Cinematique: United Tai Chi 7/10/13 digest

Notes from today's class

Notes from today’s class

  • The cinema has a long standing love of movement –from dancing, to fighting, running to skating, climbing to horseback riding, baseball to cycling. From the early physical comedy stylings of Buster Keaton to “West Side Story” to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, to the parcour-ific James Bond in “Quantum of Solace” — the camera caresses, indulges and enlivens motion.   And martial arts films are no exception. Unless you were in China for opening weekend July 5 of Keanu Reeve’s directorial debut “Man of Tai Chi” co-starring Tiger Hu Chen and Karen Mok, American audiences have yet to receive a release date, but there is a trailer available (see URL link below). Again this leans more toward the martial aspect than the peaceful-in-the-park connotation. The film buff in me would still put together a meet up group for United Tai Chi when it is distributed stateside.
  • Shares/Finds:  (notes courtesy of  The recidivism rate in US prisons is at least 60%, costing billions. A California Tai Chi teacher Judith Treathway invited WTCD founder Bill Douglas to Folsom to show that recidivism was dramatically lower for those inmates who were part of a Tai Chi and Qi Gong program.  Also an inmate at the Texas Penitentiary Allred Unit, Willie Milton, is conducting a program sharing the Tai Chi Long Form and Sitting Qi Gong Meditation. Milton is reaching out to prison systems around the US to share the success of the program.
  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Eight pieces of brocade. Thirteen postures. Part II of Yang 108, “Be like a slack jawed baby drooling saliva” (relax the throat and mandible). Watch out for frost warnings. Spent some time on Dragon Tongue Kick. Keep your spine healthy and elongated with Tai Chi (are you still as tall as your driver’s license says?).Drills on individual postures. Sweeping the lotus leaves. Blow up toys. Scandinavian hot springs.
  • Student News and Upcoming Events: A powerful reminder of the fragility of life and to treasure what you have –we love you Doris and happy belated birthday. Welcome a new students Judy and Kay.  Red Cross Blood Drive now taking appointment registrations for August 23 at Lionville Community YMCA —  (save a life, and get a coupon for free Dunkin’s iced coffee & donut).  Christian’s weekend Qi Gong workshop has a tentative date of Saturday August 3rd, more news TBD.  A small but enthusiastic Tai Chi class at Boot Road Park this week–any newbies welcome, see schedule below.  If you didn’t get a starter packet yet let us know. I think there are a few T-shirts still available if you have not yet availed yourself, $15 (see Christian).  I seem to be without any travel E-photos from our students’ summer trips yet, slackers. I will record “Holiday Road” from National Lampoon’s Vacation and ear-worm it to you in your sleep.
  • Weekly Schedule


Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM


Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM


Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr

  [90 minute, small class attention, *separate fees   apply]


7:00 PM

Spring/Summer Evening

Beginners  at Boot Road Park (weather permitting)

110 W. Boot Rd       $10 drop in rate.


6:00 PM

  • Follow these links to our social media presence on the web:




Have a great week, and may all your armpits have tuna sandwiches.


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