Saturday, April 30, 2011

Just a Reminder About Tue. Evening Classes at NYF

This is just a real quick reminder about the Tuesday evening Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes that will be starting this Tuesday (May 3rd) at 4:00 to 5:00 PM.  The classes will be held at New York Fitness in Jackson, CA.  If you need to contact the gym for more info click on this link to their website.

I hope to see you there!  :)

P.S.  I will be posting the second part of my last post next week.  So be sure to stay tuned for "Self Control?  Part 2"   :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Self Control? Part 1

So, can Tai Chi actually help people improve their self control?  This is an interesting question because many of the people I talk to say that they don't think they have enough self control to study something like Tai Chi.  There seems to be a common belief that self control is a prerequisite to studying a peaceful calming art like Tai Chi.....well, I'm here to suggest that the opposite may be true. 

I have seen many people who lacked greatly in self control when they began to study Tai Chi, or other similar arts, slowly begin to become more and more calm, collected, and self controlled in their approach to life.  They began to focus more clearly on actions and the outcomes of those actions.  They eventually became more and more consistent with making good choices in areas where they normally would have chosen poorly.....even if they knew the outcome of a poor choice would be extremely undesirable.  Everything from eating habits, to sleeping habits, to work ethics all seemed to be improved after consistently studying Tai Chi, or similar meditative arts, over varying periods of time.

Why is that?  What brought about these changes?  Is there some kind of magic to Tai Chi that caused them to change or is there a sensible reason for these changes that can be explained?  Check back in the near future for "Part 2" of this post to find out some of the possible answers and see if Tai Chi could possibly help someone you know make better life choices.  :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

An article by the Mayo Health Clinic about the health benefits of Tai Chi

I came across this article today and I wanted to share it.  It's not anything deep, but it does a good job of listing out some of the health benefits of Tai Chi as well as some of the basic concepts of Tai Chi.  There are two pages, so be sure to click the "next" button at the end of the first page to see the whole thing.  :)  Enjoy!

Click on the following link to view the article:

Friday, April 22, 2011

An interesting article about the effects of Qi Gong on 7th graders.

I came across this article today and wanted to share it.  Qi Gong isn't just for elderly people wanting to stay healthy.  In this article they discuss the benefits experienced by 7th graders after practicing Qi Gong only twice a week for 8 weeks.  Check it out.

Class Schedule Update

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that there are some changes in my Tai Chi and Qi Gong class schedules as well as some new classes.

At KSW Karate in Pine Grove, CA the Tuesday and Thursday morning Tia Chi classes have been moved from 8:30 to 9:00.  So they will be starting 30 minutes later than they used to.

Also, at New York Fitness in Jackson, CA, starting May 3rd and continuing through the end of June there will be an evening Tai Chi and Qi Gong class from 4:00 to 5:00pm.

Friday, April 8, 2011

A Recent Article in the Ledger Dispatch About the KSW Dojo

In The Ledger Dispatch's sport section there is an article about the KSW Karate Dojo in Pine Grove, CA, where I teach two Tai Chi lessons a week.  I've pasted the link below so you all can go check it out for yourselves.  :)