Jeff Campbell has taken tai chi for three and half years at the Lifestyle Center and thought it would be great if classes could be offered on Lookout Mountain. He approached veteran instructor John Johnson, who has been practicing and teaching for at least 13 years, to see if he had any interest in teaching, and he did. Classes began in fall of 2018 at Good Shepherd, and they were very well received.
According to the Tai Chi Foundation, “Tai chi movements are widely acknowledged to help calm the emotions, focus the mind, and strengthen the immune system. Practiced at a slow and even speed, tai chi promotes relaxation, straight posture, and balance. In a very real sense, tai chi helps us to stay younger as we grow older, thus making an outstanding contribution to our overall health and well-being.” Jeff said it is great for both your mind and body; and it improves strength and balance in folks all ages and abilities. Even people with limited mobility can reap the benefits. If you are not comfortable doing some of the slow-motion movements, you can certainly use a chair to build upper body strength. Jeff said he has really seen a difference in his balance and posture, and who couldn’t use a bit of meditation for clearing the mind?
Instructor John Johnson is constantly taking classes to improve his ability and his skills. He takes lessons from Dr. Zibin Guo, who is an advanced instructor in the art. John has also taught therapists at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital how to use tai chi as a rehabilitation tool.
John certainly knows what he is doing and teaches this beginners class at a pace that is very easy to follow. Some of the regulars in the last couple of years have been Jeff Messinger, Kitty Forbes, and Peggy and Jim Laney. It costs $125 for the 12-week course, and the only requirement is that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. It’s a lot of fun and so beneficial to your body, plus you can say that you take tai chi, which will make people think that you are the bomb! Contact Jeff at (423) 280-5333 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. It sounds like fun!