Our Mission: To avail our community, exercise of the mind, body and spirit, at no cost.
The Woodlands Tai Chi (2009) is a completely voluntary community of seniors and residents of Montgomery and Harris Counties. It is open to those who are interested in the exercise of mental and physical health.
Presently, our numbers have grown to 82 players (2022) on our active roster. Our goal is to offer seniors and residents a productive and safe activity to help improve their bodies and minds.
Group Director Instructor
I started Tai Chi when I retired, as a result of a rude awakening from a physical, which my physician informed me of a choice of continuing down the destructive lifestyle or to exercise and live. Due to a back injury in the past, invasive exercise was out. A nurse friend recommended tai chi, which I reluctantly signed up, after the first session I was hooked. In order to practice Tai Chi in the Texas summer and get out of the heat, I arranged with the Friendship Center (SCCC), the use of their facility in exchange for teaching senior, who was interested in Tai Chi. My interest grew as I studied with several Sifu and Masters, I felt that Tai Chi had saved my life and for this reason, feel that teaching others would be giving back to the community.
Assistant Instructor - Windsor Hills 11-4-18
I had been searching for an exercise I could do that would be easier on my joints and back. After playing tennis for years, arthritis took it’s toll and I had to give up the game. I really missed the camaraderie of the team and playing in a league. I tried aerobics and yoga classes, but neither of those worked for me due to my physical limitations. I had always admired martial arts and when I learned that tai chi was based on martial arts forms, I was interested. I found out about a tai chi class being offered by Sesco Saegusa of Woodlands Tai Chi Practice Group, and signed up. I found just what I was looking for with a wonderful group of people learning and practicing a beautiful form of exercise. It has been described as “meditation in motion.” Add to that, the many health benefits including increased flexibility, strengthening of muscles, improved balance, and stress relief. The perfect exercise for the rest of my life! I’ve made a lot of new friends and had fun performing with them at the World Tai Chi Day event this past April.
Assistant Instructor 5-7-19 -
Love to dance, travel and now love Tai Chi because it has helped me slow down from my hectic life style.
When I am stressed out, I start doing the breathing techniques and it helps coping with the stress. Also Tai Chi gives me an overall sense of well being.
Assistant Instructor 8-5-21 - I first learned with tai chi in Ottawa, Canada over a decade ago. Then I had to stop due to changes in my life. After moving to Texas, I was so delighted to find the Woodlands Tai Chi group. Tai chi is often referred to as a moving meditation. The concentration and focus needed are great for my mind. I also enjoy the physical benefits of balance, coordination and movement. Coming from a background of dance, I find tai chi to be a lovely way to move without tension. I also enjoy the social aspect of the great group that I have found here.
Assistant Instructor 6-20-20 - A few years ago I tried to learn TaiChi from a Great Course video without much success. The reason for my interest was that i wanted a whole body and mind workout that I could practice for the rest of my life. I found Woodlands TaiChi mid 2020 and must say that the group and the and the art itself has exceeded all expectations. I have improved my balance, my focus, my strength, my ability to concentrate and when you find yourself in a meditative state it makes it even more worthwhile. A great tool for accomplishing a comfortable and active lifestyle for the remainder of my journey.
Assistant Instructor 01-05-20 - Little did I know when I registered for tai chi through the local college that it would become such an important part of my life. I was already getting more than enough exercise from running, racing and weight training, but I wanted to find a complementary activity that was somewhat less strenuous yet still a whole body workout and also self-directed. That turned out to be tai chi, which has the added benefit of supporting a strong mind-body connection. Tai chi is said to be Harmony. As students of this discipline at Woodlands Tai Chi, we seek to achieve balance in all things and, eventually, to find inner peace. Mayo Clinic promotes tai chi as a gentle way to fight stress by letting go; this takes willpower and perseverance. Thus tai chi is character building as well as an excellent way to increase flexibility, muscle tone and endurance. The forms we learn will stay with us for life and, if we are lucky, the friends we make will do the same.
Assistant Instructor, 01-05-20. I am an active senior. I was involved with Asian martial arts training and application since my adolescence and on through my early twenties. I grew up in an era where Japanese samurai, Bruce Lee, and Jet Li movies were quite popular. Those movies sparked my interest in various martial art forms. I have several friends who picked up other forms of Chinese “soft” martial arts in their late 50’s. They inspired me to look for some training. The Yang style of Tai Chi practiced at Woodlands Tai Chi has helped me to relax more while having fun playing at Tai Chi.
Assistant Instructor, 03-05-20. Too shy to write about self
Assistant Instructor 8-5-21 Learning, and regularly playing, Tai chi has helped improve my balance, flexibility and focus. As important as the physical benefits I have enjoyed are the mental and social aspects. Learning the steps/movements is challenging, but I find that, as I learn those, the physical benefits are more pronounced as I become more relaxed as I play. With help from all of the instructors, I really enjoy the time I am able to spend with the diverse group of individuals that comprise Woodlands Tai Chi.
This group is a co-operative and
is sponsored by all the members