Chattanooga Tai Chi and Qi Gong Classes
Eastern-based exercises such as Qi Gong and Tai Chi have been shown in numerous western medical studies to be helpful with alleviating mental and physical stress, lowering blood pressure, building immunity, and improving health. The routines are relatively easy for people of all ages to learn and provide a life-time of enjoyment and health benefits.
Our center offers instruction in both the Yang Style of Tai Chi Chuan and a variety of Qi Gong exercise routines. Training is provided within our paid classes ($50/month for unlimited classes).
Tai Chi instructional classes are offered Saturday mornings from 8:00am-9:00am with an open practice session following until 10am. For most students in this class we will provide instruction on the Yang Style Forty Two Movement Big Circle Form (move details on my teachers site here).
To attend please reserve a space via our online scheduling tool prior to each class.
For further practice and development, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00am-9:00am we offer Tai Chi practice sessions with meditation. To attend, you should have been to the Saturday morning classes for at least 1 month to have some competence in the form. The general layout of the practice session will be a 20 minute seated meditation, tai chiforty two movement big circle form practice twice through, followed by 10 minutes of standing meditation. To learn the form well you should attend at least 1-2 classes per week and practice daily.
For beginners, there is a free qi gong introductory class on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-7:30pm EST. This is part of our Tong Ren Energy Healing Class and includes a seated meditation (more details are here).
Below is a video of my teacher, Grandmaster Gin Soon Chu’s eldest son, Master Vincent Chu, practicing the main form I teach in these classes:
For answers to most common questions (class format, when you can start, what to wear, etc.), see our Tai Chi Common Questions page.
About The Yang Style Of Tai Chi Chuan:
Our center focuses on the Yang style of Tai Chi, which is one of the most widely practiced styles of Tai Chi world-wide. We start all students on what is known as the Classical Yang Style Forty Two Big Circle Form. The form contains 42 movements and takes 10-15 minutes to perform. Most students can learn the form within 3-6 months. As students advance, training in the traditional Yang Style Tai Chi long form, Tai Chi weapons forms and push hands (sparring) will be offered as appropriate.
While Tai Chi is ultimately a martial art, most people focus on the well researched health aspects of the routine and that is certainly our focus here. For more details about the history of the Yang style and the lineage through which my instruction comes, see the yang style details page and view some Tai Chi videos.
Qi Gong is a sort of umbrella term for all of the martial arts and energetic exercises including meditation. The more popular Qi Gong routines are generally easier to learn and often serve as warm-ups for the Tai Chi form. Our center focuses on two main Qi Gong routines the Da Peng Gong and Tai Chi Dao Yin routines as taught by Master Tom Tam. The Da Peng Gong routine is focused on removing the physical tension and misalignments within the body which leads to poor health and disease. Tai Chi Dao Yin is a slower more meditative form which focuses on improving the circulation of energy within your body for health and sensitivity. Both are excellent exercise routines that are easy to learn and help you to improve your health and heal disease.
Chad Dupuis, our acupuncturist and Tai Chi instructor is well versed in the Yang and Wu styles of Tai Chi along with many forms of Qi Gong. Mr. Dupuis began his Tai Chi studies with the late Dr. Wen Zee, a cardiac surgeon from Shanghai and accomplished student of the famous Wu style Grandmaster Ma Yueh Liang. He learned the Yang style of Tai Chi with 5th generation Grandmaster Gin Soon Chu and his sons Vincent and Gordon. He continues his studies with one of Gin Soon Chu’s accomplished Yang style masters, Tom Tam.