Summer Drop-in Series
with Howard Parks & January White
Tuesdays 6pm – 7:30pm
~ This is a Donation Based Offering ~
T’ai Chi Ch’uan (“Tai Chi”) is variously known as a mind/body moving meditation, a gentle form of exercise, an effective martial art, a way to enhance “chi”(internal energy).
This summer we will offer a chance to practice in an informal group setting Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, Evergreen Easton, 770 Port Street, Easton MD. We expect the first half-hour will be devoted to qi gong and the next hour to repetitions of the form.
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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.