Ongoing:  Please contact instructor before attending
Wednesdays, 5-6:30 pm

Chapel Hill Tai Chi Weapons

Weapons offer a unique way to extend taiji principles through a secondary instrument and explore extension of self.  All forms offered during the Wednesday night class or through private lessons upon request.  Students in this class are able to learn the weapon oftheir choice.  You can find a list of the forms taught here.  It is suggest that students start with Taiji Stick as it allows the student to explore taiji with a weapon without the added worry of edges and orientation that are inherent in other weapons.  Our weapons page has more detailed information on each weapon taught.  Students learn at their own pace.

Red Roof Pavilion;  8211 Huntsman Ct, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 - Please note: This (temporary) location is outdoors; $15 per class when paying in advance for four or more classes; single class $20. 

This class meets year round in an outdoor pavilion.  For LaoMa, this recreates the experience of studying in China.  His study started in the heat of August and as the winter started to set in, he didn't think he'd make it through!  Fortunately for all of us he did!  Please be prepared and dress warmly (long johns encouraged!) during the cold months!  

Teacher: Lao Ma; Senior Student: Violet Anderson
Please contact LaoMa for more information.
blackbamboopavilion@gmail.com

Wudangshan Taijiquan and Liehubafa, Beginning and Continuing

Ongoing: Drop-ins welcome.
Wednesday, 6:30-8:00pm

This is a traditional form that is suggested for improving balance, focus and meditative aspects.  It is taught one posture at a time, at the student's pace, with an intensive focus on fundamentals in movement.  Wudangshan is a starting point for anyone interested in the art of taijiquan.

Beginning students will start learning principles and fundamentals essential for taiji.  They will continue through the form, posture by posture at their own pace.

Chapel Hill Tai Chi

More advanced students who have a small foundation in the Wudangshan 108 empty hand form will take on a few postures each week and focus on corrections personalized for the students. It will also build taiji principles details within the postures; details include matching, stance work, alignment and applications of postures. Students of all levels (including beginners) are welcome!

This class also has some students that focus on Liuhebafa.  A rare and powerful art that combines strengths of three internal martial arts: the straightforward, compact delivery of Xingi, the agile, circular dynamics of Bagua, and the smooth, relaxed execution of Taijiquan, and a fourth element consisting of unusual undulating, wave-like movement that gives the style the name “Water Boxing.”

Liuhebafa is characterized by a dramatic rising and falling.  Once learned, the form moves a bit faster and can provide a more athletic contrast to some of the traditional taiji forms.  It builds leg strength, balance and agility at the same time it helps a practitioner unify the body and mind.

Students who wish to learn Tangquan are encouraged to attend this class.  Please contact the instructors to let them know about your desire to learn this fast, vigorous hard style form.

Red Roof Pavilion;  8211 Huntsman Ct, Chapel Hill, NC 27516 - Please note: This (temporary) location is outdoors; $15 per class when paying in advance for four or more classes; single class $20. 

This class meets year round in an outdoor pavilion.  For LaoMa, this recreates the experience of studying in China.  His study started in the heat of August and as the winter started to set in, he didn't think he'd make it through!  Fortunately for all of us he did!  Please be prepared and dress warmly (long johns encouraged!) during the cold months!  

Teacher: Lao Ma; Senior Student: Violet Anderson
Please contact LaoMa for more information.
blackbamboopavilion@gmail.com
919-542-0688