Updated for 2017. For questions about individual classes, please call the teacher listed.
 
We offer classes at the following locations:

Carrboro

Balanced Movement Studio, 304 Weaver Street (2nd floor)

Cary

Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Ambassador Loop
SAS, I-40 at Harrison Ave exit

Chapel Hill

Carolina Meadows, Whippoorwill Ln
Carol Woods Retirement Community, Weaver Dairy Rd
UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont, 100 Sprunt St

Durham

Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkwy
Duke Health and Fitness Ctr. (Center for Living), Morreene Rd
Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee
Osher Lifelong Learning Inst, Judea Reform, Cornwallis Rd
Wholistic Resources, 5014 Mt. Sinai Road

CLASSES BY LOCATION
(Alphabetical Order by Town)

Smiley says this class is Beginner-Friendly!Class Suitable for Beginners

CARRBORO

Class Suitable for Beginners QIGONG: Golden Light (Enlightenment), Five Animals (Wellness), Rising Lotus (Healing), etc. Ongoing class, begin anytime.
Tuesdays 10:30-11:45 am. Balanced Movement Studio, 304 Weaver St. www.balanced-movement.com. Register in class. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]

Click to open/close Class Description.
This class provides an ongoing and varying experience in medical qigong, including Five Animal Play, Rising Lotus Qigong, the Six Healing Sounds, and other explorations. Five Animal Play (Wuqinxi) Qigong is divided into three sections: Crane/Bear, Monkey, and Deer/Tiger. This set is an excellent and delightful lifelong exercise, utilizing deep, smooth, breathing matched to movements that mimic the crane, bear, monkey, deer and tiger. The aim is to enhance the flow of qi (life energy), harmonize the five phases of change (fire, water, earth, wood, and metal), strengthen the internal organs, nerves, muscles, and bones, prevent and cure diseases, improve the health and vitality of body, mind, and spirit, and prolong life.
HOOKED CANE SELF-DEFENSE FORM & TAIJI.
Tuesdays 12-1:15 pm. Balanced Movement Studio, 304 Weaver St. www.balanced-movement.com. Traditional 75-movement Guai Gun (walking cane with hook) form. Register in class. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]

TAIJIQUAN STRAIGHT SWORD (TAIJI JIAN). Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm. Balanced Movement Studio, 304 Weaver St. www.balanced-movement.com. $12 per class with a 10-class pass, $13 per class with a 5-class pass; Drop-in: $15. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]

Class Suitable for BeginnersTHE MASTER KEY TO TAIJIQUAN. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome. Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 am. Balanced Movement Studio, 304 Weaver St. www.balanced-movement.com. Pre-class practice of Wu/Hao 108 long form: 7:30-7:55am, open to all: free to class members, by donation ($3 suggested) for others. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]


CARY

Class Suitable for Beginners T'AI-CHI BASICS: DYNAMICS OF YIN AND YANG. Session.
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm, Jan 11-Feb 22 (7 classes). Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. $88 for Cary residents or $116 for non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, (919) 968-3936]

Click to open/close Class Description.

An introduction to the principles of T’ai-Chi, this class includes breath work, structural dynamics, walking movements, play with the diagram of yin and yang, and the ABCs of energy cultivation. Exercises open energy channels, stabilize the knees, loosen the hips, and foster internal power, relaxation, and concentration.

Class Suitable for Beginners T'AI-CHI HEAVY BALL. Session.
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm, Mar 1-Apr 12 (7 classes) Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. $88 for Cary residents or $116 for non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, (919) 968-3936].

Click to open/close Class Description.

T’ai-Chi Heavy Ball is a traditional method that conditions muscles, nourishes the spine, strengthens the core, and improves Qi flow and circularity. It enhances abilities and increases power and trip strength. Bring a two-to eight-pound medicine ball, depending on your conditioning. Experience the power of Heavy Ball!

T'AI-CHI YANG STYLE, EXPERIENCED. Session.
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm, Apr 19-May 31 (7 classes) Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. $88 for Cary residents or $116 for non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, (919) 968-3936].

Click to open/close Class Description.

A class devoted to corrections and enrichment of the choreography and underlying principles of the Yang style long form. This class is open to students who have studied most or all of the form.

Class Suitable for Beginners T’AI-CHI: YANG STYLE, BEGINNING. Session.
Wed 7:45-9:05 pm. Jan 11-Feb 22, Mar 1-Apr 12, Apr 19-May 31 (7 classes per session). Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. $88 for Cary residents or $116 non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, (919) 968-3936]

Click to open/close Class Description.
Discover the benefits of T'ai-Chi, an ancient movement art practiced for health, relaxation and self-defense. The widely popular Yang style is characterized by generous circles and smooth, strong postures. Learn the fundamentals of stance, alignment and energy cultivation, as well as the traditional Yang family style long form.

