Relaxation - Stress Relief - Muscle Tone - Flexibility - Balance

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi Fit is Gentle Slow-Motion postures based on the 2000 year old art of Chinese Tai Chi that was modernized to fit today’s busy lifestyles. Tai Chi Chuan (Grand Ultimate Fist) has many origins. The most popular theory is that the style was created by Chang San Feng, who lived during the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1279 – 1368), after watching a fight between a crane and snake. He imitated these moves and based the newly created Tai Chi postures on these two animals.

The 5 Methods of Tai Chi

Tai Chi Warm-ups

Unique Tai Chi exercises that loosen the joints and muscles. What makes these exercises unique is that they use a gentle motion to stretch the entire body at once. This is natural way the body stretches. I’m sure that after sitting down for a long time period of time, you’ve stood up and stretch by raising your arms and gently tightening your body. It feels great! That is Tai Chi natural stretching. Unlike other forms of stretching that holds a stretch or even does a bouncing motion, Tai Chi stretching uses natural body motion. By using this natural motion, you will not pull or stress your muscles and tendons while doing these gentle exercises. In fact, you’ll feel totally relaxed and refreshed after each exercise.

Tai Chi Breathing

One of the first places that many people start to get arthritis is their hands. The joints become inflamed from poor circulation and not stretching their fingers, wrists, elbows and shoulders. Tai Chi Hand Expression improves this circulation with special circular hand and arm motions thus improving blood flow and joint flexibility. In fact many people that have arthritis have found a 90 percent improvement.

Tai Chi breathing is from the lower abdomen and is called natural breathing. When you were born, you breathed from the lower abdomen.  However, as we get older and stress comes into play, we end up breathing in the upper chest area.  This causes tension in the chest and shoulders that can lead to stiff necks and backs.

Tai Chi Rooting

Tai Chi Rooting Serves 2 Purposes:

1) It develops the leg strength and improves muscle tone. At the same time is strengthens the lower back and improves balance. 2) Tai Chi moves smoothly like water in a country stream. To move your body gracefully and smoothly requires the knowledge of shifting the weight from one leg to the other. Walking requires the same action. In fact, just after a few weeks, you’ll find walking easier and you’ll feel lighter on your feet.

Tai Chi Massage

You’ve heard of acupressure, acupuncture and therapeutic massage. Tai Chi Massage uses all three of these at once with specific methods that utilize a variety of acupressure and acupuncture points. Have you ever had a headache? Most people have and one of the first things that everyone does is massage their temples. This is a prominent acupuncture point used for relieving headaches and relaxing the mind. The Tai Chi massage will show you the proper way to massage these points for the maximum benefit.

Tai Chi Postures

Postures are dance-like movements that combine the previous 4 steps into one smooth-fluid action. These postures are done slowly without tension and accompanied by deep rhythmic breathing. Each Tai Chi posture in of itself is a gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. Like water flowing in a country brook. Tai Chi postures are rooted in the feet, directed by the waist and expressed with the hands. You learn to coordinate the hands and feet, which reduces the tension of everyday activities such as walking. Alleviating stress has a profound effect on your health and attitude.

What Our Members Have to Say

  • Victor Smith
    Victor Smith - A few years ago, after cancer surgery and further treatment, I became a cancer survivor. Tai Chi was a way to keep myself in focus. Unfortunately, something else happened and as a result I was disabled, among the symptoms was sever lack of balance. I was not able to abandon Tai Chi. Slowly I worked at what I could do, and in the course of a year found that Tai Chi helped my balance. Today it remains a daily practice.
  • Bob Evers
    Bob Evers - Master R. I would like to express my appreciation and thanks for the benefits I have already noticed due to my participation in the Tai Chi class. I have experienced an improvement in my flexibility. I am now able to do things which were not possible in the last three years due to pain from arthritis.  I have cut pain medication in half, have lost between 15 to 20 pounds and my blood pressure is perfect.  I feel that I have a “new lease on life”, and am most grateful for this.
  • Linda Wardropper
    Linda Wardropper - I found tai chi to be very relaxing. I came to Master Rothrock's school to take up kickboxing, to release stress, after speaking With Mrs. White on my active workday. We both found that tai chi would suit me more. My first class was great. After I left, my drive home was peaceful and my mind and body were in a great spirit. I enjoy coming to class when I can get here as much as I can. Thank you, Master Rothrock.

What is the schedule for Classes?
We have a variety of class times to suit everyone's needs. We will cover the regular class schedule when you come in for your Trial Course. The Trial Course are private sessions and can be scheduled at any time convenient for you.

Do I have to be in shape to start?
No! This is a common misconception. Our beginner program gradually gets you back into shape, improve flexibility, muscle tone, strength, and balance.  As these areas improve, the more advanced training will challenge you to improve yourself even more in these areas.

How long have you been in business?
Since 1972. Master Rothrock started training in 1968 in Karate. Later, he was introduced to the ancient arts of Kung Fu & Tai Chi... and has been training for over 50 years. His teacher Grandmaster Leung Shum is retired and Master Rothrock still travels to New York to visit with him. He is one of only 5 disciples in the United States that have Mastered both Eagle Claw Kung Fu System and Yang and Wu Tai Chi.

What does professional instructors mean?
A professional instructor is someone that has chosen to make their career as a Kung Fu & Tai Chi instructor. That's their full-time occupation and have 10 to 30 years of experience. That means that they are specifically trained to teach and take pride in helping you achieve your goals. Many schools use part-time help or volunteers, who are not specifically trained to teach martial arts.

What Can I expect when I come in for a visit?
You'll be greeted by my friendly staff, who will give you a tour of the Academy. You will never feel intimidated and you'll feel right at home... Guaranteed.

Am I going to get hurt?
No!  We have a safe and modern training environment. It's not like what you might have seen in the movies. In over 50 years, we never had anyone get hurt from the training program.

I’ve never done this before. Am I going to be able to do Tai Chi?
Yes! Many people that have got started felt the same way as you. As I mentioned earlier, we start everyone with beginner classes.  These beginner classes are designed, so people that have never done anything before can easily learn the techniques. You don’t have to be coordinated or need special flexibility. It’s not like the movies that you might have seen. You can easily follow along as you have a fantastic workout. Plus, in every class, you’ll get one-on-one help from a Tai Chi coach to help you with any concerns you might have.

What does it mean to Have my Mind Work Better?
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed to be stronger willed? Do you want to find better ways to overcome the obstacles in your life? Kung Fu will help you develop a stronger and more focused mind.

Are Classes Separated by Age?
Yes! All our classes are separated by level and age. Every age group has its own needs. Children need help with discipline and concentration while adults prefer a healthy workout geared towards improving muscle tone, flexibility, balance, and strength. You’ll be in class with other adults your own age. In fact, Tai Chi classes are geared toward older adults that do not like the hard-aerobic workouts or weight lifting.

Are there testing fees?
No. We have no hidden testing fees or association fees.

How many times can I come a week?
You can come as often as you want.  However, we recommend for Beginners to start with two 30-minute classes a week.

What is the Cost of the Classes?
We offer a variety of options based on your needs. That's why we recommend a Trial Course first to get started. Not only does it provide you with an easy way to take Tai Chi for a Test Drive, but also allows us to look at your balance, strength, and flexibility. Then based on our 50 years of experience we can make some specific recommendations. To get the most up-to-date prices, we suggest you visit the Academy.

How can I get started?
You can get started with one of our Trial Programs. That is the best option for most beginners.