UAMS Oaklawn Center on Aging Offering ‘Beginning Tai Chi, The 24 Forms’ Classes

By Ben Boulden

The Oaklawn Center on Aging is part of the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and is funded by the Oaklawn Foundation. For more information or to enroll, contact the UAMS Oaklawn Center on Aging at 501-623-0020 or

Jerry Matlock, tai chi instructor

Jerry Matlock

The ancient practice of tai chi is clinically proven to be one of the most effective exercises to improve health, fitness and relaxation. The 24 Forms is the most widely practiced tai chi form.

Jerry Matlock will teach Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi, The 24 Forms. He began studying and practicing Yang 24 form in 1994 and is a senior trainer in Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi program. Matlock studied William C.C. Chen’s Yang 60 movement form at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock then began studying Dr. Lam’s Sun style tai chi program in 2009.

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