Aqua Tai Chi    

                   Currently not being offer

Tai Chi Village Aqua Tai Chi practices Ai Chi, Traditional 24 Posture, 5 Elements and Qi Gong in water to  help people improve their physical and mental health.

Water’s buoyancy and three dimensional resistance allows people to move in ways that can help best meet their individual fitness needs and prepare their body for daily activities.  With Ai Chi our aim is to strengthen lower extremities, trunk and back muscles by using water’s resistance to improve muscular strength and endurance. In addition, we incorporate the inherit properties of the principles of Tai Chi and Qi Gong to enhance, develop and expand the mind-body connection.

Aqua Tai Chi is practiced in the water because it provides several benefits:

  1. Water supports our body’s weight making exercising easier and more relaxing.
  2. Water provides gentle resistance to movement which eases strain on tender joints and gently develops muscle strength.
  3. Water helps us learn certain healthful breathing techniques

We begin with Ai Chi movements because they are so gentle, stress relieving and easy to do.

We add Qi Gong breathing techniques that add to the health benefits of the slow movements.  Later Qi Gong aids in in learning the postures in Five Elements and the Bejing 24 Posture traditional Tai Chi.  (Learn more about the History of Ai Chi)

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We begin Aqua Tai Chi with “Ai Chi” movements that are slow and gentle.  Ai Chi was created in the mid 1980’s, by Jun Konno who wanted a group exercise program for warm, shallow water that would provide the same relaxing benefits experienced during water massage but without the intimacy of touch.   Konno, founder of Ai Chi, was president of Aqua Dynamics Institute in Japan.                                                                                                                        (Learn more)

Origionally calledWater Breathing,”  Ai Chi focus was on cultivating life force energy, or chi.  Chi is influenced by the flowing, continuous and graceful movements of Tai Chi and many East Asian physical disciplines.

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Eastern medicine takes a holistic approach to health that considers  mind, body, spirit and the quality of life.   Traditional Asian healthcare practitioners look at the body, emotional health and what is going on in an individual’s life.  Life’s energy flow is

called chi, which is found in all living things and courses throughout the human body.  Chi health  is based on the belief that the  flow of life (chi)  energy reflects a balanced mind, body and spirit.  
Konno’s program embraces these qualities of traditional East Asian movement practices.

Because of his strong emphasis on cultivating chi, he changed the program’s name from “Water Breathing” to “Ai Chi.”  Konno says  “’Ai Chi’ is the sigh we give when we’re at peace.” “Ai” comes from the Japanese word aisuru, which means “to love.”        (Learn more)

Advanced Ai Chi

after learning the 8 basic moves we add stretching movements to each which aids

            stress relief, muscle building and improved health.

Qi Gong 

Phase 2 of Aqua Tai Chi at Tai Chi Village is including Qi Gong to our Ai Chi

 Qigong , chi gung   is the practice of aligning breath, movement, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation.  With roots in Chinese medicine, martial arts, and philosophy, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi) “.   Qigong exercises have three components: a posture (moving or stationary) 調身, breathing techniques 調息, and mental focus on guiding qi (chi) through the body 調心.  Qigong is now practiced throughout China and worldwide. Some believe it to be exercise,  while others believe Qigong a type of alternative medicine or meditative practice.

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8 Pieces of Bocades

We use the 8 Brocades as in our Qi Gong practice.  Some of these exercises are 3 or 4,000 years old.  Dr. Stanley Hughes showed me how he uses this in his Tai Chi classes in Georgetown, KY.

 With roots in ancient Chinese culture dating back more than 4,000 years, a wide variety of qigong forms have developed within different segments of Chinese society:[11] in traditional Chinese medicine for preventive and curative functions,[12] in Confucianism to promote longevity and improve moral character,[1] in Taoism and Buddhism as part of meditative practice,[5] and in Chinese martial arts to enhance fighting abilities.[9][13] Contemporary qigong blends diverse and sometimes disparate traditions, in particular the Taoist meditative practice of “internal alchemy” (Neidan 內丹术), the ancient meditative practices of “circulating qi” (Xing qi 行氣) and “standing meditation” (Zhan zhuang 站桩), and the slow gymnastic breathing exercise of “guiding and pulling” (Tao yin.

While implementation details vary, all qigong forms are a mix of four types of training: dynamic, static, meditative, and activities requiring external aids.     (Learn more)

Phase 3 of Aqua Tai Chi is the use of 5 Elements Tai Chi

5 Elements  is a short form brought  Tai Chi Village by Randy Johnson who studied it in China.           (Learn More)

Phase 4 of Aqua Tai Chi  “Putting it all Together.”

In Phase 4 we practice putting these  3 approaches into a form you can use for the rest of your life.

Phase 5 of Aqua Tai Chi we introduce the Beijing 24 Posture Tai Chi form

In Phase 5  we start adding the dynamic health improvements of the 24 Posture form that can be done anywhere–in a room, at a park, training room, river or pool.   (Learn more)

Phase 6  – Developing the 24 Postures

In Phase 6  we study the 24 Postures in 3 ways while practicing the previous exercises we learned.

Summary

In one year you will be taken through the  following:

Level 1 Aqua Tai Chi

5 Weeks – Ai Chi Postures

5 Weeks – Ai Chi and 5 Elements

5 Weeks – Ai Chi,

5 Elements plus 8 Brocades

5  Weeks – Putting it all together

25 Weeks 24 Postures

12  weeks learning the Postures

12 weeks refining the breathing, fluidity and fine motor skills

1  week putting it all together with the Ai Chi, 5 Elements and 8 Brocades