T’ai Chi Ch’uan is...
a set of naturally flowing movements for health and fitness, relaxation, meditation, and self-defense that originated in China. Since then, it has been highly valued as one of the treasures of China. Originally, the art was a closely guarded family secret. Today, it is practiced by millions of people, both young and old, in China and around the world.
Because of the gentle nature of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, it is often used as a therapeutic exercise by people who are recovering from illness or injury, or for those who are beginning an exercise program and who are out of shape. RTCCC offers something for everyone no matter your age or fitness goals. We have a number of different workshops throughout the year.
10 Reasons to Practice T’ai Chi Ch’uan
- Simple to learn, but endlessly challenging.
- Relieves stress levels and lowers blood pressure.
- Assists in digestive function and tones the abdominal area. Also helpful for arthritis and diabetes.
- Promotes the elimination of toxins. Oxygenates cells and muscles.
- Improves balance and emphasizes good posture.
- A proven exercise for prevention of falls for the elderly.
- Strengthens muscles and ligaments and improves bone density.
- Increases cardiovascular and lung function.
- In only 20 minutes one gets an enjoyable mind and body workout.
About the Rochester T’ai Chi Ch’uan Center
The Rochester T’ai Chi Ch’uan Center was founded by a third generation student of Chen Pan-ling and his students in the late 1970’s and was incorporated in 1982 by third generation Chen Pan-ling Master Kai Sung and his students, with James Ransom as its first President. It was run by Director and President Jampa Mackenzie Stewart until 1990.
Our focus is to always pursue the truth and excellence of learning that make T’ai Chi Ch’uan a respected art. It continues to operate as a not-for-profit educational organization to promote T’ai Chi Ch’uan and related internal arts, and is organized into a "University" of six "colleges" or schools. Each school has teachers certified by our source Instructors, as well as other volunteer teachers with certified training.
T’ai Chi Ch’uan courses are offered in William C.C. Chen's Yang form, from beginner to advanced level. Courses are also offered in Qigong(much from Sifus Ken Cohen and Yang Yang), Peter Ralston’s Cheng Hsin T’ui Shou, Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Arthritis, Sun Traditional Tai Chi Chuan (from Tim Cartmell), and the martial arts legacy of Chen Pan-ling, as taught directly to us by his son Grandmaster Chen Yun Ching. Also offered is Master Da Liu's modified Yang style Tai Chi Chuan Form to be used as a vehicle for "Meditation in Motion".
Whether you are currently practicing T’ai Chi or are interested in learning more about it, we invite you to visit us during one of our scheduled Open Houses. You are also welcome to stop by during any of our class times to observe lessons in T'ai Chi, Chen Pan-ling Martial Arts, including traditional Chinese weapons, Qigong, or Cheng Hsin.