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Mindful Movement Center

A Life of Balance

Taiji Peoria is focused on improving health through connecting the mind and body.  We build strength, balance, improve cognitive and cardiovascular function by integrating body, breath, movement, and meditative awareness.  The goal is to apply these skills to enhance well-being and improve our daily lives.

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2024 Class Schedule

Introduction to Taiji 48 Form (In-Person & Zoom)

Monday 10:00 a.m. CT 

This introductory level class will provide students with the basic principles of Taiji to improve health as well as learn the traditional Essential 48 Form.

Taiji - 71 Pao Chui Form (Zoom)

Monday 6:00 p.m. CT    

This intermediate level class is for practitioners who have completed the Essential 48 form. We will be starting from the beginning of the 71 Pao Cui Form in January of 2024. Each class will begin with qigong, agility exercises, and standing meditation and conclude with sitting meditation.

Taiji - Refined 48 Form (In-Person & Zoom)

Tuesday 6:00 p.m. CT    

This beginning/intermediate level class will begin each session with Taiji Stick routines to help improve grip strength and flexibility in the upper limbs, joints & back. In January we will start from the beginning of the Refined 48 Form looking at the refined movements of each form. The Refined 48 includes more Silk Reeling or spiraling movements.  Each class will conclude with sitting meditation.

Balance and Meditation (In-Person & Zoom)

Wednesday 10:00 a.m. CT   

For beginners through advanced. This morning class will focus on simple balancing exercises that help strengthen our lower extremities.  We will incorporate self-massage, agility and qigong exercises and conclude with sitting meditation.

Silk Reeling and Transitions (In-Person & Zoom)

Thursday 10:00 a.m. CT   

This intermediate level class is designed for students familiar with at least the first half of the Essential 48 form. We will engage in an in-depth study of the embodiment of taiji methodologies. These methods include open & close, silk reeling force, proper weight distribution, yin yang relationships, 8 energies and 6 directions, and more. The embodiment of these tenets in your taiji practice facilitates a greater understanding of the precepts of movement and leads to an overall balance of motion.

Beginning Taiji & Qigong (In-Person & Zoom)

Thursday 6:00 p.m. CT   

This is a basic class for beginner and intermediate practitioners alike.  Each class will begin with gentle energy movement and agility exercises. We will be reviewing the first 24 of the 48 Essential Form and conclude each class with sitting meditation.

Qigong & Taiji 48 Form (In-Person & Zoom)

Saturda10:00 a.m. CT 

We will continue with our Qigong series, the 8 Pieces of Brocades. Each week we will focus on different aspects of the 8 Brocades movements and their relationship to the body, mind and spirit. We will include a short follow-me section of the Essential 48 Form and conclude with a short sitting meditation. Once a month there will be a Special Session instead of the regular Saturday morning class.  Saturday, March 9, 2024 Special Session: Agility Routines

Special Sessions 

Beginning in January 2024, we will be offering the Chen Taiji Straight Sword Form on the first Sunday of each month. This 63 form is popular within Chen Fake lineage of taijiquan.

            

Next class: Sunday, March 3, 2024 10:30-11:30 a.m. CT.

 

Class fees: $15 per class or $55 per month for unlimited classes.

Monthly membership includes access to our instructional videos and discounts on workshops and private lessons.

Students attending one class per week can be a member for $40 per month.

This would not include access to the video library.

 

We have assembled a small handbook for your reference.
Please click here:  Mindful Movement Handbook 

 

email taijiofpeoria@gmail.com to register 

In-person classes held at

2619 W Heading Ave

Suite #106 (Lower Level)

Peoria, IL 61604

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Dwight Edwards - Dwight has been involved in the martial arts for 48 years. In high school he signed up for a taijiquan class at the Peoria YMCA. The following year he started Shorei-Goju Karate with Dave Suzuki. In his twenties he began exploring other styles, studying wingchun, Lama White Crane, and the progressive eclectic style, which included varying elements of wingchun, kali-escrima and muay thai. In 1984 he met Keith Boswell, and together they taught at the Peoria Park District and promoted taijiquan in the Peoria area. In the late 80’s Dwight began studying Shaolin and Mantis Boxing with Keychung Song. Between 1993 and 1994 Dwight was introduced to two prominent Chinese martial arts teachers, shifu Jon Funk, a well-known Seven Star Preying Mantis teacher and promoter from Vancouver, Canada and Dr. Yang, a Chen style taijiquan teacher originally from Jiaozuo, China, a city located some 30 miles north of the Chen village, the birthplace of taijiquan. Between 1995 and 2005 Dwight taught Seven Star Preying Mantis and Chen Style Taijiquan at the Peoria YMCA. Dwight’s focus in taiji is the study and teaching of Dr. Yang’s Hunyuan Chen Style Taijiquan. Together with Keith Boswell and Jim Wheeler he is working to re-established the Taiji Association of Peoria and promote the benefits associated with the practice of taijiquan.

 

Keith Boswell - Keith began his study of Taiji in 1975.  He studied the Cheng Man-Ching Yang Style short form over the next seven years from Sifu Muntu and Preston Jackson.  Keith began teaching this form for the Peoria Park District in 1982.  In 1986 he formed the Taiji Association of Peoria with Dwight Edwards.  He met and began studying Chen style form with Laoshi Yang Yang in 1993. Keith moved to Knoxville, Tennessee and started the 5 Elements Tai Chi school with Dr. S. Matascik.  He continues to study with Dr. Yang and is a certified EBT instructor.

 

Jim Wheeler - Jim began his study of Taiji Quan in 1992.  He had previously studied external martial arts for eight years.  He has been instructing locally since 1999.  Jim currently teaches Taiji Quan at the Mindful Movement Center in Peoria, Illinois and is one of Dr. Yang Yang's certified instructors.

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2619 W Heading Ave

Suite #106 (Lower Level)

Peoria, IL 61604

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