Free Tai Chi

Tai chi, or t’ai chi ch’uan, translates literally as “boundless fist.” Known as a “soft martial art,” it aims to internalize energy for health, as opposed to externalizing energy in violence. Ed Waldman, an artist and furniture designer, has taught tai chi for nine years and is now offering an open, drop-in class at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays in Huron Park (672 Ann in Kansas City, Kansas). “Really, the most obvious benefits would be greater flexibility, a greater sense of balance and a more relaxed mind,” Waldman says. “I just saw that there weren’t many opportunities for people in the inner city to have a class like this. And a lot of people may not have the money they need to take formal classes. It’s really appropriate for a wide range of ages and physical abilities. You don’t have to be an athlete.” Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water. For more information, call 913-341-9500.

Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., 2007