RELAX. Breathe. Move! Join us for FREE Tai Chi classes in the park. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and gym shoes.
NOTE: If the temperature is below 50 degrees at 8am this class is cancelled.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi (Tai Chi Chuan, or Tai Ji) is an internal Chinese martial art. It is known throughout the world for its slow, meditative forms and healthful benefits. Medical research has found evidence that tai chi improves balance and general mental health. The slow, rhythmic motions stretch the muscles and joints, stimulate balance, coordination, mental focus, and promote overall health and well-being. Although Tai Chi in America is mainly studied for the health benefits, at advanced levels it is an effective form of self-defense focusing on neutralizing or redirecting the force of an opponent. This class provides an introduction to the practice of Tai Chi for physical and personal development. It is a small sample of the many Continuing Education and Credit Hour programs available to the community at El Centro College.
About the Instructor:
Michael Braitsch is a professor at El Centro College, where he teaches Yang Style Tai Chi and Self Defense classes. He is a black sash (black belt) instructor of Tien Shan Pai Kung Fu and the internal arts (including Tai Chi and Qi gong). As a student of Shiye Martin Ware and Shifu April Nordman, he became an accomplished fighter, competitor, and internationally certified referee. He has the patience and communication skills needed to help beginner students succeed, as well as the experience necessary to push advanced students to new levels of success.