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Tai Chi With Ken Ning

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Tai Chi With Ken Ning

Sat, June 29
11:00 am
- 12:00 pm


Saturdays 11 - 12pm


Sat, June 29, 2024 11:00 am - 12:00 pm




Gorton Center
400 East Illinois Road Lake Forest, IL 60045


Sign up for Gorton’s Tai Chi class and join Ken Ning each Saturday to learn and practice Tai Chi. Ken’s Tai Chi class is open to both beginners and experienced practitioners.

Tai Chi is an inclusive form of exercise that anyone can do, whether you are in peak shape, or have limited mobility. Despite its slow pace, Tai Chi is a valuable exercise for all ages, read about the health benefits of Tai Chi below. Dress comfortably and be prepared to have fun in Ken’s Tai Chi class.

Health Benefits of Tai Chi 

Tai Chi has numerous health benefits. It is good for balance, flexibility, and stress – regular Tai Chi practice can improve overall physical health and well-being. In fact, Harvard Health suggests Tai Chi might be “…the perfect activity for the rest of your life.”

As a form of exercise, researchers in Toronto found Tai Chi is equivalent to brisk walking. So, instead of worrying about your steps (how boring), join Ken’s Tai Chi class and have some more fun while you exercise.

Unlike other forms of exercise, Tai Chi movements are performed with relaxed muscles and a focus on deep breathing. Slow and gentle, Tai Chi can improve blood flow, balance, and relaxation. Each Tai Chi pose flows into the next with circular, continuous movements. This helps improve your balance and flexibility without putting strain on muscles and joints.

Tai Chi is also a very social activity, commonly practiced in groups that rhythmically synchronize slow movements with deep breathing. Like meditation, Tai Chi creates a calm and focused mind and can create a state of mindfulness.

Tai Chi also benefits emotional well-being and mental health. Regular Tai Chi practice can improve concentration, physical self-awareness, and create a sense of inner peace. Tai chi is a great exercise for relieving stress and has been shown to benefit hypertension and high blood pressure.

What is Tai Chi? 

Tai Chi is a Chinese traditional exercise that blends martial arts’ movement with meditation. Dating back a thousand years, Tai Chi remains a popular activity in China and around the world.

Tai Chi is a series of slow, choreographed martial arts movements and poses. Tai Chi poses are circular and continuous, with an emphasis on smooth transitions and maintaining a centered and grounded posture. Tai Chi poses mimic the movements of animals or nature, such as flowing water or a bird in flight. 

Ken has been practicing martial arts for 27 years, and started Tai Chi training in 1996 with Sifu Dale Washington, Sifu Ban Toy in 2000 and Grand Master Yang Jun in 2006. He has been practicing Tai Chi for 21 years and teaching Tai Chi for 12 years. In 2016, he received a Gold Eagle certificate from Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association. certificate. Ken is also one of Grand Master Yang Jun’s Disciples for the Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. He teaches Kickboxing and Full-contact Martial Arts teacher and is certified by Ng Family Martial Arts Association.

At Gorton Center, we offer a wide range of classes for both youth and adults, ensuring there’s something for everyone. From art and yoga to acting and robotics, our diverse programs are designed to inspire and engage.

At Gorton Center, we believe in the transformative power of the arts. Our calendar is filled with a variety of offerings, ensuring there’s always something to captivate your interest. Our commitment to quality means you’ll be learning from the best instructors in their fields.

Whether you’re a long-time resident or a visitor, there’s always something extraordinary waiting for you at Gorton Center. Join our vibrant community where every event is an opportunity to connect, get inspired, and learn. Come be a part of Gorton Center, where creativity and learning flourish together.

Gorton Center is a premier destination for outstanding cultural and performing arts experiences serving the residents of Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and the surrounding region. As a proud nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, we are dedicated to enriching our community through an array of exceptional events and programs.

At Gorton Center, we believe in the transformative power of the arts. Our vibrant calendar is brimming with diverse offerings, ensuring there's always something to captivate and inspire you. From live music performances that resonate with your soul to comedy nights that leave you in stitches, we curate events to suit all tastes and interests. Our dedication to quality and community engagement means you can expect only the best in cultural entertainment.

Whether you’re a long-time resident or a visitor, there’s always something extraordinary waiting for you. Come be a part of our community, where every event is an opportunity to connect, enjoy, and be inspired.

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Sat, June 29
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Gorton Center
400 East Illinois Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-6060