“Nature is always in motion. Man also should strengthen without interruption.”
- The I Ching (Book of Changes)
"Softness triumphs over hardness, feebleness over strength. What is more malleable is always superior over that which is immovable. This is the principle of controlling things by going along with them, of mastery through adaptation." - Lao Tzu
The Oshkosh T'ai Chi Center is a place dedicated to the art of T'ai Chi as a means to improve the health of the community, by teaching individuals to embody the principals of what the Chinese call the "Supreme Ultimate." According to Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing, "T’ai Chi is both an integrated exercise and an enjoyable sport for all: rich and poor, strong and weak, young and old, male and female. Weather does not inhibit its practice. Requirements of time and space are minimal. If one has a space approximately four feet on a side and can spare ten minutes a day, he can practice T’ai Chi without spending a cent."
Andy Mertens teaches classes at both the Oshkosh T'ai Chi Center, as well as the Oshkosh Senior Center located at 200 N. Campbell Rd., Oshkosh, WI 54902. Classes focus on several forms of T'ai Chi stretching, self defense, Chinese medicine and Qi gong.