(Tai Chi)


Master Trainer Jim Starshak
will travel to your Hospital, Rehab Center, Organization,
Health & Fitness Facility,YMCA, or other location
to train you and your staff to instruct
Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention,
Tai Chi for Arthritis,
Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis,

or Tai Chi for Health and
(includes Yang 10, Tai Chi Ruler, & Taiji Bang modules).

Continuing education hours are available for all our workshops.

E-mail us for details.


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Taiji (Tai Chi) & Qigong Workshops, Events,
CECs/CEUs Opportunities, and Instructor Trainings


World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day Celebration

Join us for World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Events
on the Last Saturday in April each year:

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
South Lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum
Kansas City, MO
10:00 a.m.

KCK Community College and YMCA classes playing Tai Chi for Arthritis
Special Olympic Athletes doing Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Diabetes
The Yang 24 Forms from KCK Community College
Spontaneous Tai Chi during our event



Tai Chi for Health

(Stress Reduction, Fall Prevention, Arthritis, Diabetes, Back Pain, Osteoporosis, Beginners)



What is Tai Chi (Taiji)?
Tai Chi (also spelled as Taiji) originated in ancient China and is now practiced throughout the world. Tai Chi is self-paced and non-competitive with no physical contact. It consists of a series of slow, gentle, flowing body movements that emphasize concentration, relaxation, and the conscious circulation of energy throughout your body. Even though it was first developed as a martial art, it is primarily practiced today as a way of improving health, calming the mind, conditioning the body, and reducing overall stress. Tai Chi for Arthritis is based predominantly on the gentle Sun-style of Tai Chi. The Yang 10 Forms and Tai Chi for Beginners are Yang-style that uses an innovative formats and provides a direct path to learning the Yang 24 Forms Tai Chi (which is the most popular set of tai chi in the world). Tai Chi for Diabetes and Tai Chi for Osteoporosis combine elements from both Yang and Sun-styles of Tai Chi. These short-form Tai Chi for Health programs do not use any deep squatting motions, quick movements, or require any special equipment or a large practice area. Tai Chi is considered less strenuous and challenging than yoga and is generally safe for people of all ages and levels of fitness. This makes it an extremely suitable exercise for most anyone, especially those recovering from an injury or with joint pain, limited mobility, or increased stress.

Tai Chi: An Introduction
published by the US Government's National Institute of Health (NIH)

Why Learn Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is a fun and social activity that is fairly easy to learn, needs no special equipment, and improves your holistic quality of life. Scientific studies have repeated demonstrated that Tai Chi is amazingly effective at improving many areas of one’s overall health.

At The Home Gym we provide instructor training, certification, and continuing education on four of Dr. Lam's Tai Chi for Health Programs: Tai Chi for Arthritis, Tai Chi for Beginners, Tai Chi for Diabetes, and Tai Chi for Osteoporosis. As The Home Gym is focusing on helping to train and develop new instructors, we will work to connect you with a Tai Chi teacher in your local area to provide the classes. You will first learn the Warm Up, Cool Down, and initial movement forms--which can be done either standing or sitting in a chair! In following sessions, you will refine the forms and further integrate breathing with your movement. You will continue to progress to additional forms and the reverse of some movements. The Home Gym's Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) / Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program is fully endorsed and supported by The Arthritis Foundation.

Tai Chi for Health has no belt or ranking system because the health benefits of Tai Chi can only be felt and not seen. You practice, or "Play", Tai Chi to live better, more calmly, clearly, healthfully, and productively. You will see your progress reflected by how you feel, how you move in daily activities, how you look in the mirror, how much you enjoy your life, and how healthy you feel.

Sitting Posture - Tai Chi for Back Pain
Standing Posture - Tai Chi for Arthritis

What is Qigong ("Chi Kung")?

In Chinese, the word "Qigong" is divided into two words. "Qi" is the life energy inside of you that circulates throughout your body performing many functions to maintain good health. Qi is the same as "Ki" (Japan) and "Prana" (India). "Gong" is a method of exercise to enhance your Qi. So Qigong is an exercise which cultivates better and stronger Qi. The stronger Qi you have, the healthier and stronger you are. Qigong is especially beneficial for overall health and mental relaxation.

