Monthly Archives: September 2014

Goal Tending: United Tai Chi digest 9/30/14

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  • Our instructor Christian has oft encouraged us to reach for the moon and the stars. Goal setting (in internal arts, as in life) can be as simple as week-to-week plan for improving something about your form work and postures, or as complex as a written down multi-year map of your career and family building blocks, spiritual journey, and mind-body fitness. Life coaches, career counselors, fitness trainers and the like remind us to write down our goals as a means to help us unlock details about the path that we are on, and to serve as a tangible ledger of the accomplishments we strive to complete along the way. Perhaps you wish to someday take a long trip, start a business, learn a new skill, run a marathon, plan for your ‘golden years’, build an addition, write a memoir, or gain a deeper understanding of your internal arts practice. They all start with goal setting, and the implementation of small gains over time. Vision, patience, diligence, perseverance. That is what each of us try each week, inside and outside of class. It is what keeps us moving forward and gives us things to anticipate. We have local tai chi students with varied goals keeping the shoulders dropped while practicing the form, improving their garden, continuing their massage therapy education, or landing meaningful and rewarding employment. Goals keep us focused and grounded.  “If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” – Kevin Ngo.  What are some of your goals this month? Thank you for your readership support, and please enjoy my autumn blog from last September about the Chinese medicine element of metal ant it’s relation to seasonal health.
  • New Class Alerts: Spend part of your holiday weekend with us –Tai Chi class on Sunday October 12th, 10am to 12pm at Miller Park in Exton (behind Pep Boys). Christian will be teaching a Tai Chi class through Chester County Night School this fall. It is on Monday nights at 7:30pm at East Bradford Elementary School in West Chester, starting on September 29. A package of 7 classes is $72 per student. Use this link here to register through CCNS. The Thursday 7pm classes that used to be at Lionville Natural Pharmacy have moved to Kokikai Akido School at 1209 Ward Ave in West Chester Excluding the YMCA and CCNS, remaining classes are $20 per hour

 

  • News & Events: Christian and other local attendees say thank you to host Sifu Tom Hardy and respected practitioner Sifu Wei Lun Huang for sharing a great push hands, Qigong and Tai Chi workshop in Broomall the weekend of September 19. Congratulations to Jose on his Ikebana display at Longwood Gardens recently. Thank you to friends and students who joined us at the one year anniversary open house for the Blue Buddha Studio in in Glenmoore on the 27th. The Samuelson family is celebrating Bruce Samuelson’s exhibit at the Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia starting on October 5 at 2pm, details here at this link. Claudia completed a continuing education program in Ashiatsu massage therapy at the Blue Buddha recently.  If you are looking for a fun local fall-themed activity, I was at Milky Way Farm in Lionville recently –hayrides, pumpkin patch, farm animals, and their own creamery with top notch ice cream. The tai chi sessions at Wakulla Springs Florida with Master Huang (sifu) will be held October 19-26 for “The Soul of Internal Arts”, and October 27 to November 2 for “The Soul of Tai Chi Pushing Hands”. For lodging information and pricing see http://www.huangtaichi.com/calendar.htm
  • Social Media Roundup Welcome new Pinterest follower Bobbi Lopez. And in the Twittersphere, thanks for the follow @Master_Waller of New Castle Tai Chi, @Marinih, and @acgsilva.  Thanks Jaime C for the invite to connect on LinkedIn.
  • General Weekly Schedule:
DAY LOCATION PRICE TIME
Monday Chester County Night School, East Bradford Elementary in West Chester.   Starts September 29. Package of 7 classes, purchase through http://www.chestercountynightschool.org $72 for 7 7:30p
Tuesday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Blue Buddha Studio,  1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

Membership

$20 p/hour

4.45 pm

7.15 pm

Wednesday Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA Membership 7.30 am
Thursday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Kokikai Akido School  1209 Ward Ave, West Chester (2 hour class, at $20 per hour)

Membership

$20 p/hour

4.45 pm

7.00 pm

Friday Student practice session/no instructor:  Lionville YMCA

Daytime private lesson available pending schedule, by request

Membership

See instructor

7.30 am

See instructor

 

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

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

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

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

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

Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com

Reboot: United Tai Chi Digest 9/16/14

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    • With the change of seasons in late September, the recent Harvest Moon, and things impacting my personal and professional life this month, it is a good time (as a friend said) to let things go and start anew. In the past week I have had to practice the art of listening, understanding, receiving, and flexibility. Also a little more experience in the Daoist principles of communing with nature, and animals. And just like in our story about Velvet Bricks, I still need to keep reminding myself that though soft on the outside, one of my goals is to be strong on the inside.  This is also a great time to ping-back to my September 2013 blog on Spirituality in Internal Arts. Enjoy! And as always I thank you for your readership, support and friendship.
    • September Voting Plea: Please support tai chi in your community and vote in The Daily Local News 2014 Readers Poll. Write in United Tai Chi under the “Fitness Center” category here at this link. Voting ends September 19.
    • New Class Alerts: Christian will be teaching a Tai Chi class through Chester County Night School this fall. It is on Monday nights at 7:30pm at East Bradford Elementary School in West Chester, starting on September 29. A package of 7 classes is $72 per student. Use this link here to register through CCNS. The Thursday 7pm classes that used to be at Lionville Natural Pharmacy have moved to Kokikai Akido School at 1209 Ward Ave in West Chester.  Saturday noon classes at the Blue Buddha have ended for the time being, perhaps until next spring. The Thursday morning qigong classes at Miller Park will end on September 18. Excluding the YMCA and CCNS, remaining classes are $20 per hour. During construction, the Wednesday morning class at the YMCA starts at 7:15am and lasts 45 minutes.

