T’ai Chi Ch’uan with Tom Kondo

 

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T’ai Chi Ch’uan is an ancient Chinese martial art and health practice that exercises the body, mind, and spirit.   The flowing movements act as a moving meditation that gently works muscles, improves focus, and increases the flow of vital energy, or chi, through the body.

There are many benefits to practicing T’ai Chi:

 

·         Clear mind, relaxed body, nourished spirit

 

·         Improved balance, strength, and stamina

 

·         Reduced risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stress

 

·         Improved health and longevity

 

·         Increased energy flow

 

Tom Kondo and Students practicing the T'ai Chi form.

 

T'ai Chi is not aggressive or competitive. There are no ranks or belts as there are in some other martial arts. Students compete only with themselves.

 

 

I have been a student in Tom Kondo’s Tai Chi class for about a year now. The experience has been very educational and rewarding.  Tom makes you feel right at home and really provides a great opportunity to learn this art at your own pace. He is obviously very experienced and skilled at what he teaches. Tom has a great ability to observe his students precisely and give the feedback you need when you need it without overpowering you.  I certainly recommend it to anyone.

 

      -- Frank Fahrlander

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Kondo teaches an Integrated form of T’ai Chi known as the Chen Pan-Ling form. It has elements from the Yang style as well as Ba Gua and Xing-i. 

 

This form is a choreographed set of movements, which takes about 30 minutes to complete. 

 

What’s a class like? It begins with a few minutes of standing meditation followed by some warm-up and stretching exercises.  Attention is given to specific postures and principles.  Individuals then work one-on-one with Tom on whatever movement they have progressed to in the form.  The class then does the form in unison. 

 

 

                                       

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