T’ai Chi Classes

CLASS SCHEDULE

Current Classes Continuing Through August 13, 2021

Live Classes

  • Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 PM - Live, indoor practice, White Oak Recreation Center. For Beginners and Advanced Students.
  • Thursday, 2:00-3:00 PM - Live, indoor practice, White Oak Recreation Center. For Beginners and Advanced Students

Virtual, On-line Practice using  zoom

  • Monday, 9:00 AM - Technical aspects of Cheng man-Ching's 37 Posture Short Form
  • Wednesday, 9:00 AM - Energy work and practicing of the week's featured posture, holding postures, breathing
  • Friday, 9:00 AM - Practicing the full 37 posture short form
  • Wednesday, 4:30 PM - "Energy Flow Workshop" with standing moving and stretching (NO Class July 28, 2021)

Use the Contact Us form to let us know you would like to be added to the email list for zoom

 

Summer Break–August 16 through September 7.  No Classes.

Fall 2021 Classes

Begin Wednesday, September 8, 9:00 AM at White Oak Rec. Center

As is our tradition, each Fall we begin again from the beginning of Cheng man-Ching’s 37 Posture Short Form.  Beginning students are always welcome!

Live Classes

  • Mondays, 9-10, Technical aspects of Cheng man-Ching's 37 Posture Short Form, White Oak Recreation Center, 1700 April Ln., Silver Spring, MD 20904
  • Tuesdays, 2-3, White Oak Recreation Center
  • Wednesdays, 9-10, Energy flow and practicing of the week's featured posture, holding postures, breathing, White Oak Recreation Center
  • Thursdays, 10-11, Praisner Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
  • Thursdays, 2-3, White Oak Recreation Center
  • Fridays, 9-10, Practicing the full 37 posture short form, White Oak Recreation Center
  • Fridays, 1:30-2:30, Schweinhaut Recreation Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Virtual, On-line Practice using zoom

  • Wednesdays, 4:30-5:15, Energy Flow

About All Good T’ai Chi Classes

Principles and Focus

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Senior student demonstrates a posture during a breakout session at Schweinhaut Recreation Center.

Classes integrate mindfulness, balance, centering, good health, strength, and fun.  Yoga-like breathing and stretching exercises enhance feeling energy and focusing.  In contrast to yoga, stretches and poses are in motion.  T’ai Chi emphasizes the “Mind → Intention → Movement” connection.

Classes generally begin with Qi Gong and T’ai Chi movements done to music for warming up and centering.  The music is often lively and intended to encourage spontaneous, relaxed movement.  After the warm-up,  Assistant Instructors  coach beginners for part of the class period. Approximately the last two-thirds of the class is devoted to learning Cheng Man-ch’ing’s Yang-style 37 posture short form.  The class closes with a slow meditation in movement.

*Note on Certification:  The internal martial arts defy belts and ranks; efforts at certification tend to obfuscate rather than reveal true skill levels. Rather, the teacher, lineage, ‘gung-fu’ or skill acquired through practice, humility and other factors determine one’s teaching ability. Due diligence, common sense along with ‘Tui- shou’ or sensing hands, provides a good gauge of t’ai chi qualities – listening/awareness, relaxation, yielding, softness, timing, etc.

Location

Live classes, when in session, are normally held at Montgomery County Recreation Centers:

White Oak Community Center, 1700 April Ln., Silver Spring, MD 20904

Marylin J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866

Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, 1000 Forest Glen Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Open Enrollment 

Drop-in to sample T’ai Chi.  Just show up!  If you decide to continue,  Montgomery County Department of Recreation requests that you register with them at the front desk so they can track attendance at their centers.

No Fees

The classes are free.  All Good T’ai Chi is based entirely on the generosity of volunteers.

What to wear

We practice T’ai Chi for daily life, so we don’t wear uniforms.  Wear loose, non-binding clothing for bending and stretching. Most importantly, wear flat shoes that allow you to feel stable. Beginners usually like tennis or athletic shoes that feel supportive. Shoes with high heels or platform shoes are not advised because they are likely to cause injury from falling.  Advanced students often prefer flatter, thinner-soled shoes that allow their feet to feel more connection with the ground and earth.

*Tip: This is exercise. Do not eat a large meal right before you come to class. You will be bending and turning at your waist and this is not the time for your body to be trying to digest food!

Questions: Contact us for more information.