I’m presenting a free class next Monday, May 24 at the New York Open Center, 6-7:15.

It’s an introduction to a sweet little course I’ll be giving every Monday in June (same time) called “Grasping the Sparrow’s Tail: An Introduction to T’ai Chi’ (an introduction to the Introduction, if you will). Here’s a link for information or registration: http://www.opencenter.org/free-intro-grasping-the-sparrows-tail-an-introduction-to-tai-chi/

This course will be geared to absolute beginners looking for a serious taste of the internal energies of t’ai chi ch’uan, as well as veteran practitioners who would like to learn to bring effortless power to their form. I’ll be covering some of the core principles I talked about in Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate and some new stuff as well: energetic coherence, central equilibrium, ball-knee-kua, sequential joints.

My goal is to get everyone to feel their ch’i and at least get an idea of how to use it in their t’ai chi form. We’ll be doing the first few moves of William C. C. Chen’s 60 Movements, but the principles and methods can be applied to any style.