MARTIAL ARTS

 

TAI CHI

Instructor: Paul Mahoney
Dates: Fridays (July classes are practice sessions- $10 drop in)
Time:  10am-11am
Cost: $150 for 10 class card, $18 for drop ins (July- $10 drop in)

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, contact Paul by by emailing him here.

July Practice Sessions

Drop-in practice sessions for the Friday Tai Chi class will involve warm-ups, chi gong exercises, basic movement patterns, line drills, and practice of the 24 step form.  All levels are welcome to drop in!

Taught by Kevin Comeau. For questions, email Kevin at  kevincomeau1989@gmail.com


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Self-Defense for Women (ages 13+)

Instructor: Kevin Comeau
Date: Wednesdays, July 18- August 8
Time: 12-1pm
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


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Gentle Qi Gong

Instructor:Landon Hall
Date: Wednesdays, starting September 19
Time: 5:45-6:45pm
Cost: $18 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

Intro class on August 11, 9-10am!


Tai Chi for Balance

Instructor: Paul Mahoney
Dates: TBD

This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life. There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health.

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, contact Paul by emailing him here.


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.