For people who are looking for the absolute best Tai Chi instruction in Las Vegas...
"Tai Chi is the gentle way to fight stress, improve your balance and exercise!"
"Tai Chi can help just about anyone, regardless of your current abilities"
How To Get Started
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Tai Chi is practiced around the world and is know for it's enormous health benefits. It's low impact and relaxing form of exercise especially for seniors. Some people call it a form of moving meditation. It is not Qigong which is just breathing exercises.
When practiced daily, Tai Chi helps with your circulation and balance and can help prevent falls, which is a major cause of hospitalization in people over 55.
When you practice Tai Chi you focus on being more aware of both your body and mind.
This helps you to know how to be more present in everyday life. Tai Chi can be a lifelong endeavor for those who choose to go deep with their knowledge and skill.
Learning tai chi, is as easy as showing up to a class.
"Who can do Tai Chi?"
Anyone can learn Tai Chi... well that is...anyone who is motivated enough to prioritize coming to classes.
There are no physical requirements. Even someone who has never done anything athletic in their life can learn Tai Chi.
If you are coordinated enough to walk you are coordinated enough to learn from me.
What this means is, that you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health.
Of course it will take you some time before you start to excel at Tai Chi, but ANYTHING of value requires time and effort.
It is only through learning Tai Chi correctly that you will see the benefits of it.
Well, does all this sound like a lot of work to you? Well, actually, it's not really. True, there is a little effort to get set up for classes but... after that...it will become part of your weekly routine. So, if you are serious about receiving all the benefits that Tai Chi practice has to offer coming to class twice a week should be a snap.
"What To Expect When You Enroll"
We teach both forms training and push hands training at our school. Right now we are working on the 37 yang style form of professor Cheng Man Ching.
Forms training. Students are taught a series of movements put together into a "form." It's a sequence of movements that flows from one posture to another. Learning a form will help with balance, relaxation, deep and slow breathing, focus, and memorization skills.
All of the movements in Tai Chi can be used to defend yourself.
Push hands training. Training in push hands (Also called 'Tui Shou') involves you partnering up with another student.
You will both learn to move in rhythm and practice the movements of Tai Chi while 'connected' to each through pushing and pulling on each others arms. When you practice this type of circular hand exercise, you become hyper-aware of both your own center of gravity and sense of balance as well as your partner's center of gravity.
This is the first step toward TRULY understanding the authentic art of Tai Chi.
"Some of the things you will learn in Tai Chi class are:"
Here's the story:
When I was a teenager, I started training in the martial arts. At that time in my life, I was getting into a LOT of trouble. I was hanging out with the wrong crowd.
But wait, it didn't stop there..
I was staying out late without calling. I was basically a juvenile delinquent. I was a parent's worst nightmare.
Astonishing, isn't it?
Suffice to say I owe my parents a BIG apology!
Anyway, I personally wasn't looking for any of the benefits that the martial arts had to offer.
I just thought it was the coolest thing in the world to be able to actually learn this stuff. It wasn't until I started to progress in the martial arts that I became aware of all of the benefits that martial arts classes had to offer.
My name is Kevin Kawada and my wife’s name is Renee Kawada.
The positive impact that martial arts training had on my life was remarkable.
Because of this, we decided to open our own martial arts school in March of 2004, and made a promise to improve the lives of all our students. We want students to get fit and build up their self confidence the life transforming experience that is martial arts.
We have 2 children. Our daughter is 22 years old and is a Black belt. Her name is Kaitlyn Kawada and she trains at the school daily. Our son is just 14 years old and trains in all of the classes as well.
All of our students get very personalized martial arts instruction and one on one attention. The atmosphere at our martial arts school is both fun AND work oriented.
Please come in and see our school in person! We would love to have you as our next student!
Question: What is Tai Chi?
Answer: Tai Chi is an art that came from China. Tai chi means "Grand Ultimate Fist". Tai Chi doesn't use resistance or force. Instead, it is based on softness and awareness, and it's a form of self defense. Regular practice of Tai Chi can be many things to many people. For many centuries, Tai Chi has been know to be the most effective exercise for harmony between the body and mind.
Question: How do I learn Tai Chi?
Answer: Tai chi is mostly taught as a "form". A sequence of movements that flows from one posture to another. In class, students are taught as a group. The instructor would breakdown the details and give corrections when needed. Tai chi is learned by practicing the movements weekly in class and at home.
Question: When are your Tai Chi classes?
Answer: Our Tai Chi classes are held on Mondays & Thursdays 7:00pm - 8:30pm, and Saturday 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Question: Which Tai Chi form do you teach?
Answer: We are currently learning Cheng Man Ching Yang Short Form 37
Question: Can I come in and either observe or try a class?
Answer: Yes, of course. You are welcome to observe or try a class. Please contact us to schedule an appointment to come in. The trial class is free.
Question: What do I wear for my trial lesson?
Answer: Wear comfortable clothing. Wearing flip-flops or sandals are the easiest. Our students are not allowed to have footwear on when training on our mats. However, when they do step off our mats footwear is required. Also, we recommend you bringing a water bottle.
Question: What if I'm too old or not in shape for martial arts training?
Answer: You're never too old to start martial arts. We have people start at all ages and at different fitness levels. Don't worry about not being in shape. Enrolling in martial arts will help you get in shape. Here at our school you work at your own pace and set your own goals. We are here to help you in reaching your own personal goals.
Question: Can I enroll in martial arts even if I have no experience and not very athletic?
Answer: Of course! You don't need to have any experience to start. Enrolling in martial arts teaches you not just self defense, but it also teaches you to be coordinated, flexible, agile, and strong. Each time you come to class you will improve and develop these qualities. People who already have these qualities grow them even more.
Question: When can I enroll?
Answer: Our program is on-going and you can start at anytime.
Question: How often should I attend class?
Answer: We do understand that everyone's schedule is different. We offer 4 programs to choose from. You are able to choose attending classes once a week, twice a week, 4 times a week, and unlimited. The choice is up to you.
Question: Do I need my own equipment gear?
Answer: If you are on a trial program, you are able to borrow our equipment. However, when enrolling in our regular program students are required to have their own equipment gears. Equipment are purchased here at our martial arts studio.
Question: Are there any testing fees?
Answer: Yes, testing fees are $55 per student. Testing are held twice a year in April and October. Black belt testing fee is $100.
"What people are saying about our school"
"Enrolling in the Tai Chi classes at the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy has been nothing but a great experience."
“Enrolling in the Tai Chi classes at the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy has been nothing but a great experience. When I first joined, I was really nervous about starting. I was afraid that I'd slow down the class. However, Instructor Kevin and Instructor Renee welcomed me with warmth and enthusiasm. They are so patient with their students. The instructors and students are always willing to help. I am no longer nervous or worried about class. The teaching skills of Instructor Kevin and Renee are top notch. I am veray grateful for finding this school."
"I am very happy that I gave Tai Chi a try. It is a wonderful experience and I am always look forward to my next class. "
"I heard of Tai Chi and I decided to give it a try. I wanted to find an activity where I could work on my balance, leg strength, and flexibility. The exercises and drills that we do in class are very useful. We are always working on our flexibility, deep breathing, coordination, and balance skills. I am feeling better about myself, and my flexibility, balance, and leg strength has improved.
I also enjoy the format of class. We would start with a warm up that may consist of basic stretches or exercises. After our warm ups, we move onto learning our form and push hands part of our class.
I am very happy that I gave Tai Chi a try. It is a wonderful experience and I am always look forward to my next class.
Thank you Instructor Kevin & Instructor Renee for all you do.”