Updated for 2014. 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
Integrative Health Center of Chapel Hill, 55 Vilcom Ctr, Ste 110
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 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).

CARY

Class Suitable for Beginners QIGONG: THE FIVE ANIMAL FROLICS. Session.
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm. Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. One 6-week session: Sep 17-Oct 22, 2014. $76 for Cary residents or $100 for non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, (919) 968-3936]

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Qigong (ch’i gong) refers to practices which cultivate personal energy. The Five Animal Frolics are a set of gentle exercises which imitate the spirit and movements of the crane, bear, monkey, deer, and tiger. Accompanied by deep, relaxed breathing, they have been practiced in China for 1800 years to strengthen organs, nerves, muscles, and bones, to prevent and cure diseases, to promote balance and to celebrate life. The teacher, Kathleen Cusick, is a teacher with the Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School and has practiced qigong since 1984.

Class Suitable for Beginners QIGONG: THE EIGHTEEN IMMORTALS EXERCISES. Session.
Wed 6:30-7:45 pm. Page-Walker Ctr, 316 N. Academy St. 460-4963 to register. One 6-week session: Oct 29-Dec 10, 2014 (no class Nov 26). $76 for Cary residents or $100 for non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, (919) 968-3936]

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Qigong (ch'i gong) refers to movements matched with breath and mental focus designed to cultivate personal energy. The exercises we will study in this class are the traditional foundation of Shaolin martial arts, and since the 6th century have also been practiced for health, fitness, and spiritual practice. They promote flexibility, muscle tone, bone strength, deep breathing, relaxation, and genuine enjoyment of life. The teacher, Kathleen Cusick, M.A., of the Magic Tortoise School has practiced T'ai-Chi and qigong since 1984.
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. Two 6-week sessions: Sep 17-Oct 22, Oct 29-Dec 10 (No class Nov 26). $76 for Cary residents or $100 for non-residents. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, (919) 968-3936]

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T'ai-Chi Ch'uan (Taijiquan) is an ancient movement art practiced for health, relaxation, and self-defense. This class focuses on fundamentals of stance, alignment, and energy cultivation, as well as on learning the traditional Yang family style long form. Yang style is the most popular style of T'ai-Chi in the world, and is characterized by generous circles and smooth, strong postures. The teacher, Kathleen Cusick, M.A., of the Magic Tortoise School has studied with Yang family lineage holder, Grandmaster Yang Zhen Dou, and has practiced T'ai-Chi since 1984.

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 MEDICAL QIGONG: Five Animal Frolics, etc. Ongoing class, begin anytime.
Tuesdays 10:30-11:45 am. Integrative Health Center of Chapel Hill, 2nd floor of Boyd Hall, Vilcom Center (enter north side of light at Weaver Dairy Road and Kingston Dr, near Timberlyne Shopping Center). Register in class. $12/class for bundle of 6 classes; single class $14. [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. Integrative Health Center of Chapel Hill, 2nd floor of Boyd Hall, Vilcom Center (enter north side of light at Weaver Dairy Road and Kingston Dr, near Timberlyne Shopping Center). Register in class. $12/class for bundle of 6 classes; single class $14. [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.
TAIJIQUAN & QIGONG BASICS: FUNDAMENTALS OF FORM & FUNCTION. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
Wednesday & Friday, twice weekly, 8:00-9:00 am. Integrative Health Center of Chapel Hill, 2nd floor of Boyd Hall, Vilcom Center (enter north side of light at Weaver Dairy Road and Kingston Dr, near Timberlyne Shopping Center). Register in class. $11/class for bundle of 6 classes; single class $14. 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]

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]
TAIJIQUAN TWO-PERSON STAFF. Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm starting June 5, 2014, at 15 Timberlyne Road, Chapel Hill (outdoors, cancelled if raining) Park in lower driveway and around corner on Timberlyne Ct. $72 for six classes, $14 drop-in. [Teacher: Kathleen Cusick, 919-968-3936]

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The long staff is considered the “mother”of all Chinese long weapons, a category that includes the spear and the long-handled horse dao. Acquaintance with the staff is a great aid to Taiji players in understanding principles of energetic extension, balance, connectedness and whole-body movement. The class focuses on the rare Yang style Taiji long staff. Participants will learn a solo set, a two-person set, and a variety of two-person drills. Bring a smooth dowel, your height plus three inches and an inch to an inch-and-a-half in diameter.

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. Twelve-class ticket $80; drop-ins $8. [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 for six 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 for six 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. Twelve-class ticket $80, drop-ins $8 per class. [Teacher: Dr. Jay Dunbar, (919) 968-3936]
LIUHEBAFAQUAN. Ongoing: start any time.
1st, 3rd & 5th Wednesdays each month, 7:30-9:00.
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 for six or more classes; single class $18. [Teacher: Lao Ma, (919) 542-0688]
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.

WEAPONS. Ongoing: drop-ins welcome.
2nd & 4th Wednesdays each month, 7:30-9:00.
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 for six or more classes; single class $18. [Teacher: Lao Ma, (919) 542-0688]
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 if paid in blocks of 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 if paid in blocks of 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 if paid in blocks of 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 if pay 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