Tai Chi Basic Class
Provided by Asian Initiatives, WMU / 8 One-Hour Classes, Mondays 2:30
- 120 US dollars$120
- 229 West Kilgore Road, Portage
This class is provided by Asian Initiatives, Western Michigan University. This Basic Tai Chi class will introduce some essential Tai Chi principles such as controlled relaxation, mental quietness, breathing in depth, intent first etc. As a starting class, we will learn to practice 5 to 8 basic but classic Tai Chi movements. By the end of the session, the participants are expected to grasp these essentials and be able to practice basic Tai Chi movements independently. Class Info: Sign-up is for a series of 8 one-hour classes. We will meet every Monday at 2:30 starting May 1st. Must be 18 years old to participate. The $120 fee includes all 8 class sessions. Please note: there will be no prorated refunds if you cannot attend a session. What Tai Chi is like: Tai Chi is one of the Chinese Traditional martial arts, which was designed as a unique self-defense technique and later evolved into a self-efficacy health exercise. Characterized as flowing, graceful and being well balanced, Tai Chi's movements strengthen the body as well as the mind from within, promoting a complete body-mind harmony. Through practicing Tai Chi, the balance of Yin and Yang, the essentials of nature and relaxation, will be embedded into the practitioner. Unrestrained by age, gender, and health status, Tai Chi can serve as an ideal physical exercise to many. Instructor Bio: Cheng Tao is a Professor of Education at Jiangsu Maritime Institute, Jiangsu, China and a visiting scholar at Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Western Michigan University since June 2022. Holding a master’s degree in Higher Education from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, Tao has been teaching for over 30 years including Tai Chi, with the past 18 years at Jiangsu Maritime Institute, China. Tao has practiced Tai Chi for over 20 years and has taught different age groups. From summer 2022, Tao taught Tai Chi classes of various levels on WMU campuses and local community centers. Classes include Basic Tai Chi, Intermediate Tai Chi, Tai Chi Sword and Seated Tai Chi. Tao’s classes are well received by students of all levels. Tao bears a genuine care for his students. Over time, Tao received various organizational recognition such as “The Most Well-Received Teacher Award” at Jiangsu Maritime Institute, June 2011, “Outstanding Teacher Award” at Jiangsu Maritime Institute, February 2014, and “Excellent Teacher Award” at Jiangsu Maritime Institute, September 2017.
Please note that classes are non-refundable.