INTRODUCING: Martial Arts for Kids & Adults/Parents
This unique kids’ martial arts program emphasizes body awareness, confidence building, and non-competitive playful self-defense. Developed by Master Arthur Goodridge, the program integrates techniques and forms from Chinese and Japanese martial arts traditions including Kung Fu, Kempo Karate, Aikido, Tai Chi Chuan and Ba Gua Chuan.
The pre-teen and teenage years are years of extreme transition and sometimes confusion for kids. Arthur is an accomplished martial arts teacher and also has worked as a school counselor, working both with kids and families. His approach to teaching people of all ages is both effective and therapeutic.
Creating a class that includes both kids and parents/adults gives them a unique opportunity to share a learning experience. This shared experience allows kids and parents to see each other in a different light, and can often bring them closer together.
This introductory class will run for six weeks which will give the participants exposure to Arthur’s system after which they can decide to continue on an on going basis. After the six weeks, classes will be billed on a monthly basis and Moving Together tee shirts will be issued for the student.
ONGOING CLASS CURRICULUM
LEVEL ONE TAI CHI
You will learn the long Yang family style, Tai Chi form. Done with correct understanding, the form takes between 30 to 60 minutes to perform. Before starting the form, you will be taught a walking exercise that will give you a better understanding of how to move in a soft Tai Chi manner. You will also learn some Yi Chuan exercises. You will progress at your own pace and not as a group. You will be introduced to push hands. This is the yin aspect of your training.
LEVEL TWO TAI CHI
Having completed level one Tai Chi, you will learn some basic Shing-i and Ba Gua. Shing-i and Ba Gua are also internal systems but are done with more speed and work on connecting and strengthening the body. After learning the basic Shing-i and Ba Gua, you will integrate some of the Shing-i and Ba Gua with the Tai Chi. The end result is a dynamic fast form that takes about 10 minutes to perform. You will also be doing more Yi Chuan and intermediate level push hands. This is the yang aspect of your training.
LEVEL THREE TAI CHI
In level three you will learn several variations of level one and two. You will learn the ‘weighted set’, the ‘extended set’, the ‘bubbling well set’, and finally the ‘pulsing set’. You will also be exploring more mysterious aspects of energy and more advanced levels of push hands. This is the blending of the yin and yang aspect of your training.
Push hands can manifest in many ways. It is a two-person exercise in which people touch wrist to wrist or hand to wrist or forearm, and shift their weight back and forward as they circle their hands. The intent of this exercise will determine how it looks. Some do it for developing sensitivity. As you come forward, I yield and go back. Some do it to develop strength and rooting. As you come forward I don’t yield and resist you and ‘root’ into the ground so you can’t push me. And the variations go on and on.
At Moving Together we use many ways of practicing push hands but our reasons for doing push hands is to further develop our energy or chi. Arthur calls push hands ‘interactive chi kung’. When doing tai chi, ba gua, chi kung etc, it is like a river flowing and learning how to get rid of any obstacles in the river that inhibits its flow. This getting rid of the obstacles makes the flow of the river more powerful. In doing push hands as an interactive chi kung exercise, it is like two rivers coming together, merging and sharing their flow. This coming together, this ‘moving together’ creates even more energy and power for each of the players than just ‘flowing’ alone. So sometimes we yield together, and some times we resist together, but all in a listening, aware attentive way so that each of us is benefiting from the exchange.
EXPLORING PATTERNS THROUGH MEDITATIVE AND MARTIAL MOVEMENT
This class is open to anyone who is interested. It is not a 'martial arts'class per se, but we use martial arts material to help us look at our structures and patterns. Many of these structures have helped us in the past but are not necessary any longer and actually may be preventing us from growing and getting stronger. This class helps us see how we create structures and patterns in our lives and how they shut us off from our bodies, our energy, creativity and possibilities. It is challenging both physically and emotionally and hopefully a lot of fun as well.
Moving Together Mind Body Center Class Schedule
Tai Chi Chuan Level One & Level Two
Monday 9:30-11am & Saturday, 10 -11:30am
Kids Martial Arts (for kids & parents/adults)
6 Saturdays beginning April 12- May 17, 2014, 2pm-3pm
Last Saturday of each month, 11:30-1:30pm
Exploring your Patterns through Meditative & Martial Movement
All Classes are held at:
147 High St. (2 Block W. of Medford Center)
Medford, Ma. 02155
(Parking Lot and entrance off Powder House Rd)
Level One or Level Two: $120
* Patterns Class: $150
* Both Tai Chi & Patterns: $180
KIDS MARTIAL ARTS SIX WEEK PROGRAM:
$60 first family member/$30 for each additional family member
Come anytime to try out a class
To register in advance or to get additional information about Moving Together and class offerings, contact:
Private Classes and Private Healing Sessions are available