Tai Chi by the Sea offers a variety of Tai Chi and Qigong classes. The instructors have a passion for tai chi and enjoy sharing the art that has helped them throughout their journey in life.
The instructors listed below have an affiliation with Tai Chi by the Sea. Their classes are highly recommended.
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Rhonda M. Donahoo started her Tai Chi experience in 1988 attending Sifu Bill Stone's classes being offered by Daytona Beach Community College. She has since studied with Grandmaster Daniel Pai, Dr. Paul Lam, Roger Jahnke, Ken Cohen and with Chinese Champion, Master Luo Li, O-Mei Wu Shu, 113 East State Road 434, Winter Springs FL. Visit master Luo Li's website www.learnwushu.com Rhonda's knowledge covers basic Qigong, traditional yang style Tai Chi long and short, modern 24, 40, 42, fan, staff and sword forms. She started teaching Tai Chi in 1995, creating Tai Chi by the Sea. In 1999 she completed the Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop, and the Advanced Part 2 in May 2002, with founder Dr. Paul Lam. She continued her study of Qigong with Dr. Roger Jahnke, The Healing Promise of Qigong workshop November 2002 and Healer Within Certification in May 2017. In July 2012 she was certified to teach Level 1 of the Supreme Science Qigong. September of 2017 she attended the Five Aniaml Frolic workshop with Kenneth Cohen in Colorado. She offers basic Tai Chi & Qigong morning workouts on the beach, and afternoon/evening classes through New Smyrna Beach Parks & Recreation. To contact Rhonda Donahoo, email firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-423-0083
Instructor Audrey Hartz:
Audrey Hartz is a retired Rehabilitation Nurse. She has practiced Qigong and Tai Chi since 1998. She experienced health benefits including reduced stress, improved balance, flexibility and focus. She completed courses in 18 Movement Qigong, Dr.. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Arthritis, and is a Practice Leader for Tai Chi Easy by Roger Jahnke. She has worked with Rhonda Donahoo, Tai Chi by the Sea since 2014.
Tai Chi Easy consists of classic and simple Qigong, combined with five simple traditional movements from Tai Chi. The practice involves moving the body gently in an optimized posture, deepening the breath and clearing the mind. This opens pathways allowing Qi to flow to maximize function and promote self-healing. It is very gentle, calming and easily adaptable to physical and psychological challenges. Practices are typically done in a standing posture but may be adapted to be done seated.
Instructor Andrew Townsend brings 22 years of experience to the area. He has studied with Chris Luth of San Diego (student of Abraham Liu- one of Cheng Man Ch'ing's senior students); Master James Wong of Honolulu (a direct, indoor student of Cheng Man Ch'ing in Taiwan); Herman Kauz of San Diego (another student of Cheng Man Ch'ing) and Grandmaster Jesse Tsao of San Diego www.taichihealthways.com (student of Grandmaster Li Deyin - the developer of the 42 combined competition form). He is a certified taiji instructor by Grandmaster Tsao in 2005.
Andrew is sharing his knowledge and teaching skills with workshops and his own classes in Ormond Beach. You may contact Andy at: email@example.com or call 386-263-3569
Instructor Bill Stone:
Bill Stone started teaching Tai Chi in the New Smyrna Beach area August 8, 1988 through Daytona Beach Community College. He enjoys inspiring many of his students to take that first step on ones own Tai chi journey. His extensive background includes studying archery, TaiKwonDo, Aikido, Judo, Yoga, fencing, Old traditional and modern Yang Tai Chi styles. He now teachs with the angels in heaven. In December 2013 we lost a wonderful Tai Chi player. We miss you Sifu Bill Stone.
Instructor Barbara Magee: In May of 2000, while suffering with back and neck pain, Magee started taking Tai Chi for Arthritis with Rhonda Donahoo. Magee made it part of her daily routine and soon the easy but powerful movements of the Sun style Tai Chi made a difference in her life. She then advanced to the more challenging moves of the Yang style Tai Chi and is currently learning the yang sword form. She always looked forward to helping others learn this healing martial art by expanding the classes being offered in the area. In May of 2002, she was honored to attend one of the last Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor Training workshop being taught in Florida by founder Dr. Paul Lam. Learning from Dr. Lam was a dream come true for Barbara Magee. Magee is a shining example of what the program can do and was one of the star pupils of the workshop. Barbara retired from teaching Sept. 2010. On January 19, 2012 she continued her journey in the arms of her Angels. Barbara Magee we will miss your caring spirit.