Internal Tai Chi Chuan of NY
Instructor: Sifu David Alexander
Serving New York City and Long Island

Ongoing group class Sundays 6:30pm, open to the public
Where we meet

  Individual instruction for beginning and advanced students
  Group work with organizations, for health, energy, and well-being

Group class: NNOWW Fitness, 252-01 Northern Blvd, Little Neck, NY

  • Comfortable location with free on-street parking
  • Friendly students, collegial atmosphere
  • Inquire about individual instruction, therapeutic Tai Chi, and advanced training

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Sifu David Alexander

Sifu David Alexander has practiced Tai Chi Chuan since 1978, and has taught since 1995. He received his diploma and teaching certification from the prestigious Grandmaster William C.C. Chen. The teaching approach employed fosters simultaneous health benefits, improved mind/body harmony, stress reduction, and martial art skills (without contact). This is achieved through Tai Chi Chuan instruction focused on internal connection, body mechanics, and energy movement.

The benefits of this practice apply to all athletic and life activities.

Fee: $20 for first group class, reduced rate for multiple class group

Private classes for Yang-style short form, energy work, as well as push hands and light-contact boxing, are also available.


New York Times, January 13, 2016: Tai Chi and Heart Disease

New York Times, September 27, 2010: Tai Chi Is An Easy Way To Be Active, Reduce Stress

William C.C. Chen: Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan

NY Times: Tai Chi and Heart Disease
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Although the number of Tai Chi trials is limited, several have shown that Tai Chi Chuan can reduce certain cardiovascular risk factors, including reducing levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides, increasing levels of "good" HDL cholesterol and slowing heart rate.

There is also quite a bit of evidence to suggest the practice can improve blood pressure. Harvard doctors who conducted a systematic review of the medical literature in 2008 found that 22 of 26 studies reported reductions in blood pressure among participants who practiced Tai Chi.

One 1996 trial that randomly assigned 126 heart attack survivors to either a Tai Chi, an aerobic exercise or a non-exercise support group for eight weeks found improvements in both diastolic and systolic blood pressure (the top and bottom numbers) only in the Tai Chi group. Participants were also more likely to stick with the tai chi program over time... Read more

NY Times: Tai Chi Is An Easy Way To Be Active, Reduce Stress
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The graceful, dancelike progression of meditative poses called "Tai Chi Chuan" originated in ancient China as a martial art, but the exercise is best known in modern times as a route to reduced stress and enhanced health. After reviewing existing scientific evidence for its potential health benefits, I've concluded that the proper question to ask yourself may not be why you should practice tai chi, but why not.

It is a low-impact activity suitable for people of all ages and most states of health, even those who "hate" exercise or have long been sedentary. It is a gentle, calming exercise — some call it meditation in motion — that involves deep breathing but no sweat or breathlessness.

It places minimal stress on joints and muscles and thus is far less likely than other forms of exercise to cause muscle soreness or injury. It requires no special equipment or clothing and can be practiced almost anywhere at any time, alone or with others... Read more

William C.C. Chen: Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan
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The Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Form is unlike other forms. It is a series of slow, continuous and even flowing movements that can be practiced by people of all ages.

Imagine how happy you would feel if each new day brought you plenty of energy for all of life's duties and responsibilities.

Do you have sufficient energy to accomplish all you want to accomplish?

If you could become the creative person you always wanted to be?

Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan can help you experience the changes you seek. Daily Tai Chi practice can transform a ready supply of energy. Our bodies are made up of food and water, a delicate balance of the five elements. Regular practice can become powerful and practical mechanism to increase your inner reserves of energy.

We can show you how a 15 to 30 minutes of low impact exercise daily can mean an improvement in joint mobility and muscle flexibility; and improvement in the circulation of lymphatic and venous fluids; better assimilation of nutrients and the elimination of toxins; a reduction of stress; and a better overall flow of energy through the entire body.

Tai Chi for stress reduction, better focus and concentration, increased flexibility, improved strength, enhanced immune system, balance, improved memory, improved circulation and coordination.

Movement & breathing may help the following conditions. Always check with your health care professional: Arthritis, Allergies, Osteoporosis, Hypertension, Anxiety, Fatigue, Depression, Back Pain, Post Surgery Recovery, Muscle Tension and Spasm, Poor Circulation, Stroke Recovery, Asthma, Stress Reduction.

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