School of Empty Stretching

“In motion the whole body should be light and agile, with all parts of the body linked as if threaded together”

Attributed to Chang San-feng (est. 1279 -1386), as researched by Lee N. Scheele,

Current Classes – Astor Place & E. Village

Tuesdays 10AM – 11AM. Advanced Taijiquan

Wednesdays Noon – 1PM. Introduction to Dragon Gate Taijiquan

Thursdays 2PM – 3PM. Qi Gong

Sundays – coming soon

Please confirm for location. Enrollment is open & continuing.

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Clothing: Flexible. Layers are good. Flat shoes are preferable

Cost: $25 per class. Cash or credit. First class free. Discounts offered for starving artists

About tai chi

Tàijíquán, or t’ai-chi ch’üan, after lying hidden for quite some time in Chen Village, Henan province, China, emerges into the mainstream around 1850 through an indentured servant by the name of Lucky Yang. Though his education is spotty, he is a virtuoso practitioner and a good salesman. It quickly spreads and settles into five distinct styles. This school strips away the martial veneer, in search of the therapeutic roots of the movements.

The program

Although the emphasis is always on taijiquan, instruction covers various components which are not so much separate and sequential, but go to and fro, reinforcing each other and adding stability to the process

  • Yang style taijiquan: There are 108 moves in the style that Yang Lu-ch’an passed indirectly down to Yang Chengfu. As you internalize the movements, your body will highlight—through heat or discomfort—the places where your store the normal stress and strain of life. There are ten essentials, or fundamentals, of practice that will help you regain natural movement, where parts come into alignment thereby reducing fatigue on the system.
  • Thirteen archaic postures: It is believed that the thirteen archaic postures are derived from two threads: sacred dance and 30,000 year old shamanic movements that mimic various animal behaviors. These postures are the roots of the movements and are the links to taijiquan’s ancient heritage.
  • Qi gong: A sister discipline to yoga, the study of qi gong will expand your knowledge, allow you to become intimate with the channels and teach you how to listen to your 12 major organs using specific techniques.

Instructor’s auto-bio

The instructor is Hugh (Jack) Sinclair. I have studied taijiquan and qi gong for twenty-eight years. Since 2003, I have studied under Sat Hon, 21st Generation Lunmeng – Dragon Gate School – transmission.

I have previously worked in ad agencies, nightclubs, restaurants, pubs, wholesale greengrocers, some vineyards, a shipyard and a memorable six weeks on the road carrying sound equipment for a communist comedian and his warm up band. Currently I work from home while developing a tai chi studio.

Instruction available for individuals & groups, private & corporate.