New! Kids Tai Chi Kung Fu Classes Beginning January 9th!

January 9: Kids Tai Chi Kung Fu Classes

First Class is Free!

Tuesdays 
4:00-5:00 pm
The cost is $50 per month for one child. Additional siblings are half-price.

In this new program, kids will learn traditional Chinese martial practices from the three Kung Fu disciplines of Taijiquan (Tai Chi), Baguazhang, and Xingyiquan.

These practices include meditation and mindfulness strategies to develop self-control and improve mind-body awareness.

Students will succeed in a fun, supportive, non-competitive environment. We are not a rank-based school; there are no belts. Children advance through the curriculum at their own pace.

•Learn the fundamentals of Taijiquan’s relaxation and softness

•Baguazhang’s agile footwork and twisting action

•Xingyiquan’s stability and driving power

•Martial applications from all 3 disciplines

No uniform is required. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing is highly recommended. Indoor shoes or socks, no outdoor shoes.

Classes will meet on Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 pm beginning January 9. The cost is $50 per month for one child. Additional siblings are half-price.

To register call  Chris at 978-857-5840 or email chris@greatbaytaichima.com.

 

December Seminars and New Classes

December 2: A Morning of Insight Meditation with Ted Jones

Ted Jones will return to Internal Arts New England on December 2 for A Morning of Insight Meditation 10:30am-1:00pm. 
 

Ted Jones of North Shore Insight Meditation Center will lead A Morning of Insight Meditation at Internal Arts New England.

Meditation can be understood as the art of bringing full, conscious attention to the present moment, just as it is. In this program, this practice of Insight meditation will be presented in a silent retreat format where we will calm the mind through attention to the sensations of breath and movement. Meditation periods will be guided with instructions, and there will be ample time reserved for questions and discussion. Open to both beginners and experienced meditators.

December 2: Short Form Refinements with Chris

Also on December 2, at 2:00pm Chris will offer a seminar on refining the 24 Movement Yang Style Short Form at Internal Arts New England. This seminar is intended for students who know the form and are ready for some of the deeper details to take their practice to the next level. 

December 5: Iaido Classes with Justin Kosuk

Iaido is coming to Internal Arts New England! The Japanese art of drawing the sword, cutting, and returning the sword to the scabbard is both a physical and meditation practice. Justin Kosuk of Boston Iaido will begin holding classes in Salisbury on December 5. Classes will be on Tuesdays 7:45-9:45pm. These classes are not part of the Great Bay Tai Chi membership, but will be a great complement to your practice. For more information or to register please email chris@greatbaytaichima.com.

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Photo © Boston Iaido

December 16: Matching Set Seminar with Paul, Chris & Austin

On December 16 at 2:00pm Paul, Chris, and Austin will be teaching a 90-minute seminar on the Matching Set at the Okinawan Karate Academy in Lebanon, NH. The cost to attend is $30. For more information or to register, please email info@greatbaytaichivt.com.
 
Photo taken at Great Bay Tai Chi’s Annual Retreat 2023

December 26: Holiday Stress Relief Pop-Up Class with Pam

Pam is planning to offer another Holiday Stress Relief Pop-Up class on December 26. More details on this to follow.

Latest Tai Chi News & Updates

Hello Great Bay Tai Chi Community,

 It’s been a busy start to the Fall season at Great Bay Tai Chi. We hope you are enjoying our various offerings.
 
Here is your Tai Chi news for today:
If you haven’t already heard – one week ago Betsy, Stacie, and Pam competed in the Chinese Martial Arts Autumn Invitational. They did us all proud and brought home 1 Bronze and 5 Gold Medals! Their performances were outstanding and it was great to see the Great Bay Tai Chi cheering section come out in support! All three competitors have made sure to express their gratitude to our whole community for being part of their training and preparation.
 
In other news:

November 18: Wellness Expo and One-Year Anniversary & No Class in Hamilton

On Saturday November 18, we will host our Wellness Expo at Internal Arts New England. This event doubles as our one-year anniversary celebration of having opened that location. Please come by between 12:00 and 2:00 and visit, have some refreshments, and meet some other wellness practitioners in the area. We will have a group Qigong practice at 1:00. We hope to see you there!
Also on November 18, there will be no classes in Hamilton due to an event taking place at The Community House.

November 23: Free Thanksgiving Day Pop-Up Class with Pam

On Thanksgiving Day (November 23) Pam is offering a free pop-up class at 9:00am at Internal Arts New England. This is open to current students who could use an hour of relaxation and stress relief before the craziness of the holiday really gets going. Please feel free to join her for form practice and qigong.

