EPICENTER: United Tai Chi digest 11/6/13


  • “Center is a place”.  That is a phrase our instructor Christian has uttered at one time or another during our Thirteen Postures practice.  I spent a week at a workshop in Wakulla Springs Florida with a few others from United Tai Chi, studying Bagua animal qi gong and Golden Lotus qi gong, encouraged to try and find my center.  And while one of the main principles was to experience your physical center, I could not help but be drawn to search my emotional one as well.  Amid exploration of our lower tan tien, the tailbone, the perineum, the eyeball, palm and foot connections to your spine and bone marrow…what did I also find? I found a tree with a heart.  My first night back in town, the band at a church service shared a song that contained the line “rid me of myself” (Lead Me To The Cross, Hillsong United).  Insanely appropriate, as we all try to shed our inner demons, to forget ourselves so that we may understand others.  Tension, double-weightedness, poor breathing techniques and “turtle back” all negatively impact your movement.  So too do mistrust, skepticism, misconceptions, and holding on to past hurts.  With body openings, folding, breathing and meditation, we endeavored to learn how to self-diagnose our sore spots—physical, emotional, mental.  To stop driving the car without maintenance even when there is something wrong with it.  When you breached the exterior to arrive at your center, what did you find? And how did you get there best –with rhinoceros, lion, bear, dragon, rooster, snake, phoenix or monkey?



  • Man of Tai Chi”, Keanu Reeves directorial debut, is not carried by Regal Cinemas, only some far away AMC sites  –but it is available as on On-Demand rental $10 with Comcast. I still would like to have a movie night with you guys and share that (and snacks/pizza). Nights to vote on when I’m free: Sat 11/9, Mon 11/11, Tues 11/12, Wed 11/13, Fri 11/14, Sat 11/15.  Also, we still need more feedback on the proposed 2nd night class at Lionville Natural Pharmacy.  One night for Tai Chi only, and one night will be mixed internal arts (Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Hsing-Yi, Bagua, etc.).  How many would want a second night (e.g., for Tai Chi only) that will be likely Tuesdays at 7pm?  This is a paid class, separate from the Y. 


  • Student News: Welcome back Marilyn, Ron and Joy (and happy belated birthday to Joy). Thanks to our substitute teachers last week. Christian has been invited back to do a winter session of night time beginner Tai Chi classes for Chester County Night School (starts January 6th, stay tuned for updates).   And for my new Wakulla Springs Qi Gong friends:  thanks to Steve D for wrist exercises and the transportation; Carol for the chats and dating encouragement; Charlie, Constantine and Betsy for the humor; Sarah and Marie for the outdoor mini-massage; Lakesha for her grace; Jaime for being another model/mentor to us newbies; Phil for the biggest and brightest smile; Sifu Huang for the wisdom, humility and wrist therapy.  And to the Samuelsons, always my undying gratitude for everything they have done for me this year –support, encouragement, guidance and friendship.  Local UTC mates, thanks for sharing this trip with me –the dinners, swimming, manatees, picnic table squats (yikes), and the shared experience of our new found enlightenment.  Thank you to our WordPress readers for continuing to come to the table during our weekly digest hiatus last week and peruse back issues, and also to our Facebook followers who watched for our daily updates.   Local Wakulla attendees, if you have a few clear sharp photos to share with our online album email them to me, thanks   unitedtaichi@gmail.com.  Welcome Brazil —  @supremotaichi to our Twittersphere, and also @chmartialarts and Wellness Warriors.  


  • Angel Tree program:  Our local YMCA has continued their partnership with the Delaware Valley Children’s Charity organization to sponsor needy children with gifts for the holidays.  Our Tai Chi group would like to participate, and we need your help.  Please let us know this week how many of you would be willing to join us, so that we can determine if we want to pick one or two kids to sponsor.  The more who participate, the smaller the allotted contribution per person.  Also, once a child is chosen, we have 2 options – assign a volunteer among us to do all the shopping if we give them our chip-in funds, OR each of us buys separate items from a category on the youth’s wish list I will give you based on the suggestions from the DVCC.  If you have questions about the program call the Lionville YMCA at 610-363-9622 or ask me in class.  If you are ALREADY sponsoring an Angel Tree youth, please do not feel the need to also chip-in with us. 


  • Weekly Schedule:


Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive  Exton PA

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM


Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd  Exton PA

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM


(variety of internal arts)

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

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



7:00 PM


(tai chi only)

*Coming soon

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

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

Likely =   Tuesday (tai chi only)

7:00 PM

Private paid lessons available   upon request –check with instructor for scheduling


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

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

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

WORDPRESSS weekly newsletter blog  http://www.unitedtaichi.wordpress.com

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

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

Kathleen Rice   unitedtaichi@gmail.com    


3 thoughts on “EPICENTER: United Tai Chi digest 11/6/13

  1. Deb Orsini

    Your expression of experiences is profound K. Reminds me of a quote I once heard and held onto,” Retain the standard of sound words.” While everyone was away I continued. Amazing things happen when you press until you find it. Exceeding abundantly above what I thought or asked for. Treasure hunting is hard work, but well worth it.

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