You’re invited to Stonegate Taiji’s comprehensive Taiji and Swordfighting Program, Austin’s premier Taiji Combat Fitness program!
Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30, we train to elevate the entire individual. This means body, brain, and spirit. You will do warm-ups, train moving and static Taiji drills, moving and static sword fighting drills (in our own Western Fencing meets Eastern sword style), get strength, endurance, and flexibility conditioning as well as do some breath work and meditation!
Note: This is not your grandma’s Taiji program. We WILL work you and you WILL become more fit with our system. However, all skill and fitness levels are encouraged to join and are absolutely welcome and held to their own personal standards.
What can I expect to get out of this? Increase Strength, Endurance, and Confidence, a greater sense of well-being and a healthy means of stress management, be a part of a community of like-minded self-improvers, and over-all increased health and longevity.
Why Taiji? All of the benefits of practicing Taiji are too long to list but here are a few: increased balance, strength, and flexibility, stress reduction, increased focus, and it even helps prevent and reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s!
Sword? In 2017? Yes. Not only does this offer you a very fun, new, unique hobby but you will effectively be able to defend yourself with practically any stick, bat, or broom at your disposal should you ever need to. (Not to mention the fitness and coordination sword fighting builds.)
How much? Your first visit is free. After that, you have the option of paying $20 for drop in participation or you can get set up with our wonderful punch cards and save some money.
Who is teaching? Justin Phillips, LAc. began studying meditation at the age of five and martial arts at six. That early love continued throughout his life. He began practicing Taiji at ten, and began to study Western Fencing at twelve. In college Justin was the captain of the University of Houston fencing team, leading them to three collegiate championships in four years, while continuing to study traditional martial arts and qigong. Justin holds a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has both a private practice and teaches for AOMA College of Integrative Medicine.
Matt Bius, a graduate of Healing Tao Institute’s Medical Qigong curriculum, has been studying Taiji, meditation, and qigong since 2012 and has been studying sword fighting under Justin Phillips since 2013. In addition to practicing Chinese Medicine, Matt has taught Taiji, meditation, and qigong with Stonegate as senior student and independently for several years.