The Fitness Center at The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, through Empire Tai Chi, has been providing Tai Chi classes to the community since 1995. During this period the program has grown from a once a week, ten week balance specific course, into a program offering twelve classes per week including; Tai Chi for Balance + PLUS, Golden Tai Chi for Balance, Traditional Tai Chi and Chi Kung, Tai Chi & Qigong for beginners, Seated Tai Chi for Special Populations, Neigong, Mindfulness training, Tai Chi for Parkinson's, Dragon Dao Yin (original Taoist Yoga, done standing and walking) dating back over 3,000 years and teacher Training that can lead to Certification to teach various Empire Tai Chi programs.
The Autumn 2017 session will also include regularly scheduled Tai Chi Workshops on various Wellness Topics. Sifu, Gene Nelson, President of Empire Tai Chi has been instrumental in growing the program and ensuring that classes are well organized and taught in an environment that challenges students to reach their individual potential while allowing everyone to feel comfortable with their own progress. Our Tai Chi student return rate averages to over 90% with new students and additional classes starting each session.
Tai Chi is not only physical exercise but an art form that incorporates an acute connection between mind and body. This connection offers students an adjunctive wellness program with highly predictable, positive results.
Director of Community Wellness
The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital
785 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605
Sifu, Gene Nelson, Founder and Head Instructor of Empire Tai Chi, has over 30 years of experience practicing and teaching Chinese Internal Arts. Gene has studied Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Dao Yin, Neigong, Push Hands, Chin Na, San Jong, Taoist Meditation, Traditional Chinese Weapons and Combat Tai Chi from some of the most respected Tai Chi teachers past and present including Grand Master, Jou Tsung Hwa, BP Chan, Fong Ha, Yang Gwing Ming, Grand Master, TK Shih and Laoshr, Damo Mitchell.
Gene is certified, Master Instructor of Tai Chi, by the American Tai Chi and Qigong Association.
More than 11,000 students, from 18 to 98 years old including individuals in Special Populations, have attended Empire Tai Chi classes held at research centers, schools, universities, institutions and municipal centers. Our teaching experience uniquely qualifies us to bring Tai Chi into your life.
Research groups have recognized Empire's experience and students successes and has been invited to participate in studies including "Aging in America" by the New York City Department of Aging; "The Joint Efforts Initiative" designed by The National Council on Aging (NCOA); and "The Arthritis Management Program" a pilot project funded by Searle. Sifu Gene is an often requested speaker for groups supporting individuals challenged by Alzheimers, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, COPD, Parkinsons Disease and recovering Stroke Patients. Gene has volunteered with the VA as part of their pain management program.
Empire Tai Chi is headquartered in Westchester County NY. Local community based, southern Westchester classes, are held at Empire's teaching center at Burke Rehabilitation, in White Plains NY. The Burke Rehabilitation & Research Center has been recognized as a Certified Tai Chi & Qigong Teaching facility by the American Tai Chi & Qigong Association. In addition, Empire offers corporate based, small groups, private lessons and workshops throughout the Metro. NY, Tri State area.
The Empire Tai Chi Group