The Kang Do Won Martial Arts Institute offers a Kang
Do Tai Chi Exercise Class on Saturday
mornings from 8:00am to 9:00am. This class is
instructed by Bob Soeder. The class size is limited to
30 students and is taken on a month-to-month basis for
a small monthly fee. Uniforms are not required for
this class. Students may wear casual, loose fitting,
comfortable clothing with bare feet or clean tennis
What is Kang Do Tai Chi?
The original Chinese art is
called Tai Chi Chuan, the literal translation of
which is Grand Ultimate Fist. Tai Chi Chuan is the
full name of the art that many people simply refer
to as Tai Chi. There are actually two separate
philosophies, or aspects, represented in this name.
The first, Tai Chi," refers to the internal,
philosophical and physiological aspect of the art.
The second, Chuan," refers to the aspect that is
combative martial art. In modern society most people
practice Tai Chi, deriving from it many physical,
mental and spiritual benefits. Less studied is the
fighting component (Chuan) of the art.
Do Tai Chi is a Kang Do Won
variation of Tai Chi Chuan, which is taught with the
focus on the internal aspect, and as a therapeutic,
physical exercise, not as an art form. The words
'Kang Do' ("Inner Strength Way"), in 'Kang Do Tai
Chi,' signify that difference.
What are the benefits of Kang Do Tai
Kang Do Tai Chi exercise has benefits for body, mind
and spirit. Through gentle and fluid movement, the
flow of "Chi" is greatly improved. This flow of energy
promotes health and healing in
the body and reduces stress. The reduction of stress
and mental health. The resulting balance of mind and
body produces the foundation of spiritual well-being.
Do Tai Chi is a no impact activity that is
non-injurious to the joints and musculature of the
body, making it a very anatomically friendly exercise
that is beneficial to people of all ages. One of the
greatest advantages of Kang Do Tai Chi is that no
athletic ability is required to participate and
benefit from this exercise.
What is Chi?
The word Chi (aka... 'Ki' in Japanese and
Korean or 'Qi'... as an alternate spelling in
Chinese), when translated from Chinese, means
energy." For the purposes of this class, we will
define Chi as the intrinsic/internal energy of life...
the bioelectrical current that flows through the body.
The pathways or routes through which Chi flows are
called "meridians." Certain meridians help to control
or nurture specific organs and bodily functions. Each
particular form or exercise practiced in class targets
specific meridians which again promote health, healing
How Do I Register for Class?
Again, the class size is limited to 30 students on a
first-come basis. While the class is progressive
(built upon weekly), first time students are more than
welcome and will quickly derive many benefits from
Kang Do Tai Chi classes.
For further information contact Senior
Master Gary M. Hotchkiss at (440) 943-2900
or by email at email@example.com.