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Champaign, IL Classes

C lasses in Champaign are held in five annual sessions of nine classes per session, generally following the University of Illinois calendar. Note that the Center for Taiji Studies is not affiliated with any other organizations in Champaign-Urbana, and that the locations listed below are the only locations in East Central Illinois authorized and certified to teach Master Yang Yang's Evidence-Based Taiji (EBTTM) and Qigong and 48-form curriculum. Dr. Yang lives and works in New York, and the Champaign, IL classes are led by his most senior taiji and qigong students.Beginning and intermediate classes are held on Wednesday evenings and Tuesday/Thursday afternoons. Advanced instruction is on Saturday mornings, though the first 1 hour or so of qigong is open to all.

Registration

There are two options for registering for the beginning and intermediate classes on Wednesday evening: you may either start with a cohort of beginning students, or if you have experience and/or are comfortable "jumping in" where the current class is at and would like to start right away, you are welcome to join anytime.

  1. Beginning groups will start when there is sufficient registration. If you would like to begin with a beginning group, please complete and submit this wait list form, and we will alert you when the next beginning group class will start.

  2. If you are comfortable "jumping in" to the current classes, you may use our on-line pre-registration form. Please contact us via the web form or at 347.989.3388 with any questions.

Ultimately, learning taiji and qigong is a circle, and where you start on that circle does not matter - to complete the journey you need to go all the way around! Beginners can gain the mental/physical/spiritual benefits of practice with either of the options above - it is really a matter of which path you feel the most comfortable with.

You are welcome to observe our class if you would like to check it out before registering or submitting your name for the wait list. We also offer a single class fee option if you would like to participate in a single class.

Calendar

Classes are held year-round, generally following the U of I calendar with 3 week breaks at the end of the year and in August. Please refer to the school calendar for class times . {Note: Javascript and cookies must be enabled in your browser to view the calendar}.

Time & Location

Wednesday Evening
Classes are held from 6:00-7:30P in the sunroom at the Independent Media Center (IMC), located in the old historic Post Office building in downtown Urbana (just north of the Lincoln Square Mall). The address is 202 S. Broadway Ave at Elm Street, Urbana, IL. Wednesday evening classes include beginning Evidence-Based Taiji (EBTTM) and Qigong classes, continuing EBT classes, and advanced groups studying longer traditional forms.

Saturday Mornings
2.5 hr "advanced" classes are held on Saturday mornings. During warmer months we are practicing at the northeast corner of Hessel Park, Champaign, and during colder months we are in the Independent Media Center in downtown Urbana. The first 1/2 of each class is qigong practice and is open to all CTS students. For current information on Saturday class times, refer to the annual calendar. Email Stewart at maitri8"at"comcast.net if you would like to be placed on the email list for ongoing Saturday class announcements.

Cost

Refer to our fee schedule for class costs. In response to student requests, we are now using a pre-paid card system. Cards may be used for classes any time before expiration.

Gift certificates are available - please contact us with requests for gift certificates. Private classes are available on a very limited basis, with priority given to current CTS students.

It is the policy of CTS to exclude no-one because of inability to pay. Individual requests for scholarships/tuition assistance will be considered - please contact us with tuition assistance requests.

Taiji Classes in the Park

Curriculum

CTS classes are progressive - each session is a continuation of the previous. Students are encouraged to progress at whatever pace they feel comfortable - some students elect to take multiple classes, while others often repeat previous sessions. The level of exertion of form movements and push-hands is easily adjustable to suit one's physical capabilities, and students of all ages and capabilities are welcome.

There are three pillars of a complete Taiji training system: qigong, form, and push-hands. All are interrelated and essential to realize the full potential benefits of the art. Beginning students are taught Dr. Yang Yang's Evidence-Based TaijiTM and Qigong program, which was devised by Dr. Yang for research. In distilling this program, Dr. Yang asked himself the question, "What are the essential components of traditional training that will allow research subjects to see the most benefit in the shortest amount of time?" The program that he created in response to this question is a combination of a 7-movement Taiji form and static and dynamic qigong exercises.

Two 9-week sessions are typically required to complete the Evidence-Based TaijiTM and Qigong program. After that, students may either continue refining and deepening their understanding of these essential foundational exercises, or if they wish to continue challenging themselves in learning new motor skills they may join a Chen style 48 movement form class. Dr. Yang Yang refers to the form movements taught in this class as the "essential movements of the Chen Style 48 form". Additional static and dynamic qigong and silk reeling exercises are also taught in the 48-movement form class.

After learning the essential movements of the 48 form, students then progress through form refinements, push-hands, and additional form practices (e.g. pao cui or "cannon fist" and weapons forms).

Peaceful Practice at Camp

Class Make-Up Policy

Pre-paid cards may be used any time prior to card expiration (6 months after the last class purchased).



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