Friday, December 21, 2012

Great River Winter Open House and Classes

Welcome to Great River!
Our winter Open House will be Sunday, January 6th, 7-8 p.m. Come meet the teachers, try out some moves, and enjoy refreshments. Learn how Tai Chi can benefit body and mind!

New Beginners Classes start Sunday, January 13, 7 p.m. Learn the fundamentals of traditional Tai Chi in this 10-week class as well as Chinese qigong health and stretching exercises. We are conveniently located at Minnehaha and Lake at the Zorongo Flamenco Studios 3012 Minnehaha (behind Patricks Cabaret---see directions below, right). Tuition $150. Register at class.

Call us for further information. 612-822-5760

Sunday, December 9, 2012


* * * No class, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, due to deep snow and difficult conditions. * * *

Saturday, September 29, 2012

In Memory of Bataan Faigao

Bataan Faigao, head of Rocky Mountain Tai Chi, has passed away. Bataan visited Great River Tai Chi many times, as did his late wife Jane, and many of our students enjoyed their summer camp in the mountains. We will miss him greatly. We'll have a time to remember Bataan, Thursday, Oct. 4th, 6 p.m. at the studio. 
 The Boulder Camera reported that Bataan was terminally ill, and was on a pilgrimage to China's sacred locales, when he died. He is known as someone who really embodied a deeper sense of tai chi. He had a very quiet way of teaching. He is quoted as saying,

"T'ai-chi Ch'uan is a journey of spiritual discovery. I encourage students to work hard and to adhere to principles," Faigao wrote about his philosophy of teaching the discipline on the foundation's website. "I teach T'ai-chi Ch'uan as a complete system for health, meditation, self-defense, and as a way of the tao. Learning this art is a process that takes care of the external to get to the internal, going back and forth from form to application, understanding and experience."
 Bataan was born Dec. 1, 1944, in Cebu, Philippines. He married Jane Greeley Faigao in 1966; she preceded him in death. They were lifelong students of t'ai chi ch'uan, studying with Grandmaster Cheng Man-ching in New York City from 1968 until Cheng's death in 1975. They moved to Boulder the following year and established the Rocky Mountain T'ai Chi Ch'uan Foundation and directed Naropa University's Traditional Eastern Arts department. A memorial will be held in Boulder on October 6th.

 For the complete article in the Boulder Camera, click here.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fall Tai Chi Classes at Great River

Ready for Tai Chi? Great River's Fall classes will give you a solid introduction to this intriguing art. Part exercise, part yoga-like moving meditation, martial art, physical rehab, balance-enhancer, and more, all built on the bedrock of Chinese philosophy of yin and yang.
Come learn what Tai Chi can do for you!
Beginners classes start Sunday, September 30th, 6-7 pm. Our ten-week class costs only $150. You can register at class the first night.
Classes are at 3012 Minnehaha Avenue (see directions to right).
For further information, contact us at 612-822- 5760.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Weiming Yuan Summer Workshop

Great River welcomes Weiming Yuan for its annual summer workshop July 26-29, at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Contact us for registration information.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Great River Open House and Summer Tai Chi Classes June 3

Sunday, June 3rd, 7 pm, come to our GREAT RIVER OPEN HOUSE at our new space at Zorongo Flamenco, 3012 Minnehaha (directions below). Find out all about tai chi, meet the teachers, enjoy refreshments, demonstrations, and films.
For further information, explore our website, or call 612-822-5760. Our new location is just off Lake Street, in South Minneapolis, not far from the Lake Street Light Rail station.
New Beginners' class starts Sunday, June 10th, 7--8 pm. Learn the basics of good tai chi, for health, relaxation, self-defense, posture, alignment, golf, running, stress name it! Tai Chi is a wonderful practice; come explore it with us.

Summer Workshop with Weiming Yuan, July 26-29. Contact us for further information.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Great River is Moving!

Exciting news!
Great River Tai Chi will soon be moving to a new location! Stay tuned for information about our new space and class times. New classes will begin in June.