Tai Chi Sword and Staff

Weapons have been part of the tai chi curriculum since the beginnings of the art in ancient China. Traditional Yang family tai chi for example, includes straight sword and broadsword forms, double sword, staff, and spear forms, as well as extensive internal training methods using staves and swords of varying dimensions. Weapons training improves root, whole-body integration, extension of yi and chi (intention and energy) beyond the body, fluidity, and jing development in a way that empty-hand ... [Continue Reading]

Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi

Cheng Man Ching (1900-1975) was one of the most remarkable figures of 20th century tai chi, a “master of five excellences” who brought authentic tai chi to the US and also taught extensively in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. A disciple of the legendary Yang Cheng Fu, Cheng also studied Taoist neigong, and modified the traditional Yang Style to reflect this influence. Cheng style tai chi emphasizes rooting, complete release of tension from body and mind, and fluid, effortless movement. The Cheng 37 ... [Continue Reading]

Chinese Healing Exercises – Further Explorations

Chinese Healing Exercises have been used for thousands of years as prescribed or self-directed practices to promote health, increase functionality, improve energy levels, relieve aches and pains, and treat many common ailments. Easy to learn, simple to do, and very effective, they are drawn from acupressure, medical qigong, paidagong, Daoist yoga, warm-ups for taiji and various qigongs, and other related practices.   In this four hour workshop we’ll further some of the practices ... [Continue Reading]

Foundation Training or “Jibengong”

Many of our Tai Chi courses focus on learning the “form.” We do this to help you improve your coordination, learn to let go of overt tension, and encourage relaxation of the body and the mind as you move. Classically, there were additional practices, called “jibengong” or basic, foundational training exercises, that were used to prepare the body for more advanced training, including self-defense, meditation, and weapons sparring. Jibengong basic training exercises help you build leg and ... [Continue Reading]

Tai Chi Circling Hands Qigong – with Eric Peters

Tai Chi Circling Hands is a simple Chi Gung set that focuses on training the circular movement of the arms in three directions: vertical, horizontal and coronal. These motions are practiced with the feet parallel and also with shifting forward and backward while turning the hips. There are seven easy to learn movements. The simplest and most often taught is Vertical Circling Hands, standing with the feet parallel. Then you can shift your weight forward and backward and then add turning the ... [Continue Reading]

Standing Practice and Refinements – with Eric Peters

In the first stage of standing practice as taught by Bruce Frantzis in Opening the Energy Gates of your Body Chi Gung, there is a focus on body alignment, sinking your chi, and outer dissolving. The arms are initially at the sides, an energetically neutral position. Over time, there are a variety of refinements to the practice of standing, sinkingand dissolving. In this Saturday workshop, Eric will focus on several topics such as: The more advanced practice of internal alignments ... [Continue Reading]

Dragon & Tiger Qigong – 2015 Sunday Series with Bill Ryan

In 2015, Bill Ryan will continue to teach monthly Dragon & Tiger Qigong workshops at multiple levels. These workshops are designed to allow you to learn and train Dragon & Tiger qigong in a systematic and progressive manner - on whatever Sundays fit your schedule and learning speed. They are also designed to complement Brookline Tai Chi's weekly (level 1a and 1b) Dragon & Tiger classes, so that you can study a topic in depth with Bill in a workshop format and then unpack it ... [Continue Reading]

Wu Tai Chi Short Form with Craig Barnes

Energy Arts Senior Instructor Craig Barnes returns to continue teaching in the second half of the Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form August 29-30, 2015. Studying with an experienced instructor like Craig often makes it possible to delve into material that would otherwise be difficult to access, and studying in an immersive fashion (multiple hours per day, multiple days in a row) can afford similar depth. Craig will focus on multiple aspects of “lengthening” in the Short Form – on using ... [Continue Reading]

Brookline Tai Chi and LivingSocial

“What got me is that after three days of doing tai chi, though I didn’t know what I was doing and felt totally inadequate, my energy was up. I had the feeling, ‘There’s something going on here; this is doing something for me.’ Now I’ve been doing this for a long while and it’s still working. I’m 83. I should be going downhill but I’m not.” — from a BTC student Brookline Tai Chi has been teaching Chinese movement arts for 23 years to people of all ages, skills, and fitness levels. Located in ... [Continue Reading]

New Meditation Classes for Winter 2015

We are pleased to be able to offer two new classes in Taoist Water Method Meditation beginning in January 2015: Introduction to Meditation and Inner Dissolving Mentoring.  Energy Arts-certified instructor Janak Sanariya will teach both classes - please see his writings below on meditation in general and the scope of these two classes specifically. What is Meditation? Introduction to Meditation 101: Description and Registration Link Inner Dissolving Mentoring: Description and Registration ... [Continue Reading]

