Cross-train: United Tai Chi digest 1/8/14


  • What can you improve with structure and not force?  Last fall we posted an infographic on Facebook showing a few examples   of how the study and practice of Tai Chi can be used to improve swimming, hiking, and body-workers performing massage therapy.  Spinal alignment, tail bone and groin relaxation, efficient breathing techniques, elbow and kidney connections, the 70 percent rule, the mind-body connection, and learning to listen to your body’s biofeedback.  These Tai Chi principles can help athletes achieve personal or professional goals.  “Tai Chi provides flexibility, balance and strength as well as modest conditioning.  It can also help improve your focus and reflexes, enhance your range of motion and open up new neuromuscular pathways…it keeps you motivated, excited and in good shape; it also serves as a hedge against burnout and fatigueprevents you from overtraining and allows you to recover from injuries—if you know your limits, you honor the yin, the non-doing piece of Tai Chi.”  [Peter M. Wayne, The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi]   The winter Olympics are next month in Sochi Russia.  A current member of the US alpine ski team (and former Olympian) Ted Ligety is also a Tai Chi practitioner who studied with Master Victor Shenglong Fu.  Ted won an Olympic gold medal in 2006 in Turn Italy.  You can read more about Ted at  Ted’s US Ski teammate and fellow internal arts enthusiast Tommy Kirchhoff has written the 2008 book “The Internal Athletics”.   You can read the preface online here  Even our own students have mentioned utilizing Tai Chi in their other fitness endeavors –John C has cut some time off his lap swims by remembering to tuck in his tailbone. Janet, Martina, and Judith no doubt see their own swimming benefit from Tai Chi practice.  And our instructor Christian promotes the notion of the head suspended from above and a relaxed tailbone to discourage a lean forward during a mountain ascent, to put less strain on the glutes and hamstrings.  What other fitness, dance, musical or job-performance related endeavors of yours have benefited from the concurrent practice of Tai Chi? 


  • Wrap-up of recent classes:  Thanks for the Thursday crew for coming out (small snow-day class), who reviewed the intricacies of Shoulder Strike and ended with some Growing Like a Tree Qigong. Floody-Monday more folks floated in for some neck and shoulder and eyeball warm-ups, plus more work on the transition from Shoulder Strike to White Crane.



  • Student News & Events:  Welcome new students to the winter Chester Country Night School tai chi session this week. We marked our Facebook and Twitter one year anniversary on January 4. Sorry we got snowed out of the Lionville Natural Pharmacy class last Thursday. I heard from student Deb O this week who has been out with medical issues for awhile, she is home on the mend and hoping to see us in February.  Thank you to Paul Read (Beancurd Boxer) for the skills endorsement on LinkedIn.  January 31 marks the Chinese New Year and we are entering a year of the Horse (this is a Friday night, anyone up for a night out for Chinese food?)  “Sifu” Master Wei Lun Huang will be at a weekend seminar at the Boston Healing Tao in Somerville MA from February 28 through March 2, see details here   Welcome Francesca Fasano @beawell817 in California to our Twittersphere.  And new one-time WordPress reader/visitors from Iceland, Oman, the Netherlands and Singapore. And a happy side note for me, just heard my fave Keith Urban will be performing at Bethlehem Musikfest in August! Sweeeeeeet.



  • 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

Thursday Night

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

[90 min., small   class attention, Tai Chi

 *$25 drop in   rate]



7:00 PM

Monday night

Started 1/6/14

Chester County Night School, Tai Chi class

820 Frank Rd in West Chester

$62   pre-pay for 6 classes,   Order at


7.30 PM


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

Kathleen Rice    

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