Monday, December 19, 2011

Great River Winter Tai Chi Classes: Free Open House Jan. 8

Make Tai Chi part of your New Year! This ancient Chinese art can give you piece of mind while strengthening and stretching your body and improving your  balance and posture.

Join us for a taste of tai chi! Demos, movies, refreshments. Find out how tai chi can improve both your health and your golf swing!
Sunday, January 8th, 7-8 pm
1940 Hennepin Av. S. Minneapolis, 2F
If you're interested in getting a great start to the new year, there's nothing better than tai chi. This ten-week class will give you a solid start in tai chi. Tuition is only $150.
Sundays, January 15-March 18, 7-8 pm
Sundays, 6-7 pm, ongoing.
Thursdays, 6-8, ongoing. Continue work on solo form, push hands, and sword.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Great River Tai Chi Gift Certificates

Treat yourself or someone you care about to tai chi classes! Great River T'ai Chi offers classes year-round, with quarterly new beginners classes. Our beginners class is a perfect way to learn about what tai chi can do for you, and is an affordable $150 for ten weeks. We teach the Yang-style short form developed by Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing. Contact us for information about purchasing a gift certificate! 612-822-5760.
Winter class schedule will be posted shortly.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ed Young, children's book artist and tai chi teacher, will be having an exhibit of his works in Abiline, Texas,  November 11, 2011-January 28, 2012 at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature. Young, who is about to turn 80, immigrated to the United States as a youth, and studied architecture, before turning to illustration.
In 1964, he happened to meet Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing, who was visiting the United States. After  Cheng decided to stay on, Young became one of his assistants and translators, and became a taiji teacher himself in the New York area. Great River Tai Chi has hosted many visits from Ed Young over the years, and head instructors Barbara Davis and Cheryl Powers studied taiji and Chinese calligraphy with him at Naropa Institute.
Young's book Lon Po Po, the Chinese Red Riding Hood story, won the Caldecott Medal, the highest US honor in children's book illustration. Two other books, The Emperor and the Kite, and Seven Blind Mice, by Young himself, have won Caldecott Honors. Recent books include Wabi Sabi (with Mark Reibstein), Moon Bear (with Brenda Guiberson),  Hook, and Tsunami (with Kimiko Kajikawa). His newest book, The House Baba Built, a picture-book memoir about his boyhood in wartime Shanghai, is meeting with critical acclaim.
For an article about the exhibit, see the Abiline Recorder.
A video of Young discussing The House Baba Built can be seen at the BBC's site.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Nathan Menaged Tai Chi Workshop in Minneapolis, November 20th

We are pleased to welcome for our fall workshop, Nathan Menaged, of Columbus, Ohio. Nathan is a long-time student of William C.C. Chen and the late Tao Ping-hsiang.
The workshop will be held Sunday, November 20, 2011, 9 am-3 pm, at the Great River Studio at 1940 Hennepin Ave. S. in Minneapolis.
Please contact us for further information at 612--822-5760 or editor (@ )

Friday, August 12, 2011

Tai Chi Free Open House and Fall Classes at Great River in Minneapolis

Explore the interesting art of tai chi this fall at Great River Tai Chi. This Chinese exercise is used for health, relaxation, and as a martial art. Athletes, dancers, or golfers use it. People with stress, or with chronic illnesses use it. Teens even use it to polish their dance steps!
Learn more about tai chi at our Free Open House, Sunday, Sept. 11, at 6 pm. We'll have demos, movies and refreshments. Free and open to the public. 1940 Hennepin Ave. S. (at Franklin) 2F. For further information, call us at 612-822-5760.
Our beginners classes commence Sunday, September 18th at 6 pm, and cover all the basic information you'll need to get going with tai chi. The classes are one hour in length, for ten weeks. Tuition is $150 for the complete series.
Intermediate and advanced classes are held Sundays, at 7 pm (intermediate form work), and Thursdays, 6-8 pm (advanced form review, sword, push hands). Tuition is flat fee of $88 per month for unlimited classes.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Explore the Many Benefits of Tai Chi

A recent article in the Marlborough, New Zealand newspaper gives a great look at why tai chi practice is good for you.
"Seventy-year-old Lynda Neame said she started modified tai chi classes in 2008 after suffering from concussion, which caused vertigo and dizziness. "I thought I would learn how to stand up straight, walk in a straight line and get control of myself." The benefits proved more extensive.
Mrs Neame also suffered from osteoarthritis and had resigned herself to gradual loss of mobility because of the pain in her shoulders, legs and hips.
"I spent an hour recovering after half an hour in the garden and thought `this will be my life'."
But with the tai chi, she can now also enjoy pilates, bike riding, swimming and her beloved gardening."

How can tai chi benefit you? Find out at classes this fall at Great River Tai Chi. Our beginners' classes will be held Sundays, starting September 18th, at 6 pm, 1940 Hennepin Av. S. 2F. Tuition is $150 for ten weeks of class.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Robert W. Smith, Student of Cheng Man-ch'ing

We note the passing of our taiji "uncle" Mr. Robert W. Smith, July 1, 2011. Mr. Smith studied taiji with Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing in Taiwan, and went on to teach in the Bethesda, Maryland area.
Mr. Smith's copious writings about Professor Cheng and other great masters of the Asian martial arts helped set the stage for taiji and other arts to spread to the United States in the 1960s. Mr. Smith gave workshops in the Minneapolis St. Paul area in the 1970s. For more information, see the Taijiquan Journal blog.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tai Chi for Body, Mind—and Fishing? Summer Tai Chi Classes in Minneapolis-St Paul

Summer's the perfect time to try tai chi at Great River! Tai chi will help your golf swing, improve your running, and enhance your fishing, not to mention help you get in shape for gardening. Did we mention that tai chi is also known as "moving meditation," as a martial art, and as a calming, health-enhancing exercise?