December 2: A Morning of Insight Meditation with Ted Jones & 24 Movement Yang Style Short Form Refinements with Chris

Ted Jones will return to Internal Arts New England on December 2 for A Morning of Insight Meditation 10:30am-1:00pm.
Also on December 2, at 2:00pm Chris will offer a seminar on refining the 24 Movement Yang Style Short Form at Internal Arts New England. This seminar is intended for students who know most or all of the form and are ready for some of the deeper details to take their practice to the next level. 

December 5: Iaido Classes Begin

Iaido is coming to Internal Arts New England! The Japanese art of drawing the sword, cutting, and returning the sword to the scabbard is both a physical and meditation practice. Justin Kosuk of Boston Iaido will begin holding classes in Salisbury on December 5. Classes will be on Tuesdays 7:45-9:45pm. These classes are not part of the Great Bay Tai Chi membership, but will be a great complement to your practice.

December 16: Matching Set Seminar with Paul, Chris, and Austin

On December 16 at 2:00pm Paul, Chris, and Austin will be teaching a 90-minute seminar on the Matching Set at the Okinawan Karate Academy in Lebanon, NH. The cost to attend is $30. For more information or to register, please email info@greatbaytaichivt.com.

Last call for Tai Chi Ball orders!

Don’t forget that Tai Chi Ball orders are due this week. The pricing chart and order form are on the counter at Internal Arts New England. Cash and check payments can be turned in at the studio.

January 2024

Further ahead:
We are already making plans for January! 
-Michael D’Angelo will return for another seminar on Yin Style Baguazhang.
-Chris will run special series on Tai Chi Ball and on the Matching Set.
-Three options for Tai Chi for Beginners in Hampton, Salisbury, and Newburyport.
That’s all your Tai Chi news for now. We look forward to seeing you in class or at the events listed above.
 
Happy Practicing!

Internal Arts New England Wellness Expo

Free and open to all! 

On Saturday, November 18, 2023 Internal Arts New England will celebrate one year of being open with a reception and wellness expo 12:00pm-2:00pm. Refreshments will be served, and we will offer group Qigong practice at 1:00pm. We have also invited local area health and wellness practitioners so you can learn about other local services that may interest you.

We hope you will stop by and visit with us!

Chinese Martial Arts Autumn Invitational

It was never about the medals.
It’s about the process.
It’s about the learning.
It’s about the challenge.

That being said…
Every event competitors from Great Bay Tai Chi took part in, they brought home a medal.

Adult Beginner Tai Chi Push Hands – Pam Jacobson 3rd place (Bronze Medal)

Senior Beginner Tai Chi Barehand Forms – Betsy Cass 1st place (Gold Medal)

Adult Beginner Tai Chi Barehand Forms – Stacie Bowman 1st place (Gold Medal)

Adult Intermediate Tai Chi Barehand Forms – Pam Jacobson 1st place (Gold Medal)

Adult Beginner Other Internal Barehand Forms – Stacie Bowman 1st place (Gold Medal)

Adult Intermediate Tai Chi Weapons Forms – Pam Jacobson 1st place (Gold Medal)

Many thanks to everyone for their support today and over the past few weeks!

Congratulations to Betsy, Stacie, and Pam for all you have accomplished! You all did outstanding work and performed extremely well. You’ve made us all proud!

October and November Events and Announcements

Hello Great Bay Tai Chi Community!

We had a great turnout and response to our Medical Qigong seminar with Lynne Deschenes on Sunday. In light of such positive feedback, we will try to have Lynne back for more very soon!

Great Bay Tai Chi Long Sleeve T-shirt and Beanie

We are excited to offer some new merchandise for the cooler weather. For the first time we have Great Bay Tai Chi Long Sleeve Shirts and Embroidered Beanies. These are now available for pre-order, so be sure to reserve yours now!

Here is what’s coming up in the weeks ahead:

October 28: A Morning of Insight Meditation

On Saturday, October 28, Ted Jones of North Shore Insight Meditation Center will lead A Morning of Insight Meditation at Internal Arts New England 10:30am-1:00pm. For details or to register please select the link below.

October 29: Long Form Refinements

Chris Himmel will offer a 2-hour seminar on refining the Long Form at Internal Arts New England. This seminar is intended for students who already know most or all of the sequence and are interested in deepening the practice and understanding. Some applications may be practiced. For details or to register please select the link below. 

October 31, November 2 & 3: Tournament Feedback Times

On Tuesday 10/31, Thursday 11/2, and Friday 11/3 our morning Long Form and subsequent classes will be bumped back by 30 minutes to allow for three opportunities to support our tournament competitors. Students are invited to watch the competitors demonstrate the forms they are preparing and offer feedback. This not only helps our competitors, but is valuable experience for everyone as we learn to watch with a critical eye and articulate what we see.

