Updated for 2015. 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
Rice Diet Program, Cole Mill Rd
Osher Lifelong Learning Inst, Judea Reform, Cornwallis Rd
Tactical Kung Fu & MMA School, 4228C Garrett Rd
Wholistic Resources, 5014 Mt. Sinai Road

Pittsboro

Lao Ma, at home, Black Bamboo Pavilion, 70 Hearne Rd
Pittsboro Community House, 65 Thompson St

Raleigh

International Martial Arts Academy, 7340 Creedmoor Rd., Stonehenge Shopping Center

CLASSES BY LOCATION
(Alphabetical Order by Town)

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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]

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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.
Class Suitable for Beginners WU/HAO TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
Tuesdays 12-1:15 pm. Balanced Movement Studio, 304 Weaver St. www.balanced-movement.com. Register in class. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]

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The Wu/Hao is one of the five major family styles of Taijiquan, derived from the early Chen and Yang styles by Wu Yuxiang, author of a major part of the traditional Taijiquan Classics. Wu/Hao is an understated, tranquil, meditative style, with small steps and subtle movements that disappear into formlessness and appear ordinary. It fosters “mind method”: internal focus and awareness through a concentration on breath and the opening and closing of energy gates. Dr. Jay studied this style privately with his primary teacher, Master Jou Tsung-Hwa. We will study Taiji Qigong, the 108-movement long form, two shorter choreographies (“Moonlight” and “Starlight”), and the “master key” exercises: Five Element Fajin and Eight Gates Walking Chansi.
Class Suitable for Beginners WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN & FIVE ANIMALS MEDICAL QIGONG. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
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]

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The Wu/Hao is one of the five major family styles of Taijiquan, derived from the early Chen and Yang styles by Wu Yuxiang, author of a major part of the traditional Taijiquan Classics. Wu/Hao is an understated, tranquil, meditative style, with small steps and subtle movements that disappear into formlessness and appear ordinary. It fosters “mind method”: internal focus and awareness through a concentration on breath and the opening and closing of energy gates. Dr. Jay studied this style privately with his primary teacher, Master Jou Tsung-Hwa . Class is also currently studying the 1,800-year-old Five Animal Frolics Medical Qigong, a delightful set of over 40 exercises which strengthen organ function and enhance qi flow. Class focus shifts every so often to other practices found to be effective in maintaining health, treating a various conditions, relieving stress and enhancing relaxation, balancing energy throughout the body, and restoring vitality and flexibility. Some topics: 18 Luohan Qigong (dynamic set said to be the basis of Shaolin gongfu, and dating from the 6th C), , Taiji Ball (a series of simple moves with hand-held spheres that coordinate and condition muscles and strengthen posture, root, and power), and Rising Lotus Medical Qigong (a lovely 10-movement set that gently encourages the flow of qi (energy) throughout the body, improves circulation in and around the spine and clears blockages in the organ systems).
TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG BASICS: FUNDAMENTALS OF FORM & FUNCTION. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
Wednesday & Friday, twice weekly, 8:00-9:00 am. Balanced Movement Studio, 304 Weaver St. www.balanced-movement.com. Pre-Class Group Practice for Experienced Students: 7:30-7:55am. Wu/Hao Wednesdays, Chen Fridays. Free to class members, by donation for others, $3 suggested.) [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]


CARY

Class Suitable for Beginners T'AI-CHI BASICS: DYNAMICS OF YIN & YANG. Session.
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm. Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. One 7-week session: Jan 14-Mar 4. $88 for Cary residents or $116 for non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, (919) 968-3936]

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This class includes breath work, structural dynamics, walking, play with the diagram of yin and yang, and the ABC's of energy cultivation. Exercises open energy channels, stabilize the knees, loosen the hips, foster internal power, relaxation and concentration.

