T'ai Chi Classes

All Good T’ai Chi

all good Tai Chi

Relaxing,  Moving,  Meditating

Introducing and guiding all to the benefits of
regular T’ai Chi practice,
using simple T’ai Chi principles and exercises to enhance:

Relaxation  •  Balance  •  Health  •  Body Awareness  •  Quality of Living

 

What is T’ai Chi?

T’ai Chi is an ancient Chinese “internal” martial art. The Chinese have been practicing T’ai Chi for health since at least 1736. Its origins as a martial art go back to the 1300’s. As opposed to “external” martial arts like Kung Fu and Karate that use movements based on muscular tension and explosive power,  the movements of T’ai Chi are generated from within.  They emphasize the balance of yin and yang, the redirection of energy, and yielding.

T’ai Chi is often described as “moving meditation.”   Its graceful movements evolve from an internal focus on mind →  intention → body.  It is classified as a low-to-moderate intensity exercise. T’ai Chi practice provides aerobic, strength, and flexibility training. Its movements are easily adaptable to varying levels of ability.

The Chinese say that whoever practices T’ai Chi correctly twice a day will:

Gain the pliability of a child,
the health of a lumberjack,
and the peace of mind of a sage. (1)

T’ai Chi for Health

Medical evidence reveals that regularly practicing T’ai Chi for health results in improvements in blood pressure, stress, anxiety, flexibility, strength, cardiovascular functioning, cognitive ability, depression, lung capacity, and sleep. (2)

Who Can Practice T’ai Chi?

Everyone!  However, with its slow, continuous, whole-body movements, Yang-style T’ai Chi is particularly helpful for seniors, those challenged with mobility issues, and those with joint problems. T’ai Chi can even be done seated!

T’ai Chi Classes

Practice is key to achieving the benefits of T’ai Chi.  All Good T’ai Chi offers regular one hour community T’ai Chi classes five to six days a week.  Beginning and Advanced students are welcome. Classes emphasizes the principles and exercises of T’ai Chi, which are immediately applicable to everyday lives.

Classes are FREE and are held in Montgomery County Recreation Centers in Silver Spring MD. Beginners and Drop-ins are welcome. Our lead instructor is Kirk Talbott.

At All Good T’ai Chi we enjoy learning, sharing and practicing T’ai Chi alone and together.  Our favorite saying is that no matter what your level of ability is,  “It’s All Good!”

 

Chuck Lippman, Assistant Instructor leads a community T'ai Chi practice session at Schweinhaut Recreation Center in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Chuck Lippman, Assistant Instructor leads a T’ai Chi practice at Schweinhaut Recreation Center in Montgomery County, Maryland.

 

There is no mystique to Tai Chi Chuan.
What is difficult is the perseverance.

It took me ten years to discover my chi,
but thirty years to learn how to use it.

Once you see the benefit, you won’t want to stop.
— Ma Yueh Liang 

 

 

(1)Man-ch’ing, Cheng & Smith, Robert W. (1967), T’ai Chi, The ‘Supreme Ultimate’ Exercise for Health, Sport, and Self-Defense, Tuttle Publishing: Rochester Vt.
(2)Wayne, Peter M. & Fuerst, Mark L. (2013), The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart & Sharp Mind; Harvard Health Publications.

  Class Calendar


Recent Posts

Praisner Students–Classes suspended until September 6, 2018.

7/12/2018–Summer schedules appear to have kicked in for everyone, so it seems best to suspend classes that normally meet at Praisner (transfered to White Oak for July) until the first week in September.  Regular classes will resume at Praisner Recreation Center on Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 on September 6, 2018.  Have a safe and happy summer and… Continue reading Praisner Students–Classes suspended until September 6, 2018.

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Save the Date:   Annual Potluck July 23, 2018

Our annual end of year potluck is scheduled for Monday, July 23, 3:30 (after class at White Oak). An email with details and directions will be sent to class participants as the date approaches. (Rain Date: Wednesday, July 25.)

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Tai Chi hands holding healthy heart
Why Tai Chi Is As Good for You As Crossfit

From TIME Health: Studies are showing that Tai Chi is as beneficial physically as more more strenuous types of exercise. It appears that the mental focus on the mind-body connection when coupled with exercise itself enhances immune response, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, balance and reaction time. TIME Health: Tai Chi As Effective As Crossfit Post submitted… Continue reading Why Tai Chi Is As Good for You As Crossfit

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The Spirit of Cheng Man Ching

The following is a tribute to the spirit of Cheng Man Ching taken from the program booklet of the 2nd European Cheng Man Ching Forum and Tournament in 2004. At All Good Tai Chi we also honor his spirit. The short form according to Cheng Man Ching By Daniel Grolle Opinions differ about Cheng Man… Continue reading The Spirit of Cheng Man Ching

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Cheng man-Ching’s 37 posture form by Sifu Mike Pekor

This video is great!  Sifu Mike Pekor of Long Island, New York explains and demonstrates the total body movements of Cheng man-Ching’s short form.   (www.taichili.com) This form is the traditional Cheng man-Ching’s “T’ai Chi in 37 postures” we do at All Good T’ai Chi.  This short form is basically Yang style with a few… Continue reading Cheng man-Ching’s 37 posture form by Sifu Mike Pekor

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Calories burned doing T’ai Chi

In Response to a Question:  How Many Calories Does T’ai Chi Burn? It depends upon how much you weigh and how intense your workout is.  The following offers a general guideline. All data is from the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. Calories… Continue reading Calories burned doing T’ai Chi

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New Tuesday Class

Kirk will teach a new beginers Tai Chi Class at the Montgomery County East County Recreation Center starting Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM.  Class will focus on beginning postures.  Advanced students are welcome to practice.  See Classes for location.  

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T’ai Chi for Kids, Move Like the Animals by Stuart Alve Olson

T’ai Chi for Kids Move Like the Animals by Stuart Alve Olson is an enchanting book for children, grandchildren, and all ages.  The images illustrate the names of eight common T’ai Chi poses and help in learning the form. On the cover is “White Crane Cools its Wings.” From the author: “I probably should have… Continue reading T’ai Chi for Kids, Move Like the Animals by Stuart Alve Olson

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T’ai Chi for Living

Movement, Relaxation, Stress Reduction, Healing Kirk Talbott and Kathryn von Rautenfeld discuss the journey of following a T’ai Chi practice. 

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Tai chi fights stress, getting popular with Millennials

CNN https://www.ksl.com/?sid=45683959   From KSL Radio, Amy Chillag, CNN, reports that Millennials are looking for a way to “slow down” and T’ai Chi is one way to do that.

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