Tai Chi & Chi Kung
Find balance, peace, relaxation, and fitness with the gentle Chinese arts of Tai Chi and Chi Kung! Malee’s School’s tai chi classes are taught by Master Malee Khow and her qualified Tai Chi instructors.
About Chi Gong
Chi Kung (qigong) is a form of gentle breathing exercise that develops your Chi energy (qi). It employs easy-to-learn movement patterns that circulate the energy in your body and calm the mind. Thus, it is often called “moving meditation.” One of the many benefits of Chi Kung compared with other forms of exercise is that it is easy to follow and learn. Many Chi Kung sets target specific organ systems in order to improve their functioning. And Chi Kung isn’t something that requires great flexibility or a perfect memory, making it wonderful as a form of light exercise and relaxation.
We teach a variety of Chi Kung sets, including Medicinal Chi Kung, which incorporates acupuncture points to further help circulate the body’s Chi energy. All of our beginning Tai Chi classes begin with a warm up followed by a Chi Kung set.
Malee’s School has also begun offering classes that exclusively teach a variety of Chi Kung forms. For more information, please see our Schedule page.
About Tai Chi
The ancient martial art of Tai Chi Chuan (taijiquan) is now practiced primarily for its health benefits. It is particularly well-suited to people who cannot do more intense aerobics, or for people who prefer a gentler, more relaxing or spiritually fulfilling form of exercise.
Following a few minutes of warm-up exercises, students practice some simple, easy-to-follow Chi Kung. Then we teach, step by step, a basic form called 24 Form Simplified Yang Style Tai Chi. Set to beautiful music, this form contains 80% of the movements of the traditional routine while eliminating most of the repetitions. It was designed by Grandmaster Li Tianji in 1956 to make Tai Chi more accessible to the everyday person.
After learning 24 Form, students can go on to learn a series of barehand and later weapon routines. In addition to combined sets, which mix different styles of tai chi, Malee’s School teaches Chen Style, Sun Style, Zhaobao He Style, and other styles of tai chi. We also teach Tai Chi Straight Sword, Tai Chi Broadsword, Tai Chi Fan, Tai Chi Short Staff, and other weapons.
We often offer classes in push hands and tai chi applications to intermediate and advanced students.