Class Series

An Intro to Baguazhang

with Dondrub Wangchuk

Baguazhang (also spelled Pa Kua Chang) is one of the most graceful and effective of the Chinese martial arts. With its fast - circular walking and continuous, coiling, turning, twisting movements, Bauazhang has been likened to a spinning energy ball, a fan or a tornado...also to the waist of a dragon, ever turning and twisting.  Baguazhang practitioners can attack or defend while rapidly walking or turning.
Like the two other main styles of "Internal" Martial Arts - Tai Chi Chuan and Xing Yi Quan - Ba Gua Zhang is an integrated mind-body art that uses powerful wave-like whole body dynamics and continuous, circular techniques based on Yin-yang principles of flow and balance.
Tuesdays, November 9, 16, 23 and 30 as well as December 14.

Pre-registration required: 7 spaces per class. Book your classes here. For more information email: dondrubw@gmail.com

An intro to Shiba Luohan Gong "Eighteen Immortals Qigong"

Postures 7-12 with Dondrub Wangchuk

Shiba Luohan Gong was created 1500 years ago by a Buddhist monk, Da Mo, and taught to the Shaolin Monks in China to improve their health and stamina. The movements combine breathing and visualization as well as strengthening and stretching to recondition the joints, increase range of motion, and energize the body. The Luohan set is incredibly fun and invigorating. In these 5 classes I will teach postures 7-12 of the complete 18 set. No prior experience with this set is needed.

Tuesdays November 9, 16, 23 and 30 as well as December 14th from 6-7 pm

Pre-registration required: 7 spaces per class. Book your classes here. For more information email: dondrubw@gmail.com

Learn the Tai Chi Short Form Online

Here is a great opportunity to learn Tai Chi online with a simplified, effective teaching method, adapted for online ease.

Register in advance on the ZOOM platform with the following link:
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After registration your will receive an automated reply from Zoom with the class link. Then your instructor will contact you via danielpikelin@gmail.com with payment instructions by email transfer to the same address.

Schedule: There will be one class per week for eight consecutive weeks.
Cost of the 8 session series is $100
Classes run weekly on Mondays,
Time: 10 AM to 11:15 AM
When: From October 18 to December 6, 2021

Your Instructor is Daniel Pikelin, a full instructor with the Toronto Tai Chi and Meditation Centre.

Daniel will teach the short form as a mirror image to the participant, thus greatly helping in following the movements online.

Who is this class for?

This eight week class series is ideal for those who have learned some of the Yang Pan Hou Tai Chi form at our Centre in the past. Also, this class is well suited for those who have learned any other tai chi form in the past, and stopped practicing for some reason.

For the absolute beginner: If you’re brand new to Tai Chi, you will benefit from the core principles, depth of applications, examples, warm ups, and the challenge to integrate the parts into a larger whole.

For both beginners and those with some previous experience, we hope these classes will entice the student to fall in love with Tai Chi all over again, and encourage regular practice.

Learning goals:

The class incorporates non-moving Taoist-based meditations and also Qigong drills. These simple practices will aid the practitioner to gain body-mind awareness and have a great workout in the comfort of their own home.

The participant can expect the following benefits as a result of their weekly attendance:

  • To arrive at a better understanding of what Tai Chi is.
  • To Understand what Qi is, calm the mind, regulate the breath, sharpen mental focus and soothe the emotions.
  • Synchronize movement with breath, improve balance and find a new power on their daily walk with Tai Chi.
  • To learn the fundamentals of deflecting an incoming force