Saturdays 9:30am // Master Chen’s Form Refinement and Beginner’s Continuation
T’aichi Ch’uan is an ancient Chinese martial art designed to foster spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.
The slow and gentle movements promote relaxation of muscles and nerves, thus easing the stress and frustrations of everyday life. The movements also lubricate all joints in the body, put the practitioner in close contact with the inner self.
The movements of T’aichi Ch’uan are like the waves of the ocean, pushing and merging into one another, creating a continuous flow of energy, seemingly with no effort. These gentle movements combined with relaxation of mind and body, put the practitioner in close contact with the inner self.
This 60 movement Yang style short form of T’aichi Ch’uan is easy to learn. People of any age or physical condition can benefit from the practice of the movements.
Water Style Boxing
Water Style Boxing is an internal martial art based on the Tao, a study of harmony. It is beneficial for health as well as an excellent system of self-defense.
The movements of the form have a likeness to water flowing down a mountain effortlessly around obstacles, slowing down to the stillness of a pool, and possessing the powerful force of a waterfall.
Students will appreciate the energies of T’aichi, Pa Kua and Hsing-I as they unfold as one in the more than 250 moves in the main form.
The founder of this system is Chen Tuan (c. 906 -990), a famed Taoist sage and mathematician. Water Boxing was created approximately one thousand years ago and remained a closed system until it was taught publicly in the 1950s.
Great-Grandmaster Wu Yi hui (1886 – 1958), who was the modern authority of Water Boxing, taught Grandmaster Tao Ping-Siang in the late 1930s.
It was Grandmaster Tao who passed this gift on to Sifu Nathan Menaged.
Only a handful of schools in the United States teach Water Boxing, and we are fortunate to be able to offer Grandmaster Tao’s style.
The weapons taught at Tai Chi Corner are intended to complement and to explore the various energies of each of the arts Sifu Nathan teaches. The Cane form is the culmination of Sifu Nathan’s understanding of his teachers’ arts.
Weapons classes are offered to students by invitation, once they have demonstrated an understanding of the underlying principles of the art.
Weapons Classes Offered:
- Grandmaster William C.C. Chen’s Sword Form
- Grandmaster Tao’s Sword Form
- Hsing I Sword Form
- Hsing I Staff Form
- Sifu Nathan Menaged’s Cane Form
Senior Adults T’aichi Exercises
The problem with Tai Chi, the reason that more people do not benefit from this excellent form of exercise, is that that it is hard to learn the “form” or set of movements.
Even the most abbreviated set of movements requires a few months of study in order to remember them sufficiently to practice on one’s own.
Forms can be time consuming to learn and difficult to master. The complexity of the movements can be very frustrating, especially for older individuals.
Rather than teaching a form or routine, movements from the form and other types of fun, easy to learn, exercises are taught in the classes. The exercises are simple, natural and can be used throughout the day.
The movements teach how to reach, open a door, sit, stand, walk or carry groceries with proper body mechanics and principles of Tai Chi. In this way, one learns to incorporate Tai Chi practice into daily activities and experience the benefits of this ancient Chinese art.
Sifu Nathan teaches classes in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals and rehab facilities. Contact us for additional information on these classes.