Tai Chi at the Garden

10/07/2018, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Weekly on Sunday

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Sundays in October.

T'ai Chi Ch'uan is "a moving meditation."  Usually practiced slowly, this internal Chinese martial art integrates the mind, body and breath, promotes relaxation, balance and bone density, and provides aerobic benefits despite its serene appearance. 

As a no-impact exercise, the fluid motions of Taijiquan are appropriate for all ages.  These introductory classes will include fundamental practices, movements from a traditional Yang style sequence, and Taiji Qigong (太極氣功) exercises all in the beauty of the Garden.

Free with Garden admission.

Milan Vigil has had the good fortune to learn from a number of excellent martial arts instructors.  Locally, he trained in Judo (柔道) under Sensei Harry Dach (大奇先生) for a number of years.  Traveling outside of the Mid-South, he began learning Wing Chun (詠春拳) from Sifu Francis Fong (方師父) in 1988.  His studies with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (揚俊敏博士), including Taijiquan, Qin Na and Qigong (太極拳,擒拿,氣功), started in 1989.  And his training in Muay Thai Kickboxing with Ajarn Surachai Sirisute and Filipino (and other) Martial Arts with Guro Dan Inosanto began in earnest in 1990.

Milan is the representative in Memphis for Yang’s Martial Arts Association (揚氏武藝協會), through which he has taught both domestically and internationally.  He achieved the designations of full instructor in the Wing Chun Association of the USA and associate instructor in the Thai Boxing Association.  Milan was awarded a gold medal for his performance of the traditional Yang style barehand solo taijiquan sequence (傳統揚氏太極拳) at the 2008 World Cup T'ai Chi Ch'uan Championship (世界盃太極拳錦標賽) held in Taipei, Taiwan, and was a Practitioner Presenter for the International T'ai Chi Ch'uan Symposium at Vanderbilt University in July 2009.  More recently, he was featured in the 2016 and 2017 T'ai Chi Spirit calendars.

While teaching English in China in 2000, Milan took several months of lessons to learn to play the erhu (二胡).  He has studied Mandarin Chinese in the USA, China and Taiwan, and is familiar with Chinese history and classical philosophy.  In addition to teaching martial arts and Chinese language and culture, Milan has performed martial arts and Chinese music (songs and erhu) at numerous cultural events, including Chinese New Year celebrations, the Center for Southern Folklore's Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, and the Naval Support Activity Mid-South's celebrations of Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month, for which he was the guest speaker in 2015.

Milan taught at Rhodes College for 22 years, where he offered regular courses in Taijiquan, Wing Chun and Muay Thai, as well as workshops in Taiji Pushing Hands (太極推手), the Taiji Two-Person 'Fighting' Set (太極散手), Taiji Sword (太極劍), Qin Na (擒拿) and Filipino martial arts.


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Adults $10.00
Seniors (62 & over) $8.00
Children (2-12) $5.00
Children (under 2) FREE
Members FREE
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