The ultimate goal is to use your conscious mind to direct your Qi. Use Qi to direct your physical body, thus combining the mind, Qi, and body as one coordinated entity. This may sound difficult, but with regular practice you will attain different stages before finally reaching the ultimate goal. The most enjoyable part is the practice and the many health benefits you gain as you progress. At The Home Gym, we teach a version of The 5 Element Qigong and Taiji Bang (Stick) Qigong movements.

Why Sun-style of Tai Chi?
Sun-style is characterized by circular arm movements and agile steps. Whenever one foot moves forward or backwards the other foot follows. Its movements flow smoothly like water or clouds. Whenever you turn there is an opening and closing movement, which is a powerful Qigong exercise. Sun-style has a higher stance and uses more following steps than the other styles of Tai Chi utilize. The Sun-style contains many Qigong opportunities, which is effective for relaxation and healing. The higher stance makes it very suitable for beginning students, elderly, or less agile people to learn. This makes it especially suitable for people with arthritis, yet allows for modifying any of the movements to stay within one's own level of capability and comfort.

What Can Tai Chi Do For Me?

• Improve Your Balance and Posture
• Increase Your Range of Motion
• Reduce falls and fear of falling
• Relax the Mind and Calm the Spirit
• Help to Reduce High Blood Pressure
• Improve Muscle Endurance
• Improve Arthritis and Chronic Pain Management
• Help to Improve Immune Systems
• Strengthen Deep Stabilizing Muscles
• Slow Bone Loss in Post-Menopausal Women
• Reduce the Stresses of Daily Life
• Enhance Body Awareness and Proprioception
• Integrate the Body and Mind

The Home Gym teaches the Sun-style Tai Chi for Arthritis and Tai Chi for Back Pain; the Yang-style 10 Forms, 24 Forms, and Tai Chi for Beginners; and the combined Sun and Yang-style Tai Chi for Diabetes and Tai Chi for Osteoporosis. All of these effectively work to increase range of motion, reduce pain, increase glucose management, and strengthen deep core stabilizer muscles as well as providing all the other health benefits of Tai Chi. The Yang 10 Forms, Tai Chi for Back Pain, and Tai Chi for Arthritis programs are easily done either standing or sitting in a chair or wheelchair.

The Home Gym's president (Jim Starshak) is one of only 22 authorized Tai Chi for Health Master Trainers in the United States. These Master Trainers (train-the-trainer) are the only ones authorized by Dr. Paul Lam and the Arthritis Foundation to facilitate Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor Training Workshops and to certify (and re-certify) the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program Instructors. Jim is also approved to certify new instructors in Dr. Lam's Tai Chi for Beginners, Tai Chi for Diabetes and Tai Chi for Osteoporosis programs.

Contact The Home Gym or your local Arthritis Foundation to see when and where instructor training workshops are being offered this year. We are happy to work with your Arthritis Foundation Chapter or other local health or fitness organization to facilitate these two-day Tai Chi for Health Instructor training workshop for your qualified individuals.

Tai Chi for Health Purposes
published by the US Government's
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)



Yang-Style Tai Chi

The 24 Forms

What is The 24 Forms?
The 24 Forms--or Beijing Short Form, the Beijing 24, or Yang 24 Forms--is a Yang-style Tai Chi form created in 1956 by the National Physical Culture and Sports Commission of the People's Republic of China. It was created to help standardize Tai Chi training world-wide and introduce new forms suitable for competitions. The 24 Forms is directed at the beginning student and it uses 24 representative moves derived from the Yang-style long form. Although the 24 Forms has been simplified by reducing the repetition of some moves and eliminating some of the more difficult kicks, it still contains the traditional key characteristics and features of Yang-style Tai Chi. The 24 Forms is one of the most popular and widely practiced form of Tai Chi in the world today.

The 24 Forms enables beginners, old and young, to concentrate on, and appreciate, the essential principles of Tai Chi. Depending on how fast or slow you like to do your form, the entire 24 postures take between 4 and 7 minutes to do.

