About T’ai Chi Chuan (“T’ai Chi”) — “the ancient healing martial art”
Known especially for slow, continuous movements and its gentle flow of energy, the ancient Chinese study of T’ai Chi is practiced as a martial art, exercise, and moving meditation by people of all ages and physical abilities. Each ‘form’ is a series of defined positions joined by movement and weight shift. Depending on the speed at which it is performed, the “short” Yang form, consisting of 13 postures, may take from 3 to 10 minutes. Many studies of western medicine confirm that T’ai Chi is a beneficial tool for stress relief, balance, relaxation, and body awareness and is often recommended for those with arthritis, Parkinson’s, and other diseases that affect balance and movement.
About Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer has studied T’ai Chi Chuan and Qigong primarily with Princeton, NJ teacher Shifu Susanna DeRosa* since 1981. Christopher has studied several Yang family forms, the traditional Chen family and Cheng Man-ch’ing long forms, two person sparring, Da Liu, push hands, and the T’ai Chi weapon forms: sword, saber, and staff, and Taoist meditation, taking additional instruction with the late Master Jou Tsung Hwa, Master Weizhao Wu, Dr. Jay Dunbar, Sam Masich, and others.
“I love to practice T’ai Chi, and I love to teach. For my students that’s a good combination!”—Christopher Plummer
A respected teacher, Mr. Plummer has taught students of varying ages and abilities since 2004, and adapts classes and subjects to match student needs. He has taught at:
- Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, Johnson & Johnson
- Jointure Community Education, Raritan, NJ
- Hillsboro Library, Hillsboro, NJ
- Yoga Central, in Branchburg, NJ
- Cornerstone Clubs of Bucks County, PA
- Newtown Yoga of Newtown, PA
- …Physical Therapy centers, Executive Training, demonstrations, and private groups.
Standard Offerings (taught by Chris at various sites and studios):
“Introduction to T’ai Chi” — Considering taking a class in T’ai Chi Chuan but not sure if it is right for you? Had some other martial arts or similar background and want enough background to “drop-in” on an ongoing T’ai Chi Chuan class? This class introduces the fundamental stances, principles of weight shift, movement, and stepping and several of the postures of the Yang family 13 Posture “Short” form. Not a “sit and listen” program, the emphasis is on movement, and students will participate in several Qi Gong breathing exercises. Wear loose comfortable clothing. Provides enough foundation for you to decide if you want to take a longer “Beginner” course, or be comfortable trying a drop-in session such as the ongoing “T’ai Chi X” (eXperienced) class.
“Beginner T’ai Chi” — As a review for existing students and for beginners of all ages and abilities, this is a 6 Class introductory workshop to the ancient Chinese martial art, exercise, and moving meditation known as T’ai Chi Chuan, that Chris calls, “Learn Fast to Move Slow™”. Designed so that students will learn several postures each week and by week 6, perform the complete 13 posture Yang form.
“T’ai Chi for Seniors” — Tailored for students with some physical limitations due to age or illness, less demanding than “regular” T’ai Chi. Classes include Qigong breathing, balance exercises, very gentle movement, and simplified “Form”. With practice, seniors can usually expect to see benefits of stress release and relaxation from regular practice within two weeks.
“T’ai Chi X” for experienced students — A class for students who have had some T’ai Chi Beginner training and want to move beyond that to enhance their T’ai Chi. [Currently offered ad hoc — contact me if you are interested in this class.] We work on the “long” Yang Family 108 Form, improving flow, awareness, balance, and other topics including Qigong (breathing).
“Stress Relief at the Corporate Office” and Custom Individual, Corporate, and Small Group Lessons— I can craft a lesson or series that meets your needs, guaranteed. Ask Me!
See the Classes and Events Schedule.
* Ms. DeRosa, founder of Innerspace Taijiquan is a senior disciple of the late Master Jou, Tsung Hwa, a student of Master Yang Zhen-Duo, and Master Chen Xiaowang, among many others.
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