Facilitator: Mike Cords
This all level class incorporates Tai Chi and Qi Gong (energy work) which are great forms of gentle exercise that are easy on the joints and may be practiced by anyone, anywhere, even in a wheelchair. Tai Chi and Qi Gong help to improve health, balance, and circulation. Additionally, Tai Chi has been shown to help with arthritis and diabetes. You will learn at your own pace without being judged or pressured to go beyond what feels comfortable for you.
INVESTMENT: $120 ($80 for seniors) [Unlimited Essential Spirit Tai Chi monthly class package pricing. Please contact Mike with any questions or to drop-in for a class.]
CONTACT INFORMATION: email@example.com | 517-525-1078 (text capable)
Mike began training in Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate in 1981 and continued with his first teacher until his death in 1989. During this time, Mike earned the rank of Ni Dan (second degree black belt).
He later joined the Army were he served as an airborne infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg and was deployed to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
While in the Army, Mike began training in various martial arts such as Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, and various styles of Kung Fu.
After 21 years of training in the hard external martial arts, Mike began feeling the effects of old injuries and noticing arthritis developing in his hands and knees. He wanted to continue training in martial arts, but needed to make some changes.
In 2002, he began training in Tai Chi and Qi Gong under Sifu Dan Jones. He found in Tai Chi everything he had ever learned in the external martial arts plus he started experiencing greater mobility, balance, and overall better health.
In 2006, Mike became certified to teach Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Diabetes, and was given permission to teach all aspects of Tai Chi and Qi Gong that he learned from his teacher.
Mike fell in love with Tai Chi and continues to practice each day. Through his teaching, he shares his deep learning, wisdom, and the profound benefits he has experienced in his own life.