S2E10 Fitness in the Park: A Conversation with Tai Chi Master Vince Cobalis

In today’s episode, Grant interviews Tai Chi Master Vince Cobalis who was kind enough to be a part of our Fitness in the Park series! His class premieres Saturday, July 24th at 10 am on APF’s YouTube Channel, but you can watch it anytime at austinparks.org/fitness!

Vince has practiced martial arts since 1968 and Tai Chi since 1981. He grew up in El Paso and was the only Asian student in his high school. After graduating, he moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. He moved to California for a few years, but moved back to Austin in 1980 and has lived here ever since. Learn more about Ip Sun Tai Chi on his website and Facebook page!

We talk about his journey becoming Tai Chi Master, the difference between the internal and external practice of Tai Chi, the importance of nature and the outdoors and, of course, his pick for Austin’s best taco.

*UPDATE* Vince noticed that he misspoke and asked that we correct the following: He retired from his role as Assistant Director of Austin Public Health for the City of Austin in 2012.


  1. Volunteer events are back in full swing! Check out Austin Parks Foundation’s event calendar for available volunteer opportunities in a park near you. We can’t wait to help parks in-person with y’all!
  2. Did you know APF has a merch store? Visit shop.austinparks.org to get some awesome gear or apparel for your next park adventure!
  3. We need your help to secure up to a $100,000 grant for the new mini train at Zilker Park! Help us reach our crowdfunding goal of $6,000 before August 13th by making a donation here. We must reach our goal in order to qualify for the grant!

Music & transitions provided by Honey Son. Check out his music on Spotify and YouTube!

The Austin ParksCast is a production of Austin Parks Foundation. More information about the work we do to improve parks, trails and green spaces for every Austinite at austinparks.org.

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