Great Lake T'ai Chi Ch'uan
Great Lake T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Class Description

Students benefit from our decades of experience, small class sizes and individualized attention. 

You'll find our classes to be relaxed, friendly and welcoming.


Beginner Form Class – New students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of T'ai chi as they progress through the opening postures of the form. In addition, chi gong and other exercises will be used to help students cultivate chi and develop better body integration. 


Continuing Form Class – Students continuing on with their study will receive form correction and refinement as well as the mechanics for the next series of postures.


Form Refinement and Sensing Hands – Students continue to work with the principles of T'ai chi as they refine postures through the development of deeper internal energetic connections. Partner work is practiced as a means of developing listening energy.


Sword  Form– T'ai chi Ch'uan postures and listening energy developed in sensing hands are the foundation to sword study. This class is by permission for more advanced students.

Looking for a Beginner Class?
During the summer months we have a class for begining students on Thursday mornings. You may also join us in Highland Park for our open practice as a way of jump-starting your learning ahead of the Fall Session. Monday and Wednesday evening classes for beginners resume in September.

First Friday Open Studio Nights! 

Curious about T'ai Chi? Give it a try, no committment! We'll be in studio on the first Friday of each month from 6:30 - 8:30 .
Existing student? This is a great opportunity for some extra push-hands or form practice with your classmates or, watch a video /read a book from our library.

Class Schedule

Summer 2019
Monday, July 3 – Thursday September 5th


Monday Classes:  Teacher - Jean Westcott 

6:00 – 7:00 pm  - Form Class for all Continuing Students                
7:00  - 8:00  pm - Sensing Hands for Intermediate - Advanced Students


Wednesday - Open Practice in Highland Park: 

6:00 - 7:00 pm  - Free and open to everyone, this informal weekly practice is a good opportunity to meet us and give tai chi a try. 

Thursday Class:  Teacher - Mark Westcott
10:00 - 11:00 am - T'ai Chi for Beginning Students


Saturday Practice:  10:30 – 12:00 pm

This non-instructional practice is open to fully enrolled students only. It can be used as a make-up for missed classes or as additional practice. There is no fee.

*For in-studio classes please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Socks are good to start with but if you require more foot support please bring clean, flat soled shoes to change from your street shoes.

Fee: $12/Class payable in  4 week increments for $48.00. (Students attending both Monday evening classes pay $18/week total $72 for 4 weeks)



For further information call (585) 256-0295; All classes are held at:


700 S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY  14620
Ample Parking is Available in Adjacent Lot and On-Street.

Five Basic Tai Chi Principles:


Body Upright

Separation of Weight

Move from the Waist

Beautiful Lady's Wrist

"The practice of Tai Chi is about discovering yourself.  It's about forces of the world - both natural and unnatural and how one relates to them.  It's about focus and about balance. It's the understanding that things change and knowing how to stay centered throughout the changes."

                                   - Ed Young

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