Tai Chi and Qi Gong
Meet Brian Sutton!
From an early age Brian was on a journey for ways to feel better, work better and live better. This is what first lead him to the life giving art, science and practices of Tai Chi(Tai Ji, T'ai Chi, T'ai Chi Ch'uan) and qigong. Which has become his personal path to wholeness ever since.
Through adolescence and early adulthood, he also developed a profound interest in the martial art and metaphysical aspects of Tai Chi and Qigong.
With his introduction to his first Grandmaster/instructor Y.k. Lee, He received a certification in a routine rarely taught openly from the Yang family traditions : The Guang Ping 64 form. This lead to a love for teaching and sharing the art of Tai Chi with others which has never subsided. Along with his continued practice of Tai Chi, he also has appreciated the formal instruction in and the personal sharing of various qigong sets. Qigong (energy work) being a complimentary practice for Tai Chi, as well as a complete and well documented path to healing in its own right.
In 2006, he founded Roswell Tai Chi. His mission was to make available the many aspects and attributes of TaiChi/Qigong to the general public. Since then he has helped a broad spectrum of people with relief from symptoms of Parkinson disease and vestibular/balance related issues, as well as improving athletic performance, general improved immune function, self defense and ways to eliminate stress from their lives. In both studio, corporate and senior living settings, Brian continues to share, grow and learn from his ongoing classes.
In recent years Brian has come in contact with one of the most respected authorities today on the art Tai Chi. Grandmaster William CC Chen. He has hosted workshops with Grandmaster Chen and gained one on one instruction from him as well. From his learning experience with William CC Chen, Brian has gained much personal insight into the mechanics and nuances of what makes Tai Chi the amazing art that it is. Presently Brian has adopted Grandmaster Chen's 60 Movement Yang Style routine as his primary curriculum for his classes today.
It is Brian's honor and privilege to share with you the practices of Tai Chi and qigong as one of the greatest gifts to humanity.
Tai Chi: Originating from the Wudang mountain's of China in 1200 AD, Tai Chi is an ancient martial art most commonly practiced today for it's many health benefits and the serenity achieved from it's meditative and flowing movements.
Tai( "Da, T'ai") translates into Grand, Supreme or Ultimate. Chi(" Ji" ) translates into principle. When we see the words Chuan or Quan added like in: Tai Chi Chuan or T'ai Ji Quan, this translates into "Grand Principle fist" which is a nod to the roots of Tai Chi being a martial art. The "Grand Principle " which defines Tai Chi is revealed within the Yin and Yang philosophy or similarly the Tao or "the way", popularized by the writings of Lao Tzu. This principle states that everything in existence is a result of a universal balance with its opposite. No night without day, no up without down, no hot without cold etc. From this we conclude that all unrest, disease and conflict are a result of falling out of this natural balance and harmony. When Tai Chi is being practiced, we can see this balance/harmony in action. As one arm raises, the other arm lowers. The body's center of gravity is constantly shifting and rotating from right to left and from back to forward seeking to restore it's natural balance. Moments of stillness blend with integrated flowing movements. The mind, the Chi/Qi and the body are continuously harmonizing with one another throughout the Tai Chi form.
A "form " is a particular series of movements and postures the make up a routine for which the art of Tai Chi is practiced. A style (ex.Yang, Chen, Wu , Sun) is the particular family or lineage from where a particular Tai Chi form originated. .
This class starts with some basic qigong warm ups and standing meditation to develop the fascia( "internal strength ") and to relax unnecessary tension and stress in the body.
The core curriculum of this class is learning the Yang Style 60 Movement Tai Chi form popularized by Grandmaster William CC Chen. Yang Style Tai Chi typically has more natural stances which are easier on the joints and better for relieving stress. Yang Style also offers a broad range of benefits from improved health and fitness, moving meditation to self defense.
In this class, we also explore some latest research in utilizing the fascia of the body in place of muscular tension . The fascia strength is what has historically been called "internal strength" or "Jin". As Tai Chi is an internal art, we now have better ways to offer more clarity to the meaning of this. Fascia development adds to core/whole body strength as well as tones and replenishes the vital organs along with the nerve pathways within the body.
The word qigong can be translated as Qi(energy, life, breath ) Gong (" the utilization of "or "the work done to develop"). So qigong covers a wide range of practices that have a similar aim to balance, strengthen, and circulate qi(chi) within the various systems of the body to restore a persons natural health, immunity and vitality.
The earliest referrance to what is known as qigong today was an ancient writing of the DaoYin dating back to 200 B.C. which states: "dao qi ling he"(circulate qi for internal harmony) & "yin ti ling rou"(to move and relax the body) So one of the distinct characteristics of all qigong exercises is the emphasis on relaxing the musculature of body as well as the circulation of qi(life energy) within the fascia and various acupuncture meridians of the body. Another major emphasis in qigong is the breath. Proper abdominal breathing as well as the coordination of the breath along with certain movements and postures. Meditation or self regulation of the parasympathetic nervous system is cultivated in the practice of qigong as well.
Traditionally qigong has three major branches of practice. Medical qigong, qigong for martial arts training, sometimes spelled Chi Kung and spiritual qigong.
This class offers an easy way relax, refresh, renew and revitalize after the long week. The main focus of this class is learning various qigong practices to strengthen, balance and circulate qi(chi,life energy) throughout the body. Qigong also incorporates the most beneficial ways of breathing as it combines the breath with qigong movement. Various Stretching, meditation, mindful whole body movements and postures circulate qi (chi) to improve one's immunity and vitality. The Yang Style Tai Chi 10 form is also introduced in this class as a great intro to Yang Style Tai Chi