CALEXICO — The art of tai chi is turning out to be a popular attraction among the senior community in Calexico.
Instructor Marco Calderon
embodies the archetype of a wise old master. He said he learned tai chi studying
under two advanced teachers in San Diego named Babaji and Master Chinghai.
explanation of tai chi reflects the profundity of the ancient art.
“It has to do with powers of Yin and Yang. It is an ancient energy that has existed before the big bang happened,” Calderon explained. “When the universe was created the creator created those two powers. We are all born with these powers of negative and positive energy.”
Calderon made an analogy
comparing the energy of chi to electricity.
existed but its power could not be utilized until man learned how to harness
it. Tai chi practitioners learn to regulate their own energy,” he said.
Tai chi chuan is the term
practitioners use to describe the physical form of the practice. Calderon speaks
enthusiastically as he describes what attending one of his classes is like.
“We start a class with
warm up exercises. We start with natural walking exercises to regain your
natural balance. The we go into the tai chi form. It is a specific sequence of
movements,” he explained.
Calderon’s classes last
for about an hour and he noted he has had students tell him one hour of tai chi
is equivalent to four hours of exercise in the gym, not in calories burned but
in terms of the amount of energy moved.
Classes at the Calexico Community Center, 707 Dool Ave., are at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The class is free for those 55 and older, and $25 per month for those 54 and under.