Tai Chi Study Group
dedicated to Cheng Man-Ching's short form of the Yang T'ai Chi
From the Tao Te Ching
11. Thirty spokes are united around the hub of a wheel, but the usefulness of the wheel depends on the space where nothing exists. Clay is molded into a vessel, but the usefulness of the vessel depends on the space where nothing exists. Doors and windows are cut out of the walls of a house, and the usefulness of the house depends on the space where nothing exists. Therefore take advantage of what exists, and use what does not exist.
76. When people are born, they are tender and supple. At death they are stiff and hard. All things, like plants and trees, are tender and pliant while alive. At death they are dried and withered. Therefore the stiff and hard are companions of death. The tender and supple are companions of life. Thus strong arms do not win. A stiff tree will break. The hard and strong will fall. The tender and supple will rise.
What is T'ai Chi?
T'ai Chi is a heath practice. It is an expression of philosophical principles such as "opposites are come into existence at the same moment" and "change is constant." In practice it is, simultaneously, a form of meditation, an exercise that makes a person supple and strong and, at its higher levels, a respected form of kung-fu.
What is our style of T'ai Chi?
There are many styles of T'ai Chi. Each is generally named after the family that maintained its traditional practice. We study the style of Yang family T'ai Chi taught by Professor Cheng Man-Ching. Professor Cheng's personal history can be found at Cheng Man-Ching Biographyand film of him practicing T'ai Chi can be seen at Cheng Man-Ching doing T'ai Chi.
What is our visitor policy?All people are welcome to visit and watch a class to see if T'ai Chi and our teaching style is a good fit for them. Classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The best day to visit is Friday. Please check the schedule to make sure there is a class.
If you have any questions please feel free to write us at:E-mail me at:SOMEEMAILADRESS@SOMETHING.ORG