The Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® (TJQMBB) program is a research-based balance training regimen designed for older adults at risk of falling and people with balance disorders.

Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute, developed the program. Learn more about Dr. Li and the Oregon Research Institute. 

The TJQMBB program represents a significant paradigm shift in the application of Tai Ji Quan, shifting the focus from its historical use as a martial art or recreational activity to propagating health by addressing common, but potentially debilitating, functional impairments/deficits. Visit the TJQMBB website to learn more.

To explore some of the research on this program (including how TJQMBB can help increase motor function and reduce fall risks) please visit the TJQMBB website publications page.

Details of the Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® (TJQMBB) program taught by MSU Extension

  • What: A 6-month class designed for older adults (both men and women) who want to improve their balance and decrease their risk of falling. The class meets twice per week for 1 hour.
  • Where: Numerous counties across Montana hold Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance classes, currently available classes are listed below.   Please contact your local MSU Extension county office for more information.
  • Cost: Cost for the classes depends on the instructor, though range between $0 - $50
  • Experience: No experience necessary; however, participants are asked to fill out a health questionnaire prior to enrollment and may have to acquire physician consent.  
Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® (TJQMBB) program locations and information
County Course Start Date Days of the Week Times Location MSU Extension Contact How to Register for the Class or Get More Information
Big Horn TBD  TBD  TBD  TBD Holly Jay Call 406-665-9772 or email holly.jay@montana.edu
Powder River 10/1/2019 Tues/Thur 9 am Senior Center in Broadus Julie Riley Call or come to the MSU Extension Office
Toole 1/13/2020 Mon/Thur TBD 226 1st St. South, Shelby Alice Burchak Register in person at MSU Extension Toole County office or via online form

Classes may be cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19.  Please contact the MSU Extension agent listed above for more information on any classes listed. 

No class in your area?  Please contact your local MSU Extension county office to see what options are available.