Fall 2021 Classes
Begin Wednesday, September 8, 9:00 AM at White Oak Rec. Center
As is our tradition, each Fall we start again from the beginning of Cheng man-Ching’s 37 Posture Short Form. Beginning students are welcome!
Note that all previous 2020-2021 virtual zoom classes, with the exception of Wed. 4:30, will now be live at White Oak Rec. Center. We will flex as Covid precautions dictate, but as weather permits classes are held outside. Registration is not required, just show up! (If you decide to continue, Montgomery County Recreation would like you to register with them for liability purposes.) See below for location addresses. Classes are led by Kirk Talbott.
- Mondays, 9-10, "Technical aspects of Cheng man-Ching's 37 Posture Short Form" White Oak Recreation Center
- Tuesdays, 2-3, "General Practice" 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, "Beginners and General Practice" Praisner Recreation CenterCanceled
- Thursdays, 2-3, "General Practice" White Oak Recreation Center
- Fridays, 9-10, "Practicing the full 37 posture short form" White Oak Recreation Center
- Fridays, 1:30-2:30, "General Practice" Schweinhaut Recreation Center
Virtual, On-line Practice using zoom
- Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 9-10:00, zoom of live classes
- Wednesdays, 4:30-5:15, "Energy Flow" virtual zoom only
- NEW! Thursdays, 2:30-3:30, "Integral Tai Chi" virtual zoom only through Mo. Co. Library System (see below for link to sign up)
For the ZOOM classes send a request to be added to the email list for the class using the Contact Us form.
New Virtual Class: “Integral Tai Chi” led by JJ Rein
“Integral Tai Chi” combines Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and meditation in one practice that starts with a warm up, includes practicing forms, and ends with a cool down and mediation.
Offered Thursday afternoons at 2:30 pm via zoom through the Montgomery County Library System.
To sign up, you will need a library card. Go to Montgomery County Library Virtual Events: https://mcpl.libnet.info/
Click on the date you want to attend class, then click the “Integral Tai Chi” class link, and finally click on the zoom link. (Please note library security requires a different zoom link for each class.)
Principles and Focus
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.
Live classes are 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
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.
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.