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Gymnastics Center to offer tai chi

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – The Vail Gymnastics Center will offer a new tai chi program for students ages 18 and older who are looking to improve their flexibility, core strength, balance and overall general conditioning. The tai chi classes will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays beginning this week, and the cost is $100 for 10 classes.

They will be taught by Grand Master Mathew Bayley, with the Vail Academy of Martial Arts, who said the low-impact classes will offer students a mid-day break that will rejuvenate them while they improve their overall health.

“Tai chi is the perfect activity for a mid-day break that will leave students refreshed and ready for the rest of their afternoon and week,” Bayley said.

According to Bayley, who has taught tai chi for the past 30 years, tai chi is an ancient Chinese form of exercise that provides relaxation while conditioning the body. Tai chi involves flowing movements with carefully prescribed stances and positions, Bayley said.

“Students of all ages and levels will enjoy how tai chi helps reduce stress while they move through the hour at a self-paced level,” he said. “Tai chi is often considered meditation in motion and provides a sense of inner calm.”

In addition to the tai chi programs, Bayley also teaches martial arts, self-defense and shooting-sport classes with the VRD. Young Warriors Martial Arts is scheduled from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. or 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 4 to 5 p.m. on Fridays for ages 6 to 12. Adult martial-arts classes take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Bayley holds a seventh-degree black belt in American kenpo, a third-degree black belt in jiu jitsu and a black sash in kung fu. He has been a professional educator for more than 30 years, with a commendation from the Commissioner of Education for the State of Colorado. Master of the martial arts, Bayley has a gift for instilling self-esteem, confidence and self-discipline in his students that can be carried through the rest of their daily lives. All lessons are taught within a light and entertaining environment.

For more information, contact the Vail Gymnastics Center at 970-479-2287 or call Bayley at 970-949-8121.

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