Tai Chi Classes

Tai Chi Chuan doesn't fit neatly in any conventional category. It's a martial art that's more about psycho-physical health than about combat. It's a meditation technique that uses the relationship between autonomic and conscious posture and movement control rather than the relationship between autonomic and conscious breathing control as a means of self-revelation and exploration. Its ancient reputation has been that it makes it's practitioners strong, supple and wise. In modern times it's on the well worn road to becoming a product and so perhaps becoming genuinely extinct. The real thing needs a few years of effort to experience. That's why there is so little of the real thing to be found.

I have some experience in several martial arts and sports (karate, aikido, judo, fencing) and other systems (yoga, zen meditation, Alexander Technique). I had the good fortune to be introduced to Cheng Man-ching and studied with him for three and a half years in the late 60's and early 70's. Since then I've taken classes with three of his senior students (Ed Young, Ben Lo and Liu Hsi-heng). I have permission to teach from Ed and Ben. In addition to teaching in the clubs listed below, I accept students for private or small group classes.

The New Haven Tai Chi Club meets at 5:30 PM to 7:30 (or so) Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Dwight Hall during the school year. Monday and Wednesday classes are review and practice. Friday classes are broken into three segments: Beginning Form, Form Correction, Advanced topics (Push Hands, Da Lu, Sword, Spear)

Click on the link above to go to the club website.

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During the summer (End of May - Mid September), we meet by the Beinecke Library 5:30 to 6:30.

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The Hastings-on-Hudson Tai Chi Study Group meets at 7:00 PM Mondays at the James V. Harmon Community Center from September through June.

For class information, E-mail Ellen Klein at: ellenklein@optonline.net

Study groups still meet most of the Summer months (July, August, early September), but in parks and other venues.

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