The Woodlands Tai Chi (2009) is a completely voluntary community of seniors and residents of Montgomery County. It is open to those who are interested in the exercise of mental and physical health.
Presently, our numbers have grown to 65 players on our active roster. Our goal is to offer seniors and residents of Montgomery County a productive and safe activity to help improve their bodies and minds.
We hold classes at 3 campuses:
South County Community Center
Lone Star College ALL
Windsor Hills Clubhouse
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 2-13-13
I started playing Tai Chi nearly 6 years ago after being invited to the class by Sesco. Not really knowing what I was getting into, I went to my first Tai Chi class and was hooked from the start. The slow movements and the beauty of Tai Chi were what drew me to it, Tai Chi helped me to lose 80 pounds and keep most of it off! Tai Chi is relaxing, especially when I do the breathing correctly with the moves and itis something that my husband and I can enjoy together. The health benefits (losing and maintaining weight, improved balance, etc.) and lasting friendships are a bonus, too!
Assistant Instructor - 2-13-13--
Are you tough enough for Tai Chi? Someone asked me that and, of course, I did not have an answer as I had never tried doing it or understood what Tai Chi was. Being over 60 years old, I really needed some type of physical exercise to maintain my health. So, I decided to give Tai Chi a try. That was nearly six years ago. I have found Tai Chi to be just the thing I needed. It has provided the opportunity to do a form of exercise that uses almost all your muscles and at the same time can give you a calming effect that helps relieve many tensions and worries that one may have. For myself, if I have a sore knee or back, playing a little Tai Chi really helps to relieve the soreness. Am I tough enough for Tai Chi? I would say, yes, and that although it may be a little intimidating at first, as you learn Tai Chi, it will be something that will forever be beneficial to you and to your health.
Assistant Instructor 12-30-15
Watching my 93-year-old Father struggle with flexibility and balance I knew I had to change my life or I would be in the same situation. I know it
has helped me physically. As I had hoped. The biggest surprise has been the calming effect it has had on my life, I think I have been able to withstand the stress of medical issues of several family members through the weekly practice sessions. The friendship of like-minded people helping each other is what's really important in our busy lives. I count my Tai Chi blessings every day.
Assistant Instructor - Seated Tai Chi - 6-5-18
I first started learning tai chi in 2013 from my mother. I immediately felt the chi and begged for more. I’ve worn leg braces all my life from polio, and I cannot bend my left knee when I walk. But I continued to practice alone until it hurt too much to stand or walk. When seated tai chi was offered at WTC, the flame was re-lit. Doing tai chi helps me with my post-polio fatigue and the breathing helps my lymphedema from breast cancer. However, having to live with a degenerative disease, I listen to my body and adjust how often and what tai chi forms I play. Seated tai chi IS FUN, and a little tai chi is definitely better than no tai chi.
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 6-5-18
A few years ago my mother-in-law moved in with us. She had done Tai Chi for many years, but could no longer stand and had given it up. We discovered this group and thought it would be good if she could try seated Tai Chi. I came along mostly to help with wheelchairs, but started learning Tai Chi as well. I confess that with my iffy balance and so-so knees I was not optimistic. But after a few months my balance and knees both showed noticeable improvements and I am now convinced of its benefits. This is also one exercise that my wife, who uses a wheelchair, and I can do together.
Assistant Instructor 12-1-16
I had tried to learn Tai Chi at home through VHS tapes without much success. However a couple years ago during an early voting event at South County Community Center I saw a flier about Sesco’s class and decided to join. It was one of the best decisions I have made and have never looked back ! I have found the experience both challenging and enjoyable, have met many new friends and have began an investment in my own future health. The practical benefits from Tai Chi I get from improving my breathing,posture, balance and memory I know will continue to pay dividends into my golden years.