• Join us for a FREE class Sunday, June 5th, 6-7 pm, at Great River Tai Chi in Minneapolis to explore this fun art.

• Beginners' Class starts Sunday, June 12th, 6-7 pm. This 10-week class will give you a solid foundation in tai chi moves and principles. Tuition: SUMMER SPECIAL TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! $150 for complete 10-weeks. Offer good through June 17th. Registration is the first night of class.

We are located at 1940 Hennepin Avenue South (at Franklin), 2F.

• On Sunday, June 12th, from 11-4:30 pm, you can also take part in our free tai chi presentation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Free Family Day: Your Choice: Animals! Roar. Growl. Stomp. Flutter. Artful animals are all around the MIA. Bring them to life by making your own animal sounds, movements, and shapes. Try tai chi with instructors from Great River T'ai Chi Ch'uan, and see how tigers, cranes, and monkeys have inspired this martial art. Mimic a variety of animal sounds as you make your way through the galleries. Hear incredible animal tales in lively storytelling sessions. Plus, take a closer look at some of nature's most magnificent birds, including an eagle, with educators from the Raptor Center.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tai Chi for Heart Health Study

 A recent study reported on in US News found that tai chi "could boost heart patients' quality of life. Researchers split 100 patientswith heart failure into two groups: Half participated in a 12-week tai chi program, while the others spent 12 weeks in an educational program learning about heart-related issues, like low-sodium diets and heart-rhythm problems. At the end of the study, the tai chi group reported improvements in mood, less , less fatigue, and more energy than the others—and those in the first group were more likely to continue with some type of physical activity, according to findings published Mondayin the Archives of Internal Medicine. "Maintaining an exercise regimen is important in heart failure," study author Gloria Yeh of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center told HealthDay. "Tai chi may be a suitable alternative or adjunct exercise for these patients."

While studies such as these help integrate tai chi into the health care system (such as it is), tai chi is much more than sheer exercise. Yes, those who do take up tai chi find it has many unexpected benefits: improved balance and gait, mental focus, straightened posture, lower stress, improved immune system, and more. But tai chi is also "philosophy in motion," a martial art (improved balance and posture do wonders for "standing up for oneself"), and it can be a window into understanding more about Chinese culture. It is a calming, yet is exercise, and can be modified to fit anyone's physical needs, regardless of age.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

World Tai Chi Day in Twin Cities

Celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day in the Twin Cities with Great River Tai Chi and other groups at Normandale Community College, Saturday, April 30th, from 9 till noon. Enjoy demonstrations, free classes, drawings, and more. Free and open to the public.
Tai chi has many benefits, besides being fun and interesting. It can enhance the body in sports performance in golf, horse riding, running, and so on. It has been shown to benefit health in many ways, from improving balance and posture, lowering blood pressure, to managing depression, Parkinson's symptoms, and more---a true lifetime exercise for all. Tai Chi can help the mind and spirit by improving focus and calm.

Monday, March 7, 2011

"Spring" Tai Chi Classes at Great RIver Tai Chi in Minneapolis

"Spring" tai chi classes in Minneapolis are set to begin
Sunday, March 20th, 7–8 pm at Great River Tai Chi. This 10-week sequence will give you a solid introduction to tai chi's many aspects. Known as a martial art, moving meditation, moving qigong, health exercise, Chinese yoga, and more, tai chi helps you gain balance, alignment, relaxation, and focus. Register at the first night of class. Register at class. New students accepted through April 3rd.
Great River has been offering classes since 1979. We welcome visitors.
Our studio is located at 1940 Hennepin Av. S. 2F. This is at the intersection of Hennepin and Franklin, in the Jawahir Dance Studios, above the former Burch Pharmacy.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Great River Tai Chi Winter Class Schedule 2011

FREE INTRODUCTORY TAI CHI CLASS Sunday, January 9th, 7-8 pm.
Join Cheryl Powers as she explains the art of T'ai Chi and what it can do for your health and happiness. Free and open to the public, 1940 Hennepin Av. S. (at Franklin) 2F.

NEW Beginner's Classes start Sunday, January 16th, 7-8 pm.
Start your New Year off right! This introductory class will give you all the tools you need for basic practice of Tai Chi. Tuition $150 for 10 weeks, or $16 per evening. Register at class the first night. 1940 Hennepin Av. S. (at Franklin) 2F.

6-7 Intermediate Tai Chi Form Class
7-8 Beginners New Tai Chi Class (see above)

6-7 Introduction to Tai Chi Exercises: Tai Chi Essence, Mr. Liu's Basics, and Qigong exercises
7-8 Full Form and Push Hands

Beginners 10-week class $150 (weekly rate is $16 per class).
Intermediate and Advanced: regular monthly tuition $88 for unlimited classes ($23 per evening).

Call us for further information 612---822-5760