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Taiji Classes

Tai Chi Chu'an classes are taken consecutively, and one must pass the previous class to advance to the next level. Ongoing classes are not listed.

Classic Yang Style Tai Chi - Part One

Class timeline: January 6th - March 23, 2024

- Saturdays / 10am - 11am / 12 weeks / Tuition: $85

- Learn Part One of the Classic Yang Style Tai Chi Form, which consists of 22 movements. Students registered for this class are able to attend the Wednesday morning Qigong class at no extra charge! Due to the structure of the class, Students may join the class after the initial starting date. 

Thursday night class starting Thursday, March 7, from 6-7 PM.

It is an 8-week class and is $65.

Classic Yang Style Tai Chi - Part Two

Class timeline: Jan. 6th - March 23, 2024.

-Saturdays / 8AM - 10AM 

12 weeks / Tuition: $85

- Learn Part Two of the Classic Yang Style Tai Chi Form. Students registered for this class are able to attend the Wednesday morning Qigong class at no extra charge!

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Classic Yang Style Tai Chi - Part Three

Dates Coming Soon!

Class Location

Lake Park Lutheran Fellowship Hall

2647 North Stowell Avenue

Milwaukee, WI

When you arrive, please use the lower level entrance on Park Street to get to the fellowship hall.

8-Week Class: $65

12-Week Class: $85

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Benefits of Tai Chi

Practicing Taiji consistently helps you:

  • Rebuild and Create new neural pathways

  • Regulate Emotional Disturbances

  • Increase osteo circulation for greater bone density

  • Engage in a social ritual with others

  • Improve Balance and Proprioception

  • Deepen and soften breathing

  • Strengthen the Heart and Circulation

  • Ease through minor aches and pains

  • Overall Flexibility

  • Better Sleep Patterns

  • Enhanced psychological state of mind

  • Achieve a heightened, aware, state of mind and responses

  • Musculoskeletal strengthening through weight bearing exercise

  • Release deep reserves of blocked energy

  • Love your body well enough to train it well

  • Discover unexpected capacities and insights

  • Find your natural comfort zone without artificial stimulation

All the above contribute to longevity and aging gracefully.

History of Taiji

Taiji is a Chinese philosophy which has at its center the harmonization of the opposing forces of Yin and Yang.  It was first described in the I Ching, or Book of Changes in 4500 B.C.  This Yin/Yang philosophy permeated all of Chinese culture, arts, medicine and science for thousands of years. 

 

In 1100 A.D. a Taoist monk by the name of Zheng, San Feng, is credited with creating a martial art based on these principles.  He called it Taiji-quan, or "fist of the mind", which has now become one of the most popular internal martial arts. The basic difference from external martial arts is that it emphasizes the principle of the soft overcoming the hard.  It takes much longer to learn because it relies on relaxation, speed and internal focus, rather than on physical strength.  Tai Chi can be performed with or without martial intent.

 

The Taijiquan form is actually a series of martial techniques.  It takes about one year to learn the entire sequence, and many more years to learn the applications. At Y.M.A.A. Taijiquan of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, we practice the full length Classical Yang style of Taijiquan, descended from the Yang, Ban Huo lineage.

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