Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a soft form of martial arts, as opposed to a “hard” or “external” style like western boxing, Muay Thai, or Mixed Martial Arts.  The focus is on cultivating proper body mechanics and the generation of power from within, as opposed to the building of stronger muscles in order to generate force.

Guro Mike Eugenio leads classes through the forms of Temple Style Tai Chi.  Tai Chi is a form of internal practice that is low impact, and can be adapted for students of different ages, physical abilities, or restrictions.   Even for those disinterested in the martial application of these techniques, it provides an excellent meditative and low-impact workout, without much of the discomfort associated with similar practices like yoga.  For advanced students, Guro Mike will teach martial application of the forms, and lead partner exercises.

Filipino Martial Arts

Tandang Garimot has the most complete Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) curriculum in the city of Chicago.  FMA is known by several other names, including Arnis, Eskrima, or Kali.  While many know FMA for stick fighting, it also includes a number of other weapons, empty handed fighting, boxing, grappling, and healing (Hilot). FMA relies on speed and proper body mechanics, rather than strength and size to control and conquer opponents of any size, any number, with any close range weapon.  This system is perfect for those looking for self defense and fitness.

FMA offers classes in both empty hand fighting, which is more physical and will improve strength and conditioning, as well as teach self-defense principles, and weaponry, which is slower paced and more technical.  Students are encouraged to take both classes as both types of training are beneficial to one another.