In case you have been deceived by the warm temperatures, it is winter. In the event that Kathryn or I have to cancel Thursday morning class, we will call or leave a message with the center. I will also add a post here, so you can either check on line or call the center (270-4290) to check before going out. If driving conditions are not safe, please stay home. Take care and remember if you slip, point your (b__t or a_s) straight down.
From: Jill McHone, Senior Center Director
Subject: Winter Weather Policy
In the event of inclement weather, the Senior Center will automatically cancel both the home delivered and congregate meal programs when Oregon schools are closed.
The cancellation of all other programs will be at the discretion of the Senior Center Director and/or Class Instructor. It will be the responsibility of the instructor to notify class participants of any cancellations or to encourage participants to call the Senior Center for cancellation information.
If an instructor needs to cancel a class due to weather or other circumstances, they must call the Senior Center as soon as possible. If it is outside of our working hours (8am-4pm), please leave a message on our main line, 270-4290. We will then include the cancellation information on our phone message as well as relay to all staff. Please note that in the rare occasion that the City of Fitchburg makes a decision to close, ALL Senior Center activities will be automatically canceled.
…. and when the weather gets better, we go outdoors.
Wednesday classes at McKee Farm Park Shelter, corner of McKee and Fish Hatchery Click here for map. No registration needed. $10 per class. No classes if it rains BEFORE class starts. If the shelter is in use by others, look around the park for me or a group of taijiquan players. 🙂
6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Silk Reeling followed by forms (empty hands, weapons, etc)
I am currently teaching at Fitchburg Senior Center and at Village Co-Op Housing. I am planning to expand the schedule to include evening classes this fall when I find economical and locations to keep cost down for everyone. I am also available for private lessons or workshops in or out of town upon request at reasonable rates.
I am sad that I will no longer be able to get my corrections from this fine teacher in US. For the last decade or so, Grandmaster Chen Xiao Xing has been giving me pointers, making corrections and sharing stories from the village. If it wasn’t for him (and his son Chen Zi Qiang) my taijiquan will not have gotten to this level. Every move I make, I can still hear his voice, feel his touch and also that look when I make a mistake or ask a silly question. I’ve been complimented and I’ve been scolded. I would not ask for anything less. I will have to sought him out in Chen village now for that’s where he will be after this year’s tour outside China.
A wonderful, four-part documentary produced by CCTV (China national television), was just released, showing the impact Chen Taijiquan has had on New Yorkers. The program focuses on students of Ren Guangyi, whose lives have been impacted by Taijiquan training. Its a unique testament to Taijiquan’s power as cultural exchange and to its universal benefit.
OMG! I learned so much from Chen Ziqiang about pushing hands over the weekend. I have been so fortunate to meet Zi Qiang and his father for they have imparted so much knowledge about Chen Style taijiquan to me. Every time I have a workshop with them, I learn something new that will change my form and my practice and every time, it is for the better. I don’t want this learning to ever stop. Ziqiang is such a generous teacher.
This is great translation by Paul Brennan. I have always thought that the “White Crane” reference was something introduced by Yang Lu Chan when he taught in Beijing but I may be wrong. Chen Ziming used that reference as well although his teacher was Chen Xin and Chen Xin’s original writing has it as “White Goose”.
This translation was also reference by David Gaffney in his article on Taijiquan “Placing Hands”.
I am happy to announce that Kathryn and I have decided not to collect fees for the Thursday class at Fitchburg Senior Center. We want to encourage participation in this class and invite anyone to come learn taijiquan. Setting a fee would be against our intention to teach this class. Please share this with friends and family, young and old, let’s have fun together.