Exciting Opportunity For All Indiana Freemasons
Exercise your mind and body with Tai Chi
Indiana Freemasons’ Hall, in cooperation with the Level 10 Martial Arts College of Indianapolis, is pleased to offer a series of classes in the ancient martial art of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is a low impact martial art that can be performed by anyone of any age. No previous martial arts experience is necessary. No uniform or special equipment is required. You only need to wear loose-fitting clothes. No belts are awarded and there are no contests. The only competition is with yourself. Tai Chi can easily be practiced in your home and doesn’t require an expensive or time-consuming membership in a gym. Practicing for as little as fifteen minutes per day will improve both your physical condition and your spiritual well-being.
Tai Chi consists of a series of twenty-four choreographed movements performed very slowly. It employs breathing techniques, balance, and fluidity of movement. Tai Chi has its roots in ancient China where it was practiced by Shaolin Monks as a part of what is now commonly known as Kung Fu. Although there are many elements of self-defense employed in the martial art of Tai Chi and it is the precursor to Tai Chi Chuan, a self-defense martial art, people throughout the world regularly practice Tai Chi for its health benefits without advancing into the self-defense aspects of the art. Tai Chi does build a strong foundation for those who would like to take it to the next level.
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The practice of Tai Chi will help you build strength and improve your flexibility without putting undue stress on your joints and muscles. Sometimes nicknamed “Meditation in Motion”, Tai Chi can also be an effective stress reliever. Research indicates that there may be many additional health benefits. Read what the Mayo Clinic has to say about Tai Chi:
We are pleased and quite honored to announce that the classes will be taught by Master James Theros, owner of Level 10 Martial Arts College located at 3137 E. Thompson Rd., Indianapolis, the number one martial arts school in Indiana and among the best in the nation. When perusing the website take particular notice of the pages titled “Principles and Philosophy” and “Our School” and see how the practice of martial arts intertwines with the principles and philosophy of Freemasonry.
Master Theros has a national reputation and is the author of two books and numerous articles on the martial arts. He has traveled all over the world, including China and Korea, and diligently studied not only the practice, but also the history of martial arts. He has trained under numerous Grand Masters in various martial arts. Read Master Theros’s biography here:
Watch Master Theros spar with Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, one of the first superstars of the martial arts:
Watch Master Theros break five boards with a flying kick:
There are several styles of Tai Chi practiced around the world. These classes will teach the Yang Style, the most widely of practiced of the five different Tai Chi styles. Prior to the study of the Tai Chi movements, students spend the first six to eight weeks being instructed in the 21 Chi Chung (sometimes spelled Qigong) movements. These are movements which assist in getting the body in shape and provide the foundation for learning the actual Tai Chi movements. Here is an example of the Chi Kung movements:
After the 21 Chi Chung movements have been taught, instruction on the Tai Chi movements will commence. He is an example of all twenty-four Tai Chi movements:
The classes will be held in the Reception Hall on the second floor of Indiana Freemasons’ Hall on Saturdays at 8:00 A.M. and will last one hour. Classes will not be held on the Saturday following Thanksgiving or on Christmas and New Years’ Day. The class will not be held on Founder’s Day. The classes are open to any Freemason (including EA’s and FC’s) and the charge will be $10 per class. We anticipate that classes will begin on October 2nd. Master Theros is a highly sought-after instructor with an extremely busy schedule. He earns a fee commensurate with his vast knowledge and experience. We will therefore need a minimum of sixty people and can accommodate up to eighty. The classes are also open to DeMolay members, Job’s Daughters, Rainbow members, Eastern Star members, wives of Freemasons, and Freemasons’ children over the age of 15. Should we fail to sign up the necessary number of members, the classes will not be held.
It’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. Anyone who experiences joint or back pain, osteoporosis, or suffers from any kind of disease should definitely see their physician before enrolling in the classes.
This is a great opportunity for anyone who has been eating a little too well at lodge functions, has been leading a sedentary lifestyle, wants to introduce themselves to the martial arts without signing up for expensive lessons, or is looking for an alternative method of exercise to improve your physical condition and reduce the stress in your life. We have one of the finest instructors in the country and the cost of the classes is very modest.
At this stage we are attempting to find out if there is enough interested people to hold the class. If you have interest in enrolling in the classes or need further information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jim Dillman at 317-828-7611.