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Wisconsin Tai Chi Academy is pleased to announce our new partnership with Momentum Movement Clinic and will be commencing a new Tai Chi class at their premises in Brookfield, Wisconsin, in April 2022. WTCA’s Founder and Instructor Ray Gates said the partnership with Momentum is “a natural fit”, as Tai Chi and Qigong practice together with the therapies offered by Momentum’s Owner and Structural Integrationist Lisa McNeil and her staff would be “highly complementary to one another, and should provide people with maximal health and wellness, particularly with regards to healthy, functional movement.”

Momentum’s Lisa McNeil is excited with the partnership. “Tai Chi and Qigong blend specific movements designed to stretch, strengthen, and re-balance injured or painful body regions with focused breathing and enhanced body awareness combining common sense and intuitive body wisdom. Bringing this movement practice to the clinic is going to help clients reach their mobility and pain goals,” she said.

Classes will be held Thursday mornings from April 7. Further information and registration is available in our Classes section.


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Wisconsin Tai Chi Academy is proud to announce its new Corporate and Community Qigong program, aimed at bringing the health and wellness benefits of Qigong practice to more people in the community.

Qigong is increasingly being recognized and recommended by health and medical professionals for its benefits to physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. Qigong classes are a great way to supplement corporate health and wellness programs and community health, wellness and recreational activities.

Wisconsin Tai Chi Academy’s Qigong classes are highly suitable for any corporate or community based organisation, including but not limited to:

  • small, medium and large businesses;
  • community groups and centers;
  • conferences and corporate retreats;
  • YMCAs, health clubs and gyms;
  • colleges, schools, and school-based programs (eg: Summer Camps);
  • senior living and residential-based care centers;
  • health and wellness fairs and expos.

For more information please visit our Corporate and Community Qigong section or Contact Us.


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Can’t make it to a class but still want to learn Tai Chi? Already attending a class and want to supplement your learning?

Wisconsin Tai Chi Academy is now offering private lessons for individuals or small groups (2 or 3 people) with Instructor Ray Gates. Private lessons can be held for anyone – you do not need to be a current member of Wisconsin Tai Chi Academy. Private lessons are conducted in the same way as a regular class, however at a prearranged time and place convenient for you.

For more information about scheduling a private lesson please click here or select the Private Lessons option under the Classes & More menu.


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Wisconsin Tai Chi Academy is pleased to announce we will be opening a new class in Glendale.

The new class will be held at Nicolet High School in their dance studio on Thursday evenings from 6-7pm. Details can be found on our Classes page.

For a limited time new students who pre-register will be eligible to receive a one-off 25% discount on their term fees! Register now to receive details of this offer.

This is the first of what will hopefully be a number of new classes and events WTCA will be establishing this year.


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Tai Chi (taijiquan) and qigong are well-researched methods of improving peoples health and well-being. A number of clinical studies in particular have demonstrated that Tai Chi and qigong can help prevent, treat and rehabilitate people suffering from the effects of respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD1,2. Now researchers believe that these benefits can also help people avoid and recouperate from COVID-19.

Tai Chi and qigong have been clinically demonstrated to benefit those with respiratory diseases by a) improving pulmonary function, immune response, respiratory muscle strength and overall quality of life; and b) decreasing dyspnea (shortness of breath), inflammation, stress, anxiety and depression1-3. Specific studies have demonstrated Tai Chi and qigong improve pulmonary function through increasing lung capacity and efficiency3,4, as well as the depth of breath5. Research suggests it does not matter which style of Tai Chi or qigong are used, though studies have mainly focussed on 24 Forms Tai Chi, Ba Duan Jin and Liu Zi Jue.

As COVID-19 tends to impair pulmonary function, immune response and quality of life while increasing dyspnea and inflammation, researchers are now advocating for Tai Chi and qigong as suitable, safe forms of exercise both pre- and post-infection, and even the lowest impact forms forms during the course of the infection.

Clinical studies supporting the use of Tai Chi and qigong against COVID-19 are beginning to come through and researchers are examining these to demonstrate evidence to support their use in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

Wisconsin Tai Chi Academy offers both Tai Chi and qigong forms in our classes – find a class near you today!

References

  1. Alschuler, L., et al. (2020). Integrative medicine considerations for convalescence from mild-to-moderate COVID-19 disease. Explore: in press available online: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550830720304171
  2. Xianjian, C., & Datao, X. (2021). Effects of Tai Chi Chuan on the physical and mental health of the elderly: A Systematic Review. Physical Activity and Health, 5(1), 21–27.
  3. Xu, S., et al. (2021). The positive role of Tai Chi in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18: 7479.
  4. Luo, Z. et al. (2020). The effect of Tai Chi on the quality of life in the elderly patients recovering from coronavirus disease 2019: a protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine, 99: 49.
  5. Peng, J., et al. (2020). The effect of qigong for pulmonary function and quality of life in patients with COVID-19. Medicine, 99: 38.

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Wisconsin Tai Chi Academy has formally released its ‘Tai Chi for All’ Inclusion Policy as a means of promoting a safe and accessible environment for everyone to be able to enjoy the benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong.

“… we believe that Tai Chi and Qigong have great benefits for all peoples, and we aim to make Tai Chi and Qigong available and accessible to anyone who would like to join us … regardless of age, gender identity, race or cultural background, sexuality, spirituality, or any other form of differentiation.”

The policy is supported by WTCA’s Code of Conduct which all members and participants in WCTA classes, events and other activities are expected to adhere to.


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In accordance with the recent changes to CDC Guidelines, WTCA has updated its COVID-19 Policy which applies to all attendees at classes and events. You can find this policy on the website under Classes and Events.

Key changes include: vaccinated attendees are no longer required to wear masks or socially distance unless required by the venue, per CDC guidelines, and temperature checks are no longer required at classes and events. Please refer to the policy for specific requirements.


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Given the high increase in Covid-19 cases in Wisconsin, WTCA has implemented a new Covid-19 Policy that will apply to all attendees at classes and events. You can find this policy on the website under Classes and Events.

This policy has been implemented in an attempt to ensure Wisconsin Tai Chi Academy can continue to provide classes and events while minimizing any risk to attendees during the pandemic.


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We’re masking up and social distancing and still enjoying our Tai Chi!

Thanks to our venue hosts allowing us to continue classes, and by following CDC and Wisconsin State Government mandates and recommendations, we’re still holding classes and practicing our Tai Chi!

Tai Chi offers many benefits that can help you make it through this pandemic. Not only is it a safe and easy way of maintaining physical activity, it can boost your immune system, ease stress, and clear your mind.

Wisconsin Tai Chi Academy welcomes all ages and all levels of experience to its classes. Find a class for you at our classes link.


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Wisconsin Tai Chi Academy is pleased to annouce a new class being established in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

Term 1 will commence Tuesday July 14, 2020 at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Brookfield, at 6pm. Classes will run for one hour and be grouped into ten week terms. WTCA expects to run four terms per year at this venue.

Initially WCTA will teach the Beijing 24 Forms to new students, however advanced classes are expected to commence in 2021.

WCTA looks forward to welcoming new students to this class!


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