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.

Indoor Instruction has Resumed!

For everyone's safety we ask that face coverings be worn at all times inside the building regardless of vaccination status. We will re-evaluate this policy over the next weeks/months. 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.

Looking for a Beginner Class?
We currently have two class times for beginning students. Please give us a call or email if you're interested in joining! 

Class Schedule

Spring/Summer 2021
June 5 - August 5th 
***No Classes the week of July 18th**

Monday Classes:  Teacher - Jean Westcott

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

Thursday Classes: Teacher -Mark Westcott
10:30- 11:30 am -  Form Class for Continuing Students - Intermediate level


Saturday Classes:  Teacher Mark Westcott
10:30 – 11:30 am  Form Class for Continuing Beginner Students  


*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 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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