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 December 8th at 2pm.
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 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.
Enhance your ch’i flow as we head into winter! Hiromi Sensei will be teaching two workshops on Saturday, October 27.
The Ch’i Kung Workshop at 8:30am is a great chance to go more deeply into the Walking Ch’i Kung forms, as well as to ask any questions you may have about Ch’i Kung in general, how it can help you, and easy exercises you can do at home to enhance flexibility and comfort throughout your day.
Hiromi will also be teaching a 14-Step T’ai Chi workshop at 10:45am. This workshop is limited to 10 participants who have finished the 14-Step form. (Please note: You are not required to have completed the entire 100-Step form to take this workshop.) This workshop will feature plenty of one-on-one instruction and focus on the alignment and footwork of the first 14 steps. Come with questions!
Take advantage of this special chance to go more deeply into the warm-up and Ch’i Kung exercises!
Gentle stretching and warm-ups before practicing T’ai Chi help prevent unnecessary injuries. Hiromi will explain each movement, focusing on specific areas of the body, and show applications for the warm-ups. You will have fun, feel energized and relaxed.
The Ch’i Kung meditation will help ground us. Participants will learn standing and walking meditations. For those with physical limitations, both activities can be done in a chair. Both beginner and intermediate students are welcome!
Grandmaster Wang Fu-Lai graciously offered to be videotaped answering several of the most common questions from students. You can see a translation of his answers below.
1. What kind of health benefits can a student expect from practicing the Cheng Ming system of internal arts in the short term and the long term?
Practicing Cheng Ming internal martial arts can help students feel stronger and healthier. Our martial arts system also helps the Ch’i circulation become smoother and deeper. It can also help the harmony for all internal organs. Continue reading →
Leonard Tuchyner describes how he found t’ai chi and some of his favorite benefits studying with Hiromi Sensei.
My name is Leonard. I’m seventy-one years old. I’m a beginner, having studied with Hiromi for one-and-one-half years. There are a few facts that you should know about me. I’m legally blind, and have been so for many years. My condition, called Stargardt disease, is a very slow developing one which started in childhood. So I’ve had a lifetime to adapt to this condition.
I started training in the martial arts at about thirty, cycling through several different styles, never having a teacher who I would consider a master, or having direct access to one. I hated kata (choreographed movements), and was only really interested in sparring. I was reasonably effective, relying on peripheral vision to block and strike. I also had a good sense of fighting distances with my opponent. Continue reading →
John G., a second-year student at Hiromi T’ai Chi, explains some of the most meaningful changes that he has experienced studying T’ai Chi and Ch’i Kung.
I really want to write a story that is filled with good things from beginning to end, but that would not be completely accurate. Mine starts with great difficulty. My battles with chronic back pain and depression were overwhelming.
I was very lucky to “catch” the advice of someone near to me who suggested that I give T’ai Chi a try. So I began, and it was quite difficult at first. I felt self-conscious, worrying about what other people were thinking and I remember many times thinking, “I just can’t”.
Thankfully, I ignored these thoughts, and they slowly started to happen less frequently. Something strange started to happen. I started to step out of the pain I was in Continue reading →
Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that practicing tai chi can significantly help people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease:
If further studies confirm the findings, experts say it appears that tai chi might be an effective therapy for improving a person’s ability to walk, move steadily, and balance. Tai chi may also reduce the chances of a fall.