November 28, 2021

Free T’ai Chi Classes in Deep River

The Rotary Club of Deep River is sponsoring free T’ai Chi Classes this summer from June 23 to August 30. They will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. The classes will be held at the Waterfront Park in Deep River near the town marina. Wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in.

The class will be taught by Shifu David Shaver of Peaceful Wolf T’ai Chi Ch’uan. His school is located in East Haddam. Mr. Shaver has been studying T’ai Chi Ch’uan for twenty-four years and teaching for seventeen years. His principle teacher was Grandmaster Jou, Tsung Hwa, the author of “The Tao of T’ai Chi Ch’uan”. His present teacher is Master Bruce Frantzis. He finds this opportunity in Deep River an exciting one. During his trips to China he saw people playing T’ai Chi every morning in the parks. This is somewhat rare in this country. So come and be introduced to this traditional art in a traditional setting.

You will be learning the Fragrance Qigong, which gets the energy moving throughout the body. The T’ai Chi Form will be the short Yang Style form the class has worked on the last three years so returning students can refine their practice. Basic principles of  T’ai Chi movement will be taught and as well as basic T’ai Chi and Taoist philosophy.

While T’ai Chi Ch’uan is truly a martial art and can, after several years training, be brought to a high level of effectiveness for self defense, it is best known in the west for it’s health benefits. Medical and scientific studies have shown T’ai Chi to be highly effective in benefiting a large number of conditions. These include high blood pressure and hypertension, Raynaud’s syndrome, angina, migraine, stress, type A anxiety, depression, arthritis and osteoporosis. It can improve peristalsis and appetite, memory and concentration, strength, flexibility, balance and
immune function.

T’ ai Chi, based on the philosophy of Taoism, is also a wonderful path to spiritual growth and emotional development. It must be understood, however, that all of these benefits can only be realized through regular practice.

Come and play with us this summer – it’s free!

For further information go to of call Hedy Watrous at (860)304-1917.