Brown Bag Learning Series Workshop

Framingham Public Library
Main Library, 49 Lexington St.
Costin Room
Friday March 3rd, 12:00 – 1:00

Thank you to those of you who attended the workshop at the library. I thoroughly enjoyed having you all join me for an hour or so to explore T’ai Chi. If you were not at the workshop, I am imagining that you might be here to find out what we talked about and what we did. You’ll get some of that information here as well.

Brief Summary
At the workshop we discussed a little bit of the origins of T’ai including its martial roots and how it transformed into the exercise that we know today. After a quick warm-up, we got started exploring a handful of movements. These movements were:

  • Wu Chi Position
  • Hold the Ball, Roll the Ball Over
  • Part Wild Horse’s Mane
  • Single Whip
  • Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail (a four-part move made up of Ward Off, Roll Back, Press, and Push)

Once we went through those movements, we strung them together into a “Mini Routine” and practiced that a few times.

I also demonstrated the “First Section” (of three sections) of the Traditional T’ai Chi form that I practice and teach.

Below are some handouts, links and videos that you may find helpful:

  • If you would like more information about what T’ai Chi is, click here to read more.
  • Wu Chi Position with Diagram (PDF)
  • Tai Chi Handout – Improving Balance (PDF)
  • The Health Benefits Of T’ai Chi
    The Harvard Medical School has written one of the best articles I have seen about how T’ai Chi can be beneficial to a person’s health. It covers a variety of studies and briefly discusses the benefits for someone suffering from various ailments. Definitely worth a read.
  • You can find a few more articles about some of the health benefits of T’ai Chi by clicking here.

  • Video of Mini Routine
    This is a video of the same Mini Routine that we practiced during the workshop.

    I know that some of you were interested in the classes that I teach in the area. You can find a complete list of classes on this page. If you have any questions about the classes, feel free to email me (my email address is on the handout from the workshop) or you can fill out the contact form below.

    I teach two different styles of T’ai Chi. The “Traditional Style” that I teach is a version of the “Yang Short Form” or “Yang 37 Form” more often known as “Cheng Man-Ch’ing Style”. (I usually refer to it as “Yang Style” on this site for simplicity sake.) If you would like to see a bit more about the content of these classes feel free to dig around the “Resources Page” for Traditional T’ai Chi.

    I also offer a “T’ai Chi for Better Balance” version which is simplified and focuses much more on the aspects of T’ai Chi that help with our balance. These classes go by a bunch of different names depending on the location that I am teaching, but they are all pretty much the same program. If you are curious about these classes, feel free to explore the T’ai Chi for Better Balance “Resources Page”.

    Contact Form
    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, would like to know about any of the classes, or if you’d like to get on the email list to hear about upcoming classes, workshops or events.

    Please note: I have sent an email to those who left their email address on the sign-in sheet at the workshop. However, there are a couple of addresses that I cannot read. If you have not gotten an email from me and would like to be added to the email list, please fill out the contact form below.

    Would you like to be included on an email list to find out about upcoming classes and events? (These emails are generally no more than once a week and often less frequent. You can unsubscribe at any time.)

    Yes. Please let me know.No. Please do not send me emails about classes and events.

    Brown Bag Series Poster – (Click to download PDF of poster)Brown Bag Series Poster