Winter Weather Policy at Fitchburg Senior Center

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.

— Khiang


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
Jill.mchone@fitchburgwi.gov

David work 270-4292 (direct line)
David cell – 332-6929
David.hill@fitchburgwi.gov

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Prefer weekend classes? – this is happening….

This Saturday 11/17/18 from 930am to 11am I will be teaching classes at Zhong Yi Kung Fu School.

The ZYKFA is excited to announce that starting on Saturday 11/17 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am, Shifu Khiang Seow will be teaching Chen Style Taijiquan (Tai Chi) classes at our school!

The classes will be held once a week (Saturdays 9:30 am to 11:00 am) and will be free of charge to ZYKFA members (non-members can attend the classes for $40.00 a month).

For more information on Shifu Khiang Seow please visit this link: https://www.chenstyletaijiquan.net/?page_id=57

We are honored that Shifu Seow will share his knowledge of this wonderful art with all of us here on the east side! 🙂

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Class Schedule

Tuesday classes at the Village Co-op, 1104 Mound St (corner of Mound and Mills). Shared cost, small group class. Average $7 per class payable to host. Click here for map.

9:00 am- 10:00 am Basics (silk reeling exercises) + Form (Lao Jia Yi Lu)

Thursday classes at  the Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711. $2 per class. No registration needed. All fees donated to the Fitchburg Senior Center.

8:30 am- 9:30 am Basics (silk reeling exercises), Fan, 18 movements

…. 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.

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Finishing up training with CXX

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.

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四海為家 太極的故事 – The Story of Tai Chi – Home Across the Four Seas

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.

 

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Through Realization not Speech

An excellent write-up on what training is like in Chen Village. Reminded me of my retreat in 2010 with Chen Xiao Xing.

“Through Realisation Not Speech”

 

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Great workshop last weekend with Chen Zi Qiang

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.

 

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TAIJI BOXING ACCORDING TO CHEN ZIMING

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”.

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Sword forms pages have been updated

Took me a while but I finally got the movements listed for the single sword forms (49 movements and 54 movements)

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Thursday class at Fitchburg Senior Center is now FREE and open to everyone

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.

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