Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Innovative New Fall Class Offered

This fall is the perfect time to take a tai chi class. You've been inspired by the Beijing Olympics, you know tai chi would be a fun and interesting thing to try, but you've heard it takes years to learn well. Now, here's the solution!

This September, Great River T'ai Chi will present a special introductory six-week "Tai Chi Essence" class,
in which you can learn the basics of tai chi in a series of simple exercises. These movements are easy to learn and impossible to forget!
You can sign up for all six classes, or take them on a drop-in basis. Classes start Thursday, September 11th, at 6 pm and run for one hour. Sign up for all six classes for only $89. Drop-in for single classes for only $16 per evening.

Also: NEW BEGINNERS' 8-week Tai Chi Form Class
Thursdays, starting October 23rd, from 6-7 p.m. Sign up for all eight classes for only $119. Learn the basic moves and principles of the traditional t'ai chi ch'uan "form" in this 8-week class. Lower your stress, improve your balance, and enjoy exploring this intriguing, ancient Chinese discipline! This class will include Tai Chi Essence exercises.
Other Classes: Beginners 2 and Intermediate are held Sundays from 6-8, and Advanced class is Thursdays, 7-8.
Great River is conveniently located at 1940 Hennepin Avenue South (at Franklin), above Burch's Pharmacy, just south of downtown Minneapolis, and off the Hennepin exit of I-94. We are easy to get to by foot, bike, and bus! See directions in the sidebar. Great River has been offering classes and workshops at all levels since 1979.

For further information, call 612-822-5760 , or visit our website.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

August Practice Notes—Olympic Inspiration

If the Olympics serve any purpose, it's to inspire and awe. The same kind of honing of skills of body and mind go into t'ai chi practice. If you haven't tried t'ai chi yet, now's your chance to learn some of the basic movements and enjoy the good feeling and health benefits that the very accessible and adaptable art of t'ai chi can offer. If you've practiced for a while, use the Olympics to study how high-level athletes incorporated some of the identical principles into their work.

For more Olympic coverage, see the Taijiquan Journal blog.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

"When will China host the Olympics?"

"Reaching for Gold: The YMCA and the Olympic Movement in China from 1895-1920"
Commemorating an achievement 100 years in the making, "Reaching for Gold" chronicles the answer to a question posed by a YMCA Secretary in China in 1908 while promoting physical culture in China.
Please join the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, the University of Minnesota China Center, and the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries for the exhibit's opening reception on Friday, August 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Elmer L. Andersen Library, on the U of M's West Bank campus.
The China Center also invites you to stay on campus to watch the 2008 Olympics opening ceremonies in the Coffman Union theater, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
For directions and accessibility information, please visit http://special.lib.umn.edu/ymca/visit.phtml or call 612-625-3445.
The exhibit will be on display in Andersen Library through September 27, 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday, and after Labor Day on Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.