Intersection of Traditional Asian Martial Arts

Intersection of
Traditional Asian Martial Arts

Japanese Martial Arts

Chinese Martial Arts

Okinawan Martial Arts

Filipino Martial Arts

Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Posture Play Guitar     Tai Chi Chuan is an Internal Chinese Martial Art often practiced for health and meditation. It consists of slow, centered movements that develop good balance, coordination and proper breathing.
    One begins with the study of a simplified Yang Family form. The focus is not so much on the "end forms" or “postures” themselves, but rather how the postures connect and fit together, studying the moving aspects of the form between the parts. Advanced students have the option to study the Yang Cheng Fu long form if interested.

    Students also practice various Chi Kung forms (both Nei Kung and Wai Kung) or "energy work", which are internal exercises that condition the student for the Tai Chi form. Chi Kung consists mostly of static postures held for a period of time. As the student gets accustomed to these postures, small weights may be used to increase the intensity and benefit of the exercise.

     Tai Chi is for everyone. It is great exercise for all ages and anyone looking to improve their physical, mental and spiritual health and also works very well as a complimentary or secondary art as it promotes proper body structure, movement principles and improved balance and coordination.

    Tai Chi is a sub-class of Nei Jia (Neijar), collectively known as the Internal Family of Chinese Kung Fu. It is offered to those more interested in form, low impact exercise and health maintenance rather than the actual application or the martial components of the art.

    For more information, please contact Sifu Douglas Lawrence at, or visit his website, The Internal Arts Association of Michigan.

Classes Held at the

Hannah Community Center
East Lansing, MI
Friday 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Sunday 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Sifu Douglas Lawrence may also be contacted at for Private Lessons in the East Lansing, Michigan area.