North Austin T'ai Chi
North Austin T'ai Chi
Tuesday & Thursday
6:30 - 7:30 pm.
7:30 - 8:30 pm.
9:30 - 10:30 am.
10:45 – 11:45 am.
5:30 - 6:30 pm.
A Chinese term for 'energy work'. Chi Gong is the foundation of T'ai Chi and focuses on improving a person's health, physical capacity and promotes a relaxed state of being. These postures are renowned for their ability to strengthen the body and relax the mind, all while contributing to flexibility and total wellness.
Without a clear understanding of Tai Chi principles, Practioners will achieve little more than a superficial imitation of their teacher's skill. The form will become a gentle calisthenics and arm waving, achieving only a small fraction of the many benefits from correct practice. Tai Chi principles are multi-dimensional and frequently overlap each other. This complexity comes from the Tai Chi goal of integrating the internal aspects of the mind and body with the external movements.
Yang Style Form
This 36-posture form encapsulates the principles of Yang Style T'ai chi.
For advanced students, the 108-posture form provides both mental and physical challenges. An excellent workout for mind, body and spirit.
Yang Style Weapons
The most practical of weapons, staff is well suited for beginner's weapon training.
Saber or Big Knife
Considered the weapon of the peasants and military in ancient China, this form is flashy and exuberant.
The weapon of the scholar-warrior, this is the weapon most closely associated with T'ai Chi. It requires precision of mind, body and spirit. Ideal for advanced students.
A weapon designed to be carried in plain sight, the fighting fan trains the ability to distract. An advanced form, fan incorporates elements of Yang style, Chen Style and Wu style Tai Chi.
Fundamentals of Push-Hands. Exercises build trust and teamwork, sensitivity and listening ability.
Fixed pattern. Combines traditional push-hands patterns with patterns created out of his own push hands experience. These patterns bring elements of the T'ai Chi forms into the practice of Push-Hands. These exercises take teamwork and sensitivity training to the next level.
Freestyle and Moving Push-Hands. In this third stage of Push-Hands training, the skills gained within fundamental work and fixed-pattern practice come together, allowing students to advance to fixed-stance, freestyle Push-Hands and moving freestyle Push-Hands.
Studying T'ai Chi brings me, personally, many benefits: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Without T'ai Chi, I would be suffering from arthritis daily, from old and recurring injuries, with T'ai Chi I am pain free and can move normally. Practicing T'ai Chi allows me the joy of studying Martial Arts without fear of reinjuring myself, in a safe and relaxing environment. Mentally and emotionally, I am calmer and more relaxed. I have learned how to handle stress better and to be more focused. As a teacher, I wish to pass on these benefits to as many people as possible.
Richard A Steele
Kade is the consummate professional instructor; he is highly skilled yet very approachable, teaching discipline mixed with a measure of humor. He can push you to new limits without exceeding your capabilities.
I began studying T'ai Chi in 1995 at Tom Gohring's School of T'ai Chi in Austin. At that time, Tom Gohring was the instructor. I left Austin to go to Japan, and studied T'ai Chi there for two years. When I returned to Austin and reenrolled at Tom Gohring's School of T'ai Chi, the head instructor was Kade Green. Mr. Green is an excellent instructor. T'ai chi is an art that can be continuously perfected over many years. As a result, classes include a mix of students, from absolute beginners to old hands who are working on more and more subtle refinements of the form. Mr. Green excels at giving instruction that is relevant to students at all levels of learning.
Anne C. Putnam, 79
I have studied T'ai Chi with Kade Green since I came to Austin (1997). He is not only very knowledgeable and expert in the various forms of T'ai Chi, but is also a very good teacher. His teaching craft includes: knowing when to present T'ai Chi material to each student according to their readiness; explaining the relationship of the T'ai Chi ritual movement to the T'ai Chi Martial Art movement that it comes from; knowledge of specific exercises for specific body needs; good ability to communicate; interest in each of his students; organization; deep good humor. These are some of the qualities that I have personally experienced and observed in his classes. There are many more. In addition, he is knowledgeable about several challenges such as arthritis, bursitis, balance difficulty, and has been of great help to me in coping with such challenges. I am seventy-seven years old, so I have a few such "....". Between the classes and the extra attention to my physical difficulties, T'ai Chi has changed the quality of life for me.
Elizabeth Henry Richardson, 52
I have been studying T'ai Chi with Mr. Kade Green for approximately five years. T'ai Chi is a martial art that offers low-impact physical training that results in an increase of one's balance, sense of well-being, and strength. It can be studied by people of all ages ranging from small children to senior citizens. Studying T'ai Chi is very popular in China and has been studied there for hundreds of years. It arrived in the United States about 40 years ago and has been increasing in popularity ever since because of the health benefits and the low incidence of physical injury. The benefits of studying T'ai Chi can only be reaped if the movements are done correctly. One cannot effectively learn T'ai Chi from a tape or TV show. Rather, a student must learn this art from a qualified instructor. Mr. Green is such an instructor. Not only has he been studying many different forms of T'ai Chi for several years, but he is an excellent teacher. He has a unique ability to communicate information in terms that people can understand. He makes his students feel very comfortable and capable in the process of learning T'ai Chi. No one is ever made to feel inadequate or embarrassed no matter what kind of challenges they may meet during this study.
Mary Anne Hare, 58
Mr. Green has been my Tai Chi instructor for the past 2 years. I have been very impressed with his ability to teach in a group setting and also work with each student on a one-to-one basis. I have been in Martial Arts (Taekwondo) for 16 years. I have been taking lessons in T'ai Chi for the past five years. Mr. Green is one of the best instructors that I have worked with and I plan to continue as his student.
