Category Archives: Classes

Tai Chi at PRO Martial Arts

The primary instructors at PRO Martial Arts teach Tang Soo Do karate, but as the audience drawn to a martial arts school does not always desire to learn karate, other disciplines are offered.  At PRO Martial Arts in Cranberry Township, classes in Kickboxing, Krav Maga, and Tai Chi Chuan are also provided.

While the principal aim for teaching Tai Chi Chuan at PRO Martial Arts is to develop a lasting group of students desirous of progressing through the ranks of the Tai Chi curriculum, we are also interested in developing martial arts enthusiasts who like to try different arts simultaneously. That’s the beauty of the PRO Martial Arts program: karate-enthusiasts can go up the interaction ladder to Krav Maga, or up the meditation/flexibility ladder to Tai Chi, or up the extreme cardio ladder to Kickboxing.  Tai Chi enthusiasts would do well to include karate or kickboxing level cardio in their exercise programs, although the primary customer for Tai Chi is usually over the age of 50 and may not yet have enough conditioning or mobility to engage in a more heavily-cardio program.

Many Tai Chi students and masters feel that the Tai Chi forms are all you need for complete exercise…and in a sense, that is true.  But the Tai Chi forms can be extensive, and once all are learned, then together they can really ramp up the heart rate.  But reaching a level of cardio needed for health improvement and maintenance may take longer than if karate or kickboxing were also included, so a student should seriously consider the other arts has he/she looks into learning Tai Chi.

..Alex.

Tai Chi Class at Cranberry Township Community Center

Tonight, Tuesday, February 25th, is the first night of a six-week Tai Chi class at the Cranberry Township Community Center.  The class will introduce my “Video Taiji Form 1″ over the six classes.  This “Form 1″, based upon the Yang Family style of Tai Chi Ch’uan, was developed as part of my Video Taiji YouTube video series for the purpose of providing those of limited movement, or with limit room in which to move, to have a short sequence of exercise and meditation movements available.

The form consists of these six named postures:

1. Commencement
2. Part Wild Horses’ Mane
3. White Crane Spreads Wings
4. Fair Maiden Works Shuttles
5. Snake Creeps Down the Tree
6. Cross Hands/Embrace the Tiger

Like most Tai Chi forms, while the named postures are few in number, the actual movements number many more. With repetitions, there are 15 primary movements/stances in Video Taiji Form 1, with many interstitial or transitional movements, along with associated breathing patterns and hidden self-defense applications.

The primary movements in this form which relate to Tai Chi’s 13 underlying postures, Ward Off, Pull Back, Press, Push, Shoulder, Elbow, Split, Pull Down, Left, Right, Forward, Backward, and Center, are Ward Off, Split, and Pull Down.  Ward Off is found in both Part Wild Horses’ Mane and Fair Maiden, while Pull Down is found in Snake Creeps Down. Unlike most other Tai Chi forms, however, the 13th primary movement, “Center”, is actually the primary movement in this form, as the form continually moves from a centered placement, never moving more than two or three feet in any one direction.

See YouTube for my representative videos:

“Video Taiji Sixteen: Our Form” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcpMo383IqI
“Video Taiji 48: Video Taiji Form 1” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APphQWQqymc
Class document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zD1J_8OyTm3rByoDWvyMNm7jf0kOGjF2rjhL5cmaR8E/edit?usp=sharing

..Alex.