Class Offerings

Classes on Long Island since November 2001

Average Class Size: 2 — 6.

Water Tiger School of T'ai Chi Ch'uan Patchogue Long Island New York

Laoshi Laurince D. McElroy

Suffolk County, Long Island

New York USA

Beginning and Intermediate T’ai Chi

The Beginning and Intermediate T'ai Chi classes focus on Medium-Frame Yang-style short forms. These forms, Grasp Sparrow's Tail to the Four Cardinal Directions and The Dragon Strikes to the Four Diagonals, are each comprised of four postures and 42 moves. The two forms combine to address the 13 Root postures of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. Additional training woven into this class includes Qigong, meditation, Push Hands, and martial applications. Please note that the last Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday of every month the classes are focused on Push Hands Play.

This class is on the schedule (Please contact to confirm):

Sundays, 5:00 — 6:00 PM

Tuesdays, 6:00 — 7:00 AM

Thursdays, 7:15P — 8:15 PM

Advanced T’ai Chi

Depending on the goals and progression of the student and with consultation of McElroy Laoshi, the Advanced T'ai Chi Class will focus on either Water Tiger School's Medium-Frame Yang-style 24-posture form or it's Medium-Frame Yang-style Long Form. Additional training woven into this class includes Qigong, meditation, and martial applications. Weapon(s) forms (straight sword, broadsword, staff) may also be available upon consultation and consideration with McElroy Laoshi. Please note that the last Sunday of every month the class is focused on Push Hands Play.

This class is on the schedule (Please contact to confirm):

Sundays, 7:00 — 8:00 PM

T’ai Chi as a Martial Art

This class addresses the utilization of T'ai Chi Ch’uan as a self-defense technique and is open to students who have a foundation in T’ai Chi form play and with consultation of McElroy Laoshi. Deeper exploration of the martial applications for the individual postures will be explored as well as the more intensive Push Hands and various Sticky Hands practice. Additional training in basic Shaolin Chin Na techniques and defense scenario work will be woven into this class. Please note that the last Sunday of every month the class is focused on Push Hands Play.

This class is on the schedule (Please contact to confirm):

Sundays, 6:15 — 6:45 PM

Qigong

This class will focus on various meditation and Qigong techniques and forms. Specific forms, on a rotating basis, might include Water Tiger School's T'ai Chi Qigong Breathing Set, Five Animal Frolics, Sitting Eight Pieces of Brocade, Standing Eight Pieces of Brocade, Primary Fragrance Qigong Set, Awakening the Qi, and others.

This class is on the schedule (Please contact to confirm):

Thursdays, 8:30 — 9:30 PM (Please be advised the length of this class varies.)

T’ai Chi and Qigong for Older Adults

This class will focus on two Medium-Frame Yang-style short forms. These forms, Cloud Hands & Horse's Mane and Wave, Part, and Grasp, have been specifically developed for the older T'ai Chi practitioners and are progressive, the former is part of the latter. Additional training woven into this class includes various warm-ups, a variety of Qigong techniques, meditation, and a lighter focus on Push Hands and martial applications. Tuition for other Water Tiger School classes is separate.

This class is on the schedule (Please contact to confirm):

Fridays, 4:00 — 5:00 PM

Open Class

This class is open for training, with an instructor or senior student as available, on any aspect of the arts and program. This class is offered to extend scheduling possibilities and to supplement other class(es). Please note that the last Saturday of every month the class is focused on Push Hands Play.

This class is on the schedule (Please contact to confirm):

Saturdays, 7:30 — 8:30 AM

T’ai Chi Martial Aerobics

Combining a life-time of athletic training with over 20 years of T’ai Chi experience, McElroy Laoshi has designed a sweat-inducing, calorie-burning, butt-kicking aerobic workout. Be warned: T’ai Chi Martial Aerobics is a cardio-kickboxing class specifically designed for those looking to take their fitness to the next level and is not for those just starting on their weight-loss journey — minimum fitness requirements apply. Tuition for other Water Tiger School classes is separate.

Tao After Dark

When offered, this discussion group is held at McElroy Laoshi’s residence. It is open to kwoon students; and to others by consultation with or invitation by McElroy Laoshi. The purpose of each evening’s discussion is to deepen the participants’ understanding of various aspects of Taoism. Ambiance, something on which to munch, facilitation of the dialogue, and preparatory suggestions and / or materials are supplied. An additional fee above tuition does apply and participants are asked to bring their own choice of beverage. Schedule and topics vary and are determined by McElroy Laoshi.

Seminar Series

When offered in the studio or other location(s), the Water Tiger School seminar series designed to address various details of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, self-defense, Qigong, etc. The seminars are open to all students in all programs and to the general public; although some seminar content may require certain prerequisites. Please watch our News & Events page, or contact McElroy Laoshi for the current offering(s). An additional fee above tuition does apply, but discounted rates are available to kwoon students. Schedule and topics vary and are determined by McElroy Laoshi.

Classes for men and women over 18 years old.

Because of the sophisticated nature of T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong, it is recommended, that before beginning this or any program of study, you should first consult your physician or therapist for advice on whether or not you should embark on the physical activity required by this or any program of study in T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong. Water Tiger School, Water Tiger Services, their instructors, and their students are not responsible in any manner whatsoever for any injury which may occur through participation in this or any program of study in T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong.

Please note:

The kwoon may not currently be opened for all classes on the schedule, as some of the classes will require booked students before activating.  Please contact for details.

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The titles of classes reflect curriculum and not the level of the students; all classes are mixed-level, i.e., “Beginning and Intermediate” refers to the forms we teach in those classes and not the level of the students on the mat. Likewise, “T’ai Chi & Qigong for Older Adults” refers to the class content / teaching approach and not the ages of the students on the mat.