Class Suitable for Beginners T'AI-CHI FOR TWO: INTERACTIVE PLAY. Session.
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm. Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. One 7-week session: Mar 11-Apr 22. $88 for Cary residents or $116 for non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, (919) 968-3936]

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The interactive exercises of T'ai-Chi will enhance your ability to touch with sensitivity, to listen, interpret, and respond appropriately, and to flow with situations while maintaining your center and balance. Focus is on simple T'ai-Chi drills and sets for two or more people. Beginners welcome.
T'AI-CHI: YANG STYLE, EXPERIENCED. Session.
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm. Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. One 7-week session: Apr 29-Jun 11. $88 for Cary residents or $116 for non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, (919) 968-3936]

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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. Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. Three 7-week sessions: Jan 14-Mar 4, Mar 11-Apr 22, Apr 29-Jun 10. $88 for Cary residents or $116 for non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, (919) 968-3936]

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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, 6-7 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 QIGONG & TAIJIQUAN.Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
Mondays, 7-8 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. Focus is on the 18 Luohan Qigong and Chen Style Taijiquan. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]
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 WUDANGSHAN STYLE, BEGINNING. Session.
Mondays, 6-7:30 pm.
Tactical Kung Fu & MMA School located on 4228C Garrett Rd, on the border of Chapel Hill and Durham. The school is centrally located, just a 1.5 miles north of I-40 & 15/501 interchange. (I-40 exit #270, right on Garrett Rd. School is then a quick right). Please note: street shoes are not permitted, so bring a separate pair of indoor shoes. Call (919) 542-0688 for info. $15 per class when paying in advance for four or more classes; single class $18. Followed by Push-Hands (see below). [Teacher: Lao Ma, (919) 542-0688]
PUSH-HANDS. Ongoing: Magic Tortoise students, drop-ins welcome. Other taiji students please contact Lao Ma before coming.
Mondays, 7:30-9 pm.
Tactical Kung Fu & MMA School located on 4228C Garrett Rd, on the border of Chapel Hill and Durham. The school is centrally located, just a 1.5 miles north of I-40 & 15/501 interchange. (I-40 exit #270, right on Garrett Rd. School is then a quick right). Please note: street shoes are not permitted, so bring a separate pair of indoor shoes. $15 per class when paying in advance for four or more classes; single class $18. (Preceded by Wudangshan, above). [Teacher: Lao Ma, (919) 542-0688]
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 17), 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]
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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 TAIJI CANE CLASS. (Guai Gun "Walking Stick", or "Hooked Cane"). Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm (starts July 22), at Tactical Kung Fu & MMA School, 4228C Garrett Rd, on the border of Chapel Hill and Durham. The school is centrally located, just a 1.5 miles north of I-40 & 15/501 interchange. (I-40 exit #270, right on Garrett Rd. School is then a quick right). Please note: street shoes are not permitted, so bring a separate pair of indoor shoes. $15 per class when paying in advance for four or more classes; single class $18. If interested in this class please contact Lao Ma prior to attending. [Teacher: Lao Ma, (919) 542-0688]
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The group will learn the fundamentals of working with an internal form focusing on taij principles form and a weapon simultaneously. Primarily focused on the cane form, students will use taiji principles to manipulate the cane as an extension of their body and the empty hand form techniques they already know.. The cane is an inconspicuous weapon and provides a well-rounded experience of working with a striking weapon as well as manipulating a hook.

Students interested in other weapons are welcome but should contact Lao Ma with request so they can be fit into the class structure.

Many Forms, or performed routines and styles, of Chinese Martial Arts, both External and Internal, are not the very serious versions we in the West are accustomed to seeing in videos and movies or in tournament competition and school demonstrations, but are a bit of theatre and display Chinese elements of humor. The Taijiquan "Watermelon Style," and Jackie Chan’s "Drunken Monk" routine come to mind. In Chinese Opera even two-person styles have these elements of comedy and entertainment.

