T’ai Chi Ch’uan


I practice the 37 Posture Yang Form.

Presently, all T’ai Chi classes are being held online.

There will be a new beginner class starting Sept. 12th

It runs from 9am-10am.

Contact: j_ilson@yahoo.com for info or to register


Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,


My name is Jimmy Ilson and I am the chair of the Art Department at Pope Francis Preparatory School.

I am also your child’s teacher.

As I welcome you back to a new school year, I also realize that there must be many questions and concerns regarding how this year will unfold.

Please be certain that I am here for all of you.

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply things you need some help with, here is my contact info:



What follows is an Overview of the Class, including: a Course Description, Class Values, my policy on Grades, and “How to Stay Safe in the Art Classes during a Pandemic”.


Course:Tai Chi

Description: This course is designed to offer students a comprehensive study of the soft style martial art T’ai Chi Ch’uan. The style of T’ai Chi the students will practice derives from the Yang family lineage. The form, a sequence of sequential postures, that will be taught is referred to as the “37 Posture Yang Form”, which is a form that was modified by Professor Cheng Man Ch’ing in the mid-20th century. There will be preliminary and auxiliary exercises introduced during the semester, as well as a series of exercises referred to as “Swimming Dragon”. These exercises complement the overall practice and bring a greater awareness to the students regarding the connection of Form and Function. Other parts of our semester long class may include: Readings from Taoist texts (Such as the Tao The Ching), Readings from the foundation text of T’ai Chi (The Tai Chi Classics), and a study of Chinese Brush Calligraphy.


Class Values:

The Art Room is a sanctuary for Respect and Learning

We practice Honesty, with our community and ourselves

We each become a Responsible member of our community

We strive to communicate with words of Kindness


“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools”
Martin Luther King Jr.


“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

Nelson Mandela (born 1918);
Former President Of South Africa


Grades and Syllabus


My goal is to post a weekly grade that is referred to as “Participation and Effort”. The rubric for the Participation Grade, as well as my rubric for any graded assignment or project, will be found in the Student and Parent Portal. The course syllabus is also posted in the Portal.




During these unpredictable times we will be following safe practices to mitigate the potential spread of the corona virus. Our efforts will include:

Wearing Masks

Using Hand Sanitizer at the start and end of a class

Cleaning desks with sanitizer at the beginning and end of a class

Art Materials: Each student will have a set of their own materials

Limited Time Inside: I plan to be outside as much as possible.



A Thought

This will be a school year unlike any before. This is a community that is strong, caring, and benevolent.

If you need anything, please contact me. We truly are in this together.


Peace always,

Jimmy Ilson