What we're about

Meet and join us to practice friendly Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan). Take classes in moving Form, Push Hands, Qigong, Meditation and I-Ching (Book of Changes). Our primary studios are in midtown Manhattan.

We strive to cultivate a fun learning atmosphere, and a few events are conducted in an informal setting. All are welcome, from absolute beginners to any body-mind / martial arts people.

Please call or message us to arrange an intro session and to learn about our programs: 646-801-9218. Note: our regular classes are not free. Not all classes are listed, to reduce Meetup email.

Classes are led by longtime practitioner and our principle instructor, Inoshi. On occasion other teachers may instruct in these arts as well. Dress comfortably in clothes which you can move freely in. Street clothes are fine (changing areas available). Please see specific class descriptions for more detail, especially on footwear.

Our foundation is Yang Family / Style Taiji, yet includes practice from other families. We meet weekly with the exception of a possible Summer break, a Winter break and few major holidays.

Note: Taiji oft appears rendered Tai Chi. Qigong as Chi Kung, and Push Hands is known as Tui Shou.

Our root org is EastWest Works (http://eastwest.works/). For wider interests see EastWest's Meetup portal too: http://www.meetup.com/eastwest/ .

Upcoming events (5+)

Yang Form Etc Outdoors

Robert Moses Playground

New folks contact us to schedule intros. This open practice is for regular members that wish to work on Taiji warm ups, form, qigong and general physical conditioning. This is also a time for regular members to make up weekly classes they have missed. Come practice outdoors, weather permitting. I usually have a bandana on - if you don't find us, call/text me. Also, if weather is wet or severe, we cancel:[masked]. We try to be on the E side of the blacktop. Here's a google map of Robert Moses Playground, Grand Central subway closest: http://bit.ly/rm-playground . Dress comfortably in rubber or soft soled shoes if possible with low or no heels. Bring a towel or cloth to stay dry and liquid to hydrate, when cold dress to stay warm and dry. There are many benefits from learning Taiji form. One advantage of Man-ching's 37 Yang form is that it is relatively short and can be done in plus or minus 10 minutes. Once embodied (learned well and practiced regularly) it can assist you in maintaining optimum health. For more on health aspects of Tai Chi see here: NIH (http://j.mp/1e5HxJS). Please contact Inoshi for to arrange for an intro class and to learn about our program:[masked]. Please note: we do not offer regular classes for free. If you are a returning Saturday participant, contributions are expected.

Push Hands (推手)

Location visible to members

$30.00

Contact us for a $10 intro:[masked]. Note, member rate half of drop in fee. Class may extend to 7:00 if 8 participants or so. Come practice Taiji Push Hands. Pairing up and practicing with one another Taiji contact skills. Instruction and guidelines for real time partner training in patterns, principles and sensitivity training, and fixed and moving step play. We will study and practice push hands for physical conditioning and also do a variety of foundational exercises in this ongoing cooperative endeavor. Classes led by Inoshi, and under the guidance of experienced members you learn about and hone the art of push hands. Beginners, and those experienced in any style of internal or external martial art, body-mind practice, and physical culture are welcome. Come and practice friendly, fun Push Hands, also known as Tui Shou (推手). 4th Floor Footwear policy: Please make sure bring a pair of cotton or leather soled shoes (Taiji slippers fine). Socks or bare feet fine too. No rubber soled shoes of any kind allowed (even kung fu shoes, etc.). Class concludes at 6:30 pm. If visiting from afar, out of town, or a long time community friend that we have not seen in awhile, it helps us plan if you contact us advance before dropping by. It is of great value to know form in order to progress in push hands and usually a qualified practitioner is on hand to introduce Yang form to beginners who request it. Yang form classes are privately and regularly offered on our schedule as well. Our foundation is Yang Family / Style Taiji, and a few stylists from other lines can sometimes be found in attendance. We meet weekly except for some major holidays and a Summer and New Year's break.

Yang Form 3 (杨三)

Bryant Park Area

Please contact us to schedule an intro and learn more:[masked]. Please note: we do not offer regular classes for free. In this course students learn the first chapter of Taiji (Tai Chi) Yang form, also known as Cheng Man-ching’s 37 movement (or Yang style short form). Class length 55 minutes. Students will be methodically led through portions of the form on a weekly basis, with attention given to principles (rooting, posture, movement) and applications. The entire course sequentially graduates through three chapters, or stages of the form, and after completing Yang Form 1 with proficiency, students may progress to Yang Form 2 and then 3. Certificates of completion will be issued to students who have completed all sections of the entire course, after reviews and successful demonstrations. From then on students may participate in Yang Form 4 (ongoing intermediate-advanced). Students already having Taiji form experience and wishing to join may contact Inoshi to assess equivalency and placement. There are many benefits from learning Taiji form. One advantage of Man-ching's form is that it is relatively short and can be done in less than 10 minutes. Once embodied (learned well and practiced regularly) it can assist you in maintaining optimum health. For more on health aspects of Taiji see here: NIH (http://j.mp/1e5HxJS). Dress comfortably and bring/wear a pair of clean shoes: tennis shoes, cotton or leather soled shoes (Taiji slippers fine), changing area available. Practice in socks or bare feet fine too. Notebooks welcome. If class is cancelled make-ups will be provided, if missed private instruction can be had at additional cost. Class led by principle instructor and longtime practitioner, Inoshi.

Noten Meditation (野天禅)

United Nations Area

Must RSVP: which means you plan to attend! New, regular and seasoned meditators are welcome to drop by for an early evening meditation which ends at 7:10 pm. If new to meditating, please inform us to make sure we give some basic instruction on how to proceed. As an expression of openness, a yang quality, Noten provides a non-dogmatic approach to meditation. Come relax, breathe, enjoy silence and depart. 8 chairs and several mats and cushions provided on a first come first served basis. Please provide for your own comfort with scarves, shawls and throws. Make sure you are hydrated beforehand and please prepare to be in a quiet space. This is a shoes-off space. $3 suggested contribution, large or smaller onations accepted, not required. Cash, credit / debit (at event), Cash App, Venmo or Paypal accepted. (If fee is a problem, RSVP and show up anyway, talk to us)! PLEASE BE TIMELY - CALL OR TEXT IF RUNNING LATE AND ON WAY:[masked]

Past events (2,145)

Yang Form 1 (杨一)

E 53 // 2nd & 3rd Aves

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