T’ai Chi Chuan, or T’ai Chi for short, is an ancient Chinese martial arts practice for defense training that consists of specific movements for health and vitality. It’s a low-impact exercise program centering on mind-body exercise that integrates slow, gentle movements, breathing techniques, and intentional focus that’s perfect for all ages. And unlike exercise which relies on muscular force and tension, the graceful movements of T’ai Chi emphasize relaxation, straightness, and true balance.
Greeley Recreation has been offering T’ai Chi classes for many years at the Greeley Active Adult Center as part of its Wellness program. The instructor, Sifu Fred Jennes, integrates the slowness and grace of T’ai Chi in several specialty classes with over one hundred different movements to help participants perfect the art.
Try a Specialty Class
Sifu Jennes has a passion for teaching, and his courses incorporate all experience levels, so whether you’ve taken a T’ai Chi class or not, you’ll feel completely comfortable participating in a session. There are several class options available through Greeley Recreation:
- T’ai Chi Chuan (16-week course) – teaches ancient martial arts basics to help you relax and enjoy movement. Beginning and advanced classes are offered from January through April 13 at the Greeley Active Adult Center (1010 6th Street).
- T’ai Chi Ruler (12-week course) – incorporates the slowness and grace of T’ai Chi Chuan using a ruler, or wood dowel, through the air, along with martial arts exercises. You’ll learn the basic ruler exercises, progressing if you choose to a more extensive ruler boxing form.
- T’ai Chi Qigong (4-week course) – focuses on simple exercises that you can do a few minutes each day to enhance your overall health and well-being.
- T’ai Chi Sword (8-week course) – instructs the grace and beauty of wielding the ancient T’ai Chi broadsword on Jian. (Only offered once a year.) This unique exercise form is offered on Tuesdays from 7:15-8:15 p.m. from January 17 through March 7 at the Family FunPlex (1501 65th Ave). Participating in a T’ai Chi class is a splendid way to meet new people and reach your goal of becoming more active.
Move towards a better you.
Meet the Instructor Sifu Fred Jennes
Sifu Fred Jennes has taught the art of T’ai Chi for more than forty years. He’s a nationally certified Chinese acupuncturist and herbalist who brings his experience to the public by introducing various classes, traditional T’ai Chi, and specialty classes, like Ruler and Sword. His goal is to help individuals improve their overall health and strength through his teachings. To learn more about Sifu Jennes, his exclusive Northern Colorado course offerings, and the exciting world of Ruler T’ai Chi, visit https://www.rulertaichi.com.
January 11, 2023