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On March 29, 2024 at 16:44

Tai-Chi Chuan is the art of concealing hardness within softness, like a needle in cotton



Michael Kearney

I became interested in tai chi for several reasons. Some were very pedestrian: observed people doing tai chi, watched a video or two, or the reports of the health benefits. I began doing tai chi over 10 years ago with the expectation that as I age movement is good for my body and overall health. What I found was all of the above but also the enjoyment of belonging to Chinatown tai chi school( doing tai chi in a group), and pride in further developing my ability as a tai chi practitioner(those moments when you understand something deeper).

In teaching tai chi I believe the foundation is critical: learning the basic movements. I continue to work on the basics every time I practice. For new students, frustration can be great. But I believe that although tai chi is difficult it is rewarding. If you can stay with it, giving yourself time [6 months to a year], the rewards are great.

Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese Martial Art that is well known for its superior health benefits and high level of effectiveness in combat. Tai Chi forms, which are performed in a slow and relaxed manner, calm the mind and release the mental and physical tensions of our modern, stressful lifestyle. Our school is directly descended from the originator of Yang Style Tai Chi through his grandson Yang Cheng-Fu.

Please call Sifu Phyllis Calph at 651-699-2863 with questions. You may also send us mail

If you call in advance, we can answer any questions you may have before you come to your first class. Of course, you can always just show up to watch a class. Everyone is welcome.

Student Creed

I intend to develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth or my physical health.
I intend to develop self-discipline and respect in order to bring out the best in myself and others.
I intend to participate in class consistently, practice what I learn constructively and defensively to help myself and others, and never be abusive or offensive.

Yield and overcome,
Bend and be straight,
Empty and be full,
Wear out and be new,
Have little and gain,
Have much and be confused.

Tao Te Ching - Twenty-Two