About Beginning Classes
Our Tai Chi Elements class is a great place to start learning Tai Chi. Elements is an ongoing class and you can drop in at any time. It requires no previous experience. Elements provides students an immediate experience with the essence of Tai Chi and is the ideal preparation for continuing with Beginning Form. You can also start directly with Beginning Form classes without prior experience in Elements, even as we encourage people to try the art out in Elements first.
We run Beginning Form classes about 3 or 4 times a year: at the beginning of the year, in spring, and again in fall. Our next Beginning Form class will be on Thursday evenings from 7:30 - 8:30 in the fall: starting Aug 30 and finishing Nov 15. This class is now fully enrolled. Our next Beginning Form classes will start in January.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Beginning Form classes run for 12 weeks, each class is one hour long. We begin by reviewing the Five Animal Frolics qigong and the Form Sequences that students learn in Tai Chi Elements and and then teach students the first section of the tai chi form.
The beginning section of the form is known as the First Third and is a standalone form that is a subset of the full 37-posture form. The First Third gives students a foundation for personal practice and exercises all the core tai chi principles. Once you have learned the First Third, you are welcome to join any of our ongoing form classes to learn the rest of the moves in the form or you can always repeat the beginning class again (some students really like doing this). Ongoing form classes are held on Tue and Thur eves at 6:30 and Sat morn at 10:30. All classes are held at the Kelly Barn. Beginning sessions are taught by Beth, Lee, and our instructors.
(If you've already learned Tai Chi in the Cheng Manching or Yang traditions, contact us and we'll figure out what the appropriate class for you is. Some experienced students come directly into our ongoing form classes while others find it best to start from the beginning.)
Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely, and flat shoes, socks, or barefoot; we like cotton tai chi slippers.
We offer refunds for per-registration payments for any reason up to two weeks before the class starts. After that, we will have made a commitment to rent the studio space and so we'll offer full or partial refunds as we're able. But, we can't guarantee a refund for cancellations made later than two weeks before the class starts since we have to cover rent and instructor fees. And if we need to delay, reschedule, or cancel the beginning session, we'll offer full refunds to anyone who can't make the new schedule or no longer wants to join.
Current beginning classes:
- Current class: Fall 2018, Thur Eves. Starting Aug 30, ending Nov 15
- Next classes: Two classes planned after the New Year; one on Tue eve, one on Thur eve.