Looking ahead to July

This pandemic is really no joke. It has crippled the economy and changed our routines. Just when we all thought it is safe to step out, the number of cases goes up again.

The latest news from the Fitchburg Senior Center is that they will evaluate if August opening is practical. This will be done in July. In the mean time, I have surveyed participants of our weekly classes and most are NOT ready to meet inside in July but all are ready to meet outdoors.

Kathryn have discussed this possibility with Barb and Don (our hosts at Co-housing for Tue class) and we think it is possible to start meeting at a park near the Co-housing starting in July, July 7th to be exact.

There will be changes in the format of the classes to ensure everyone’s safety.

  1. Following the current guidelines, there will be no more than 10 people at each gathering. That means if Kathryn and I are there, we can only have 8 more people.
  2. Bring your own water bottles, towels, etc. No sharing.
  3. Maintain social distancing during practice, unless you are already in close proximity with your partner.
  4. Wear a face mask when not practicing taijiquan. The use of a mask is not suitable during practice as we will re-breathing a lot of CO2 and that’s not good for us.
  5. Wear a face shield, if available, while practicing.
  6. Maintain minimum social distancing of 6 feet unless you are already in close proximity at home.
  7. No hands on corrections.
  8. Fees will be collected through a no touch container or using a cashless system like Venmo. More details on this when I figure out how.

The Tuesday class will start on July 7th at 9am at Klief Park. Klief Park is one-half a block north from the Village Common House. The streets around the park are Charter, Orchard, Milton, and Bowen Court. Classes are still $10. Please note that there is no bathroom at the location, but it is possible to walk back to the Common House to use the bathroom there.

If you are interested in attending the Tuesday class, you can reserve a spot by emailing Barbara Maccrimmon at bardonmacc@gmail.com. A maximum of 8 is all we can take now.

As for other days, I would like to propose the following. Please send me an email (khiangseow@gmail.com) to express your interest in any of these classes and I will consider re-starting them. I’m very hesitant about starting too many classes at this time because of my compromised immune system. Here are the proposed times, locations, program and fees for a possible re-opening.

  • Thursdays, 9am – 10am, McKee Farm Park (near the shelter) $10 per class, silk reeling only, max 8 people.
  • Thursdays, 10am – 11am, McKee Farm Park (near the shelter) $10 per class*, LaoJiaYiLu, , max 8 people.
  • Saturdays, 9am – 10am, McKee Farm Park (near the shelter) $10 per class, LaoJiaYiLu, , max 8 people.
  • Saturdays, 10am – 11am, McKee Farm Park (near the shelter) $10 per class*, Weapons, , max 8 people.

*- $10 per class per day. If attending both 9am and 10am class, then it is still $10.

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Class Schedule

Starting July 7th, 2020, we will begin a trial re-opening at Klief Park.

Tuesday morning classes at Klief Park (1200 Milton St, Madison, WI 53715), near Village Common House, hosted by Barbara and Don MacCrimmon, led by Kathryn. $10 per class. Please email Barb to reserve a spot as gathering size is limited to a maximum of 10 at this time. Please contact Barbara at bardonmacc@gmail.com or 608.260.9363.

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

All other classes are cancelled at this time.

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New book available in amazon

This book is now available on amazon. I’ve ordered mine, go get yours today.

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Online Taijiquan Basics

Due to the extended Safer At Home initiative, Fitchburg Senior Center offered me the opportunity to make a video of our weekly warm-ups and silk reeling exercises and because the space is small and tight. I’m only doing the stationary portion of the silk reeling exercises.

The video is available at http://factv.fitchburgwi.gov/CablecastPublicSite/show/12329?channel=2 as well as scheduled air times. I hope by the time we get back together in person again, we can add on standing corrections, moving steps , and do the forms together. Until then, please stay safe, protect not just yourself but others through social distancing, earning masks etc until we are sure our healthcare system is ready for us to get the coronavirus. It is not “IF” but “when” we will get the virus.

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Direct from Chen Village

To all my taijiquan friends:

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, taijiquan friends from all over the world have sent us a lot of greetings of concern. Under the leadership of my government, the epidemic in China is now under control and the crisis situation is easing. Today COVID-19 has spread on a global scale, and each of us is just an ordinary member of the global family. Although we are not all able to be fighting the virus in the frontline like medical and hospital staff, we can all contribute to our country’s effort by protecting ourselves.

My friends, following the outbreak in my country, I wish to convey to you China’s valuable experience and the measures taken to prevent the spread of the contagion. You must treat the virus outbreak very seriously and protect yourself well!

1. Stay at home as much as possible

2. Wear a mask when you go out

3. Keep distance between people

4. Avoid crowds

5. Avoid touching things; don’t rub your eyes

6. Be sure to wash when you get home

7. Leave outdoor coats and shoes at the door

8. Avoid bringing the virus into your home

9. The house should be ventilated every day

10. Keep regular hours and eat a balanced diet

Remember to practice Taijiquan every day! Enhance your immunity!

Friends, please protect yourself. I look forward to meeting you again!

Chen Ziqiang















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News from Chen Village

Hi friends: a very powerful message Kim Ivy received from Chenjiagou on WeChat, from Cui Bing, CZQs wife, CXX’s daughter-in-law. (WeChat has a translation feature).

Hello! Kim, how’s it going? How are you and your family? The news shows that the number of sick people in the United States has increased a lot. Are you all right? Hope all is well! This virus is too cunning, at present in addition to stay at home, there is no other way to resist, must not go out, do not contact with others. It took us many days at home to get this virus under control. Be sure to take care of your body! You must be careful! Try to avoid going out and practice tai chi every day at home, because China is in the process of treating and fighting viruses. Many health care workers and experts working on the front-line are advocating taijiquan to improve their immunity, enhance heart and lung function, and resist the invasion of viruses while treating the virus with medicine at the same time. Wish you and your family peace!

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平静 (Píngjìng) Calmness, quietness

As we all stay at home for the people we care about, practice calming down through the standing posture longer.

Like I said many times, the first stage of standing is to calm the mind. Really, there’s nothing better to do now but learn to calm the mind. Once the mind is calm, you will find your body, you will find your center. Once you found it, let the mind rest there.

Your body will settle in and the weight in the upper body disappears as each muscle group find its equilibrium state and each part of the body stack on the next part and eventually the upper body just rest.

The quads are burning now, let it burn. Strength is building up. Strength is what we need now to prepare ourselves for the next phase.

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So I have been asked if I would conduct online taijiquan classes and my feeling is that there are plenty of videos online already and while some are accurate and some are not, they all serve their purpose in getting you to move (if you are sitting and reading this, get into standing posture) … coordinated or not.

So … instead of sharing more videos, I decided this a a good time for Q&A. Shoot me questions on your taijiquan practice and I will answer them. Email me your questions.

While I can’t make corrections physically, I hope my verbal cues can guide you through. Another avenue I am pursuing is corrections through videos. You take a video of your practice, I use a coaching app to mark up where I think you can make corrections. You get the idea.

Until we meet again, keep practicing. This is a good time to practice calming the mind, you can’t go anywhere anyway. 🙂

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Coronavitus update from senior center

update as of 210pm 3/13/20 – as a result of new information received, classes at the senior center will be cancelled until April. This is a rolling situation so I will update this post as I’ve received new information.

This is also applicable to general community activities and events.

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Great interview with Master Chen Bing


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