If your doctor has said that Tai Chi would be good for you, and he probably has, but you don’t know how to get started, and you probably don’t, a great free chance is available on World Tai Chi Day, Saturday April 25 at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Tacoma Museum of Glass. All are welcome, and it’s very beginner friendly.
The World Tai Chi Day program is presented by Empty Step Tai Chi Association which was founded by Gary Wessels. Wessels and Instructor Steve Allen have been teaching and promoting Tai Chi in Metro Parks and YMCA classes, and in the area at special events for over 25 years. “In our experience,” Wessels and Allen agree, this ancient martial art, and its graceful fluid movements, are an unequaled pathway to better health and well-being for all. Whether you start to achieve better balance, to improve your overall health, or as part of a program to build resiliency, Tai Chi is the ‘Supreme Ultimate’ exercise program.
Every year, on the last Saturday in April, at 10 am local time, Tai Chi groups and aficionados ALL AROUND THE WORLD, take to their parks and public spaces to perform, celebrate and promote the ancient healing arts of Tai Chi And Chi Kung.
Regular class members report increased stability, better stamina, and even improved bone density. Allen says, “Come and practice with us! You do not need any prior experience for much of what we do. During the event you will learn about how we practice and will perform the exercises right along with us. You will be exposed to the different kinds of exercises and practices that make up our Tai Chi curriculum, and will meet an open and supportive Tai Chi community that is helpful and welcoming.”
- An excellent Beginners Tai Chi Class is offered at the Lakewood YMCA at 8:00 on Saturday mornings.
- Tai Chi has its historic origin in our about the 1300’s in China, although it is generally thought to be much older.
- The internal energy (Chi) that is the focus of these exercises, is the same energy that is at the base of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Yoga.
- Tai Chi is often referred to as a ‘Soft’ martial art, but when mastered for martial application, it is regarded as the ‘Supreme’ martial art.