Tai Chi

With world-renowned instructor Grandmaster Ding Mingye.

Tai Chi in Lexington, KY at LHAA 

Join us to explore Tai Chi through a series of workshops with world renowned Grandmaster Ding Mingye. Enhance body mechanics, core strength, balance and flexibility through an immersion in this time tested Asian system of healing and integrating body, mind and spirit. Our comprehensive training is designed to teach students the basic Tai Chi principles and can be easily accommodated to people of varying levels of fitness.


Tai Chi Walking – Moving in Balance

Medical research has proven the great role Tai Chi can play in increasing balance, especially in the elderly. However, according to Tai Chi creating stability and flexibility in the legs and feet is critical to everyone’s physical and psychological well being. This workshop will explore various key points and meridians which flow through the legs according to Chinese Medicine. We will also introduce the various stepping techniques that form the foundation of authentic Tai Chi practice. Tai Chi Walking is a profound meditation on remaining calm, grounded and centered in a chaotic world. It teaches us a way to stay connected to ourselves and to the earth as we move mindfully through the challenges of our lives.

Tai Chi – Integration of the Spine (Part I)

Tai Chi has been mainly marketed to the West as a gentle, slow moving form of mediation. However, It is also a profound science of freeing and strengthening the spine. The peculiar genius of Tai Chi, which has sometimes been lost in how it has been taught in the West, is the way in which Tai Chi integrates the spine into every movement of the form. The subtle waves and spirals of the spinal movements help free the organs and nerves, increasing blood flow and sensitivity. As this happens the muscles that surround the spine begin to loosen their hold releasing an abundance of energy and vitality. Consciously feeling and directing this dynamic, fluid flow of energy (Qi) is the goal of Tai Chi. This workshop will introduce the basics of spinal integration and demonstrate how the deceptively simple movements of Tai Chi form a holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual balance.

Schedule & Pricing

Tai Chi Walking – Moving in Balance
Saturday, December 14th

Tai Chi – Integration of the Spine (Part I)
Sunday, December 15th 



To reserve your place in Tai Chi please contact Shannon Brunk at (859) 252-5656 ext. 30 or use the form below to register online.

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What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is an ancient form of martial arts and involves the cultivation of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Through movement and meditation Tai Chi can result in both physical and psychological health benefits.

The fundamental skills of Tai Chi: rooting, balance, flow etc., have a wide range of applications. They can be used to enhance athletic performance, recover and maintain health or to develop a calm, focused, and open psychological disposition. The key is in the great detail Tai Chi gives to the principles of body mechanics and core alignment.

Interested in other Personal Development workshops? LHAA offers several throughout the year! Learn more here.

About The Instructors

Master Ding Mingye

Master Ding, 20th generation master of Chen style Tai Chi (taijiquan), has practiced the martial and healing arts of China for over 50 years. Beginning his training at the age of 5 Master Ding has studied with some of the most renowned teachers in China including Yu Chenghui, Men Huifeng, Hong Junsheng and Li Enjui. After winning gold medals in national competitions in Tai Chi Form and Push Hands (Tui Shou), he would go on to serve as head coach for the Shandong Province representative team producing nine national champions and winners of 50 gold, 37 silver and 30 bronze medals. In 2011 Master Ding began spending the greater part of the year in Louisville, Ky and holds regular classes in Tai Chi and Qigong to students of all levels and abilities.

MattMatt Branstetter is a senior American student of Master Ding and has studied Tai Chi for over twenty years. He is a professor of Philosophy and Religion at Midway University and has taught classes in traditional Chinese philosophy, Tai Chi and Embodiment. He is a licensed massage therapist and has teaching certifications in Yoga (2008) and Qigong (2013). Matt will be providing lectures and assisting with English translations.

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