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Year of the Goat: United Tai Chi digest 1/5/15

  • We have just christened 2015, the year of the goat. One of the yin Chinese zodiac signs, the goat is stable, sympathetic, kind-hearted, compassionate and willing to sacrifice his or her own interests to help others. Goats in different birth years are linked to different elements. Many water goats (b. 1943) share the art of music–including Janis Joplin, George Harrison, John Denver, Barry Manilow, Joni Mitchell and Jim Croce. Known for his environmentalism, Denver seemed to be aligned with the Taoist principles of communing with nature, respecting and drawing inspiration from earth’s elements. Harrison, known as the “quiet Beatle”, had an abiding interest in Eastern philosophies, instruments and meditation. Creative thinkers like Bill Nye, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were each born in a wood goat year, 1955. After Jobs’ death, internal arts blogger Paul Read (bean curd boxer) wrote of him “let us welcome the new interpreters, the Yang Chen Fus and Chen Man Ch’ings. Those who evolved the art and took the risk of rejection…just like the I Ching tells us to do. Just like the applications teach us to do.”  Were you born in a year of the goat? Share your story with us. And let us start out 2015 with compassion, kindness and sacrifice.
  • New Event & Class Alert: Christian will be holding a Saturday QiGong workshop on January 17 at Kokikai Akido School (1209 Ward Ave in West Chester). Time slot is 10am to 12pm, and pricing is $20 per hour. He is also a returning Tai Chi instructor for the Chester County Night School program. Dates January 7th to February 11th at Henderson High School in West Chester. Fees $62 bulk rate per person for six classes. Wednesday nights at 7:30pm. Register at this link. Also, regarding some of our Lionville YMCA classes, the Tuesday/Thursday afternoon class has changed temporarily during construction to 4.30pm and last 45 minutes. Join us Sunday January 18 at 10:00 am for a session with Masters Tolbert and Armstrong at Dragon Gym in Exton.
  • Recent Quotes: “As a tool for developing life skills and improving my life, I can think of few things that have done me as much good as starting martial arts training.” Mike Massie, Martial Arts Business Daily
  • Student News & Events: Chris M shared with me via Gmail this great story of enlightenment in her search for Crane vs. Snake debate answers. “On the way to yoga I looked along the roadway at a bird that caught my eye–a white crane! It had a snake in its mouth. The snake was contorting itself in all ways possible. The white crane, with its elegant, elongated curved beak, had all the advantages. White crane trumps snake. That crane, as fragile as it seems, has all the advantages. It speaks tai chi principles on several levels. Words that come to mind: don’t muscle in to a tense situation.” Our condolences to Marcia on the loss of a loved one after an illness. Pray for the families of those lost on AirAsia 8501. Thank you to the Tolberts for hosting many Tai Chi friends at a post-holiday social this weekend. I am watching my new betta fish DiNozzo, who demonstrates the principles of snake spine, bones like water, adapting to your environment, and moving meditation. Master Tolbert introduced us to Qi Journal which you can check out here.
  • Social Media Roundup: Welcome our new followers, sharers or readers on the following platforms: (Twitter) @MUNIOdefense , @QiGongiiQG, @LucasKitchen and @FerguJames. (Pinterest) Check out the boards of our new fans Sara A and Dominic B.(Facebook) Ben T, from whom I found Martial Arts Business Daily and Monica C from the Azores.  And thank you Sifu Chris Bouguyon (National Qi Gong Association board of directors) for connecting with me on LinkedIn.
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Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com

Thanksgiving: United Tai Chi digest 11/24/14

  • Oral history –stories, teachings, principles and concepts passed down through the generations– has been a touch point this weekend. In my professional work, I came across a video-taped oral history with one of the early pioneers of qualitative market research, William Schlackman. A popular television pastor was also discussing the generational influences and direction of his father and grandfather, whose hard work and sacrifices had helped pave the way for his current flood of goodwill. And our own local instructor Christian was at a workshop in Boston recently with Master Wei Lun Huang. Sifu Huang can trace his internal arts lineage back to Liao Fo Hi, and Lou Tzi Ling (himself a student of Yang Chen Fu). Many of us will be fortunate to witness some of our own generational oral histories this Thanksgiving week. Internal arts such as tai chi are rife with this kind of oral history. Again part of my “living the art” theme I have explored in previous blogs. I found it interesting that one of Mr. Schlackman’s advice notes was, “the most important interview you do is on yourself”. Yet another concept we find in tai chi. Peace and blessings to you all this Thanksgiving.
  • Schedule update/alert: After Tuesday night November 25, we will no longer have a night tai chi class at the Blue Buddha yoga studio in Glenmoore.

