PRACTICING TAI CHI                                A Tai Chi program will continue at the Summerland Drop In Centre this fall, but it will be taught as a series of continuous lessons rather than a drop-in program.                                (Summerland Review file photo)

PRACTICING TAI CHI A Tai Chi program will continue at the Summerland Drop In Centre this fall, but it will be taught as a series of continuous lessons rather than a drop-in program. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland Tai Chi program changes

Program will be structured as sets of continuous lessons for beginners rather than a drop-in program

A Tai Chi program will be offered at the Summerland Drop In Centre this fall, but the program this year will be structured as sets of continuous lessons for beginners rather than a drop-in program.

Instructors Nancy Benner and Susan Norie are offering the lessons.

Beginners are considered to be those who have not yet been shown the moves and postures through to the end of the form.

Previously, the drop-in lesson format, while convenient for some, resulted in significant disruption and repetition for regular attendees.

Under this year’s new structure, learners are asked for a commitment in order to bring classes through the learning phase at the same time.

The commitment will be by way of pre-registering and pre-payment for a semester of 18 lessons, at $70 for members and $90 for non-members.

The first semester will begin in September and end the last week of January. Classes will take place on Tuesday and Friday mornings at the centre at 9710 Brown St.

The form that is taught at the centre is the Yang style, which is the most popular form around the world.

The long form, consisting of 108 moves, is being taught.

For someone who already practices consistently, the long form can be learned in one to two years.

Pre-registration will take place at the Summerland Drop In on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 9 to 10 a.m. for those who have already learned Part 1 (the first 16 moves), and on Friday, Sept. 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for those who have had little or no prior experience, to learn Part 1.

Advanced classes for those who already know the form will continue unchanged on a drop in basis.

For further information call Nancy Benner at 250-494-8902 or Susan Norie at 250-494-3370.