Ken Ryan

Ken Ryan

Ken Ryan has been teaching Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Chuan) and Qigong at Bowdoin College for the past decade. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he has been involved in education and coaching for more than 40 years, and been teaching Taijiquan and Qigong since 1996. A Certified Martial Arts Instructor, he earned the rank of 2nd Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Shaolin Kenpo Karate, a Japanese style martial art before focusing full-time on the Chinese internal arts. Specializing in Yang and Chen Styles, he continues to practice and study with internationally recognized and respected teachers whose varied disciplines enrich his classes at Bowdoin.

In addition to teaching healing and martial arts, Ken is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 35 years of experience working in mental health. After developing clinical specialties in the treatment of anxiety disorders, and in working with athletes on enhancing performance, his focus has gradually shifted from psychotherapy to teaching the internal arts. The principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Behavioral Medicine have much in common- combing the two effectively provides a strong foundation for maintaining health and vitality.

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Tai Chi

T’ai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is an ancient Chinese martial art gaining increased notoriety for its myriad of health benefits. Based on Chinese Medicine and Qigong, T’ai Chi balances internal energy, strengthens muscle and connective tissue, improves balance, and teaches power and efficiency in movement and stillness. Sometimes referred to as “moving meditation”, T‘ai Chi was described by Time Magazine as “the perfect exercise.”Classes will include all levels together. Beginning with stretching and Qigong, we will be exploring the Yang Family Style system. Students will be given the opportunity to learn through class instruction and practice. Recommendations for supplemental reading and videos will be available.