Aikido and Qigong

Summer 2016

Qigong for Faculty and Staff
10 Tuesdays, May 17-July 26, 2016 (no class July 5)
8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
MCFA 109

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.

Christopher Kiely began his study of Tai Chi Chuan more than 20 years ago with one of the world’s foremost teachers, Master Tung Kaiying. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine in 2001, opened up a private practice in Bristol, Vt., and began teaching his first weekly Tai Chi classes the following year. He has been diligently training, practicing, and teaching throughout Addison County ever since. Learn more here.

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

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

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 or send questions to

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.