About Tai Chi

The History of Taijiquan and the Happy Thought Tai Chi Program

About Happy Thought Tai Chi

HAPPY THOUGHT TAI CHI PROGRAM was developed by instructor Mark Cashatt.  The system was developed from ideas and routines that Mark Cashatt gathered over the years.  Mark first learned the Yang Style Cheng Manching form, and since has learned several Chen forms, one wu form along with Chen Style Broadsword, do-dao, straight sword and spear.   Through years of daily practice and leading classes since 1997, the system has been refined and now duplicated in a DVD series.  The program is a series of Tai Chi forms as well as chi-kong routines that are easy to learn and very relaxing to do.  The “chi-kong” routines are made up of individual chi-kong movements laced together by Mark Cashatt so the movements are easier to remember.  Mark Cashatt leads classes where anyone can come in anytime and start anytime.  The easy to follow DVD’s guide the student through the moves with inspirational music in the background.  Watching the DVD is almost a good as being in a class in person with Mark Cashatt.  We hold classes on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 7:45PM at EMC Elementary School as well as Thursday afternoons from noon to 12:45PM at the Indian Valley Boys and Girls Club.

Taijiquan is a martial art originally from China.  It takes from ancient teachings of philosophy and how the energy flows through the body with slow and steady- flowing movements.  Research has shown Tai Chi (slang for taijiquan) is great for improving balance, blood circulation including high blood pressure giving better flexibility along learning about proper breathing which can help in so many ways out in the real world.  Tai Chi is a relaxing exercise program that requires thought and visualization of the movements.  The training can help in any activity and it really helps decrease stress and tension.

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About Happy Thought Tai Chi

HAPPY THOUGHT TAI CHI PROGRAM was developed by instructor Mark Cashatt.  The system was developed from ideas and routines that Mark Cashatt gathered over the years.

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Our Video Series

3 Volumes of Tai Chi instruction, each over 1 hour long, are available through this website.

Special Needs Classes

After developing an easy and systematic program using the principles, philosophy and techniques of Taijiquan (Tai Chi), an ancient martial art originating in China, I found that such a program can benefit our friends who have physical and mental challenges.