Great River
T'ai Chi Ch'uan
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 822-5760

SINCE 1979!

Welcome to Great River T'ai Chi Ch'uan! Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, Great River T'ai Chi Ch'uan was founded in 1979. T'ai chi ch'uan (pronounced tie-gee-chwan, also written taijiquan, tai chi, or taiji!) is a wonderful system of exercise that can help you:

  • relax
  • improve balance
  • lower blood pressure
  • increase range-of-motion
  • improve posture
  • enhance immune system
  • focus mind

In addition, since t'ai chi has its roots in the Chinese martial arts, it can also be used for self-defense, as well as being a window into Chinese culture. It is one of the most multi-faceted and intriguing activities imaginable!

Great River T'ai Chi Ch'uan was founded in 1979 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is one of Minnesota's oldest T'ai Chi groups. Our school's focus is on giving each student a solid, practical introduction to the principles of t'ai chi ch'uan and an ability to apply them to everyday life. Beginning students start with simple t'ai chi exercises, and learn some basic moves of the solo "form"--the choreographed routine that we practice.
There are a number of different kinds of t'ai chi styles. We are part of the lineage developed by the late Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing (1902-1975), whose style is usually called Cheng Man-ch'ing's Yang-style short form.

Great River T'ai Chi Ch'uan classes are taught by Barbara Davis and Cheryl Powers, who between them have over fifty years of teaching experience. Great River also regularly offers workshops with senior students of Professor Cheng's. Great River instructors have given classes, workshops, and lectures in t'ai chi ch'uan (taijiquan, tai chi) and related topics in the Minneapolis-St Paul area, Greater Minnesota, the Upper Midwest and at national and international conferences.

Great River offers classes and workshops on:

  • t'ai chi introductory exercises
  • t'ai chi ch'uan solo form
  • t'ai chi push hands
  • t'ai chi sword
  • I Ching (Yijing)
  • Chinese philosophy
  • Tao Te Ching (Daodejing)

Great River teachers have studied extensively in Taiwan and the United States with senior students of Professor Cheng's, in particular, Mr. Liu Hsi-heng of Taipei, and including Ed Young, Maggie Newman, Wolfe Lowenthal, Jane and Bataan Faigao, and others.

Director Barbara Davis is editor of the international quarterly Taijiquan Journal, author of The Taijiquan Classics: An Annotated Translation , and translator of Taiji Sword by Chen Weiming. She is on the advisory board of the Journal of Asian Martial Arts and has been a presenter at A Taste of China, the Zhang Sanfeng Festival, and the International Forum on Taijiquan. She has a master's degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is currently at work on a biography of Professor Cheng Man-ching.

Cheryl Powers, assistant director of Great River, has taught t'ai chi ch'uan at many colleges and corporations in the Midwest. Powers is on the advisory board and writes regularly for Taijiquan Journal. Davis and Powers have taught at the University of Minnesota, Macalester College, Augsburg College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis Public Schools, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Mankato State University, the YWCAs of Minneapolis, Mankato, and Duluth, Tasks Unlimited, Honeywell, and many other venues. Please contact us for information on bringing t'ai chi to your community or event!


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Great River T'ai Chi Ch'uan / Great River Tai Chi Chuan
Serving Minneapolis, St Paul, Twin Cities, Minnesota