Tai Chi, Qigong and Aikido

Fall  2016

  • Qigong for Faculty and Staff with Sue Driscoll
    Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Dec. 14, 2016 (no class Nov. 2 or Dec. 7)
    8:15 – 9:15 am
    Mitchell Green Lounge

This is a simple class about returning to simplicity. It is about relaxing the mind and energizing the body. “Qigong” is the general name for a diverse set of practices that are rooted in the worldview of Chinese Medicine and have been utilized for thousands of years to reclaim balance and tranquility within. Using the classical forms of the Eight-Piece Brocade (see attachment) and the Five Animal Frolics, some basic movements from Tai Chi Chuan, and various breathing exercises, this class will teach the fundamentals of meditation and self-healing, Chinese style. No prior experience is necessary and absolutely anyone can learn.

Sue Driscoll practices Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan and studies with the lineage holders of the Tung family, training in traditional forms, practicing daily and attending workshops several times a year. She has led classes in Tai Chi and Qi Gong at the Falling Water School since 2011.

No experience or special equipment is necessary. Please wear loose comfortable clothing.

Maximum of 15 participants; the class size must reach 8 to take place.  Register by contacting Karin Hall-Kolts (khall@middlebury.edu).  If you have questions about what the class is like feel free to reach out to Karin.  Bring your check for $80.00 made out to Sue Driscoll to the first class.  Funding from the Wellness Committee makes it possible to offer these classes at a reduced rate.


  • Open Practice in Yang-style form Tai Chi Chuan with Sue Driscoll

Sept. 12-Dec. 12, 2016
12:00-1:00 pm
Virtue Field House Room 298 (Goldsmith Lounge)

Slowset begins promptly at 12:15.  All are welcome.  Free.  See Sue Driscoll’s bio above.


  • Aikido with the College Aikido Club and Blue Heron Dojo

Classes are held year-round at the Blue Heron dojo (located in the Middlebury Municipal building, 94 Main Street, below the gymnasium) and taught by Linda White (Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies), Jeff Stauch (’05, Advancement), Greg Selover (’10), and Adam Franco (’02, Information Technology Services).

• For students, faculty, staff, as well as youth and local residents of Addison County and beyond.
• Adults begin on the first Tuesday of any month. $20/semester for Middlebury College students thanks to support from the Aikido Club, $80/month for adults. New students take classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-6:45pm for the first 8 introductory classes.
• Youth classes for 7-12 year olds are held Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, and Saturdays, from 9:00 to 10:00 am $60 for unlimited classes in a given month.
• Beginners are welcomed and happily integrated into the ongoing practice of the dojo. For more information, see http://www.blueheronaikido.org/ or send questions to info@blueheronaikido.org.

Aikido teaches that effective self-defense requires responsiveness, rather than reactive movement. The practice of Aikido encourages intelligent action and cultivates precise movement. Self-defense skills acquired in training provide a broad range of responses to attack and also develop an attitude of protection for both self and aggressor. Aikido assumes that true victory is achieved when conflict is brought to peaceful resolution.

Everyone trains together, old and young, veterans and beginners, flexible and stiff. By training with different partners, one learns to shape the technique to fit each situation. One discovers how to find resolve in each encounter with each person. This is a practice that invites us to build a solid foundation in the art of living mindfully and skillfully.

The foundation of Aikido lies in the ideal of becoming empty like the sky. From this standpoint, the freedom of harmonious movement is born. Becoming empty means to discard all illusory thinking and mistaken ideas of self.