Sunday, May 8, 2011

About Us

About Us

Carmel Indiana Taijiquan Classes

About - Tai Chi Quan Classes

What is Tai Chi Quan?
Tai-Chi-Quan (also written: Taiji Quan - pronounced tie-gee-chuan) is a series of slow, precise, well practiced movements combined with breathing control that bring about a state of calmness and peace in the practitioner, while simultaneously improving cardiovascular function, strength, and flexibility, and relieving stress and tension. The body, mind, and spirit are regarded as an integrated whole, and the training approach reflects this.

What can Tai Chi do for you?
Stress reduction - Through the practice of Tai Chi principles and exercises, the student learns to relax completely. Continuing practice allows the student to become generally calmer, peaceful and centered even when he / she are not actively practicing.

Flexibility and strength - The slow, deliberate and precise movements of the Tai Chi form are specifically designed, and have been refined over thousands of years, to produce the maximum range of motion in the practitioner, to open the joints, and elongate the muscles. This is accomplished without trauma to the student, and anyone can benefit, no matter where on the “fitness scale” they start.

General health improvement - Practitioners of Tai Chi enjoy better health, and a longer richer and better quality of life. As we approach and move through middle age and then into the golden age, that gift of health and vitality grows more precious with each day, a wisdom the Chinese masters have known for centuries.

Wudang Mountain Style Tai Chi Quan Class
This ancient style of Tai Chi Quan preserves the martial as well as the spiritual traditions of the art, and can be quite physically demanding. These classes also include Qi Gong exercises. Qi Gong is a Chinese system of physical and mental training for health, martial arts and self-enlightenment. Classes are continuous throughout the year.

  Reasons for practicing Tai Chi Chuan Relieves stress
Moving meditation
Physical flexibility

Practical Self Defense with Practical Weapons

Mike offers an on-going self-defense program that highlights situational awareness, threat avoidance, and problem resolution using empty hands and the stuff we usually carry with us IE: purse, backpack, umbrella, cane, pocket knife, jacket and more.

We will draw techniques from Tai Chi primarily, but include other martial arts systems as they apply. We will learn a Tai Chi Zhang cane defense form, and apply the techniques to a multitude of weapons, and empty hands. To perfect the timing and 'feel' of some techniques, we will require some 'hands-on' time with students practicing gently with each other.

This class will NOT include strength training or aerobic activity and is suitable for: people with handicaps, women, and anyone who would would be with them. (Do not read 'namby-pamby' here, with these techniques and mind-set, we can totally disable attackers if necessary.)

The class is identifying the first group of students who will likely become assistant instructors to future attendees.

For information about the next class starting date, or other questions in general, please contact us at the email address posted below.

There is a nominal per class cost that is used as needed for class activities.

For more info, send an email to: indianataichi @

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