Why I love to Tai Chi

Carol Emerson

I started practicing Tai Chi in San Diego in 1975. At first I went to the one hour class three nights a week, but before long it was every day; then as I learned the arts of Bagua and Hsing I (sister arts to Tai Chi), it was three hours each night, five days a week plus an hour class on the weekend. Maybe I got a little obsessive, but I loved it.

I got a tremendous feeling of accomplishment as I learned the forms and I was amazed at the way my body transformed. It was fun to learn and to be part of a kung fu school. In the old days in China, Tai Chi was taught through families, giving rise to the different styles; Yang, Sun and Chen are family names. Going to class became like hanging out with family as my kung fu brothers and sisters helped me learn. One of the proudest moments of my life was when I was awarded my black belt and another was when my husband Ken passed his test and became a black belt as well.

Ken and I are honored to be able to pass these arts to you, our fellow SaddleBrooke residents. Teaching gives us tremendous joy as we see students grow in strength, balance, flexibility and happiness

We teach Tai Chi year around in SaddleBrooke One and Two and look forward to teaching Bagua and Hsing-I in the future. Hope to see you there!

September Schedule:

New! Beginning classes at HOA 1 Fitness Center, Fridays, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Beginning Classes at HOA 2 Fitness Room near the Mesquite Grille Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon and Saturdays noon to 1:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced Class at HOA 2 Fitness Room near Mesquite Grille, Saturdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Cost: Beginning classes are $11 per class or six classes for $54 if you buy the tickets. For more information, or to register, call Carol or Ken at 825-9206. Private lessons are by appointment.