with Howard Parks & January White
Monday & Tuesday Evenings
Winter Series begins January 13, 2020
During these twelve sessions we will work with the 37-movement Tai Chi form developed by Yang-style master Cheng Man-ch’ing. We will also introduce various Qi Gong forms to illuminate Tai Chi as a Taoist internal art.
Subject to space availability, you may drop-in any class for $15/$20 (members/non-members). Class size will be capped at 10 so please consider registering for the full session!
Beginning Tai Chi – 4:30 – 6pm
Part I will focus on Tai Chi fundamentals, including body mechanics, developing flexibility and leg strength, and learning to relax. Students are introduced to the choreography of the form up to about the first third of the 37-posture form. 12 Week Series: Evergreen members $120, non-members $160.
Continuing Tai Chi – 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm
This class will assume students have some foundation in Tai Chi equivalent to Part I above. We will continue the emphasis on Tai Chi fundamentals, spend a bit more time with Qi Gong, and begin to work with flow in the form. Students will continue with the choreography of the form up to about the second third of the 37-posture form and perhaps beyond, depending on the experience level of the class. 12 Week Series: Evergreen members $120, non-members $160.
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Howard Parks – Howard’s interest in martial arts started at age of ten, learning judo under the tutelage of the late Robert Smith. In addition to judo, Smith had a broad knowledge of other asian martial arts and was the primary collaborator with Cheng Man Ch’ing of one of the first books about Tai Chi (taiji quan) in the west. Smith also had an extensive collection of knock-knock jokes, which Howard to his chagrin has mostly forgotten.
Later in college Howard became himself interested in Tai Chi after the onset of an inherited form of lymphedema forced him to quit judo at age 15. Eventually he began studies of Tai Chi and nei gong (Taoist meditation) with the Great River Taoist Center, then located in Washington DC. Through Great River, he began teaching Tai Chi, and he also had the good fortune to learn from several Tai Chi masters, including William C.C. Chen and T.T. Liang (both students of Cheng Man Ch’ing), and from Wang Yen-nien, a Taoist lineage holder and master of the Yang style of Tai Chi.
In the intervening years, Tai Chi, a “soft” martial art conceived in China some 800 years ago, has become increasingly popular as a gentle form of exercise and moving meditation that teaches relaxation in the midst of activity. Regardless of your aim in learning Tai Chi, an understanding of the functional application of the Tai Chi form will help you find your alignment in the form. Howard teaches from the 37-posture form developed and popularized by Cheng Man-Ch’ing, one of the earliest teachers to introduce the practice in America.