Hi, I’m Andy
I’m a guy who loves his family, pets, hometown sports, music, shows, pinball, and a good laugh.
And I teach Tai Chi
I don’t claim magical martial or healing powers, but can help you realize the benefits available through study of this amazing art.
“To share good things with others is my true heart’s desire.”
– Cheng Man-ch’ing
Tai Chi, or Tai Chi Chuan, is an ancient Chinese martial art. It is generally practiced as a low-impact physical exercise for health benefits including increased strength, improved balance, coordination, increased respiration, and lower blood pressure. Tai Chi practice can also help develop mindfulness, meditation, and spiritual growth, as well as martial technique.
Long term study of Tai Chi Chuan (also written t’ai chi ch’uan, taijiquan, or taiji, pronounced “tie-gee”) can improve your ability to handle physical and mental stress, to resolve conflict, and to more harmoniously interact with others.
Tai Chi KC teaches the short form of Yang Style T’ai Chi Ch’uan adapted by Cheng Man-ch’ing. The Yang style short form is comprised of 37 postures executed in a slow, relaxed, and fluid manner. The form is taught in a series of classes over time and requires a commitment to daily practice. The form can be performed anywhere with no special equipment or clothing in just 8-10 minutes a day. It is aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to practice. Advanced students can expand their understanding of Tai Chi through studies including sensing hands (tui shou) and weapons forms.
The Yang Style Short Form is an excellent choice if you are looking for a challenging but safe style of exercise emphasizing relaxation (sung). Practitioners continually work on improving in the art and enjoying the beneficial effects.
“Swallow the heavens ch’i; tap the earth’s strength; prolong life through softness.”
– Cheng Man-ching