Whole U Tai Chi Class
Tai Chi is an ideal aerobic exercise for any age and can be practiced for a lifetime. Tai Chi helps maintains spine health and increases bone density. It is beneficial to the cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, and digestive systems, while also improving balance and the circulation of chi, an energy force that underlies traditional Chinese medicine and martial arts. At noon, the class session will cover authentic Chen Style Tai Chi Silk Reeling and Qigong warm-ups, emphasizing self-centering, body relaxation, and slow breathing techniques as you practice form movements. Increased flexibility, leg strength, coordination, and balance can be expected along with learning relaxation skills in an energetic way.
Master Instructor Yijiao Hong is a 12th generation disciple of Chen Style Tai Chi. She has sponsored Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei’s Chen Style Tai Chi Seminars in Seattle annually since 1998. In 2000, Master Hong was certified by the International Wushu Federation in Beijing, China, as a Wushu International Judge. In 2004, Master Hong earned the highest rank as a Wushu International A Grade Judge in Beijing. Between 1999 and 2003, she judged for selection of National Wushu Teams for both the U. S. A. and Canada.
Master Hong was named U.S. “Year of the Athlete“ by USAWKF in 1998, and competed on the U.S.A National Wushu Team in the 5th World Wushu championship in Hong Kong in 1999, where she ranked 7th among the top world professional Tai Chi athletes. In 1996 Master Hong established the Chinese Wushu and Tai Chi Academy in Seattle and fosters thousands of students.