps (at HTC dojo) $45
5:00 – 6:00pm Entire Form (at HTC dojo) Free
All Sunday Sessions $180
Full Workshop $380

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 enter “January 2014 Workshop” in the Apply To field.

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

Other Amount:
Apply To:

Free Pop-up Tai Chi Classes at UVA

Popup_Taichi_201411Master Hiromi will teach three free T’ai Chi classes at the Emily Couric Cancer Center at the UVA Medical Center!

All Medical Center and UVA employees are eligible to attend. Attend all three or just one.

Please contact Martha at mgt6v@virginia.edu to put your name on the list.

Place: 4th Floor of the Emily Couric Cancer Center at the UVA Medical Center
Dates: Nov 3, Nov 10 and Nov 17
Time: 3:00 – 4:15pm (includes 15 minute demonstration/introduction)
Cost: FREE to all Medical Center and UVA Employees

Respect The Elderly Week

HTC Respect The Elderly 2014Once again HTC will observe this Japanese tradition to honor senior citizens by giving 30 – 45 minute T’ai Chi presentations for free during the week of September 15th.

Last year we visited eleven assisted living care centers and retirement communities in Charlottesville and Orange County.

Demonstrations can be scheduled Monday, September 15 – Saturday, September 20.

Demonstrations are 30-45 minutes long and can be set any time between 9:30 – 11:15 a.m. or 1:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Please contact Hiromi at hiromi@hiromitaichi.org for more information or to schedule a demonstration.