T’ai-chi Ch’uan is a centuries old Chinese martial art, today practiced largely because the movements stimulate the flow of intrinsic energy or ch’i, which the Chinese believe maintains good health. The slow movements done with the body’s weight primarily on one leg or the other provide a stimulating and demanding workout that strengthens the lower body. Comfortable shoes, loose fitting clothing and a commitment to practice at home are all that is needed.
Chatham TaiChi.org is devoted to the practice of t’ai chi chuan in outer Cape Cod based on the style of t’ai chi chuan created by Ch’eng Man Ching, also known as the Yang Short Form.
Teacher – Gerry McDowell
I have enjoyed 23 years of practice and study of t’ai chi chuan. My teacher, Warren Conner in Virginia, was a student of Robert Smith, who studied with Cheng Man Ching.
Students meet Tuesday mornings at the Chatham Community Center September through June.
Beginners: 8:00 – 8:45 am
Intermediate – 8:45- 9:30 pm
The Beginners Class will cover the first 16 of the 37 postures of Professor Cheng Man-ching’s tai-chi form. Comfortable shoes and loose fitting clothing are all that is needed.
There are five principles to bear in mind when you practice T’ai Chi Chuan:
- Separate Yin and Yang
- Keep the body upright
- Turn from the waist
- Maintain “Beautiful Lady’s hand”
Summer Free Practice
Tuesday mornings, Chase Park in Chatham, near the windmill.
Coming this year: A Labyrinth is being planned, the building to be completed by the end of the year. This will be a nice addition to morning practice.
Gerry McDowell at email@example.com