Beginner Taiji – Mondays 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Florence

Discover the joy and ease of Taijiquan (Tai Chi) for everyBODY. This simplified Taiji Curriculum is a 5-part program designed to meet the needs of contemporary recreational tai chi enthusiasts. It’s flexible, fun, and draws from traditional core principles, so the student immediately embarks upon a journey that can take the taiji explorer as deep and as far as one wishes to go.  Material includes: Solo empty-hand forms, 2 person variation, solo taiji sword form with 2-person variation, and foundational partnering skills of sticking and sensing. $60/month

Taiji Push Hands at Valley Women’s Martial Arts – Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:00 in Easthampton (on 2018 summer break)

Commonly called ‘push hands’, Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) partner work requires and develops the ability to ‘listen’, ‘understand’, and ‘receive’. Cultivation of these skills makes it possible for one to remain balanced while responding to, and ‘neutralizing’ another’s force. It also increases self-awareness, ease and insight. With a focus on core principles, we’ll practice exercises from the traditional Yang’s style Taiijiquan curriculum and have some fun playing push hands!

Dorian is a 4th degree black belt in Shuri-Ryu Okinawan Karate, 3rd degree black belt in Modern Arnis and most recently, an indoor student of Masich Internal Arts Method.   No experience necessary, all styles and levels welcome.  $15/class -sliding scale payable to VWMA.

Ongoing Classes: Form, Push Hands, San Shou and Taiji Weapons Training- Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. in Florence

In the Tai Chi and Qigong On-going Beginner class from 6 to 7 p.m. we are working on learning the tai chi solo form for the first time and introducing the intrinsic energies of tai chi.  We are also developing the skills of sensing hands – the ability to listen, understand and receive the energy of another. (E-mail to register )

In the Tai Chi and Qigong On-going Advanced class from 7 to 8 p.m. we are diving more deeply into the tai chi solo form looking at applications and energies  and their interplay with partner-work. We are also developing the push-hands skills that emerge from the traditional drills.   We work with the 88-move attack and defend form, and the taijiquan traditional weapons: sabre, sword and spear, as well as the Masich Internal Arts Method weapon Taiji Dagger. This class is open to experienced practitioners. $60/month