T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Tai Chi Classes are held every Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm til 7:00pm

The low monthly fee is only $39.50

Call us 320-252-0144 to set up your private sessions so you can join us in the group classes.

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3 separate DVD's Available for you to purchase so you can do the complete form everyday.

Each one approximately 30 minutes long.

$29.95 each + MN Sales Tax

Call (320)252-0144 to order yours!




T'ai Chi Ch'uan (loosely translated to Grand Ultimate Fist) is an ancient martial art form from China. It is a series of connected, slow, dance-like motions to enhance your life. Senior citizens as well as young people can reap the rewards from the daily practice of this art. It has many benefits for the world today.

Five basic benefits of T'ai Chi are:

1. Awaken your energy, bring down your blood pressure: The breathing techniques reduce stress, lower your heart rate, and increase your level of focused energy.

2. Elongate your muscles, limber up your joints: The beautiful, slow, movements decrease tension and improve muscle resiliency and joint flexibility.

3. Improve balance and reduce your risk of falling and injury: You'll learn to know where you center of balance is on your body and how to utilize it in walking, running/jogging, sitting, standing, reaching, bending and all aspects of daily movement.

4. Improve circulation: Deep breathing and sweeping motions bring a flush to your muscles as the blood circulates great stores of fresh oxygen, nutrients, and immune fluids throughout your limbs.

5. Sharpen your mental focus: Performing the repeated patterns of movements builds your concentration, exercises your memory, and improves your ability to perform daily tasks with greater ease.

Other specific benefits are improved joint rotation and lubrication for sufferers of arthritis and other joint-attacking diseases. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers get some relief from the pains and aches of this daily problem with steady practice. Asthma and allergy sufferers have been able to decrease the amount of medication under a doctor's supervision. People with Type I Diabetes have discovered that through the practice of T'ai Chi, they are able to control their sugar levels much better.

The American Chropractic Association (ACA) recently recommended T'ai Chi as a beneficial strength-training exercise system for those suffering from osteoporosis, The ACA said that even those with severe osteoporosis who have suffered fractures would benefit from the gently moving exercises of T'ai Chi.

From the Periodical, "Health and Longevity," by Dr. Robert Willix, Jr.:

"Last month, I 'prescribed' T'ai Chi to treat a number of diseases and painful conditions. If you have Arthritis, for example, T'ai Chi is your best stretching exercise, because it builds the flexibility you need to mobilize your stiff joints. If you have Cancer, T'ai Chi is ideal because it improves your aerobic capacity and stimulates your immune system without creating free radical damage. If you have Heart Disease, practicing T'ai Chi regularly not only lowers your blood pressure and helps you lose weight, it also defuses negative feelings, such as anger, frustration, and depression, which can trigger a heart attack."

From Psychosomatic Medicine:

California---A new study from reseaarchers at the University of California, indicates that T'ai Chi may strengthen the immune system.

A group of 36 men and women whose average age was 70 were assigned to either a Ta'i Chi course, or placed on a waiting list to act as a control. All had to show immunity to varicella zoster, the virus that causes shingles, although they did not actually have the disease. This was tested at the start of the study and at the end. Those who took the 15-week T'ai Chi classes had improved immunity. They also reported better physical health and mobilty.

"What we found was that on average, people's immune response to the shingles virus increased about 50%," said Dr. Michael Irwin from the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. "Our findings offer a unique and exciting example of mind over matter as novel interventions or treatments are needed to decrease the risk of shingles in older adults at risk for this viral disease."

This is the first time that behavioral intervention has been shown to have specific impact on the immune system in this way.

Subjects in the T'ai Chi group also showed improvements in physical functioning, especially those who before the study had problems with walking and climbing stairs. For them, T'ai Chi's benefits were "comparable or exceeded that reported for hip-replacement surgery or for heart-valve replacement in older adults." said the researchers.



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T'ai Chi is one of the most popular classes we teach at St Cloud Karate / T'ai Chi Instruction. If you like the idea of 'meditation in motion', or if you need an enjoyable way to remove stress from your life, then the Chinese art T'ai Chi Ch'uan is the perfect art for you.

