Tai Chi – Fundamentals
January 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Sunday, repeating indefinitely
The fundamentals of Tai Chi are relaxation, vertical alignment, and root. This class will emphasize individual movements and drills derived from the form class so as to better condition the body for Tai Chi form practice. Like the form class, this class is also beginner friendly, but we will focus on repeating several common movements rather than practicing the linked movements in a sequence. Comfortable, loose-fitting attire and flat shoes work best.
Drop in rate: $15
Monthly pass: $50
Instructor: Daniel Pfister
After four years training in Goju Ryu Karate, Kendo, and other Japanese styles, Daniel made the switch to the Chinese internal martial arts (neijia) at the age of 17 he began studying Tai Chi. At age 19, Daniel moved to Taiwan and began intensive Tai Chi training with Master Liu Xiheng. After nearly three years in Taiwan, Daniel began studying another style of Tai Chi, as well as Xingyi Quan.
In 2004 Daniel returned to the United States and studied with Liu Xiaoling, a well-known Master of Chinese internal martial arts from Shanghai. Because of his Chinese language ability and experience in the martial arts, Daniel progressed quickly with Master Liu, and was soon invited to become a disciple, or inner-door student. Compared to his studies in Taiwan, which focused on learning a few martial art forms well, Daniel learned a much broader range of forms and skills from Master Liu. Having already achieved a strong foundation, Daniel benefited from this approach as it gave him variety of styles which he could practice, and eventually teach students with varying interests and levels of ability.