About The Group
Our informal Tai Chi Group at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) was established in 2003 so
that students who completed the formal Tai Chi classes could continue to meet and practice together when the formal
classes were not in session. We also meet during the summer months when no formal classes are offered. Our group is made
up of UMSL students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others. The group is also a diverse mix of ages and ethnicities.
When We Meet
In general, this group meets one or two evenings a week (Tuesdays and/or Thursdays) when the formal
classes are not in session. We also have one Saturday practice a month.
The number of people attending any one practice session can fluctuate greatly, so e-mail is used as our primary
means of communicating whether or not people can attend. Any time that at least two people say they can attend, a
practice session will be held. If only one person can attend a session, it will be cancelled. E-mail is also used
to communicate upcoming special events.
To Join Our Tai Chi Group
Anyone who has completed the formal Tai Chi class offered at UMSL is welcome to join us.
The practices are not instructional and are therefore not open to those who have not taken the class.
To join our group, please send your e-mail request to
Linda Gatson. Because of the prevalence of SPAM, be sure to put the words TAI CHI GROUP in the subject line.
Formal Tai Chi Class Information
Eight-week Tai Chi instructional sessions are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters through
the Campus Recreation
department at UMSL. The slow, controlled, flowing movements of Tai Chi are good for stress reduction and help to improve
strength, balance, and flexibility. In the class you will learn a slightly modified version of the Yang style Tai Chi 24
Form plus an 18 Motion Tai Chi Qigong. No special equiment is needed. It is recommended that you wear loose comfortable
clothing and flat flexible-soled shoes. You may also wish to bring drinking water to class.
Mr. Sam (Shuhan) Lin established this class on the
UMSL campus in 2002, teaching the class through the Spring 2009 session. Due to Mr. Lin's extensive travel schedule, one
of his students
now teaches the class. Linda began her practice and study of Tai Chi under Mr. Lin in 2003.
She assisted him for three years, taught the Spring 2008 class, and began regularly teaching the class in the
Fall of 2009. She also began leading a daily midday Qigong practice at UMSL in the spring of 2007. Linda also
teaches the Ai Chi class for Campus Recreation
as part of their Summer Wellness Program.
SPRING 2013 CLASSES...The Fall Tai Chi class
has ended. The next session (Spring 2013) is scheduled to begin in late January. Classes will be held on
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm beginning on Tuesday, January 29th through Thursday, March 21st.
Fee structure for the class is $10 for UMSL Students, $30 for UMSL Faculty, Staff, or Alum, and $40 for all
others. The fee is one-time only for the entire eight-week session. Class size is limited to 20 participants.
Registration for the class is now open. Please see our
flyer (in PDF format) for details and a fillable registration form. You may also register in person
at the Campus
Recreation office located in room 203 of the Mark Twain Building on UMSL's north campus. CLASS SIZE IS
LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS.
Midday Tai Chi Qigong Sessions
A midday Tai Chi Qigong practice session was established in 2007. This is a 30 minute Qigong
practice that students and employees of the University can incorporate into their lunch break. Everyone is welcome
and no special clothing or prior experience is necessary. As much as possible this Qigong practice is offered four
days a week. At the present time the sessions are being led exclusively by Linda Gatson and as such are subject to
her availability. The date, time, and location information for the current week can be found on UMSL's
Calendar of Events.
To be added to the Qigong e-mail notification list, send your
e-mail request to Linda Gatson.
Because of the prevalence of SPAM, be sure to put the word QIGONG in the subject line.
Tai Chi Health Benefits
There are many different claims of health benefits associated with the practice of Tai Chi.
In order to prevent overburdening the website with an exhaustive list of links, I am providing only
a few. The first link is to a
Mayo Clinic Article. This second link is to the
Tufts-New England Medical Center Analysis. This third link is to a
May 2009 article from Harvard Medical School.
This final link is to the
Supreme Chi Living. This website is hosted by the American Tai Chi and Qigong Association and provides a lot of useful
information about Tai Chi as well as the health benefits. They also offer a free subscription to their Supreme Chi Living newsletter.
On the RealAge website there is an article entitled "Improve Your Balance". The article includes
steps for measuring your level of balance against a comparative age equivalency. If you are interested in testing your
balance, you can find that article on the RealAge website at this Are You Losing Your Balance link.
In the September/October 2007 AARP Magazine there was an interesting article entitled "Watch Your Step" about balance training. It
includes a progressive set of balance exercises that (along with your Tai Chi practice) can greatly improve
your balance. You can find the article at this Watch Your Step link.
Liability/Assumption of Risk Statement
Individual participants should be duly aware and acknowledge that participation in recreational programs
and activities involves an inherent risk of physical injury. Individuals assume all such risks by voluntarily
electing to participate in recreational programs or activities. The University of Missouri-St. Louis assumes
no responsibility for individual injury or property damage incurred in connection with use of facilities or
participation in programs. Individuals are reminded that they are responsible for their health and should have
medical approval prior to engaging in activities in the UMSL facilities. It is highly recommended that individuals
have medical insurance. UM-St. Louis does not carry insurance to cover patrons.
page was originally created and is maintained by: Linda
Last Updated: January 10, 2013