I also offer a shorter Tai Chi for Beginners course that encompasses the first six movement forms from the 24 Forms. This is an ideal course for those with less time available or as an introductory course for those preparing to take the Yang 24 forms.

The 10 Forms

What is The 10 Forms?
The 10 Forms (sometimes called the Yang 8 Forms or the Yang Symmetrical Short Form) was created by the Chinese National Sports Commission in 1999 as an introductory Tai Chi style that could be done in a very small space--such as an office or hotel room. It consist of an Opening and Closing movement and 8 Yang-style movements done once each to the right and left sides (symmetrical). As with the 24 Forms, it still contains the traditional characteristics and features of Yang-style Tai Chi. This class is a great way to prepare to learn the 24 Forms or as a complete compact style in and of itself. The Yang 10 is ideal for travelers who still want to be able to do their Tai Chi when they are staying in a hotel.

How Can I Learn The Yang-style 24 Forms, 10 Forms, or Tai Chi for Beginners?
I will teach the Yang 24 Forms, Tai Chi for Beginners, or 10 Forms Tai Chi program to your group or organization. It is a wonderful way for your group to build cohesion, form social ties, improve your overall level of health and fitness, and have fun in the process.

Can I earn Continuing Education from The Home Gym? Yes, The Home Gym has been approved as a Continuing Education Provider for:

Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN);
Kansas Physical Therapy Association (KPTA);
Board of Certification, Inc. for Certified Athletic Trainers (BOC);
Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers (OTPTAT) Board;
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) for Occupational Therapists;
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy;

American Council on Exercise (ACE);
and Yoga Alliance (RYT).

Tai Chi for Health and Fitness: A Fun and Effective Intervention to Reduce Falls and Improve Functional Performance, Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA), Tai Chi for Diabetes (TCD), Tai Chi for Beginners (TCB), as well as 5 Elements Qigong and the modular workshop Tai Chi for Health and Fitness (which includes Yang 10 tai chi, Tai Chi Ruler, and/or Taiji Bang (Stick) Qigong) are workshops that we facilitate in your facility. Contact Hours for continuing education credit are available at all of our tai chi workshops.

NOTE: Each organization may count these hours slightly differently. In these workshops you will learn the Tai Chi movement forms, as well as information on safety, teaching methodology, health benefits, scientific research, modifications, fall prevention, and principles of Tai Chi.

You can check out our currently scheduled events or please feel free to contact us at info@thehomegym.net to schedule a continuing education workshop for your nursing or rehabilitation facility or hospital, organization, senior or community center, YMCA, or health and fitness club.


Fitness Tai Chi & Qigong

What is Fitness Tai Chi and Qigong?
Fitness Tai Chi is derived from the warm up and conditioning exercises taught in the Chen Village in China. They consist of mutiple repititions of easy to do exercises, but improve one's fitness through the multiple repitions. These exercises go beyond a simple warm up and then work to condition the muscles, joint structures, and core structure of your body.


Fitness Qigong uses the centuries old Taiji Bang, or Tai Chi Stick. This "stick" is turned on a lathe from Oak or other hardwoods. It is about the length of your forearm and diameter of your wrist. We use the Taiji Bang by twisting and turning it in set patterns to condition mainly the hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders. The Taiji Bang also incorporates core, back and leg muscle conditioning, while integrating smooth weight shifts and controlled diaphragmatic breathing into each movement. The Taiji Bang is ideal for travelers who still want to be able to do their Qigong when they are staying in a hotel and is an excellent complement to many therapeautic exercises, activities, and interventions. The Taiji Bang is easily modified for individual capabilities and can be done while seated.


Class Schedule





Class Dates


Unfortunately, My Role with the Tai Chi for Health Institute has Reduced my Available Class Times

Chinese Conditioning Drills (Fitness Tai Chi and Qigong)

Kansas City Kansas Community College
Wellness & Fitness Center
7250 State Ave, Kansas City, KS
Mon & Wed
11:00 to 11:50 a.m.

Spring & Fall Semesters



Member of
American Tai Chi and Qigong Association



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P.O. Box 256
Wasco, IL 60183


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