Continuing Education: United Tai Chi 8/23/13 Newsletter

  • Back to school.  This week you may have noticed the buses on your morning travel route, or kids waiting on the sidewalk set to begin another academic year, as many schools in this local area had opening day on Monday.  As practitioners of internal arts know, learning doesn’t stop once the cap and gown are gone. The curious are always on a quest. I talked about collaboration last week on one of our social media feeds, and an unexpected part of my journey with Tai Chi has been a room full of teachers in one way or another, inside and outside the classroom. What is it that ball players say –the bench is deep.  We all have something to teach, to share; and something to learn.  Education comes in many forms, and though some of us may have different triggers that facilitate our learning, or different speeds of ascension, eventually we all end up at the same point in the circle. The same path from the heart. Don’t hang up your backpacks and your slide rule just yet, the ride’s not over.



  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Five colored clouds surrounding the mountain. Folding. Coiling. Standing ten. Navel –umbilical cord and fountain of youth; coil your fist up through your navel for ‘serve the fruit’ exercise.  Opening bow practice and filling up our bucket from our root, diagnosing internal maladies in the spaces where our shoulders pop up.  Reviewing the tan tiens of our arms in the Pull Down/Ward Off transition in 13 postures.  Finding your center. Thumb and spine connections. Transitions between Press, Elbow and Shoulder in 13 postures. Travelling an internal path from bone to ligament, muscle, skin and back again. Growing like a tree Qi Gong. Detailed breakdowns of opening bow, scoop the water, and ward off left. Hand and foot connections in the Slant Fly posture. 


  • Student News and Upcoming Events:  We’re holding another Qi Gong workshop on Saturday August 31  at 2pm in Kerr Park,  $25, or a $5 discount if you are wearing our United Tai Chi shirt. Bring a water bottle and a mat. RSVP on our Facebook page or to  Welcome back Martina.  Thanks @Silverwolfma in the UK for re-tweeting my 8/21 newsletter link to your bevy of followers.  Safe journeys to travelers Jane, Jaclyn and Christine H.  Rather large attendance at Tuesday’s class, sorry I missed it but glad to see everyone at the desk.  Reminder there is no class on Monday September 2 (holiday hours at YMCA).  If you missed out on our spring/summer T-shirts, fret not as fall ones are in the offing.  Dot thanks for the supermarket chat.  Mario good luck in Miami. Pat, the Red Cross thanks you. A huge welcome and thank you to our international readers who have found at least one or more of our newsletters on WordPress (Canada, Italy, Mexico, Australia and the UK)!   G’Day, Buenos dias and Buon giorno. And no, spell-check, I am not trying to type Bon Jovi (though perhaps Richie Sambora could use some Qi Gong right about now).   Sorry Canadians, I am not sure how you greet each other at the local Tim Hortons. 


  • Etcetera:  With football season approaching, those of you who read my reviews and/or discussion in June about Mark Saltveit’s book The Tao of Chip Kelly, you can follow his Twitter feed @taoish, and tell him Kathleen from United Tai Chi sent you; I know he’d appreciate it.  

 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


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

Kathleen Rice    

One thought on “Continuing Education: United Tai Chi 8/23/13 Newsletter

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