Tai Chi and Qigong

About Tai Chi

Tai chi, an ancient practice that originated in China about 2,500 years ago, is a combination of slow, deliberate movement, meditation, and breathing exercises. There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice has value in treating and preventing health problems.

The gentle movements have minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. The practice helps to improve your balance, build leg strength and has been shown to increase bone density.

Simplified 24 Yang Style Taijiquan

Even though simplified, the 24 Taichi contains the basic stance and techniques that are commonly used in Taichi practice.

Zhengmanqing's 37 Yang Style Taijiquan

Cheng Man Ching 37 Yang Style Tai Chi (37 Tai Chi) was developed by Master Cheng Man Ching, who studied Tai Chi with the Grand Master Yang Cheng Fu in China in the 1930s. 37 Tai Chi is widely performed in the United States and many other countries worldwide. It consists of 37 postures and emphasizes relaxation, which helps reducing stress and anxiety.

About Qigong

The Qigong class begins with warm up exercises, followed by Eight Brocades and Five Animals. It concludes with a short standing meditation practice.

Qigong is a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing, and meditation used for the purposes of health, spirituality, and martial arts training. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi, translated as "life energy". Energy flow throughout the body is brought about by the gentle movements.

The Eight Silk Brocade Qigong (Ba Duan Jing) consists of eight movements, each emphasizing different part of the body and muscles. All the movements combined, stretch the major body parts and improves its functions.

Five Animal Qigong (Wu Qin Xi) was created by a Chinese physician and surgeon named Hua Tuo about 2,000 years ago, who understood the human anatomy and is believed to be the first person in the world to develop the use of anesthesia. Five Animal Qigong is a set of exercises with deep stretching and deep breathing. By imitating the movements of the tiger, bear, deer, monkey, and bird, you stretch and exercise the major parts of your body, such as the neck, spine, shoulder, chest, back, etc.

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James Jeffers

James started doing Tai Chi over thirty years ago in Hangzhou, China. He studied Tai Chi with teachers and masters in China, Thailand, and the United States. He was approved to teach Tai Chi in Changsha, China and the United States. He has been teaching actively in the metro DC area for three years.

James practices Tai Chi and meditation (standing and sitting) every day and actively expands his skill by visiting masters and attending workshops. Over the years, James mastered Simplified Tai Chi (24), Yang (37 & 85), 8 Silk Brocade Qigong, and 5 Animals Qigong. He has also studied Yang sword, saber, and staff.

James is a certified level 3 Chi Healer. In addition to the scheduled classes, James is available for private lessons and Chi Healing.

Hongwei Jeffers

Hongwei started doing Tai Chi at a young age when she was in China. She studied Tai Chi with teachers and masters. She obtained Tai Chi teaching certificates from Shanghai Tai Chi Association, Beijing Jingwu Tai Chi Association, and the prestigious Beijing Sports University, where many world Tai Chi champions studied and were trained.

Over the years, Hongwei has skillfully mastered the 24 simplified Tai Chi, the 37 Cheng Man Ching Yang Style Tai Chi, the 85 Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi, 52 Tai Chi Kong Fu Fan, the 24 Mu Lan Fan, 42 Tai Chi Fan, 32 Tai Chi Sword, 42 Tai Chi Sword, 8 Silk Brocade Qigong, and 5 Animals Qigong.

Hongwei practices on the daily basis and coaches other Tai Chi practitioners. Currently Hongwei is available to teach the 37 Cheng Man Qing Yang Style Tai Chi, the 8 Silk Brocade Qigong, and the Five Animals Qigong.

In addition to the scheduled classes, Hongwei is available for private lessons.