Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an "internal" Martial Art that has been practiced for centuries in China. It is focused on what is happening inside your body, as well as your external motions. Deep breathing, activating your chi, and staying rooted to the ground are just as essential as the slow controlled punches and kicks that form the routines. When practiced regularly, Tai Chi has been shown to improve overall health and reduce stress levels, as well as to be specifically correlated with the reduction or elmination of symptoms of a number of major diseases. It is now practiced in many countries around the world.

East Tennessee Tai Chi Team

The East Tennessee Tai Chi Team has classes, performances, and demonstrations in the Knoxville and East Tennessee region. The team regularly performs at the East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival, as well as other cultural festivals in the area. The team also sponsors cultural displays and interactive lectures on Chinese weaponry and martial arts.

Coach Michael Smith teaches Yang-style and Chen-style tai chi. Classes meet each week on Sunday mornings from 9:30 - 10:30 [beginners] and 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. [intermediate] on the campus of Pellissippi State Community College, affiliated with meetings of the East Tennessee Chinese School. New students are always welcome!

Our classes feature:
Warm up and Stretching
Deep Breathing, Qi Gong, and Meditation
Fundamentals, including Cloud Hands, Silk Reeling, and Stepping
Explosive power (fa jin) exercises
Numerous Yang-style and Chen-style Tai Chi Routines
Tai Chi Weapons routines (Fan, Ball, Short Sticks, Staff, Rings, Whip, Sword, Guandao)

Directions to classes at PSCC
We meet at the north-west entrance of the McWherter Technology Building at PSCC, please see this map. If you are driving east on I-40, take Exit 376, State Hwy. 162/Pellissippi Parkway/Oak Ridge. If you are driving west on I-40, take Exit 376A, State Hwy. 162/Pellissippi Parkway/Oak Ridge. Take Pellissippi Parkway 3.5 miles to the Hardin Valley Road exit. Turn left on Hardin Valley Road. Turn right at the first road after the underpass (Solway Road). Turn left into the college entrance.

Private and small group Tai Chi lessons are also available at a number of parks in the Knoxville area. For additional information, contact Coach Michael Smith.


Coach Michael Smith has taught Chinese Martial Arts in the Knoxville area for 8 years, and has won 9 gold medals in competitions in China. He earned a 3rd Dan rating in testing given by the Chinese Wushu Association in China. He has performed many local demonstrations in the Knoxville area with his students, and introduced many to the fun of Chinese Martial Arts and Culture through his Chinese culture booths at local festivals. He has also produced the East Tennessee Chinese New Year Festival for the last 5 years, the largest celebration of its kind in our region of the state, and manages the KnoxvilleChineseCulture.org website that promotes Chinese culture in the Knoxville and East Tennessee area.