Steven Zoraster, 56
While on vacation in Hawaii I tripped over a curb. On the way down I remembered my T'ai Chi training. I relaxed, rolled as I met the pavement, and continued the roll until I came up walking. This impressed the people I was with. More important, I did not break my wrists, an outcome that the ER surgeon who was there suggested was normal for such a nasty fall. When I use a shovel in the garden I remember to keep both arms active in handling the tool, rather than keeping one hand and arm fixed as a fulcrum and using only the other arm to do all the work. Just like I learned while practicing a T'ai Chi stick form. When I meet new people I now look not only at their faces while shaking their hand, but also scan their entire body with my eyes and through their arm trying to find out where they are holding tension and how well they are balanced. Just like when I do T'ai Chi push-hands with a new partner or an old partner I haven't played with for a while. This makes meeting new people fun. All the above I owe to about five years of T'ai Chi training. But they aren't the main reason I plan to continue to train with Kade Green who has been my teacher for the last three years. The main reason is that Kade attracts students who are nice people. People I enjoy being with and enjoy studying with. People I look forward to interacting with outside of class as well as inside. In fact, people I do interact with outside of class, since several have become training partners in my personal T'ai Chi practice.
Kristie Kirkpatrick, 53
I have been in T'ai Chi classes with Mr. Green for two years, first in a class at the University of Texas and later at the Tom Gohring School of T'ai Chi. I am currently participating in Mr. Green's "classes in the park." I will definitely enroll in his school when it opens. He is a wonderful teacher, always upbeat and unfailingly patient. He embodies the quality of life which T'ai Chi teaches and embraces. Since I began taking T'ai Chi classes I have been amazed at the difference in my strength and balance. I am 53 years old and have never been an "athlete." But today I feel like one. I have noticed a big difference in my muscle tone, flexibility, stamina, and muscle strength. I can bend into and hold positions I was never able to accomplish even as a teenager. The biggest gifts of T'ai Chi for me, however, are mental and spiritual. I have tried (and continue to try) to meditate, with limited success. But T'ai Chi works like meditation for me. I can come to class worried and distressed and know that when I finish I will be relaxed and at peace. T'ai Chi allows me the meditative concentration I find so difficult to achieve in sitting practice.
At the early-retired age of 55, I began my study of T'ai Chi with Kade Green at Tom Gohring's School. I have been Mr. Green's student for two and a half years and look forward to studying with him again. Although I have been physically active most of my adult life and have been a member of St. David's Fitness Center for several years, I was still plagued with aches and pains associated with simply 'aging', as well as the onset of arthritic symptoms to which I am genetically predisposed. I decided to try learning T'ai Chi as a means of coping with these problems. In the two and a half years I have been studying and practicing T'ai Chi, I've noticed a remarkable decrease in the pains I'd been experiencing in my hands, ankles, back and neck, as well as an increase in stability, mobility and overall coordination. I know that T'ai Chi will always be an integral part of my life, and I am indebted to Mr. Green for introducing it to me and for being an excellent teacher. Mr. Green's methodology in the 'classroom' is sophisticated, effective, and fun. I taught in the public schools for 33 years before retiring, and was constantly impressed with his positive attitude, his use of different methods for different students, and his ability to inspire everyone to learn. He understands quite well that people learn at different speeds and with different methods, and he tailors his classes well to account for individual differences. Surprising myself is not something I usually do, but with Mr. Green's instruction, I did indeed surprise my-self by accomplishing the varied movements of T'ai Chi. I can't count the number of times I'd say to myself 'I'll never be able to do this one', and, without fail, by methodically breaking the steps down, and by demonstration and individual instruction, Mr. Green taught me how to perform the movements of T'ai Chi. One of the most impressive aspects of Mr. Green's classes is his talent for conducting 'whole-class sessions' as well as individual instruction within one learning period. It is remarkable to see a class composed of people of all ages-from teenagers to geriatrics-moving and learning together with cohesion and grace. This appeal to people of all ages, and the successful interaction between generations is truly remarkable on both personal and sociological levels. I begin each day with the discipline of Tai-Chi, and, inevitably, feel at peace and ready for whatever challenges the day will bring.
After many years of "considering" the practice of T'ai Chi, I woke up one morning and asked myself a simple question: "What are you waiting for? " It's been just over a year now since that morning, and the practice of Qigong and T'ai Chi have now become an integral part of my life. I've gained a new sense of balance, I feel more confident, I am stronger and more flexible (both physically and mentally) and notice a remarkable change in my energy levels. The more I practice the art, the more I want to practice and the more I desire to learn. Sifu Kade Green is friendly, helpful and encouraging. His classes are well thought out and he is skillful, patient, and most importantly, has that extra special "something" it takes to be a great teacher. I feel privileged to be under the instruction of Sifu Green and with his guidance, look forward to a lifetime of improved health and well-being from the practice of T'ai Chi.
I began studying T'ai Chi under Mr. Green in November 2001, and in that time have found him to be an excellent teacher who is consistently patient, encouraging, and dedicated. My decision to study T'ai Chi came of a desire to relieve stress, establish a better exercise routine, and improve my self-discipline and confidence. The art has proved to be extremely beneficial in working towards these goals, and has allowed me to set and achieve other goals as well. I often discuss these benefits with friends and encourage them to consider the study of T'ai Chi, and recommend Mr. Green as a wonderful teacher.
David A. Tietz
I have been studying Tai Chi under Kade Green for about one year. He is a patient and enthusiastic teacher who has helped me to build a strong foundation in the art form. T'ai Chi has helped me to become more flexible, both mentally and physically. It has helped me to maintain a sense of balance in my life, has helped me become more aware of my surroundings, and increased my awareness of self.