Our classes will gently and gradually take you through the beginning, intermediate or advanced stages of Tai Chi so you may absorb this wonderful art easily into your body and mind with a minimum of effort. Each week we will review the material previously presented, before proceeding to the new exercises.
Please remember, it is not how many exercises you learn, but how well you can perform and feel the movements, within your personal ability - that is the goal. The object of your study is a transformation of your body and mind, not merely the rote memorization of a sequence of movements.
Concentrate on the few basics taught in each class to establish a strong foundation for future development. As you do Tai Chi, you will condition your body, becoming stronger, more flexible, better coordinated, improving your breathing and gaining all of the many benefits mentioned throughout your Student Orientation Manual. All this takes time. Be patient and enjoy the process.
Focus on slow, gentle, relaxed movements - one flowing into the next, without strain. Breathe normally, in a relaxed manner, until the precise breathing method associated with the exercises is taught to you.
If you feel any strain in your knees, back or neck, let us know right away. There should never be any unusual stress placed on any of those spots. Sifu's extensive Tai Chi training and background in physical therapy will assure you learn Tai Chi safely and efficiently.
To maximize your benefits from Tai Chi, we recommend you practice on a daily basis, 15 minutes minimum, in addition to your regular classes. You may find it very helpful to do your exercises at the beginning of your day, to loosen up, or at the end of your day to wind down. Choose the most appropriate time for you and make it a regular habit.
If you miss a week, don't worry about falling behind the other students. Each week you will review the previous week's exercises and then continue your study from there.
If there is any way I can make your Tai Chi experience more satisfying, or if you have questions, feel free to discuss this with me.
Have fun on your journey to outstanding health and well-being!
Master Domingo Colon
Sifu Domingo Colon began his study of Tai Chi in 1965. He studied under three leading authorities of the art, Masters Wm. C.C. Chen, C. K. Chu and B. P. Chan. By 1975, he had developed the necessary skills to be appointed Chief Instructor by Master C. K. Chu. In 1978, he founded the Tai Chi School of Westchester, where he currently conducts exercise classes in the Short and Long Forms of Tai Chi, Taoist Healing Techniques, Breathing Exercises, Meditation, Stress Reduction, Philosophy, Chi Kung, Chi Development and Energy Channeling for Health, Taoist Sex Techniques and Self Defense, Sparring and Weapons Techniques.
Since 1971, Sifu Colon has taught numerous special courses for many tri-state companies, civic groups, colleges, continuing education programs, hospitals and other health facilities. He has appeared many times on cable television and radio shows and is a contributor to specialized publications dealing with the martial arts and Chinese healing methods. He has also designed programs for seniors and individuals with special needs. Sifu Colon studied physical therapy at Hunter College in New York, working primarily in sports medicine, and in 1992 was certified as an Adaptive Fitness Instructor trained to teach aerobic, strength and flexibility exercises to the physically challenged. This unique and extensive background in Tai Chi and physical therapy allows Sifu Colon to teach a highly effective and safe synthesis of Eastern and Western healing methods.
The Tai Chi School of Westchester was founded under the historical principals of Tai Chi and its philosophy, but uses 21st Century teaching methods proven to maximize each student's learning potential.
Available by appointment only. Call 914-337-3339 for details. Instruction by Sifu Domingo Colon.br>