October 31: Halloween Class Cancellations

On 10/31 there will be no evening classes held.

November 2 - December 20: Tai Chi Saber Series

Beginning on Wednesday 11/2, Chris Himmel will offer an 8 week series on Yang Style Tai Chi Saber. Classes will meet each Wednesday morning 11/2-12/20 at 9:30am at Internal Arts New England. The cost is $150 for the series. Students also have the option to order a wooden saber. Those who wish to register should be proficient at the Tai Chi Ball form, have prior Saber experience, or have permission from Chris. If you are interested, please email Chris@greatbaytaichima.com.

Chinese Martial Arts Autumn Invitational

On Sunday 11/5, three students from Great Bay Tai Chi will compete in this tournament. We have competitors in Tai Chi Barehand Forms, Tai Chi Weapons Forms, Other Internal Barehand Forms, and Push Hands divisions. Please come show your support and get a glimpse of what competition looks like. The tournament will take place at Maynard High School in Maynard, MA 9:00am-4:00pm. Doors open at 8:30am. There is no cost to attend as a spectator.

Tai Chi for Beginners

Starting on Tuesday 11/7 and running for 7 weeks, Stacie Bowman will lead this series introducing the fundamentals of Tai Chi for new students. The focus will be on learning the basic principles of Tai Chi and the first section of the Yang Style Short Form. Classes will meet Tuesday evenings at 5:30pm 11/7-12/19. 

Embracing Impermanence

On Saturday 11/11, Sylwia Willcox of North Shore Insight Meditation Center will offer this workshop examining our intimate relationship with change and impermanence. We will learn to use mindfulness and insight to generate all-inclusive, liberating acceptance of change. This program will include silent meditation and guided reflection and discussion. For more information or to register please select the link below. 

Tai Chi Takedowns

On Sunday 11/12, Chris Himmel will offer this seminar on takedown applications of Tai Chi movements. All Tai Chi postures contain applications for striking, locking, throwing, and kicking. This seminar will focus on the throwing applications using the Tai Chi principles to unbalance an opponent and knock them to the ground.

IANE Anniversary Expo

On Saturday 11/18 Internal Arts New England will celebrate one year of being open with a reception and wellness expo 12:00pm-2:00pm. Refreshments will be served, and we will offer group Qigong practice. We have also invited local area health and wellness practitioners so you can learn about other local services that may interest you. We hope you will stop by and visit with us!

Thanksgiving Pop-Up Class

While Internal Arts New England is officially closed on Thanksgiving, Pam Jacobson is offering a free pop-up Tai Chi and Qigong practice session at 9:00am. All current students are invited to participate at no cost. Come and start your holiday off with a relaxing group practice!
That’s all your Tai Chi news for now. We look forward to seeing you in class or at any of the events listed above.
 
Happy Practicing!
 

November Seminars and Beginners Class Series

November 12 - December 20:
Tai Chi Saber Series with Chris Himmel

Beginning on Wednesday 11/1, Chris will offer an 8 week series on Yang Style Tai Chi Saber. Classes will meet each Wednesday morning 11/1-12/20 at 9:30am at Internal Arts New England. The cost is $150 for the series. Students also have the option to order a wooden saber. Those who wish to register should be proficient at the Tai Chi Ball form, have prior Saber experience, or have permission from Chris. If you are interested, please email chris@greatbaytaichima.com

November 5:
Chinese Martial Arts Autumn Invitational

On Sunday 11/5, three students from Great Bay Tai Chi will compete in this tournament. We have competitors in Tai Chi Barehand Forms, Tai Chi Weapons Forms, Other Internal Barehand Forms, and Push Hands divisions. Please come show your support and get a glimpse of what competition looks like. The tournament will take place at Maynard High School in Maynard, MA 9:00am-4:00pm. Doors open at 8:30am. There is no cost to attend as a spectator.

 

Photo ©  https://www.cmatournament.com/

November 7 - December 19:
Tai Chi for Beginners with Stacie Bowman

Starting on Tuesday 11/7 and running for 7 weeks, Stacie Bowman will lead this series introducing the fundamentals of Tai Chi for new students. The focus will be on learning the basic principles of Tai Chi and the first section of the Yang Style Short Form. Classes will meet Tuesday evenings at 5:30pm 11/7-12/19.

November 11: Embracing Impermanence

On Saturday 11/11, Sylwia Willcox of North Shore Insight Meditation Center will offer this workshop examining our intimate relationship with change and impermanence. We will learn to use mindfulness and insight to generate all-inclusive, liberating acceptance of change. This program will include silent meditation and guided reflection and discussion. For more information or to register please select the link below. 

