The Tai Chi Program is composed of four elements: Tai Chi Short Form, Tai Chi Long Form, Push-Hands and Chi Kung. These components are taught in two weekly classes, with the elements of Chi Kung woven into the corresponding Tai Chi practice.
Wu Tai Chi
Wu-style Tai Chi has gained enormous popularity as an internal martial art that is conducive to healing due to its emphasis on collecting and circulating “Chi", the vital energy. This style is characterized by small-frame and twisting moves. The Short Form consists of 16 moves and the Long Form consists of 144 moves. Consistent practice brings about increased vitality and inner peace. We show the martial application but emphasize the health aspect.
Chi Kung is an ancient form of health exercise originating from the Orient that helps to strengthen internal organs and develop internal energy. We teach a simple yet powerful form of Chi Kung that can be practiced safely by any one. Regular practice strengthens the body, increases health and leads to inner peace.
Classes and Enrollment
Class meets on Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Seminars are held quarterly to supplement the weekly classes. We recommend that students attend all classes and seminars. Students can enroll any time. Wear sweats or loose clothing. The teacher will work directly with beginning students until they complete the Tai Chi Short-Form and basic Chi Kung. Thereafter they can join the regular/advanced group. Tuition is $55 per month and is due in advance at the beginning of the month irrespective of attendance.
Howard Hoa Newens has trained in Wu Tai Chi and Chi Kung since 1987. He studied with Kumar Frantzis, an internationally-known lineage Taoist master in the Bay Area. Newens Sensei also holds the rank of 7th dan in Aikido from Aikido World Headquarters in Japan
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