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Next Class Begins on Monday Evenings:


Section 1 : Mondays Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
6:30pm -- 7:30pm







Register Early as Space is limited!

Call: District 742 Community Education Offices at 320-257-3810 to Register!

Or

Online at

www.stcloudcommunityed.com


Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan

In this Beginners course, you will learn the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi to improve your health and stamina. You will start by doing the first 1/3 of the long form of the Yang Cheng Fu system of Tai Chi. This solo exercise can be practiced anywhere and has multiple benefits for the practitioner.

You can increase your concentration and coordination, decrease your muscle tension, improve your muscle flexibility and strength, gain better circulation, and achieve better balance. The slow, gentle movements of Tai Chi and its related deep breathing motions have been shown to reduce the effects of stress and lower blood pressure as well.

Be sure to wear loose comfortable clothing. We will practice barefoot or with stockings that dont slip on the floor.

Course material fee of $17.00 (included DVD for home practice) payable to St Cloud Karate & Tai Chi Instruction will be collected at the first class meeting.

Classes held at St Cloud Karate / Tai Chi Instruction
1514-3rd Street North
St Cloud, MN
Class limit: 10
Instructors Jack and/or Beverly Gustafson
4 Classes: $20.00

Next Community Education Class will be held on Monday evenings

Section 1 : Mondays Feb 6, 13, 20, 27
6:30pm -- 7:30pm




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Community Education T'ai Chi Group Photo
Fall 2008


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Tai Chi for Women


Learn the principles of body movement to improve your health, balance and stamina. You will begin to do the postures of the Yang Cheng Fu system of Tai Chi. This solo exercise can be done anywhere and can have multiple benefits for the practitioner.

If you perform the motions of Tai Chi on a daily basis, you can increase your concentration and coordination, decrease your muscle tension, improve your muscle flexibility and strength, and gain better circulation. The slow, gentle movements of Tai Chi will be practiced with deep lower lung breathing and has been shown to reduce the effects of stress on the body and lower blood pressure as well.

Be sure to wear loose comfortable clothing. We will practice barefoot or with socks that dont slip on the floor.

Discounted course material fee of $17.00 (includes DVD for home practice) payable to St Cloud Karate & Tai Chi Instruction will be collected at the first class.

Classes held at St Cloud Karate / Tai Chi Instruction
1514-3rd Street North
St Cloud, MN
Class limit: 10
Instructors Jack & Bev Gustafson
4 Classes: $15.00

Class Date/Time:

Section 1: Wednesdays Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
9am-9:30am

Register Early as Space is limited!

Call: District 742 Community Education Offices at 320-257-3810 to Register!

Or

Online at

www.stcloudcommunityed.com


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One Student's Journey with T'ai Chi

Balance

As I was recovering from breaking my right ankle that needed two titanium metal strips to hold the bones together, I was told by my doctor not to expect my ankle to be fully functional. Today, two and one-half years later as I am learning the Tai Chi form, I am able to move my ankle better than I could before I broke it. Thanks to Sensei Beverlys work with me, I have been strengthening my muscles in both of my ankles.
Since I have mostly been a couch potato in my life, I find that I now look forward to doing my Tai Chi form several times a day, sometimes just doing specific parts of the form that I want to improve. I continue to work on my balance by specifically not looking at the floor or at my feet. In addition, I am able to balance my body as I move through the form where I can balance myself on either my left or right leg. I didnt believe that my balance could be so good. I giggle now when I do the standing rooster form that I have just learned because I feel more like a cocky rooster rather than a timid hen. As I have learned to balance my body physically, I am also learning to balance myself internally as well.
As I am getting older, I find that I feel more vulnerable to being attacked, but with Tai Chi, I have gained so much confidence, and I feel that I can defend myself without having to be physically strong. With Sensei Jack and Sensei Beverlys guidance, I am finding myself becoming more sensitive to the energies around me.


CB 2009

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Summer 2009 Community Education Group Photo

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$89.50 Gets you started on your journey to better health and well being!

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