 

  • Shares/Finds: This Paul Read / Bean Curd Boxer blog on tai chi and snow removal reminds me of Christian’s snow tai chi video last winter. Eagles NFL fans, we all know from The Tao of Chip Kelly football, internal arts (and life) are about adapting to your opponent, humility, favoring the process not the result, flexibility, and empowering your players with equal importance.

 

  • Student News & Events: Thank you to those who joined UTC at the monthly Exton Dragon Gym Sunday session this weekend. Birthday shout-out to Janet, Son and Dot. Sorry I didn’t hear about Sifu Huang’s workshop in Boston this past weekend until a few days beforehand. If you were there, report in! Local students, if you received my note about the YMCA’s Angel Tree program to collectively purchase holiday gifts for one child in the Delaware Valley Children’s Charity community, please return your gifts to me or Christian by or before Sunday November 30 (so everything can be wrapped/bagged/tagged and dropped off at the Y, Monday 12/1). And I would be remiss not to mention a certain instructor’s birthday coming up before our next newsletter is out –from your students and everyone you have influenced, have a peaceful and meaningful day Christian. Details on our annual combo holiday + birthday breakfast coming soon.
  • Social Media Roundup: Thank you to our new followers, sharers or readers on the following platforms: (Twitter) Daryl @dmuran1, and @WillieWil1 from NYC. (Facebook) Welcome Michaela and Gregg –locals from Chester County PA, Chris K from Oregon, Brandon in Alberta, Ernie in Massachusetts, Alianza in Florida, K Bar from Nashville, Bigpapa from Chicago and Jessica from Nashville. The windy city and music city, representin’. (WordPress) We have reached over 4,000 views since I started publishing there in June 2013. Thanks for our recent growth this month in readers from Europe. And as always, our neighbors to the north continue to be our #2 readership.
  • General Weekly Schedule:
DAY LOCATION PRICE TIME
Tuesday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Blue Buddha Studio,  1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

** Last class at Blue Buddha is Tues. Novem25 **

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

 

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Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com

Group Rate: United Tai Chi 9/11/13 digest

One of our students practicing abroad.

One of our students practicing abroad.

  • Connecting groups.  Small group discussion. Study groups.  Earlier this spring we talked about one of the eight “Active ingredients” that Peter Wayne mentions in The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi (social and community interaction). Even Saihung in The Wandering Taoist has two acolytes –Sound of Clear Water and Mist Through a Grove, as he starts his exploration.  Though sometimes we like to practice alone, in the quiet of our own internal spaces, we cannot deny that part and parcel of our Tai Chi practice is the effect of others and the shared experiences of a group dynamic.  Why were at least 75% of congregants wearing the color blue at a service this weekend? There was no memo, nor email, phone-tree, smoke signal, et al, saying ‘Hey everyone were blue at 9am’.  There was not a special Blue holiday that I was aware of. No cookie monster nor Blue Man Group tribute.  And yet, just like with our fellow Tai Chi players, we were somehow part of a shared experience or connecting path, a sociological phenomenon, a mystical telepathy that keeps us stitched to one another.  How were you impacted by groups this week?

 

  • Shares/FindsInteresting article about how even the way you chop and prepare your food or your posture while standing can utilize Tai Chi influence to impact the result of the meal  http://yang-sheng.com/?p=9311    You can listen to Tai Chi instructor and blogger Bean Curd Boxer (Paul Read) wax poetic on “What is Rooting” in this audio podcast http://teapotmonk.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-02T07_16_26-07_00  Bruce Frantzis of Energy Arts is promoting colleague Paul Cavel’s program launch of “Five Keys to Taoist Energy Arts” by rolling out a small video once a week, starting with (1)Circling Hands and (2)Building your qi with standing QiGong.  See http://www.energyarts.com/blog

 

  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Welcome new students Dolores, Cosmo and Peter.  Two parts of Yang 108 Tai Chi form, ten breaths, thirteen postures. More tai chi walk/balance practice. Left foot transition options in Dragon Tongue Kick (beginner vs advanced; thanks Ron). Scissor step discussion for Play the Pan Pan. Practice testing your ability to block out radio/TV noise or monkey mind intrusions.

 

  • Student News and Upcoming Events: Thanks Rim for sharing your note about using your Tai Chi breathing practices during physical therapy. Welcome B.M.A. Italy @baguacademy to our Twittersphere. It is nice to see Christian back again after being sidelined last week. Jaclyn thanks for the update (and photos) from abroad –setting a fine example with your travel Tai Chi practice.  Happy belated birthday Irene.   Boot Road Park Monday nights…your last class is 9/16.  Thanks Deb for your comments on proprioception (9/4 Wordperess) and emptying (9/9 Facebook), and good luck to your dad.  Next week: another wayward summer traveler back in town?  Christian’s next Qi Gong workshop is Saturday September 28, 2pm –talk it up!

