This morning, I joined the Northwest Tai Chi and Qigong Studio in downtown Vancouver, WA. I believe it is now called the "Vancouver Tai Chi and Qigong Studio," run by students of Sifu Brian Knack and, this far, by Sifu himself.
I am uncertain about whether or not the studio is "closing" in the Spring of 2018. Nevertheless, I will join now and see what happens.
I attended a one hour Taiji class. We did gentle warmups and then the 108 Yang form. The room was quite warm. Naturally, I was tense and anxious. Performance anxiety when doing the Yang long form after not doing it for the last year, and adjusting to the slight variations in angles and hand movements by this group. I sweated a great deal and got a bit woosy and weak. I had to sit and drink water offered by Sandy. Sifu went over principles of movement in legs, gua, waist, emptying weight, etc..; all good information. I was very tired afterwards, and slept for 1.5 hours when I came home.
Sifu Brian Knack and his senior students operate this Tai Chi training center in the Vancouver Health and Wellness Building at 202 E. Mcloughlin Blvd., Vancouver, 360-607-8240. Also, on Facebook.
Taijiquan and Qigong Class Schedule:
Tuesday – QiGong @ 9:00 am
Tai Chi @ 10:00 am
Advanced Tai Chi @ 5:30 pm
Beginning Tai Chi @ 6:30 pm
Advanced Tai Chi and Push Hands @ 7:30 pm
Qigong and Tai Chi 10:00 am - 11:30
Master Shanti will be back for another workshop - continuing on with our Wuji exploration moving more into form work and partner work. It will be Saturday Oct21st @ 10am - 1pm. Cost will be $45 (cash only). I plan to attend.
Sifu Bryan Knack began studying martial arts in the mid-70's, begining with the external martial arts of Goju-ryu (Okinawan karate) and Siu Lum Kung Fu in the 1980's. Then he turned his studies to TAI CHI and QI GONG and had a training center in Portland, Oregon.
He returned to his hometown of Spokane to open his own studio, NORTHWEST TAI CHI FOR HEALTH in 2000. Sifu Knack returned to the Vancouver/Portland in 2011 area to be close to family.
Sifu Knack offers study in many disciplines:
* Tai Chi Yang Style * Tai Chi Chen Style
* Qi Gong * Zhan Zhaung * Chin Na
* Push Hands * Weapons
Tai Chi is fun. We offer an affordable program for multiple section classes for a monthly charge or a small fee for each class you attend."
Currently, on Thursday afternoon, a small group is studying the Chen broadsword form by invitation.