Class Schedule

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 contact Barbara at or 608.260.9363 so she can also keep you on her email list.

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

Thursday 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 contact Barbara at or 608.260.9363 so she can also keep you on her email list.

9:00 am- 10:00 amFan*

Saturday morning classes at McKee Farm Park, meet near the main shelter.

9:00 am- 10:30 amPractice what you already know or learn something new. I will there to do corrections and teach.

* I have about 8 extra fans that you can borrow or purchase. If you already have one, please bring your fan.
** It’s $10 for the week, whether you attend one or all the scheduled classes.

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Chen Village – where it all began

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Updates on Fall classes

(as of Oct 9th, 2020)

1) Kathryn and I have decided to keep the Tuesday and Thursday classes in Madison for the now. These classes will continue to be held at Edward Klief Park and lead by Kathryn. In the event of inclement weather, we will meet at Infinity Martial Arts on 3232 University Ave.Since it is getting cold outside, it is important to dress appropriately for the colder temperatures when practicing outdoors – even if you know you will get hot after the warm-up exercises. Wear light gloves and a hat as well, if necessary. Those interested in joining this group, please email Kathryn at so she can keep you posted. Remember indoor space may be limited to a maximum of 6 participants + 1 instructor.

2) Since there is no interest to return to indoor classes, Thursday classes at the Senior Center are cancelled.

3) There will be no Saturday classes until further notice because the center is not opened on weekends. If a suitable venue is found, I will send out another notification. I apologize for that.

See some of you soon. Keep practicing what you already know or can remember. Remember doing something, even if it is small, is better than doing nothing. Stay safe and healthy.

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Classes are going well

Tuesday and Thursday classes are going well. As a reminder, please wear a mask during class and keep social distancing before and after class. Do not come to class if you feel unwell in any way. See you at the next class.

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Beautiful day at Klief Park

Lucky to have this group of dedicated participants.

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New book available in Amazon

This book is now available on Amazon. I’ve 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 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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