November 12: Tai Chi Takedowns

On Sunday 11/12, Chris Himmel will offer this seminar on takedown applications of Tai Chi movements. All Tai Chi postures contain applications for striking, locking, throwing, and kicking. This seminar will focus on the throwing applications using the Tai Chi principles to unbalance an opponent and knock them to the ground.

Annual Fall Retreat in Woodstock, VT

Great Bay Tai Chi students and instructors enjoyed perfect fall weather when they gathered in Woodstock, VT over the last weekend in September for their annual fall retreat.
Topics included: Qigong, Taijiquan Long Form, including Martial Applications, Push Hands and Centering, Taiji Ball and Saber Forms, Yang Style Fighting Set, Introduction to Baguazhang and Introduction to Wing Chun.

standing, L-R:
Nabeel Emaish, LuAnne Pigeon, John Donaghy, Tom Baldwin, Austin Murray, Steven Goselin, Paul Mahoney, Chris Himmel, Pam Jacobson, Susan Oleszko, Charlie Anessi, Jan Morris, Barbara Frake, Kevin Comeau, Liora Alshuler, Michael Nolan, Stacie Bowman, and kneeling, Steve Frankel with Norton.

 

Latest News: October Schedule Changes

Hello Great Bay Tai Chi Community!

We are half way through October, but still have some great offerings coming up for you. There are also some schedule changes for the end of the month and some new options for November so please take note of the information below.
 

October 22: Medical Qigong with Lynne Deschenes

On Sunday 10/22, Lynne Deschenes of The Access Clinic will offer a 90-minute seminar on Medical Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory at Internal Arts New England. Lynne will cover the 12 major internal organs and their respective meridian directions and flow. Seasonal associations, physical and emotional characteristics, and the 5 Elements will all be discussed along with specific exercises to direct energy and attain balance. For details or to register please select the link below.

October 28: A Morning of Insight Meditation with Ted Jones

On Saturday, October 28, Ted Jones of North Shore Insight Meditation Center will lead A Morning of Insight Meditation at Internal Arts New England 10:30am-1:00pm. For more information or to register please select the link below.

October 29: Long Form Refinements with Chris Himmel

On Sunday, October 29, Chris Himmel will offer a 2-hour seminar on refining the Long Form at Internal Arts New England. This seminar is intended for students who already know most or all of the sequence and are interested in deepening the practice and understanding. Some applications may be practiced. For details or to register please select the link below.

October 31, November 2 & 3: Tournament Feedback Times

On Tuesday 10/31, Thursday 11/2, and Friday 11/3 our morning Long Form and subsequent classes will be bumped back by 30 minutes to allow for three opportunities to support our tournament competitors. Students are invited to watch the competitors demonstrate the forms they are preparing and offer feedback. This not only helps our competitors, but is valuable experience for everyone as we learn to watch with a critical eye and articulate what we see.

Halloween Class Cancellations

On 10/31 there will be no evening classes held.

November 1 - December 20: Tai Chi Saber Series with Chris Himmel

Beginning on Wednesday 11/1, Chris will offer an 8 week series on Yang Style Tai Chi Saber. Classes will meet each Wednesday morning 11/1-12/20 at 9:30am at Internal Arts New England. The cost is $150 for the series. Students also have the option to order a wooden saber. Those who wish to register should be proficient at the Tai Chi Ball form, have prior Saber experience, or have permission from Chris. If you are interested, please email Chris@greatbaytaichima.com.

Chinese Martial Arts Autumn Invitational

On Sunday 11/5, three students from Great Bay Tai Chi will compete in this tournament. We have competitors in Tai Chi Barehand Forms, Tai Chi Weapons Forms, Other Internal Barehand Forms, and Push Hands divisions. Please come show your support and get a glimpse of what competition looks like. The tournament will take place at Maynard High School in Maynard, MA 9:00am-4:00pm. Doors open at 8:30am. There is no cost to attend as a spectator.

November 7 - December 19: Tai Chi for Beginners with Stacie Bowman

Starting on Tuesday 11/7 and running for 7 weeks, Stacie Bowman will lead this series introducing the fundamentals of Tai Chi for new students. The focus will be on learning the basic principles of Tai Chi and the first section of the Yang Style Short Form. Classes will meet Tuesday evenings at 5:30pm 11/7-12/19.
To register please select the link below.
We have a couple other opportunities we are working on for November, so stay tuned for further announcements. We look forward to seeing you in class!
 
Happy Practicing!