The Guai Gun or Walking Cane is just such a style. Dr. Jay describes the Magic Tortoise School’s version as LaoMa’s "signature form."” In this version the comedy and theatre are in the beginning and ending sequences and immediately tell the story of older senior citizens thwarting the larcenous designs of a young, hooligan gang to steal their possessions as they hobble down the street. LaoMa learned this from Lao Zhang, a 76 year old deaf mute teacher in Ding YeYe’s, Snake Hill Pavilion School in 1986. It is the most useful weapon as it is the one weapon that can be carried anywhere, at anytime, even on an airplane at the height of post 9/11 hysteria. Dr. Jay has recently relearned it from LaoMa and has added to its training efficiency by breaking the Form into 8 Sections, and 75 postures.

WUDANGSHAN CORRECTIONS & DETAILS. Beginners welcome.
Wednesdays, 7:30 pm -9:00 pm.
Tactical Kung Fu & MMA School located on 4228C Garrett Rd, on the border of Chapel Hill and Durham. The school is centrally located, just a 1.5 miles north of I-40 & 15/501 interchange. (I-40 exit #270, right on Garrett Rd. School is then a quick right). Please note: street shoes are not permitted, so bring a separate pair of indoor shoes. $15 per class when paying in advance for four or more classes; single class $18. [Teacher: Lao Ma, (919) 542-0688]
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Geared towards students who have (at least) a small foundation in the Wudangshan 108 empty hand form, this class will take on a few postures each week and focus on corrections personalized for the students. It will also build taiji principles details within the postures; details include matching, stance work, alignment and applications of postures. Students of all levels (including beginners) are welcome!

Class Suitable for Beginners WU/HAO STYLE TAIJIQUAN: MOVING MEDITATION. Sessions: Fall, Winter, Spring.
Thursdays 9-10:30 am: Contact: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Register at 684-2703 or 681-3476 for information. Meets at Judea Reform Education Building, 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.
http://www.councilseniorcitizens.org/center_senior_life.html 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: drop-ins welcome.
Fridays 12:00-1:00pm. At Croasdaile Village for residents. Register with Denise Waters, Life Enrichment/Chaplaincy Services, 384-3521. [Teacher: Dr. Jay, (919) 968-3936]

PITTSBORO

Class Suitable for BeginnersThis class location depends upon the season. New students please contact the Teacher before attending.
Class Suitable for Beginners WUDANGSHAN STYLE, BEGINNING. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
Thursdays, 9:30-11 am. Black Bamboo Pavilion, 70 Hearne Road.$15 per class when paying in advance for four or more classes; single class $18. [Teacher: Lao Ma, (919) 542-0688]
Class Suitable for Beginners Class Suitable for Beginners WUDANGSHAN 108 TAIJIQUAN. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm. Pittsboro Community House, 65 Thompson St. $15 per class when paying in advance for four or more classes; single class $18. [Teacher: Lao Ma, (919) 542-0688]

Class Suitable for Beginners

WEAPONS. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm. Pittsboro Community House, 65 Thompson St. $15 per class when paying in advance for four or more classes; single class $18. [Teacher: Lao Ma, (919) 542-0688]
WEAPONS TANGQUAN & LIUHEBAFAQUAN. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
4th Sunday of each month. 10:00-12:30 pm. 70 Hearne Road. All levels, weapons, corrections & evaluations. Fee $20. [Teacher: Lao Ma, (919) 542-0688]
Class Suitable for Beginners CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY/SHUFA. Beginners and ongoing.
3rd Sat each month. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. $25. Must pre-register intent for set-up. Black Bamboo Pavilion. [Teacher: LaoMa, (919) 542-0688]

RALEIGH

Class Suitable for Beginners WUDANGSHAN STYLE, BEGINNING. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:30pm, Ladd Family Martial Arts, 7340 Creedmoor Rd, Stonehenge Shopping Ctr. See www.laddkarate.net for directions. $15 per class when paying in advance for four or more classes; single class $18. [Teacher: LaoMa, (919) 542-0688]

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