Genesee Community Colleges Offers Tai Chi and Mandarin Chinese Lessons

Genesee Community College is once again providing culturally diverse learning opportunities to students and area residents with Tai Chi Ch'uan lessons and Mandarin Chinese lessons. Offered this fall, Tai Chi Ch'uan lessons will be presented on Monday and Thursday evenings and Mandarin Chinese lessons on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Both are at the Batavia campus and are open to all.

Tai Chi Ch'uan, translates literally as "supreme ultimate fist" and is commonly known as Tai Chi. It is a 'soft' or 'internal' Chinese martial art and ancient discipline followed by millions of people all over the world. Genesee Community College along with the Red Dragon School of Martial Arts will offer classes on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30 PM- 8:30 PM, starting September 14 and running through December 17. The cost for this 26 session class is $286 and registration can be made through the Records Office at Genesee.

Tai Chi is a system of exercises with both physical and mental benefits that everyone can practice regardless of age and physical abilities. Through these classes, students work according to their ability and within their natural range of movement. The movements are extended, natural, gentle, graceful and relatively simple and easy to learn. Tai Chi is also a martial art, where embodied within the slow, gentle movements are powerful vigor and force. Tai Chi can also be used to improve health and wellness and has been shown to reduce stress, depression, pain, inflammation and blood pressure. It also has been known to improve flexibility, balance, strength, circulation and mental outlook.

Complimenting Tai Chi lessons, Genesee will also offer free Mandarin Chinese lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM starting September 21, in room B360 at the Batavia Campus. These free lessons will focus on integrating speaking and listening as well as reading and writing skills. Mandarin Chinese is taught by Genesee student Aiwen Yang. Aiwen was born in China and attended Chinese schools until moving to Spain. While in Spain she studied Spanish and French and taught Chinese to members of the business community. She is currently a Resident Assistant at College Village, Genesee's on-campus student housing.

"Tai Chi and Mandarin lessons are great examples of the multi-cultural learning opportunities Genesee Community College regularly offers to our students and our community," Karin Kovach-Allen, dean of Human Communications and Behavior at Genesee said. "We're especially pleased that one of our own students has offered to share her culture and language with the community."

For further information about Tai Chi and Mandarin lessons, please contact Nina Mortellaro at 585-343-0055 ext. 6228.