MARTIAL ARTS

Tai Chi Basics
Instructor: Kevin Comeau
Dates: Mondays
Time:  12-1pm
Cost: $150 for 10 class card, $17 for drop ins 

Kevin's class will introduce students to the basic elements of tai chi.  [This class will complement Paul Mahoney's Friday class at Open Door.]  The practice will include instruction in the body movements and breathing patterns needed to learn the Yang style short form.  This course is suitable for beginners who are interested in improving their health while learning this ancient art form.  This course is also suitable as an intro to tai chi chuan for students who are interested in not only the health side but in learning the martial art of tai chi. All are welcome- you can get started no matter what shape you are in! 

Kevin practices and teaches traditional Japanese martial arts with the White River Budokan in White River Junction.  He has been practicing 35 years.  He studies tai chi with Sifu Paul Mahoney. His somatic practice at Open Door focuses on deep tissue massage, myofascial release, and individual and group exercise.  He teaches advanced massage technique and body awareness classes and professional seminars at River Valley Community College and the Community College of Vermont.

For questions or to register, email Kevin at kevincomeau1989@gmail.com


Systema - Russian Health and Martial Art
Instructor: Mark Kutolowski
Dates: Tuesdays, November 6 - December 11
Time: 5:30 - 7 PM
Cost: November 6 Introduction is free, $75 for 5-part class starting November 13, or $18 drop in

Systema is an ancient Russian Health practice, martial art and system of human transformation. This class with introduce participants to the Slavic health tradition, and its unique approach to cultivating freedom of movement, breathing, posture, tension and psyche - with a special emphasis on freedom in conditions of external stress or conflict. Each class will include individual exercises with emphasis on conscious movement as well as dynamic partner work.

While Systema offers its own complete system of practice, it can also be applied to complement and improve performance in any body practice, including yoga, weight training, endurance sports, and manual labor. Beginners are welcome, and experienced practitioners of other body arts are warmly invited to explore this unique Russian approach to training. Learn more at: http://mark-kutolowski.squarespace.com

Mark Kutolowski has spent a lifetime exploring natural movement, health and bodily disciplines. Mark is a certified Systema instructor and has trained with Systema master Vladimir Vasiliev since 2008. Mark also works as a professional wilderness guide, and has a special interest in the integration of somatic training with our relationship with the natural world.

For questions or to register, email Mark at markkuto@gmail.com

For a great video on Systema, check out : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzIMkYqetfo


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Gentle Qi Gong
Instructor:Landon Hall
Date: Wednesdays
Time: 5:45-6:45pm
Cost: $17 drop in, $150 for 10-class card

Qi Gong (Qi – life force energy; Gong – work or skill) practice involves aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and greater physical and mental fluidity.  The practice sequences include gentle stretching, flowing movements, and standing postures that are quietly harmonized by rhythmical breathing and a calm, unhurried, focused mind.  The movements stimulate and invigorate the energy in the body and support health and vitality.  The imagery of natural and animal life is interwoven into the practice to help us revitalize our connection to the world of nature. The Center for Disease Control has named Qi Gong as a primary self-care practice that supports aging with grace and ease.  

Landon Hall is a trained teacher of MBSR and MSC, and has trained for several years in the art of Qi Gong with Lee Holden, an American Qi Gong Master based in Santa Cruz, CA.  There are at least 2500 styles of Qi Gong currently practiced in the US alone.  Landon teaches primarily in the style of Lee Holden, which you can learn more about at http://www.holdenqigong.com.

For questions or to register, email Landon at elhall888@gmail.com


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Self-Defense for Women (ages 13+)
Instructor: Kevin Comeau
Date: Fridays, October 26- November 16, 4-5pm
Time: 4-5pm
Cost: $75 for 4-class series

This class will cover the fundamentals of physical self-defense, while touching on its emotional and psychological elements.  We will cover such topics as evasion, escape, blocking and striking, improvised weapons, awareness of the environment, and the use of the eyes and voice.  Students should come prepared to move- wear comfortable clothing.  Practice will be realistic but respectful and safe.  All questions and ideas are welcome.

Kevin practices and teaches traditional Japanese martial arts with the White River Budokan in White River Junction, and has recently added tai chi to his studies. He has been studying for 35 years.  His somatic practice at Open Door focuses on deep tissue massage, myofascial release, and individual and group exercise.  He teaches advanced massage technique and body awareness classes and professional seminars at River Valley Community College and the Community College of Vermont.

For questions or to register, email Kevin at kevincomeau1989@gmail.com


Tai Chi for Health
Instructor: Paul Mahoney
Dates: Fridays
Time:  10am-11am
Cost: $150 for 10 class card, $18 for drop ins 

Paul Mahoney will teach a tai chi for health class that includes instruction of the Yang style short form and will include qigong (Chee gong) practice.

This course is suitable for beginners who are interested in improving their health while learning this ancient art form.  This course is also suitable as an intro to tai chi chuan for students who are interested in not only the health side but in learning the martial art of tai chi. Once the basics are mastered students would then have an option to start a more in depth study which includes partner exercises including push hands, chin Na, applications and the Yang style fighting set. 

Paul Mahoney has over thirty years of tai chi experience. To learn more about him please visit: www.greatbaytaichi.com

For questions or to register, email Paul at gbtc13@gmail.com


BAGUAZHANG
Instructor: Stefan Grace, L.Ac.
Date: TBD

Baguazhang is a Chinese internal martial art that emphasizes roundness and circularity in its movements. With a focus on dexterity and nimbleness, this martial art uses meditative circle-walking to train the practitioner to move in a fluid and relaxed manner, aligning breath with movement. This series of classes will focus on the neigong (internal cultivation) aspects of bagua, with a series of warm-ups that aim to open, relax and retrain the body's movement habits, followed by circle-walking exercises.