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A Look Back, Part II: United Tai Chi digest 12/22/14

  • In the previous blog we reminisced about the first half of 2014 for United Tai Chi. Some say the sequel is never as good as the original, but let’s give it a go.
    • In addition to the class locations mentioned in Part I of the newsletter, added sites in the latter half of the year included Kokikai Akido school, more Chester County Night School sessions, and the Sunday mornings at Dragon Gym with Masters Armstrong and Tolbert. Our mentor Wei Lun Huang held a weekend workshop in Broomal PA that several of our students attended. And Phil represented UTC at Master Huang’s annual Wakulla Springs tai chi retreat. Christian held an outdoor weekend QiGong seminar in August. And followed Master Huang to a learning session at Boston Healing Tao this fall. UTC was also represented at the Blue Buddha anniversary party.
    • Field trips or shared events included Christian, Phil and Deb joining Master Armstrong in Philadelphia for a community festival and Tai Chi demonstration. Likewise some attended an Internal Arts weekend workshop lakeside at a fellow practitioner’s cabin. Steve and Phil conducted a Harvest Moon internal arts evening to celebrate the cosmic event. John C travelled to Hawaii to cheer on his son in a prestigious triathlon. We read books such as “The Power of Tai Chi Chuan” (R. Gamble) and “The Old Man From the Hill” (S. Zimcosky).Ray welcomed a new grandson, Jaclyn travelled to Croatia, and Christian’s uncle had an art exhibit at the Rosenfled Gallery in Philadelphia. Our annual tradition continued in supporting a youth from the Delaware Valley Children’s Charity with Angel Tree gift donations at the local YMCA.
    • Newsletter blog essays in the ‘living the art’ theme included: the effect of utilizing sound or music versus no sound. Mood disorders or depression and the Taoist principles of meditation, fitness and access to daylight. Medication black box warnings about side effects as a story framing agent to discuss the positive “side effects” of tai chi. Letting things go via listening, receiving, flexibility, communing with nature and animals, and comporting ourselves like ‘velvet bricks’. Goal setting in our daily lives as well as our internal arts practice. The assistance of smart phones in your search for videos, class locations, tweeted articles, blogs, or connecting with practice partners. Recovery from personal traumas using an analogy of cups full of pain that spill over versus those that allow room to let the goodness in. Layers (gum, Ogres, and the Human, Earth and Sky stages of tai chi). And finally, oral history and generational influences.
    • Thank you for making the following our most read blog titles published in the second half of the year: “Reboot”, “Labor Day”, “Sounds of Silence”, “Goal Tending”, “Thanksgiving”, and “A Look Back, Part I”. The Bee Gees said, “its only words, and words are all I have”. I hope, from me, it’s been so much more than words. Merry Christmas.
  • New Class Alert: Christian will be teaching through the Chester County Night School program. Dates January 7th to February 11th 2015 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.
  • Shares/Finds: My recent book review “The Old Man From the Hill” for the Tai Chi website Slanted Flying. Thank you Steve Zimcosky and Guy Tomash for your faith in me.
  • Student News & Events: Marilyn, thanks for a nice Open House party for tai chi friends and neighbors. Good to meet folks and discover more about purple pool water, Ray’s grandson, Jiji’s humor, Chris’s Michael Keaton film recommendations, Jose’s ikebana plans, and Dick, thanks for the Elf on the Shelf comment. Affinity groups are so helpful this time of year. Internal art, open heart.
  • Social Media Roundup: Thank you to our new followers, sharers or readers on the following platforms: (Facebook) Charles, Andy-Janelle, Joey, Sajad and Paulo. (WordPress) First time readers from Columbia and Cambodia this month. Canada and the UK, thanks always for your growing support. And a shout-out to our one reader in Finland –original home of my late grandfather. (Pinterest) check out the boards of fans Dominic B. , Adam R. and Sara A. Thank you Sifu Anthony K of FlowingZen for your forthright revelations and investigation regarding a troubling subject.
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Have a great week, and may all your armpits have tuna sandwiches.

Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com

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RECOVERY: United Tai Chi digest 10/28/14

  • RECOVERY
  • Several houses of worship have discussion groups for those struggling with issues of substance abuse, anger management, recovery from domestic abuse or family dysfunction. This weekend pastor Marc L at a local church shared a dynamic message using opaque red Solo cups filled with water. The cups that were full, and content to stay unchanged, were more likely to have ‘spillage’ when bumping into others. Conversely, also on the table was a clear cup that had let out some of its ‘pain’ by sharing. As a takeaway ‘living the art’ message, please let  tai chi and qigong be like that transparent cup that lets others to see inside your struggles, the cup that has room to let the goodness in. No doubt many of you know that October is breast cancer awareness month. Memorial Sloan Kettering is but one of the institutions citing qigong’s effect on helping to “reduce upper limb lymphedema” in breast cancer patients, as well as offering relief for “pain, numbness, dizziness and fatigue and inflammation” associated with cancer.
  • Shares/Finds: A new book out next week is Robin Gamble’s The Power of Tai Chi Chuan: An Introduction to the Benefits of Health, Self-Defense and Personal Developmen Look for my review soon on www.slantedflying.com

 

  • Student News & Events: Congratulations to friends attending Master Wei Lun Huang’s tai chi workshop in Wakulla Springs Florida this week, they are exploring the internal connections with the earth and heavens –and our local student Phil G is again enjoying the healing waters of the springs outside the lodge. One of my favorite blogs was about my time at the Wakulla workshop last fall. Thank you to attendees at the monthly Dragon Gym Sunday session with fellow instructors Al Tolbert and John Armstrong. Birthday greetings to Joy N and Dave K. Happy anniversary to our instructor Christian and his wife Chris. John C was in Hawaii recently for his son’s triathlon, congratulations on a successful experience there. Claudia and I tried out a salsa dance club recently and that was a good place to re-explore some of my tai chi learning (understanding your partner like push-hands, or hey, ‘you don’t need to take such big steps’).  Did any of you attend any Halloween parades or parties recently? Send me a photo if you are a costume fan.
  • Social Media Roundup: Thank you to our new followers, sharers or readers on the following platforms:  (Twitter) Turquoise Dragon @taichitexan, artist and qigong practitioner @tremagg, Melissa @cowgirlmel88, @giacomosalvato1 and e-learning developer @libre_learning. (Pinterest) check out boards from fans ari,John F, Ahryn S and Elise M. (Facebook) in the past two weeks, our biggest engagement rate was for the post about Wakulla Springs workshop feedback. If you attended (or are still attending the 2nd week of) Sifu Huang’s workshop, let us hear from you.
  • General Weekly Schedule:
DAY LOCATION PRICE TIME
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

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

Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com