Taiji for Harmony and Balance 

Loc Huynh, L.Ac., Taiji Instructor 

Course Description:

The Taiji course at MISMA will discover the wisdom of ancient Chinese martial arts and explore the depths of harmony and balance. This beginner-friendly course focuses on three main aspects: stretching, standing meditation (zhan zhuang), and a short form of the Taiji set. Throughout this course, students will develop an understanding of the principles of Yin and Yang and how they apply to Taiji practice. They will learn how these principles contribute to physical and mental well-being, and help improve flexibility, strength, balance, and mental clarity.

Stretching - We will begin each session with gentle stretching exercises to increase flexibility, strengthen muscles, and prevent injury. These stretches will be tailored to complement Taiji movements and enhance overall body awareness.

Standing Meditation (zhan zhuang) - We will cultivate inner stillness, focus, and mental clarity through the practice of standing meditation. Students will learn to maintain proper posture, breath control, and body alignment to develop internal energy and improve overall health.

Short Form of Taiji Set - We will discover the beauty and grace of Taiji through a simplified version of the traditional Taiji set. Students will be guided step-by-step through each movement, with special emphasis on maintaining proper alignment, coordination, and flow. They will also learn the underlying principles that govern each movement and how they relate to the harmony and balance of Yin and Yang.

By the end of this course, students will have gained a foundation in Taiji and its core principles. They will have developed an appreciation for the benefits of Taiji practice on both physical and mental health, and will be equipped with the knowledge as well as skills to continue their journey toward harmony and balance. 

About the Instructor:

Loc's fascination with Gongfu started at a very young age. When he was seven years old, he saw a Shaolin Temple movie that sparked his interest in this ancient Chinese practice. He began studying Shaolin Gongfu and Taiji at the age of sixteen and immediately fell in love with the practice. He found the movements beautiful and practical, and he loved how they made him feel.

Loc’s passion for Taiji led him to become a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbal practitioner. He believes that the principles of Taiji are deeply connected to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and he uses this knowledge to help his patients achieve better health and wellbeing. He firmly believes that Taiji training can benefit all facets of daily life, from physical health, to mental clarity, to emotional balance. Loc is dedicated to his practice and continues to learn and grow in his training. He is always eager to share his experience with others.