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.

ZOOM Classes Resume Week of January 18th.

We continue to monitor the COVid levels in Monroe County and Rochester and are prepared to resume in-person classes once infection rates drop to a level we feel is safe given the safety protocols we have in place in our studio.

Looking for a Beginner Class?
For the first time, we are offering a Zoom Class for beginning students! 6:00 pm Mondays It's a great chance to get started  while we wait to resume in-person classes. You'll learn some of the fundamental principles of Tai Chi and movement exercises that will help you begin to embody them. This class will switch over to in-person instruction when we are able to safely gather again.

Class Schedule

Winter 2021
Beginning January 18th

Sunday Classes:  Teacher - Jean Westcott

       Sunday Classes are temporarily suspended

Monday Classes:  Teacher - Jean Westcott 

6:00 - 7:00  pm  - Form Class for Beginning Students -                
7:00  - 8:00  pm - Form Class for  Intermediate - Advanced Students
8:00 -  8:30  pm -  Sword Class (Invitation only)


Wednesday Classes: Teacher -Mark Westcott 

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



Saturday Practice:  10:30 – 12:00 pm   Temporarily Suspended


*For in-studio classes please wear a face covering over your nose and mouth, and 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 4 or 8 week increments.  Sword Classes are an            $36 / Month. Call or Email to Register



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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