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?

Our next class session for beginning students will be begin on May 10th  and will be 8 weeks. If you are interested in signing up for a beginner class you may fill out the registration form below; please feel free to  call or email if you have any questions. 

Enrollment fee for the 8 week session, one hour per week, is $96.00.

For everyone's safety we require up-to-date Covid vaccination to attend class. An individual is up-to-date (as defined by the CDC - link below) as having had at least one booster shot beyond their original series of shots. You may email a photo of your card prior to your first class. Masks are optional at this time but we reserve the right to require them if community spread warrants it.

An air purifier continues to run 24/7, hand sanitizer is provided and touch points such as hand-rails and door handles are sanitized regularly.
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Class Schedule

Spring 2023

Jean's Classes:
April 3 -July 3, 2023 - 12 Weeks $144
No Class Memorial Day - May 26 

Mark's Classes:
May 10 - July 1, 2023 - 8 Weeks $96

Monday Classes:  Teacher - Jean Westcott

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Beginner Form Class - Continuing from Cross

6:00 - 7:00  pm  - Form Correction for On-going Students

7:00 - 8:00  pm - Form Class for Intermediate/Advanced Students
8:00 - 8:30 pm - Sword Class - by permission

Wednesday Classes: Teacher -Mark Westcott 

5:30 - 6:30 pm - Form Class for New Beginning Students
6:30 - 7:30 pm - Form Class for On-going Beginning Students 

                                Continuing From Single Whip
Thursday Class:  Teacher - Mark Westcott  
10:30 - 11:30 am - Continuing  Form Class - On-going instruction for students preferring a daytime option. 

Saturday Class & Practice:  - Mark Westcott
10:30 - 11:30  Form Class for Continuing Students , Intermediate Level

10:30 am - Noon - Open Practice for any enrolled students


*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: $144 for 12 week session.
Sword Classes are an additional $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.

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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.
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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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