November class schedule at Parker’s Place

The holidays are coming up quickly, and to celebrate we have some special classes with great relaxation this month! Most importantly, we will be featuring a 90-minute class next Saturday to learn our long form, and a special post-holiday class the day after Thanksgiving at 9am. I hope you can join me for these two great sessions!

Also, I will be taking a business trip out of state next week, so class will be cancelled next Thursday.

Here is the updated class schedule for November:

  • No Class next Thurs. the 16th – Jon will be out of town.
  • Extra-Long Class Sat. the 18th – We will have an 90 minute class on Saturday 11/18 (8:00-9:30am), focusing on the whole first section of our tai chi form. Come a beginner, leave an expert!
  • No Class Thurs. the 23rd – Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Special “De-Stress” Class Fri. the 24th at 9am – Come the day after Thanksgiving at 9am for an hour of post-holiday de-stressing, including breathing exercises and meditation! This class is open to monthly members, and non-members are only $10.
  • Regular class Sat. the 25th at 8am

Tai chi classes starting in October at Parker’s Fitness in Oconomowoc

I’m proud to announce that I will be offering new tai chi classes close to home — that is for me, Oconomowoc — starting on October 5th!

Parker’s Place Fitness has been a community staple for over 13 years, and are passionate about total health. This is their first foray into hosting a restorative practice like tai chi at their club, and I’m excited to be a part of it. They have a beautiful aerobics gym that we’ll be using for our classes, and when the weather is nice outside this fall, we may head out to their back lawn to train.

The classes will be a mixture of relaxation exercises, stretching, tai chi long forms, with a short meditation at the end. If students are interested, we may eventually introduce weapons like the tai chi sword and fan.

Class times will be Thursdays at 5pm and Saturdays at 8am. Cost is $50 per month for an individual, and $80 per month for a couple or family to attend.

If you are interested, head over to the Class Schedule page to learn more and sign up.

I hope to see you at class!

Five-week martial arts course starting Saturday, May 6th

I’m proud to announce an upcoming five-week martial arts course for teens & tweens (ages 10 thru 20) starting Saturday, May 6th at Yoga 4 All in Wales!

Students will get active and build confidence & discipline in this fun course of martial arts training. Each class meets for 90 minutes. Curriculum will focus on basic punches, kicks and effective defenses against common attacks. Body conditioning and cardiovascular training drills will help participants get in better shape and feel fit.

The cost is $140 per student, and includes a FREE White Cobra T-shirt. Space is limited! Click here to sign up.

Women’s tai chi relaxation session Feb 25th at St. John’s Lutheran Church

Join me this month for a tai chi relaxation session at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Brookfield. The church was kind enough to invite me again for their annual Women’s Day of Discovery, where you can take classes on healing arts but also diverse subjects such as cookie decorating, line dancing, and photography.

The session will be from 9:05 to 9:55 a.m. on Saturday, February 25th. Registration is open to members and non-members, and payment is through an offering in the amount of your choice. Visit their website to register online. I hope to see you there!

Tai chi class moving to Wednesdays; Self-defense seminar 9/25!

It’s back to school time, and things are on the move! Firstly, a reminder that there is no tai chi class this Saturday, September 3rd as the studio will be closed for Labor Day Weekend. We hope you enjoy the holiday!

Secondly, we’re excited to announce that the tai chi class will be moving to Wednesday mornings at 7am. This new class, called Sunrise Tai Chi, will focus on stretching, breathing and meditation techniques to help you wake up, reduce stiffness and increase range of motion. Everyone from athletes to those suffering from joint pain due to illness or injury can benefit from early morning tai chi. Join us next Wednesday, September 7th for our first class!

Finally, our next self-defense seminar will be taking place on Sunday, September 25th at 6pm. Keep yourself and others protected by learning the basics of street safety and self-defense in this 90-minute session! We will work on understanding how to avoid dangerous situations and when to intervene, as well as real defense techniques from our traditional martial arts system, Pai Lum (Way of the White Dragon).

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Jon Odishoo is a martial arts instructor with over 7 years of training, and has taught self-defense to many groups including law enforcement personnel.

The cost of the workshop is $35 per student, and children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Space is limited! To find out more and sign up, call (262) 719-0422 or email fmcoakley@gmail.com.

Join me for Mindful Wednesday this week, July 20th

Join me at Yoga 4 All this Wednesday evening, July 20th at 6:15pm as part of our “Mindful Wednesday” series! This new class series just started last month, and is part-lecture and part-practice taught by rotating instructors.

This week we will meet on the lawn outside the studio (weather pending) and I will cover over how tai chi can help you engage in mindfulness, several breathing and movement techniques to help you reach balance in your life, and some meditation techniques. Regular studio punch cards can be used for these classes.

Contact me with any questions, and I hope to see you there!

State martial arts tournament April 16th, qigong class April 23rd

Just a reminder that there is no class this Saturday 4/16 due to the state martial arts tournament. I will be performing and judging, and I encourage you to visit and spectate! Many talented martial artists will be performing, and you will see very inspirational tai chi and weapons forms. The tournament is at Rising Dragon Martial Arts at 35th & Greenfield in Milwaukee, and goes from 8am to noon. Click here for more information.

During our next class on Saturday 4/23 we will be focusing on qigong (chi kung) breathing exercises that are great for making you calm, alert and focused. Hope to see you there!