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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January Special: Attend any three morning January classes for $25 total.
Monday: 10:00 a.m. Taiji Basics (Zoom)
This beginning class will provide students with the basic principles of Taiji to improve health as well as learn the traditional 48 form.
Monday: 6:00 p.m. Taiji - 71 Pao Chui Form (Zoom)
This intermediate class will review in detail the 71 Pao Chui form along with the silk reeling and agility connected to these forms.
Tuesday: 6:00 p.m. Taiji - 48 Form (Zoom)
A study of the Essential 48 Form as well as silk reeling and agility connected to these forms will be covered in this class.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. Balance and Meditation (Zoom)
Balancing exercises, agility, qigong, and meditation will be practiced in this beginning class.
Thursday: 6:00 p.m. Beginning Taiji & Agility (Zoom)
This class will cover the beginning 7 Form, balancing exercises, agility, qigong, and meditation.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. Qigong & Taiji 48 Form (Zoom)
We will be practicing the 8 Pieces of Brocade exercises to help improve balance, fluidity of movement, and internal organ function, as well as reviewing the first 12 of the Essential 48 Form.
Sunday Special Session: January 30, 2022 10:00 a.m. CT (Zoom)
We will be doing the first half of the 48 Form "Follow Me" & the first half of Jim's Top Ten Qigong
Monthly membership includes access to our video library of demonstrations
of exercises and forms taught in our classes.
We have assembled a small handbook for your reference.
Please Click here: Mindful Movement Handbook
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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.
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.