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William Galvin
Physical Exercise Tai Chi

 

"All you need to do to learn Tai Chi are these three little things: 1. Practice 2. Practice 3. Practice" — Anon.

 

How did I end up teaching Tai Chi? I first learned Tai Chi at Great Basin to help with my arthritis. Pills didn't work and I thought there must be another way. When our instructor moved to Las Vegas,a few of the students asked why didn't I teach Tai Chi because I like it so much. So, here I am showing the way down the path of Tai Chi for the uninitiated. I love practicing outside and one of my favorite spots is in the open spaces atop Harrison Pass. It is so wide open and there is so much energy there.

Anyone can learn Tai Chi. All it takes is practice. Because it is such an individualistic form of exercise, there is no correct or ideal way to do it. It is liken to poetry in motion and we each feel that peotry differently. So, as long as you do the movements as you feel them, you are doing them in the way that is right for you. Since no two of us in this world are exactly alike, no two movements in Tai Chi are exactly alike.

 

Contact Information

Office Location: Adjunct, Elko Campus
Phone:775-738-7503
Email:bill.galvin(a)gbcnv.edu
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Office Hours

  • Monday: Hours by appointment only

Education

  • Political Science, UCLA, 1973

 

Recommended Reading

  • The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan, Wong Kiew Kit
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Tai Chi and Qi Gong, Bill Douglas
  • The Spirit of Tai Chi, John Lash
  • The Way of Qigong, Kenneth S. Cohen
  • Tai Chi as a Path of Wisdon, Linda Lehrhaupt
  • Quantum Soup, Chungliang Al Huang
  • Tao: The Watercourse Way, Alan Watts

 

Reference Documents

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Interests
  • I have four great hobbies: Tai Chi, Gardening, Kite flying and VW Things.


Classes

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PEX 148
Title:Tai Chi
Catalog Description: Tai Chi is an internal martial art and a set of self-practicing exercises. Because it is an internal martial art, it is used solely for self defense. It is comprised of four parts: mediation, warm-up exercises, Tai Chi Ch'uan movements, and cool-down exercises. By integrating these four parts, the student learns to combine each part of the body into a whole unit, exercising every muscle, joint, tendon, ligament, and especially the mind. Tai Chi can be used as a wellness program, an exercise program, and a relaxation program, all rolled into one. No special equipment required except for flat-bottomed shoes. Can be performed anywhere. Tai Chi teaches the student to live in harmony with oneself and nature. It is an art and is often called
My Comments:Tai Chi is an internal martial art. Because of this, it is used solely for self defense. It is comprised of four parts; meditation, warm up exercises, Tai Chi Ch'uan movements and cool down exercises. By integrating these four parts, one learns to combine each part of the body into a whole unit and exercise every muscle, joint, tendon, ligament and especially the mind. Tai Chi can be used as a wellness program, an exercise program and a relaxation program all rolled into one. It requires no special equipment, save some flat bottomed shoes and can be done anywhere. Tai Chi teaches a person how to live in harmony with oneself and nature. It is an art often called "Poetry in motion".


Photo Gallery


Spleen Cleansing

Strum the lute

Harrison Pass

Kites in the sky

Tai Chi by the campus Clock Tower

World Tai Chi Day 2008 Clock Tower

VW Thing at Waterpocket Fold Utah

Cedar Breaks, Utah

World Tai Chi Day 2/24/10

World Tai Chi Day 2/24/10

World Tai Chi Day 2/24/10

World Tai Chi Day 2/24/10

World Tai Chi Day

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