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HCC to offer courses in martial arts and holistic exercises

June 05, 2007

A new course teaching the foundational practices for two famous Chinese internal arts, hsing-i ch'uan and pa kua chang, which are both related to t'ai chi ch'uan, will be offered through Hagerstown Community College's Center for Continuing Education on Thursdays, beginning June 14 from 8 to 9 p.m. at Western Maryland Hospital Center.

Hsing-i ch'uan (mind-formed fist) is a complete health and martial arts system derived from five element theory, and will feature instruction in the five elements forms.

Pa kua chang (eight trigram palm) is a complete health and martial arts system based on the concept of change put forth in the I-Ching, and will feature instruction in its unique practice of "walking a circle" with eight methods of form changes.

These arts are practiced at a regular pace as solo forms for mediation, awareness, and martial arts principles. There is no full contact fighting or free-sparring in this class. This class is designed for those in good health and who are interested in improving their martial arts skills and in experiencing many of the highly profound mind-body benefits found in t'ai chi. Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled athletic shoes.

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To learn more and to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.




The Center for Continuing Education also offers t'ai chi for beginning and intermediate students beginning Thursday, June 14. Classes will meet at Western Maryland Hospital Center.

The beginner's course teaches the art of t'ai chi as a holistic exercise that promotes health, improves balance, and enhances mind-body awareness. Participants will receive step-by-step instruction in an easy-to-learn primer form of less than 20 movements selected from the Yang and Wu styles of t'ai chi. The intermediate class features authentic Northern Wu style t'ai chi ch'uan. The 37-posture Wu style t'ai chi form will be taught in step-by-step detailed instruction.

Students should wear comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. The beginner class will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and the intermediate class will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Students will meet each Thursday through Aug. 16. To learn more and to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.

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