Tai Chi and Chi Gung are the martial arts that is best known for its health benefits. But to gain the greatest health benefit, understanding the martial aspects can be very helpful. The slow movements allows one to inspect the same stances and postures as used in Aikido, and importantly develop the muscle memory to use these stances as needed. For this reason, the combination of both practices is quite useful for some.
Yang Style Tai Chi is known for the long form, 108 movements. The movements are slow, taking between 25 – 50 minutes to practice the entire form. But for health benefits, often 15 – 20 minutes of exercise is enough.
Through in depth study of the movements and postures, one develops patience from which a deeper understanding and many benefits accrue. One finds the maximum efficiency and effectiveness is self defense, and can apply the same efficiency to other endeavors. Better health and happiness tend to be side effects as well.
Our practice includes the basic forms of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, application (Chin Na) as well as push hands. In order to understand the proper use of force, students can also learn the robust Iwama Style Aikido weapons system. Alternatively, they can pursue instruction in the Shaolin Kung Fu forms through a disciple of Master Yu in New York. Lastly, students can pursue in depth study of internal energy for health and healing with Chi Gung classes offered by Master Koki.
Steve Kanney began practicing Yang style Tai Chi in 1999 with Master Cheng Hsiang Yu and Aikido in 1978, but additionally studied a Wutang Mountain Style as well as Chen Tai Chi. The focus in class is Yang style. Please check the instructor page to learn more.