Calm the mind. Relax the body. Sink.
These are the goals of practicing Tai Chi Chuan, whether it’s being learned as an advanced martial art, or simply for the various mental and physical health benefits.
Increasingly in life, we are more attuned to what we are thinking rather than the sensations occurring in our bodies or coming in through our senses. Tai Chi remedies this by building awareness of what is happening in the present moment so movement can be energy-efficient and perfectly-timed.
Tai Chi training is recommended if you are:
- a practicing martial artist or athlete – Increasing internal awareness can greatly increase speed and efficiency of motion.
- a senior – Downward orientation and slow, conscious stepping promote balance and leg strength to keep you graceful and grounded.
- strength training – Joint-opening exercise and coordinated, flowing movements keep you loose and supple as you add mass and strength.
- anxious/stressed-out – Deep breathing and mindfulness give you reliable tools to calm the mind and relax a tense body when you need it most.
- injured – Tai Chi’s gentle manner and movements promote blood and energy flow to increase your body’s ability to heal.
- uncoordinated – Slow, controlled movements and joint isolation exercises connect the mind and body, increasing ability to move smoothly and with purpose.
If you are looking for more vigorous and physically-demanding training, or to get in shape with a fun fitness regimen, we recommend our time-tested Shaolin Kung Fu program.
At New Orleans Shaolin-Do, there are different approaches one can take to learn the ancient art of Tai Chi:
Tai Chi Foundations – beginner-level group class
- focuses solely on the health and wellness aspects of preliminary Tai Chi training: breathing, meditation, opening tight joints, and mindful movement
- improves coordination, balance, mind-body connection, and mental focus
- gentle enough for seniors and people with injuries!
- see schedule
Tai Chi Curriculum – intermediate group class that assumes foundational Tai Chi knowledge
- learn series of Tai Chi movements or “forms” from Shaolin-Do’s expansive internal curriculum
- practice hands-on partner drills to test grounding and balance
- specific stretching and strength-building like Horse Stance (shown)
- Purchase 3-class Trial Week
Private Instruction – for an individual, small group, or corporate event
- outside of typical class times
- scheduled at the client’s convenience
- can be held in one of our studios, or at another location
- receive extended personal attention from one of our senior instructors
- focus on something not typically covered in group classes
- more info here
- Contact us with any questions or to set up private instruction.
Corporate Wellness – in house training for any team on the importance of posture and energy-conservation during the workday.
Having very little prior knowledge of tai chi, I wasn’t sure how it would fit into our corporate wellness program. “How can slow-motion martial arts help us be healthier, happier, higher-performing workers?” But an employee at our company who had taken classes at New Orleans Shaolin-Do assured us we should bring Sam in to teach us. We couldn’t be happier that we did. Of all the corporate wellness events we have held, our tai chi session with Sam is by far my favorite. We have learned that tai chi is not just martial arts. It’s a very accessible way for anyone to relax a tense body while at work, to improve sitting posture, and to free up energy to prevent burnout after a long day. Sam’s tai chi sessions can be done anywhere; we hold ours in a regular office room. As an interesting way to learn new skills that actually improve our work lives, Tai chi with Sam is the perfect wellness activity for us.