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.

In light of the Coronavirus outbreak we have suspended our regular class schedule until further notice. 

Looking for a Beginner Class?
We have two class times for beginning students starting soon. Our Spring session begins the week of April 6th. The Wednesday evening class is for new students but if your schedule does not allow, you may join one of the other ongoing beginner classes and we'll work with you to get you caught up.  If you have questions or would like to sign-up for classes click the Contact Us tab above. Either via email or phone, we're here to help!

While the class schedule is temporarily on hold we are making a list of people who are interested in taking beginner classes. Send an email or call us with your name and contact info and we'll let you know when we're up and running again. Peace and Good Health to you!

Curious but not sure? You're always welcome to try a class for free. 

Class Schedule

Spring 2020
Monday, April 6th – Thursday, July 2nd

     **No Classes June 25,27,28 Due to Memorial Day Holiday**


Monday Classes:  Teacher - Jean Westcott 

6:00 – 7:00  pm  - Form Class for Continuing Beginner Students                
7:00  - 8:00  pm - Form and Sensing Hands for Intermediate - Advanced Students
8:00 -  8:45  pm - Sword Class - by permission only


Wednesday Classes: Teacher -Mark Westcott 

6:00 - 7:00 pm  - Form Class for Beginning Students
7:00 - 8:00 pm -  Form Class for Continuing Students

Thursday Class:  Teacher - Mark Westcott
10:00 - 11:00 am - Form Class for Beginning and Continuing 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.

Tuition: $12/Class payable in  12  week increments for $144.00.
                        (If you join when  a session has already begun
                                we will pro-rate for classes missed.)
                   Sword Classes are an additional $36 / Month



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.

2020 Women's Workshop, May 1 - 3 Postponed Until...
Due to the format of this workshop it is limited to 20 attendees. Students must have completed the Cheng Man Ch'ing style Yang form to attend. No prior experience with sensing-hands is required. Contact information for inquiries is in the brochure.
women's workshop 2020.pdf
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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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