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Tai Chi Instructor Doug Hatch

Get Fit St. Pete – Meet Your Tai Chi Instructor

Name: Doug Hatch

Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA

Affiliation: Owner- Suncoast Martial Arts, 1901 13th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Years in the industry: 30

Doug Hatch has generously partnered with Healthy St Pete for over five years. He is a true example of someone who continuously gives back to the community without being asked. Doug offers a FREE Tai Chi in the Park class where participants learn the fundamentals of Tai Chi. Be sure to meet Doug and check out his class the THIRD TUESDAY of each month from 6 – 7 p.m. at Northwest Park, 5801 22nd St. N.


General Health Tip:

Always focus on breathing. It improves your health and helps you relax.


Most proud community accomplishment:

The Tuesday Healthy St. Pete Tai Chi class.


How did you get into Tai Chi:

I studied martial arts for years and was introduced to Tai Chi by a friend.


What would you say to somebody trying Tai Chi for the 1st time:

Focus on your breathing and enjoy the journey!


What is the greatest impact Tai Chi has had on your life:

More focus on softness and relaxing. Experiencing the benefits of building a skill that lasts a lifetime.


Favorite way to relax:

Woodworking. Spending time with family.