Taijiquan: "if we ask what is the use of this art, it rests on not using strength, and yet not fearing the strong. If someone with great strength comes to attack me, I rely on the greatest pliancy. That will be sufficient to prevail, for I just follow his tendency and take it from him." Yang, Chengfu, The Essense and Applications of Taijiquan
Qigong: "With the life-style changes of the last one hundred years, Qigong is more necessary today than ever before in its two thousand five hundred year history." Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming.
Located in Northern Virginia and the Washington DC metro area, Qi Elements is dedicated to preserving and propagating the traditional martial art system of Yang Style Taijiquan and to providing the Northern Virginia community the healing benefits of Qigongexercise. We are committed to remaining a small school and to teaching a comprehensive and in-depth curriculum. We welcome serious students who wish to pursue the study of Taijiquan for personal development, self-defense, maintaining heath, and combatting aging or disease.
Shifu (teacher) Roger Blough earned his Black Sash teaching certificate from Qi Elements' founder, Shifu Nancy Bloomfield, in 1997, having begun training in 1994. He continues to train Taijiquan and Qigong with Grand Master Yang, Jwing Ming and other masters.
Shifu Blough is also one of only a handful of practitioners to have obtained certification as an full Instructor of Qigong from Dr. Yang Jwing Ming (of YMAA). This unique distinction and education gives you the chance to learn authentic and effective Qigong from a highly qualified teacher.
Taiji forms program from Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo with martial applications from Grandmaster Yang Jwing Ming
Qigong program Grandmaster Yang Jwing Ming
Whether you want a challenging, intense class or a relaxing, stress-relieving practice, we invite you to join us. You can either observe or try a beginner's class. We have no annual contracts required, just dedicated training. Just drop by or contact us.
We enroll new students at any time. You are always welcome to stop in to observe any of our regular classes. If you wish to take a trial class come 15 minutes before the scheduled start time, wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat, indoor shoes. The trial class fee is $25 for Taiji. Drop-in classes for Qigong are $18.
Beginning Taiji classes meet: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30-8:00 PM; Wednesdays 6:15-7:15 PM (Taiji Qigong); and Saturdays 9:00-10:30 AM.
Qigong classes meet: Wednesdays 6:15-7:15 PM (Taiji Qigong), Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 and Saturdays 11 AM to 12 Noon. Drop in fee for Qigong classes is $18.
New Taiji Students
If you are interested in trying or joining Taiji come to our Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday beginning Taiji classes (see schedule for times). Come 15 minutes early to register and chat with us. Take a trial class for $25. If you decide to enroll within seven days, your trial class fee will be applied to your enrollment. Please wear flat, non-marking, rubber-soled indoor shoes and loose, comfortable clothing if you wish to take a trial class. See "Getting Started" page for times and tuition.
New Qigong Students
Our Qigong classes are Wednesday 7:30-8:30 PM and Saturday 11 AM to 12 Noon. Stop by to observe a class, or take a trial class for $18. Please wear flat, non-marking, rubber-soled indoor shoes and loose, comfortable clothing if you wish to take a trial class.
Depending on your goals and interests, Qigong may be more suitable for you than Taiji. It is easier to learn and can be more precisely targeted to address certain health issues. Shifu Blough also offers periodic miniworkshops on Qigong. Email to join our mailing list to be notified of these events.
Shifu Roger Blough is available by appointment, including daytime and lunch hour appointments, for private lessons in Taijiquan or Qigong. Call or email to arrange an appointment.