Tai Chi Jings Training: New Winter Course with Don Ethan Miller

JING TRAINING Jing (or jin, or ging) is a term in Chinese Martial Arts for an expression of energy with a particular pattern or quality, as distinguished from ordinary, untrained force. There are the Four Primary Jings ( Peng, Lu, Ji, and An) as well as kao jing, chan su jing, fajing, ting jing, kong jing, and many more. Many Tai Chi players learn the physical movements of their forms, but do not understand the specific qualities and energies that are meant to be associated with them. In ... [Continue Reading]

Introduction to Yiquan: A New Winter Course with Don Miller

INTRODUCTION TO YIQUAN Yiquan is a unique internal martial art/qigong system developed in the last century by Wang Xiang Zhai, a Xingyi master who combined the most powerful and direct methods of all the Chinese internal martial arts and qigong systems, including Xingyi, Bagua, Tai Chi, Shaolin, Taoist and Buddhist methods. Yiquan is a formless art, containing no fixed, choreographed sets of movements or techniques. Rather, it works to develop one's natural vitality, strength and mobility ... [Continue Reading]

The Nei Gung of Xing Yi, Part 2 with Marcus Opalenik

He Bei Style Xing Yi with Marcus Opalenik: Nei Gung, Part 2 Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 3:00pm - 6:00pm $75/$65 for members Open to everyone (no prerequisites) For centuries the internal work ("Nei Gung") of Xing Yi has been regarded as the quickest way possible to develop internal skill. The process and step-by-step method has historically been shrouded in secrecy and thus hard to come by. Yi Zong New England is pleased to announce the continuation of our series in the Nei Gung of Xing Yi. ... [Continue Reading]

New Classroom Space on Brington Road

We are upgrading our space! We will be swapping our smaller room (355 Boylston Street) for the space adjacent to our larger room (4 Brington Road). Once renovations are complete, double doors will connect the two classrooms, allowing for easier connections between classes and a better sense of community.  In addition to the doorway, we'll be refinishing the hardwood flooring, painting the room, and doing bathroom upgrades. This unexpected opportunity will allow us a larger, quieter, more ... [Continue Reading]

18 Ways To Do The Form with Don Ethan Miller (part 3 of 3) – Sept 21, 2014

Sunday Sept 21, 2014, 10:00am – 1:00pm Early registration (before Sept 14): $90, $75 for members Late registration (on or after Sept 14): $100, $85 for members Limit: 20 participants   18 Ways To Do The Form, Part III: A Half-day Workshop in Expanding Form Practice with Don Ethan Miller   "The utility of a vessel is in its emptiness"       -- Lao Tzu   Every Tai Chi form is a vessel, which can be "filled" with a variety of energetic qualities, jings, activation ... [Continue Reading]

Xing Yi: 5 Elements Series – Wood element, Aug 9 with Marcus Opalenik

He Bei Style Xing Yi with Marcus Opalenik: Wood Element Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 3:00pm - 6:00pm $75/$65 for members Open to everyone (no prerequisites) Invented by the famous General Yu Fei, Xing Yi or "form mind" boxing is designed to enliven the body, making it internally flexible and elastic. It strengthens the mind and sharpens the intent, giving one a vibrancy into old age. Beng Chuan - crushing fist - derives its energy from the liver. By harnessing the potential of the liver it ... [Continue Reading]

Thank you Dan, retrospective, and appeal for transition contributions

The Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who has joined us so far in welcoming our new Executive Director Nate Hribar. In classes he is currently teaching and in our recent potluck, there has been an outpouring of excitement and support. As we prepare to welcome Nate into his new role and say goodbye to outgoing Director Dan Kleiman, we want to acknowledge that making smooth transitions is at the heart of our shared practice. In many ways, it affirms the choice we made ten years ... [Continue Reading]

New Tai Chi Courses for Late Spring 2014: Foundation Training or “Jibengong”

Many of our Tai Chi courses focus on learning the “form.” We do this to help you improve your coordination, learn to let go of overt tension, and encourage relaxation of the body and the mind as you move. Classically, there were additional practices, called “jibengong” or basic, foundational training exercises, that were used to prepare the body for more advanced training, including self-defense, meditation, and weapons sparring. Jibengong basic training exercises help you build leg and ... [Continue Reading]

Expanded Qigong Courses for Late Spring 2014

Next session, we are excited to announce 7 new hours per week of qigong classes. Both of our current courses, Energy Gates and Dragon and Tiger courses will add additional sections in Late Spring and Dragon and Tiger Level 2 will be available again. You will be able to: Continue the Energy Gates standing series with BTC’s new Director Nate Hribar on Sundays and a new Tuesday evening time (replacing the current Monday class), as well as Wednesday mornings and Thursday night. Study Dragon ... [Continue Reading]

Tai Chi’s Benefits for Work/Life Balance

In the 50’s and 60’s futurists predicted that automation would create the 4 day work week and we would have time aplenty for recharging and smelling the roses. Automation is now here in full force but I will it leave it for others smarter than me to explain why that didn’t happen. In the meantime, it’s hard not to notice that the workplace in general has taken on a certain Dickensian quality. In this difficult environment, work/life balance is not something that will necessarily be handed to ... [Continue Reading]