Celebrate World Tai Chi Day early with us. Comfortable exercise clothing and cross training or aerobic style shoes recommended. Registration required.
Jim McClellan will teach "An Examination of the Thirteen Elements of Tai Chi".
Comprising the Five Directions and the Eight Efforts, the class will identify important areas of exploration for the practitioner. The Thirteen Elements are essential for the study of any style of Tai Chi Ch'uan (Chen, Yang, Sun, Wu, Huo, Li, etc.).
The Five Directions utilize spatial awareness matched with purposeful movement; the student works to be confident & balanced in motion forwards, backwards, to the left side, to the right side, and - always - "firming the center".
The Eight Efforts are the physical "work" (muscular activity) that displays the goal of the Tai Chi postures. The various "efforts" (jing) are expressed as push, roll back, press, ward-off, rend, pluck, bump & elbow.
Al Aki will teach part of the most popular form called Tai chi 24 Yang style.
Yang Style is comprised of soft, slow, sweeping movements. Accessible for all ages and fitness levels this style focuses on balance.
Jim McClellan is an instructor of Chinese martial arts, under the direction of Shr Fu Ross Kellin. He has taught Tai Chi Ch'uan in the central Florida area for 20 years, and regularly holds classes at the YMCA in Lakeland, Florida. Jim is fluent in Yang and Sun style Tai Chi. He is a full-time employee at Universal Orlando and an adjunct professor at Florida Southern College.
Al Aki started his training in high school with Judo where he was able to compete in the Nationals. Al has over ten years of experience in aikido which is the Japanese version of Tai chi and has taught tai chi in the last five years publicly and privately. Al currently teaches Friday’s 9am in Blue Jacket Park in Winter Park and 9:30 am outside with masks at St Luke’s United Methodist Church. Tai chi is meditation through movement. Al also teach origami as a form of meditation.
This is a Virtual Event hosted through Zoom. You will receive an email with a link to access the Zoom before the event from your event host.
A computer with access to the internet and speakers or headsets are required. A webcam and microphone are suggested to fully participate.
If using a mobile device, Android and iOS users must install the Zoom App (App Store | Play Store). However, please note interactivity may be limited. Additional information will be included in the email from your event host.
Recommended Audience: Adults