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Tai Chi on the Pardee-Morris House Lawn



New Haven, Conn. (May 16, 2022)— Shifu Shirley Chock, known on social media as @theStressbender, will lead a Tai Chi class on the lawn of Pardee-Morris House (PMH) on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at 2 p.m. The free class is for people of all ages and all abilities; no prior Tai Chi experience is necessary. PMH is owned and operated by the New Haven Museum.

The free class will touch on Tai Chi philosophy—such as why being soft and fluid is more powerful than being hard and rigid. Chock will also guide participants through Tai Chi movements to help them improve focus, strength, and balance. Participants are asked to please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Shifu Shirley Chock is the owner of Aiping Tai Chi Center, established in 1996 by Grandmaster Aiping Cheng, one of the world’s foremost authorities on Chinese martial arts. She has been Grandmaster Cheng’s disciple since 2001 and took over the school in 2017. She is the 2006 U.S. Women’s Tai Chi National Champion.

Chock graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago and pursued a successful 20-plus year career in finance and administration. In 2012, she was named Working Mother Magazine’s “Working Mother of the Year” for Yale University.

Over the course of her career, she realized her Tai Chi training was instrumental in helping her manage workplace stress and gave her a unique skill set to navigate workplace conflicts and advance into leadership positions. In 2017, Chock decided to devote her life full time to teaching these skills and techniques to others and took over Aiping Tai Chi Center from Grandmaster Aiping Cheng and expanded its offerings.

Chock is a certified corporate-wellness specialist and has given numerous workshops on stress management and conflict management, stress-break activities for conferences and retreats, and customized on-site programming. Chock launched an Aiping Tai Chi livestreaming channel with a world-wide following and offers numerous free and paid online learning opportunities across a variety of platforms.

The Museum thanks its community partners: WSHU 91.1 FM, The Howard Gilman Foundation, Avangrid/UI Lighting Up the Arts, and Alder Salvatore E. DeCola for supporting the 2022 summer season.

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