Tennis & Tai Chi Go Together

Tennis & Tai Chi Go Together

5.0 (2)
21 years in business

About this pro

Tai Chi is a journey that combines the soft and hard to bring harmony to oneself and it will improve your tennis game.  Tai Chi is not a dance. It is a fighting martial art that has major health benefits. If you only learn the forms without the Inner Chi, which is your life force, you have wasted your time. By combinging your Inner Chi with how to move it around your body, you will have better harmony and better health.  Ask yourself, Do you have the physical time to devote to learning Tai Chi. It is a life time practice. Tai Chi will improve your balance, coordination, health and ability to defend yourself. People who take Tai Chi seriously will have a greater quality of life as they tackle life's issues. Besides Yang style Tai Chi, I am also engaged in tennis.

Tennis is a physical chess game. You must be in shape or tennis will hurt you. Besides knowing good techniques, you must have great strategy.  After getting proper strokes, you must learn to relax under pressure and execute the right strategy to force errors from your opponent.  You will only hit 20% outright winners.  So if you want to learn how to play physical chess on the tennis court, I am the one to turn to. I teach, play, go to the gym just to enjoy the game of tennis for over 30 years. I also believe that a child with good athletic abilities can get a full college scholarship if taught properly. There are 3 college divisions.  

Seeing the light turn on in their eyes as they understand the concepts of Tai Chi and Tennis.  The students playing better, beating their opponents easily because they can now implement game winning strategies. Been playing over 40 years, taken many lessons over the years. Gone to tennis camps.  Alot of people will emphasis techniques. Some will give strategy. It is rare that a person will be able to give technique, strategy, physical training, dietary requirements that comes from actual playing experience.   Tennis is a life long sport. You play to your abilities, implementing your strategy, Win or Lose, its in your hands. To outwit, outplay, outlast your opponent on the court. Tai Chi can be done anywhere you have time and space.

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Alexandria, VA 22301
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2 Reviews

5.0

  • Roxana Dumitra

    Prof is patient. Explains game, strategies and movements very well. You’ll definitely learn and improve your game.

  • David

    Very experienced and professional coaching skills, dedicated training plan and high patience to lift playing level. Thumbs up!



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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to have a open conversation with the person and see what they want to improve. Find out what type of player they are or aspire to be. I want to make sure we are a good fit. By building trust and friendship, we will be able to play a few games to determine what they are doing correctly and how we can work together to improve their skill sets. 

Any one can learn tai chi. I will ask the student what they want to focus on, forms, application,  health benefits, self defense, and then I will tailor the lessons to suit their needs.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Started in high school playing.  Played with wooden racquets. Learned technique.  Watched McEnroe, Borg, Lendl,  Sampras, Agassi, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic. Watching to learn and adapt. Playing singles & doubles. Took tennis vacations. Private tennis lessons. Worked on specific tennis exercises.  Injuries to arm, foot, back. Physical therapy to overcome those injuries. Started teaching youth and then adults.  

I have studied Tai Chi over 10 years. Studied under 3 masters. My current Sifu master is from China and is the Yang style. His style is for street fighting.

Incorporating Tai Chi into tennis. When you look at Roger Federer, he is Tai Chi in motion.  Very balanced and fluid. Tai Chi will help you achieve balance and conserve energy.  


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Tennis $50 per hour outdoors.  Winter indoors $60 per hour.

Tai Chi is $50 per hour.  You come to me in Arlington. We practice in a gym room. You get one on one instruction.


How did you get started teaching?

People saw me hitting with others & just asked if I was accepting students. I encourage others to play better so alot of folks liked that.

People saw me doing the Tai Chi forms and wanted to learn.


What types of students have you worked with?

Tennis ultra beginners from 1.0 to 4.0 students.

All levels of fitness have gotten into Tai Chi. So it does not matter how fit you are, As long as your mind is active and can follow concepts, you will be able to learn Tai Chi.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for someone who understands you, your game, what do you want to improve on. Make sure your personalities are in sync. Are you willing to do the work to improve. Having a lesson once a week without putting in the homework to improve physically, mentally, and game wise, you will not get better.

For Tai Chi, you must have someone teach Qi Qong and Tai Chi together. They go hand in hand. Without the two, you are wasting your time.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Do you have the desire to improve? Do you have the physical time to allocate to getting better. Can you do specific exercises to strengthen your body. Can you commit to this activity for a long period of time to improve yourself.