Beginning Tai Chi & Qi Gong
This is an ongoing Tai Chi and Qi Gong class that meets weekly throughout the year. Starting on the week of February 4, 2024 we will begin a new form… Wudang Tai Chi Sword. Beginners welcome!
This beautiful form will strengthen the body, calm the mind and improve balance.
Note: Purchase of a Tai Chi practice sword is required for the class. Cost range from $35 to $50. Purchase it through this Web site for those prices.
We have two class times. Specify which one you are signing up for at check out. (Both class times teach exactly the same material at the same pace.)
Class 1: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. CT
Class 2: Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. CT
Classes are held at Branson Karate dojo at 3000 Green Mountain Dr., Suite 109 in Branson.
We now also offer Virtual Karate Classes for the classes listed above! If you sign up for virtual classes you will be emailed the curriculum guide. Note: You MUST meet certain requirements to be eligible to attend virtual classes. Those requirements are:
- Good internet access (min. 10 mbps download speeds, preferably higher!)
- a computer or internet device (i.e. smartphone or tablet)
- A web cam and microphone
- A large monitor or a TV screen to cast to, so you can easily see the instructor.
- A space large enough to practice. (recommended minimum is 10 ft x 10 ft.)
*Detailed instructions for attending virtual classes will be emailed to you.
Tai Chi Chuan (also written as Taijiquan) is an ancient Chinese form of exercise originally created as a fighting art. Tai Chi is a type of Qigong (Chi Kung) practiced by millions of people worldwide every day. Qigong in Chinese means energy or breath skill. Tai Chi, when practiced correctly, is always practiced slowly using Qigong (breathing, energy) methods.
Although Tai Chi is a Martial Art it is mainly practiced today as an excellent form of exercise with many health benefits. The words Tai Chi Chuan mean Supreme Ultimate Boxing, used as an exercise for health it would loosely translate as Supreme Ultimate Exercise or Skill.
Tai Chi and Qi Gong utilizes breathing, visualizations and movements to work the entire body all at once. Tai Chi uses natural, relaxed movements and breathing to generate health, longevity and internal strength and power. Tai chi has many physical and emotional benefits. Some of these benefits of include:
- decreased anxiety and depression
- improved mood
- better sleep
- promotes weight loss
- improved cognition
- better balance
- reduces joint pain from arthritis
There are many different styles of Tai Chi, the style that we teach is the Wudang Style of Taiji chuan. Wudang style is considered the original Tai Chi. It is the oldest style and is known for its slow movements, deep breathing and gentle stretching.
Beginners can expect to learn the basics of Tai Chi, the history, stretches, breathing exercises and forms. Students will learn patterns or forms that can be practiced for a lifetime of health.
No prior Tai Chi or Qi Gong experience is necessary. Students should wear loose fitting clothing that is comfortable for moving. Loose warm-up pants and an T-shirt are what most students wear. Additional details to prepare for your first class will be sent to you after payment.
Classes will meet weekly throughout the year. New students can start at anytime. Choose the day you prefer at check out (Mondays or Wednesdays).
There are four options at check out:
Drop in Rate = $15 per class
1 Month of Classes (5 classes) = $60
2 Month Special (10 classes) = $100
Virtual classes via your home computer