Take Notice: United Tai Chi 8/21/13 newsletter

  • Gratitude. One of the things Tai Chi has helped me with, cliché or no, is to ‘slow down and smell the roses’. Metaphorically at least, as I am anosmatic. There were things I used to take for granted, things I didn’t used to see, hear or feel.  An unlocking of doors. I didn’t used to pray as much. Or notice the sight and feel of freshly cut grass. Or realize that my feet had so much receptivity and power. To listen or read a fellow student’s testimony without judgment.  The value of an invitation. This weekend I heard an instructor caution a student not to cheat at a posture –this could have meant not to discount the energy or expressiveness of an opening. I’d also like it to mean not to short-shrift the gratitude one finds in internal arts and the universality of grace.  What are you grateful for this week and how has Tai Chi helped you appreciate your world?


  •  Shares/Finds:  A book I’m reading this week is “How to Survive The Unthinkable” by Tim Larkin, which discusses differences between antisocial aggression and asocial violence.  It warns against our tendency to want to play by the common social rules, when asocial or violent predators do not operate in the same confines.  The book encourages you to not “fall into the pool and sink” since most are “so afraid of experiencing violence that they have no response at all when they do encounter it”.  Intuition, learning to read signals, avoidance, and being prepared are topics discussed.  Let me know if anyone is interested in discussing some more notes from this current book, including how meditators tend to be more attuned to details and “connected to their senses rather than being on autopilot (a predators dream).”


  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Ten breaths, breathing orbits, 13 postures, studying the bottom of the foot tan tiens as they relate to their corresponding partners in other parts of the body. Yin energy raising your left arm for Play the Pan Pan.  A strong foundation or root yields strong branches. A great session of the Qi Gong practice “Growing Like a Tree” on Thursday –quiet, slow, long, internal and utilizing the notion of the pelvic curve or full body hugging the tree.  Another visit to our old friend Brush Knee, and relaxing the heaven hand (snake eyes).  Eight powers and five directions. Balance tip—do morning neck stretches to readjust the inner-ear bones.  Curving your pelvis. Parts I and II of Yang 108. And finally, Tuesday afternoon some more detail work on our Pull Downs (near Shoulder Strike, and Dragon Tongue Kick), and spinal alignment on the Apparent Closing (uprooting the opponent).


  • Student News and Upcoming Events:  We will hold another outdoor Qi Gong workshop on Saturday afternoon, August 31 (specific start time TBD soon).  And the DVD night to come together and watch some Tai Chi videos from Wakulla sessions and YMCA classes will happen in late September. Thank you to Master John Armstrong for the sword class I tried this weekend.  On the horizon: short-video testimonials from one or more students.  Jaclyn will be travelling to China soon. Red Cross blood drive this Friday August 23 at the Lionville YMCA 8.30a to 6.30p (walk-ins welcome). Thanks Deb for your outreach.  Thanks Marilyn for sharing your Tai Chi walk connection to a nature documentary.  If you missed the link to Christian’s Chester County Night School tai chi course this fall, here it is again https://www.chestercountynightschool.org/CourseStatus.awp?&Course=13FFH710&DirectFrom=Schedule&Origin=Courses+Taught+by+Christian+Samuelson    


  • Etcetera:  Apparently “Shark Week” on Discovery network recently posted its best ratings ever. Note to self, change title of next week’s newsletter to “Shark Week”.  Also since I just saw the Steve Jobs biopic this weekend, I am of a mind to quote Bean Curd Boxer (Paul Reed), blogging after the death of Jobs, “his refusal to be bound by the dictates of history, by the opinions of experts or the advice of marketers enabled him to pursue his vision for a more meaningful and productive digital evolution. When the complex is made simple, evolutions are born”…and in linking this to the internal arts, “Nothing stays still, everything changes. Empowering others is a good thing. Belittling and undermining is not. The old will always have to make room for the new as that is the way. Let us welcome the new interpreters.” 


  • 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:

 FACEBOOK   http://www.facebook.com/UnitedTaiChi.chesco  

 TWITTER       http://www.twitter.com/unitedtaichi      PINTEREST   http://www.pinterest.com/unitedtaichi


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

Kathleen         unitedtaichi@gmail.com    


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