  

  • Etcetera:  Liz, I did not hang on to the railing this weekend, thanks.  Baby steps.

 

  •  Weekly Schedule:  (note Monday night wind down soon)

 

MORNINGS

Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive  Exton PA

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM

AFTERNOONS

Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd  Exton PA

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM

EVENING

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

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

Thursday

7:00 PM

Monday night beginners

Beginners  at Boot Road Park (last   class 9/16/13)

110 W. Boot Rd  West Chester     $10 drop in rate.

Monday

6:00 PM

 

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Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com    

Take Notice: United Tai Chi 8/21/13 newsletter

  • Gratitude. One of the things Tai Chi has helped me with, cliché or no, is to ‘slow down and smell the roses’. Metaphorically at least, as I am anosmatic. There were things I used to take for granted, things I didn’t used to see, hear or feel.  An unlocking of doors. I didn’t used to pray as much. Or notice the sight and feel of freshly cut grass. Or realize that my feet had so much receptivity and power. To listen or read a fellow student’s testimony without judgment.  The value of an invitation. This weekend I heard an instructor caution a student not to cheat at a posture –this could have meant not to discount the energy or expressiveness of an opening. I’d also like it to mean not to short-shrift the gratitude one finds in internal arts and the universality of grace.  What are you grateful for this week and how has Tai Chi helped you appreciate your world?

 

  •  Shares/Finds:  A book I’m reading this week is “How to Survive The Unthinkable” by Tim Larkin, which discusses differences between antisocial aggression and asocial violence.  It warns against our tendency to want to play by the common social rules, when asocial or violent predators do not operate in the same confines.  The book encourages you to not “fall into the pool and sink” since most are “so afraid of experiencing violence that they have no response at all when they do encounter it”.  Intuition, learning to read signals, avoidance, and being prepared are topics discussed.  Let me know if anyone is interested in discussing some more notes from this current book, including how meditators tend to be more attuned to details and “connected to their senses rather than being on autopilot (a predators dream).”

 

  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Ten breaths, breathing orbits, 13 postures, studying the bottom of the foot tan tiens as they relate to their corresponding partners in other parts of the body. Yin energy raising your left arm for Play the Pan Pan.  A strong foundation or root yields strong branches. A great session of the Qi Gong practice “Growing Like a Tree” on Thursday –quiet, slow, long, internal and utilizing the notion of the pelvic curve or full body hugging the tree.  Another visit to our old friend Brush Knee, and relaxing the heaven hand (snake eyes).  Eight powers and five directions. Balance tip—do morning neck stretches to readjust the inner-ear bones.  Curving your pelvis. Parts I and II of Yang 108. And finally, Tuesday afternoon some more detail work on our Pull Downs (near Shoulder Strike, and Dragon Tongue Kick), and spinal alignment on the Apparent Closing (uprooting the opponent).

 

  • Student News and Upcoming Events:  We will hold another outdoor Qi Gong workshop on Saturday afternoon, August 31 (specific start time TBD soon).  And the DVD night to come together and watch some Tai Chi videos from Wakulla sessions and YMCA classes will happen in late September. Thank you to Master John Armstrong for the sword class I tried this weekend.  On the horizon: short-video testimonials from one or more students.  Jaclyn will be travelling to China soon. Red Cross blood drive this Friday August 23 at the Lionville YMCA 8.30a to 6.30p (walk-ins welcome). Thanks Deb for your outreach.  Thanks Marilyn for sharing your Tai Chi walk connection to a nature documentary.  If you missed the link to Christian’s Chester County Night School tai chi course this fall, here it is again https://www.chestercountynightschool.org/CourseStatus.awp?&Course=13FFH710&DirectFrom=Schedule&Origin=Courses+Taught+by+Christian+Samuelson    

 

  • Etcetera:  Apparently “Shark Week” on Discovery network recently posted its best ratings ever. Note to self, change title of next week’s newsletter to “Shark Week”.  Also since I just saw the Steve Jobs biopic this weekend, I am of a mind to quote Bean Curd Boxer (Paul Reed), blogging after the death of Jobs, “his refusal to be bound by the dictates of history, by the opinions of experts or the advice of marketers enabled him to pursue his vision for a more meaningful and productive digital evolution. When the complex is made simple, evolutions are born”…and in linking this to the internal arts, “Nothing stays still, everything changes. Empowering others is a good thing. Belittling and undermining is not. The old will always have to make room for the new as that is the way. Let us welcome the new interpreters.” 

 

  • Weekly Schedule  

MORNINGS

Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM

AFTERNOONS

Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM

EVENING

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr

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

Thursday

7:00 PM

Spring/Summer Evening

Beginners  at Boot Road Park (weather permitting)

110 W. Boot Rd       $10 drop in rate.

Monday

6:00 PM

 

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

Kathleen         unitedtaichi@gmail.com