Aiping Tai Chi Center was invited to perform at the Lunar New Year Gala at Fairfield University sponsored by the Chinese American Heritage Association, Inc. (CAHAI) and Fairfield University. Bob Shannon and Jonas Karosas perform Chen Style Tai Chi, Shirley Chock performed Qing Ping Tai Chi Sword, John Kaluzynski and Mark Rusanowski performed the 48 Form, and Shirley Chock and Jonas Karosas performed Two-Person Push Hands Form.
If you're still looking for last minute holiday gifts to give or receive, we recently created Aiping Tai Chi Center gift certificates. Gift certificates are available for purchase in the studio during class hours.
We will be holding our 9am class tomorrow, Saturday, December 17. Please use your judgment if the weather is hazardous in your area. You can always make up class on another day. Drive carefully!
We will be closed for Thanksgiving Break. There will be no classes on Friday, November 25 or Saturday, November 26. Classes will resume on Tuesday, November 29.
Huge congratulations to William Ng for winning first place in the Men's Under 18 category at the 3rd USA Tai Chi Cup in CT and second place in the Boys Youth category at the 6th Tai Chi Competition in NY!
Our fall session begins Saturday, October 1. For our seasoned students, we have a new pricing package for unlimited classes in all systems for $450 for the session. Please speak with Grandmaster Aiping if you are interested.
Now that the weather is getting cooler, it's perfect time to pick up a sweatshirt with our school logo. We only have a limited quantity left. Available for purchase in class while supplies last.
Unisex Pullover Hoodie
Available Colors and Sizes
Blue: Large $20 (1 left), X-Large $20 (2 left)
Black: Large $20 (1 left), 3XL $23 (1 left)
Grey: X-Large $20 (2 left)
Ladies Zipper Hoodie
Available Colors and Sizes
Grey: Small $30 (2 left), Large $30 (1 left)
Black: Large $30 (1 left)
Wishing a happy Labor Day to everyone. Reminder: our summer session break begins Monday, September 5 and ends Sunday, September 11 and school will be closed. Classes will resume Tuesday, September 13. Enjoy your break!
Recent study published in National Institutes of Health (NIH):
For patients with painful knee osteoarthritis, tai chi was as helpful as physical therapy in reducing pain and improving physical functioning, according to a new study partially funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. The results of the study, conducted at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, were published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
In this study, 204 patients age 40 or older who had knee pain and proven osteoarthritis of the knee were randomly assigned to standardized group tai chi training (two 1-hour sessions each week for 12 weeks) or standard one-on-one physical therapy (two 30-minute sessions per week for 6 weeks followed by 6 additional weeks of home-based exercises monitored by the research staff). Both groups were then encouraged to continue their tai chi practice or home exercises for a total of 52 weeks. Patients in the two groups had similar decreases in pain and improvements in physical functioning after 12 weeks, and the benefits of treatment were maintained for the full 52 weeks of the study. Patients in the tai chi group had more improvement in depression symptoms and quality of life than those in the physical therapy group.
Previous research has shown that tai chi—a traditional Chinese mind and body practice that combines meditation with deep breathing, relaxation, and gentle movements—can reduce pain and improve physical functioning in patients with knee osteoarthritis, but this is the first study in which tai chi was compared with a standard treatment that’s known to be helpful. An important strength of the study was that the participants were typical of people with knee osteoarthritis; many were obese, and many were older. Nevertheless, they were able to participate in and benefit from both of the treatments that were evaluated.
The researchers concluded that standardized tai chi should be considered as an effective therapeutic option for knee osteoarthritis.