     

    • News & Events: Welcome back Chris M. Happy Birthday to Deborah O, Chris S, Pat M and Ron N. Thank you to all the students who joined us at the new site for Thursday night classes at Kokikai Akido School building, and instruction from John A and Ted N for Sunday morning session at the Dragon Gym this past weekend –including the tai chi long sword.  Be sure and ask Steve G and Phil G how their Harvest Moon tai chi practice went on September 8th.  The tai chi sessions at Wakulla Springs Florida with Master Huang (sifu) will be held October 19-26 for “The Soul of Internal Arts”, and October 27 to November 2 for “The Soul of Tai Chi Pushing Hands”. For lodging information and pricing see http://www.huangtaichi.com/calendar.htm  Also for those of you who can’t make it to Wakulla, Sifu Huang is holding a weekend workshop in Broomall PA this weekend, September 19-21 at the Masonic Lodge. Liu Hi Ba Fa, Push Hands, Tai chi and Qigong. Registration details are on this linked flyer. Also reach Sifu Tom Hardy for questions at 610-353-8609.
    • Social Media Roundup Welcome @BaguaTiger to our twittersphere, also  Yat-Fun Y and Jorg B new followers on our Pinterest page.
    • General Weekly Schedule:
    DAY LOCATION PRICE TIME
    Monday Chester County Night School, East Bradford Elementary in West Chester.   Starts September 29. Package of 7 classes, purchase through http://www.chestercountynightschool.org $72 for 7 7:30p
    Tuesday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

    Blue Buddha Studio,  1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

    Membership

    $20 p/hour

    4.45 pm

    7.15 pm

    Wednesday Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA Membership 7.15 am
    Thursday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

    Kokikai Akido School  1209 Ward Ave, West Chester (2 hour class, at $20 per hour)

    Membership

    $20 p/hour

    4.45 pm

    7.00 pm

    Friday Student practice session/no instructor:  Lionville YMCA

    Daytime private lesson available pending schedule, by request

    Membership

    See instructor

    7.30 am

    See instructor

     

    • 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

     

Labor Day: United Tai Chi digest 9/2/14

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  • Thank you so much for all your readership support this summer, and please forgive this truncated holiday edition of the newsletter. In a throw-back moment, please enjoy this back to school edition, “Continuing Education” from late August of 2013. I hope to resume my regular essay in the next edition mid September.

 

  • September Voting Plea: Please support tai chi in your community and vote in The Daily Local News 2014 Readers Poll. Write in United Tai Chi under the “Fitness Center” category here at this link. Voting ends September 19.  

 

  • New Class Alerts: Christian will be teaching a Tai Chi class through Chester County Night School this fall. It is on Monday nights at 7:30pm at East Bradford Elementary School in West Chester, starting on September 29. A package of 7 classes is $72 per student. Use this link here to register through CCNS. Christian is also looking into trying some classes in West Chester in September via a shared space from another martial arts practitioner, more details TBD. (1209 Ward Avenue, Kokikai Akido School). 

 

  • News & Events: Jaclyn is visiting Croatia this month. Welcome back Christine H and thanks for the chat. Thanks to John C and Anna M for assisting with YMCA classes during Christian’s recuperation. Welcome back Claudia.  Ink-as-marketing tool:  thank you to some Labor Day barbecue party attendees at a friend’s house this week for asking about my “Center Is A Place” arm art and the opportunity to discuss Tai Chi.  Master Wei Lun Huang will be in the Philadelphia area once again this year in case you missed his Dragon Gym workshop in May.  He will be at the Masonic Lodge in Broomall PA starting the afternoon of Friday September 19, concluding late afternoon Sunday September 21. Liu Hi Ba Fa, Push Hands, Tai chi and Qigong. Registration details are on this linked flyer. Also reach Sifu Tom Hardy for questions at 610-353-8609.  

 

 

  • Social Media Roundup Welcome our new Pinterest followers Meditation Federation, Karlyn F and Tai Chi John.  In the Twittersphere, welcome @g_wimberly and @SYAbdulmalik. I haven’t promoted our Pinterest fans in a while –if you are on the site check out Karlyn Farris’ tai chi board at this link.

 

  • General Weekly Schedule:

DAY

LOCATION

PRICE

TIME

Monday

  1. Chester County Night School, East Bradford Elementary in West Chester. Starts September 29. Package of 7 classes, purchase through http://www.chestercountynightschool.org   

$72 for 7

7:30p

Tuesday

  1. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

 

  1. Blue Buddha Studio, 1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

Membership

 

$15 drop-in

4.45 pm

 

7.15 pm

Wednesday

  1. Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

 

Membership

 

7.30 am

 

Thursday

  1. Miller Park 220 Miller Way (off of Waterloo Blvd) Exton PA   Drop in whichever hour you can attend, it is $15 per hour

 

  1. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

 

  1. Lionville Holistic Health Center Natural Pharmacy, 309 Gordon Drive in Exton PA

$15 p/hour

 

 

Membership

 

$25 drop-in

(90 mins)

6.30am to 8.30a

 

4.45 pm

 

7.00 pm

Friday

  1. Student practice session/no instructor: Lionville YMCA

 

  1. Daytime private lesson available pending schedule, by request

Membership

 

See instructor

7.30 am

 

See instructor

Saturday

  1. Blue Buddha Studio, 1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

$25 drop-in

(90 min)

12:00 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 

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