APIFM is proud to offer Tai Chair to Chinatown’s older adults at Los Angeles State Historic Park. The free exercise program highlights tai chi movements using chairs to help participants maintain their balance. Sipoo Shelene Hearring, who leads Tai Chair, is a martial artist and chief instructor at Two Dragons Martial Arts in Altadena. You can find more information on her website: https://www.twodragonsma.com/.
The weekly Tai Chair class has also transformed into a resource-sharing space. Many participants, who are immigrant and limited English proficient (LEP), have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the encroaching new economic development in Chinatown. This class is a safe space for them to share economic struggles and ask for help with resources like rental and food assistance. This invaluable community support space is made possible by grants from SCAN-Independence for Health, The California Endowment and Los Angeles River and State Park Partners.