Break is over and classes resume tomorrow at co-housing at 9am.
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 couple of announcements. Now that the December workshops are over, it is time for another set in January before I leave town. These mini workshops will prepare you for the weekly evening classes that Kathryn and I are starting at the Hybrid Athletic Club. For more information about these classes or workshops, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, 1/6/18 9am – 12 noon
- Fundamentals of Chen Style Taijiquan
This is an introduction to Chen Style Taijiquan. We start with stretching, followed by standing and then learn silk reeling exercises (SRE), to coordinate our movements through the core. Suitable for anyone who already knows another style of taijiquan.
Saturday, 1/6/18 2pm – 5pm
- 18 Movements Form
Created by Grandmaster Chen Zhen Lei, this is a subset of the long beginner’s form (Lao Jia Yi Lu – Old Frame First Routine). It builds upon the morning workshop. This is also suitable for anyone who have practiced taijiquan.
Saturday, 1/13/18 9am – 12 noon – Part 1 of 4
Saturday, 1/13/18 2pm – 5 pm – Part 2 of 4
Sunday, 1/14/18 9am – 12 noon – Part 3 of 4
Sunday, 1/14/18 2pm – 5 pm – Part 4 of 4
- Lao Jia Yi Lu – Old Frame First Routine
These 4 sessions will focus on the traditional beginner’s form learned in Chen Village. The form consists of 75 movements.. Each session will build upon the previous session unless you already know the form or other styles of taijiquan.
$25 per 3-hr session
Weekly evening classes on Wednesdays (starting Jan 10th, 2018)
- 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm – Fundamentals and Silk Reeling Exercise. Suitable for anyone interested in learning about Chen Style Taijiquan.
- 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm – Forms practice beginning with Lao Ji Yi Lu. Other forms will be added as the class progresses. Must know the fundamentals or other styles of taijiquan. Participants need to complete stretches themselves before class starts.
$10 per class for non-club members, $5 per class for club members
Hybrid Athletic Club
2881 Commerce Park Dr, Suite A
Fitchburg, WI 53719
From Stephen’s FB Post (True Tai Chi)
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.
An excellent write-up on what training is like in Chen Village. Reminded me of my retreat in 2010 with Chen Xiao Xing.
In case you are not aware, it is winter soon 🙂 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, stay home. Take care and remember if you slip, point your (fill in the blank) straight down.
Date: November 21, 2017
To: Fitchburg Senior Center Instructors
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.
Following is contact information:
Main Line – 270-4290
Jill work – 270-4291 (direct line)
Jill cell – 772-4867
David work 270-4292 (direct line)
David cell – 332-6929
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”.
Took me a while but I finally got the movements listed for the single sword forms (49 movements and 54 movements)
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.