PASSPORT: United Tai Chi digest 1/29/14

Photo by Edward Graham for National Geographic Traveler

Photo by Edward Graham for National Geographic Traveler

  • One of our mentors, Master Wei Lun Huang recently returned from a multi-week adventure, where he taught internal arts aboard a cruise ship traveling to ports of call like Malaysia.  One of many trips abroad during his storied career sharing his Tai Chi experience around the globe.  Likewise one of our Wakulla Springs qigong workshop friends Marie Favorito from the Boston Healing Tao has had the opportunity to practice and teach in Mexico and will journey to Columbia for a retreat this spring. Among our own local students and teachers, Jaclyn, Judith, Paul, Ray and Jose were abroad last year; and Christian has both taught and studied in various locations along side of international practitioners.  Internal arts can be a valuable ‘ticket’ to not only personal exploration and discovery, but also it is apparent that Tai Chi opens up a dialogue with the global community.  Indeed the tag line for the celebration of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in April is “One world, one breath”.  Australian native Aborigines have a term ‘walk-about’– a long wilderness journey aimed at tracing the path of their ancestors.  Many Tai Chi practitioners eventually hear the call of the seeds of origin and travel to Asia to study or practice with lineage holders in the shared ‘language’ of the forms and postures.  Yet one needn’t necessarily travel abroad to utilize their Tai Chi ‘passport’ granting them access to people, places, writings, art, philosophy or spiritualism they otherwise might have missed. It could be as simple as meeting a fellow practitioner at a gas station while helping a stranded motorist. It bridges gaps. Principles of Taoism can show us how to be better travelers, as Taoist instructor Casey Kochner discusses in this video  Flexibility, adaptation, simplicity, being in the moment, relaxation, awareness, consistently open breathing, respecting others’ essence.   I want to thank our international WordPress readers from nations such as Oman, Greece, Iceland, Serbia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, the UK, Belgium, Indonesia, France, Italy and many others –all with a shared interest in the ancient and global phenomenon of Tai Chi and related internal arts.  Likewise our Twitter and Facebook followers located outside the US who I’m glad have found us and want to be part of the conversation.  Where will Tai Chi take you, and who will you meet along the way?



  • Wrap-up of recent classes:  Sorry for mother nature’s impact on some classes last week. Thursday, a handful back to class after weather interruptions, and “setting the table” as Ray likes to say with Growing Like a Tree Qigong at afternoon class. Single hand form practice and internal connections.  Night class, finally got started on our 2014 exploration of Part III of Yang 108 with some Fair Lady Works the Shuttle. Monday more growing like a tree qigong watery relaxation, also working on creating space, emptying and filling, mind intention, and footwork drills.


  • Student News & Events:  Thanks Deb for your commentary on WordPress for our “Self-Correction” newsletter topic 1/15 and welcome back to the night class.  One snowbird has left the coop as Irene is off to points south.  And apparently Ron & Joy are on my same grocery schedule (howdy). Happy Chinese New Year (of the horse) to you all, Friday January 31! There is a free talk on treating common illnesses with complementary homeopathic medicine, by Kristen Santangelo at Lionville Holistic Health Center on January 29 at 7p  Stay tuned for a couple of sample trial Tai Chi classes at Eat Drink OM Yoga Café in West Chester very soon  Sifu Huang has as a weekend seminar at Boston Healing Tao Feb28-March 1 in Somervile MA, details here  Thanks Ken C., one of our Facebook followers for suggesting an invite to teach in your area in Washington state; hope to work something out soon.  Welcome Cathy Laws of Nashville to our WordPress subscribers recently.  We are at 1,037 Facebook followers (can we make it to 1050 by President’s Day?).  Facebook fan of the day: Diego Salvador from Brazil …likes taekwondo and opera.



  • 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


Chester County Night School, Tai Chi class

820 Frank Rd in West Chester

Pre-pay,   6-7 week. Next new session in March



7.30 PM

Coming   Soon

Tai Chi classes at Eat Drink OM Yoga Café

124 E. Gay St in West Chester





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

Kathleen Rice    


One thought on “PASSPORT: United Tai Chi digest 1/29/14

  1. Pingback: A Look Back, Part I: United Tai Chi Digest 12/8/2014 | United Tai Chi

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