CHAPEL HILL

Class Suitable for Beginners CHEN TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG. Ongoing: ***Call instructor to register.***
Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm. The Farm, UNC Faculty Staff Recreation Association, 1 Alice Ingram Circle, Chapel Hill, in the clubhouse or picnic shelter. Focus in on Chen Style Taijiquan, Silk Reeling, Qi (energy) enhancing exercises. Appropriate for beginning and experienced participants. Farm membership not required. Comfortable clothing, soft soled shoes. [Instructor: James Sutton, (919) 724-2167, scepticusg@gmail.com]
Class Suitable for Beginners WU/HAO TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
Wednesdays 1-2 pm. UNC Wellness Ctr at Meadowmont, 100 Sprunt St, 966-5500. Non-members pay single class fee at the desk: less if guest of a member. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]
Class Suitable for Beginners WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG. Session: Fall, Winter, Spring.
Wednesdays 2:45-3:30pm. At Carolina Meadows for residents. Register with Michelle Davis, 370-7114. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]

DURHAM

Class Suitable for Beginners QIGONG: SHIBA (18) LUOHAN GONG. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
Mondays, 10 -11 am. Duke Health and Fitness Center, 3475 Erwin Rd, www.dukefitness.org Register 660-6660 or at front desk. $15 per class for non members or $15 per month for members of DHFC. [Instructor: Dr. Jay Dunbar (919) 968-3936]
Class Suitable for Beginners CHEN TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG. Ongoing: ***Call instructor to register.***
Tuesdays, 8:00-8:55 am. Treyburn Country Club, 1 Old Trail Dr., Durham. Focus is on Chen Style Taijiquan, Silk Reeling exercises, and the Five Animal Frolics Qigong. $10/class. [Instructor: Dan Partridge, (919) 724-3665].
Class Suitable for Beginners QIGONG & TAIJIQUAN FUNDAMENTALS. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am. Duke Health and Fitness Center, 3475 Erwin Rd, www.dukefitness.org Register 660-6660 or at front desk. $15 per class for non members or $15 per month for members of DHFC. [Teacher: Dr. Jay Dunbar, (919) 968-3936]
Class Suitable for Beginners TAIJI/QIGONG FUNDAMENTALS. A 10-class series. Wednesdays, 6-7:10 pm (starts Sept 7), at Wholistic Health Studio, 1000 Hackberry Lane (corner of Mt. Sinai Rd and Hackberry Lane), Durham NC. To register, or for more information, visit www.wholistichealthstudionc.com, email: info@wholistichealthstudionnc.com, or call (919) 489-5355. Directions to Wholistic Health Studio are available at their website on the “Contact Us” page. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]
Click to open/close Class Description.

Experience Tai Chi and Qigong in a 10-part series that explores the basics of breathing, movement, and the ancient philosophy that informs both these practices. Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art and system of meditative movement used worldwide for fitness, stress reduction, balance, and well-being. Principles of motion based on Yin and Yang, body mechanics, proper alignment, knee safety, and whole body coordination serve as an introduction to further study.

The healing properties of Tai Chi derive from Qigong: the cultivation and movement of Qi or life energy to induce physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual equilibrium. Explore exercises from three Qigong sets: 18 Luohan, Rising Lotus, and Five Animal Play.

When you have completed this class, you may join the experienced class, that meets on Thursdays from 6-7:10 pm, practicing the 108-movement Wu/Hao style solo form and the Master Key.

Class Suitable for Beginners WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN: MOVING MEDITATION. Sessions:
Fall (“Moonlight”) 10 weeks; Winter (“Starlight”) 10 weeks; Spring (“Sunlight”) 6 weeks. Thursdays first section: 9-10:30 am; second section: 3:25-4:45 pm. Register for one. Duke’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). To register, call 684-6259, or go online to www.learnmore.duke.edu/ Meets at the Judea Reform Education Bldg, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd. [Teacher: Dr. Jay (919-968-3936]
Class Suitable for Beginners WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN & TAIJIQUAN ESSENTIALS.
Thursdays, 6-7:10 pm, at Wholistic Health Studio, 1000 Hackberry Lane (corner of Mt. Sinai Rd and Hackberry Lane), Durham NC. To register, or for more information, visit www.wholistichealthstudionc.com, email: info@wholistichealthstudionnc.com, or call (919) 489-5355. Directions to Wholistic Health Studio are available at their website on the “Contact Us” page. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]
Class Suitable for Beginners WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG, BEGINNING & FULL FORM PRACTICE. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome. Ages 55 and over.
www.dcslnc.org/ Fridays, 10-11:30 am, Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee. First hour: beginning instruction; last half-hour: group practice of the long form. $5 per class. Form practice only: $4. [Teachers: Gabrael St. Clair (919) 323-2101 and Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]
Class Suitable for Beginners WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN. Ongoing: for residents only.
Fridays 12:15-1:15pm. In Ponder Auditorium at Croasdaile Village. [Teacher: Dr. Jay (919-968-3936]

Back To Top

 
The Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School
c/o Dr. Jay Dunbar, Director
15 Timberlyne Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1522
919.968.3936