Class Descriptions

Qigong and Tai Chi Essentials (The Basics)

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Beginning students work on overall stretching, flexibility, balance and coordination, by learning the “Basics” of T’ai Chi. The principles of Qigong are also introduced and developed. Classes are offered in Level 1 and Level 2 designations, and we also offer Seniors’ classes specifically tailored to the needs and limitations of our older students. We have partnered with ASH Fitness to offer Silver&Fit® benefits for those Medicare members who qualify. These classes focus on balance, range of motion, overall flexibility as well as fall prevention. And just like in...

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Shaolin Chi Kung – Energy Work (Intermediate and Advanced)

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Thought to originate from the Shaolin Temples over 2000 years ago as a way for Taoist monks to cultivate “Chi” and longevity. MARROW WASHING (Bringing breath to the Marrow) – a comprehensive exercise set of stretching and breathing for the entire body. It involves all the muscles, tendons, and joints and promotes overall well being. Practiced regularly, the 24 exercises of the Marrow Washing are also an excellent way to maintain flexibility, relaxation, vitality, and immunity to disease.  This set is originally attributed to Bodhidharma, but it is important to mention that...

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T’ai Chi Forms (Intermediate and Advanced)

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Take several movements from the basic “essentials” and put them together to create the T’ai Chi forms. Learn to apply all the basic principles as well as their martial applications, in a series of connected movements called “forms”. These are designed to promote balance (both energetic and physical), coordination, strength, flexibility, as well as a calm and “meditative” state of being. The forms taught will include, but will not be limited to, the Beijing short form (a 24 movement set), the Yang short form (a 48 movement set) and the Wutang 5...

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Shaolin Forms (Intermediate and Advanced)

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Developed hundreds of years ago in the Shaolin Temples of China, these forms were adapted from the observation of animals and how they defend themselves in their natural surroundings. “Circle of Life” teaches the original Five Animal Fist Forms of the Shaolin Temples. These include the Dragon, the Tiger, the Crane, the Snake, and the Leopard. Diligent practice of these forms will allow the student to incorporate within themselves the strengths of these animals and adapt them to their particular circumstances. Some of the additional benefits of practicing these forms include the...

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Stretch and Heal

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This class blends Traditional Chinese Medicine, calming sounds/music, and guided healing themes with stretching and motion to help you enhance your optimum body alignment and health. It is designed to strengthen your muscle groups and increase your joint mobility while nurturing a health-promoting perspective. This class is appropriate for most physical conditions. You will be guided through each movement and offered options appropriate for your body’s range-of-motion with the goal of mobilizing your innate healing process. Equipment will be provided. You are welcomed to bring your own yoga...

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Slow Flow Yoga

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In Flow Yoga (also called Vinyasa), the asanas transition smoothly from one to the other, and are synchronized to the breath. The sequence of postures is usually done in the same order, but teachers often use their creativity to create a “flow” that speaks to them, and hopefully to the class. The sessions may be somewhat strenuous or more subdued in nature. In our class, the Flow will be slower, but you’ll get a pleasing workout. A very good introduction to your Yoga practice.

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Chinese Kenpo

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The Academy teaches this highly effective martial art adapted from the Shaolin Kung Fu system, which is based on the Temple’s five animals, with an emphasis on self-defense. Kenpo, meaning “fist law”, teaches speed, power, and timing, and also emphasizes adaptation to technique based on situational and environmental conditions. The style is primarily taught in individualized instruction, and is recommended to highly motivated students.

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Kenpo Drills & Conditioning

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A class that emphasizes basic drills and applications taught in the Kenpo private sessions. This class will develop the students skill level by repeating and applying the concepts and principles of the Kenpo system. Two person drills will hone the student’s skills by working self-defense techniques with a partner. Conditioning drills are also an important part of this class. These include jumping-rope, plyometric drills, medicine ball work, light dumbell exercises, as well as flexibility, agility and strength-training drills.

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