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Sept.Newsletter Tai Chi School of Westchester, est. 1978

From: Domingo C.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:50 PM

The Tai Chi Times

September 2012 Newsletter of the

Tai Chi School of Westchester, est. 1978

Always individualized instruction *

Always evolving * Always interactive

101 Pondfield Road West, Bronxville, NY, on the 2nd floor of the West Center Church above the Montessori School

 

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We hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day Holiday. It's time to glide back into the nothingness and everything that is

Tai Chi. The School's Head Instructor, Nicola Briggs, has returned from a fascinating trip to China, studying Chinese intensively, visiting the WuDang Mountain, part of the WuDang Mountain Range in Hubei Provence, the sacred and mystical center for Tai Chi, Kung Fu and the Tao itself, and bringing home many interesting Tai Chi stories.

 

FREE OPEN HOUSE, Friday, September 14, 6:00-7:30 p.m.: Visitors are welcome to watch and encouraged to learn and participate in easy-to-do Tai Chi and Chi Gung exercises. Simple, useful movements will be taught and you will experience the self-defense, health benefits, power, and martial presentations of Tai Chi and Chi Gung.

 

SIFU'S POPULAR "HEALTHY BACKS WORKSHOP," Friday, September 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m.with new and additional exercises and techniques: Sifu is also a licensed NYS Physical Therapist and has designed this Workshop to help you achieve and maintain a healthy back, provide relief from discomfort and increase strength. Register at Meetup.com or at the door. Fees are $30 for new participants and $20 for repeat attendees, includes reference materials.

 

Stick Form Class, Saturdays at 8:45 a.m., has just begun and there's still time to join us. Come to the classes or sign up through Meetup.com. Our first class was held on September 8 and we had a wonderful turnout, including students new to the School. We still have room for a few more students and it is early enough for everyone to catch-up. Martial Applications are taught right along with the movements of the form, all reinforced by non-sparring partner practice. (Stick Form is a pre-requisite for Two-Person Stick Form, which follows next in the curriculum.)

 

During the recent non-sparring Martial Applications Class (Sundays, 9:00-10:00 a.m.), we studied seven applications of "Step Forward and Strike with Shoulder." Visualizing how this posture can be used both defensively and offensively led to a greater understanding of the initial posture itself and how one enters, "moves within," and moves out of that position - not just into "White Crane," but how it fits into the Tai Chi mindset of moving meditation, flowing values, and martial purpose. Hidden within "Strike with Shoulder" (as within all Tai Chi moves - particularly the transitions in all the various forms taught at this and other schools) are multiple yields, deflections, parries, blocks, strikes, captures, locks, reversals, pressure points, and even kicks and at least one throw. Each month we'll start to review in the newsletter some of the unexpected aspects of a particular move ... but to learn and experience the deepest secrets, come to the class!

 

Student and athletes have returned to their High School and College classes. One parent suggested a "gift certificate" (now available!) for her athlete children to improve their skills and give them an edge over the competition. Our first "basketball star" has joined our ranks and we have had inquiries from a weightlifter for the same program. One of our colleagues has recently written an article about "Tai Chi for body builders" which is out awaiting publication. Reviewed by Sifu Colon, it highlights the benefits Tai Chi brings to weightlifting. A second article is being written demonstrating the relationship between Tai Chi and basketball, and a third is planned for the benefits of Tai Chi as they relate to particular baseball fielding positions. (Ever noticed how a pitcher resembles an extended "Brush Knee"? Imagine adding fa jing to a fastball!)

 

Later this month ... our Third Annual Survey ... and the first by email and Internet! Our anonymous survey, administered by an outside marketing firm, takes less than seven minutes to complete and will be of great assistance to the School, your teachers and fellow students, present and future. There's plenty of room for comments and anyone completing the survey will receive a free class pass. The results will be aggregated and tabulated by the marketing company, so your anonymity and security is assured. Our goal is to incorporate your interests and suggestions into the curriculum and the School. Equally, we are interested in your concerns, dissatisfactions and critiques. Remember Michelangelo's response when asked how he was able to divine the David from an otherwise-unsatisfactory piece of defective marble: "I removed everything that wasn't the David, and the David is what emerged." It is also a rather Taoist concept if you consider it in that light - negative space, nothingness, removing non-desired elements, allowing for change. It also speaks to classical Tai Chi in removing all things not natural to one's system and movements.   The same is true for Sifu's intentions for the School. While rarely does anything human achieve its perfected state, our efforts, striving and manifested intentions are what bring us ever-closer, so please be as complete and honest as you can.

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