This is will be my first entry on this blog and I'm very excited to be posting it. I have just returned from an extended stay in China where I was studying Traditional Chinese Martial Arts. My goal here is to focus on the many health benefits of these martial arts and give instructions and exercises for people to practice at home.
I also want to use this blog to keep people up to date on local classes that I will be teaching and to keep people up to date on the latest news in my nutrition business.
It's going to be fun and I'm looking forward to getting started.
The first order of business today is to keep those who live in the wonderful community of Amador County, CA up to date on classes available to them.
Currently I am instructing a Tai Chi and Qi (pronounced "Chee") Gong class at New York Fitness (NYF) in Jackson, CA. This class is available every Monday morning from 7:30 to 8:30 and it's a great opportunity to start the week off right, by calming and focusing your mind, while relaxing your body. We won't spend much, if any, time working on the martial (fighting) aspects of Tai Chi, but the health benefits of strengthening your body, increasing your flexibility, improving your balance, letting go of stress, and calming your mind will make the trip to the gym well worth your while. You don't need to bring anything special to this class, just dress comfortably in loose (non-restricting) clothing and sport your favorite pair of comfortable shoes....or, as some people do, kick off your shoes and just train with sock feet. :) For any questions you can contact NYF at (209) 223-3236 or you can contact me right here. I'm always up for questions. :)
The second piece of news for those who live in Amador County is that I will be teaching a Tai Chi and Qi Gong class every Tuesday and Thursday morning at the Ko Sutemi West Karate Dojo in Pine Grove, CA. These classes will be from 8:30 to 9:30 and there will be a little more focus placed on the martial applications of Tai Chi, but this class will still offer the previously mentioned healthful benefits. For questions about this class, contact me.
So... that takes care of all of my Amador County family, but what about everyone else out there that would like to experience the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong? What can I do for you guys and gals? Well, I've thought about it (and while it's not official yet) I'm planning to start a podcast or series of videos that you can watch online or download for free that will give you lessons to practice in your spare time. They will never be able to replace the kind of teaching you can get from an instructor in a one-on-one environment, but it'll be something you can use at home until you can find a good instructor. I don't have a lot of details on this yet, as it is still very much in the development stages, but I wanted to give you all a "Heads up!" to stay tuned and ready for more updates on this project. :) It's really got me excited and I hope, when I get it going, it will be a big benefit to you all!
Now, for those of you who are thinking, "What in the world is Qi Gong?..........and isn't Tai Chi a drink at Starbucks?" do not fret. If you are completely new to both of these arts and aren't quite sure what kind of blog you've stumbled across, I am working on a post that will explain each art and give you a basic foundation for understanding these arts.
So stay tuned for the exciting new posts that are on the way! :)
To Your Health,