Tai Chi Chuan, also spelled Taijiquan, is a Chinese martial art known for the health and longevity benefits associated with its training. Tai Chi is a method anyone can learn to improve their health by reversing the physical symptoms of stress damage.
Instruction for the City of Madison Heights Parks & Recreation Department is provided by the Michigan Tai Chi Chuan Institute (MTCI) under the direction of Sifu (Teacher) Michael Ashmore, Technical Director of MTCI. Sifu Ashmore studied with the Wu family, creators of this style of Tai Chi, their senior students, and especially the late Sifu Stephen Britt, for 25 years in the United States, Canada and East Asia. Students of the Michigan Tai Chi Chuan Institute have demonstrated and competed in the art form representing the US to international acclaim in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Canada. MTCI is currently in negotiations to become a certified training center of the International Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Federation.
The Michigan Tai Chi Chuan Institute also works with medical practitioners in various local hospitals developing complementary health programs utilizing Tai Chi training methods.
Registration / Location:
Registrations and questions are handled directly by Sifu Ashmore, who may be reached at 248-854-3953, @MichiganTaiChi or email@example.com. All classes are held in the Lower Level of Madison Heights City Hall, 300 West 13 Mile Road.
Fees are based on the following monthly flat rates which cover any and all classes:
Adults: $70.00 / month (Resident Discount: -$5.00 / mo.)
Students (High School or College): $40.00 / month (Resident Discount: -$5.00 / mo.)
Family Discounts: If more than one person in a household are training together a family discount will apply.
As there are many options for discounts, contact Sifu Ashmore to see how they would apply in your situation.
Class: Tai Chi for Beginners
Beginners’ Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30PM through 8PM. In these classes the student will be taken through the basic fundamentals of Tai Chi Chuan. The first study is learning the Chuan or form. This slow motion series of interconnected postures in a routine is learned piece by piece until completion to prepare the student for further advanced learning in the Intermediate and Advanced Level classes. Instruction is provided on an individual basis by the Senior Instructor and a team of teaching assistants. Fees are based on a flat rate for monthly enrollment. The student may elect to attend any or all Beginning Level classes according to their individual needs for that rate.
Class: Intermediate Tai Chi
Intermediate classes are Monday and Wednesday evenings, 7:30PM until 9:30PM.
After completion of the Beginners’ Level, the student advances to Intermediate Level classes to move further through the syllabus of training. This includes “pushing hands” two person training, and basic chi kung (qigong) breath training.
Class: Directed Training
Small Group Directed Training classes are Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 8PM until 9:30PM.
These small classes are taught by our senior faculty for Intermediate and Advanced Level students of the Michigan Tai Chi Chuan Institute by invitation of the Technical Director upon completion of Intermediate Level prerequisites. They include training Tai Chi appropriate to hospital and clinical rehabilitation settings; demonstration team and tournament prep classes; MTCI demonstration team tryout auditions as well as one on one Tai Chi weapon and unarmed self-defense mentoring.
Class: Open Training
Open Training classes are held on Mondays,Thursdays and Saturdays from 11AM to 1PM.
To give our students as many options as possible, we also provide daytime Open Training classes. These classes are open to all students, Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced, with instruction provided appropriate to the students’ level.
Class: Advanced Training
Advanced Level classes are Friday evenings, 7PM until 9PM.
Advanced classes are by invitation only.