Friday, February 17, 2017

Upcoming Events at Mindful Motion Tai-Chi Academy

March 18th- One Day In-house Retreat 9AM to 2PM

Tune in, turn off your phone, turn on your heart-mind, and immerse yourself in a day of Tai-Chi practice and insights, stretching, breath work, as well as breakout sessions including:

Gems and Chakras with Mary Jo Feeley
Movies and videos of Master T.T. Liang and others with Dan Polsfuss
Understanding the Function of the Shoulder Girdle for your Tai-Chi Practice with Jane Shockley

Tea and coffee will be available. I am negotiating a catered Chinese food lunch and will post the cost when I get it. Or you can brown-bag it! Sign up will be posted at the Academy.

Grandmaster Wai-lun Choi seminars April 22 & 23

A weekend with Master Choi! Come and experience the teaching, humor, power, insights, and mastery of my Sifu! Sign up at the Academy.

Saturday 9-11 Hsing-Yi
Corrections, applications, and training tips for the Five Fists, the Five Element Linking Form (Um Hang Lin Wan Kuen), and Kwan Do applications.

Saturday 1-3 Introduction to the Main Form of Liu Ho Pa Fa
Come and begin the study of the Main Form, an amazing catalogue of technique, movement, and posture, with the current Grandmaster of Six Harmony Eight Methods style!

Saturday Night Banquet with Master Choi.

Sunday 9-11 Pa-Kua
Corrections, applications, and training tips for the first two palms from the 64 Mother Palms Form.
( Original Form )

Sunday 1-3 Tai-Chi Pushing-Hands
Master Choi will be teaching his three methods, which he calls "chase-hands." This will be an excellent introduction to two person sensitivity from the hands of an expert!

30 dollars a session, or all four for 100 dollars. I have two hours of private time available. Talk to me if you are interested.

July 29 & 30 Tai-Chi North Retreat

Join me in Duluth for a weekend of practice, hiking, eating together, and celebrating my 40th year of Tai-Chi. Details and sign up to come.

Monday, January 30, 2017

February Newsletter Mindful Motion Tai-Chi Academy 2017


"Softness can save you."
-Ohad Naharin

Happy New Year of the Fire Rooster!!!! Wishing you health, prosperity, passion, purpose, and joy in the coming year!

We will be celebrating Chinese New Year on Saturday February 4th, beginning at 5:00 PM. We will have a demonstration, altar ceremony, and a banquet at U Garden. You do not need to sign up for the demo or the banquet, just come on down!

Grad News-

Hsing-Yi 5 Element Linking Form;

Stephen Peterson
Paul Verette
Bruce Rubbelke
Idris Sallahudin
Anthony Van Wagner
Bryan Steenerson

Hsing-Yi Kwan-Do;

Jason Aanenson
Paul Verette
Stephen Peterson
Matt Barrett
Bryan Steenerson
Dave Kielkof
Darren Lee

One Day In-House Retreat, Saturday March 18th.

Join me for a one day retreat and immersion into the world of Tai-Chi, Qi-Gong, and related practices at our academy. We will have two breakout sessions, and a catered Chinese food lunch. Spend a day at the academy and treat yourself to a day of practice, reflection, fellowship, and a break from the phone/FB/computer etc!!!!! More details and a sign up to follow. Regular Saturday classes will be suspended for that day.

Grandmaster Wai-lun Choi is coming back to the Twin Cities!

Master Choi is coming in April to conduct a few seminars and workshops, and to reconnect. If you haven't met him, you are in for a real treat! If you have met him before, you won't believe the energy and power! Classes will include: Hsing-Yi 5 Elelments, Applications, and Kwan-Do Applications. Pa-Kua Mother Palms first two palm changes and their applications, Tai-Chi Sensitivity, Pushing-Hands, and training. An Intro to Liu Ho Pa Fa Main Form. I will have a few private times available. More details and prices and times, as well as a sign up are coming. This is going to be amazing!

A special thanks to Fred and Robert Sparks for all the extra help around the academy. You guys rock!

Beginning in March, I am requesting that you pay your tuition in two month payments, paying for two months at a time. This will  make it easier for my new bookkeeper, oh, that's me!! If this is a hardship, or you have questions, please ask or e-mail.

Thank you all for your support, enthusiasm, and inspiration. I have had some of the best classes of my more than 30 years of teaching!


"Just as you wouldn't leave the house without taking a shower, you shouldn't start the day without at least 10 minutes of sacred practice: prayer, meditation, inspirational reading."
-Marianne Williamson



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Friday, January 13, 2017

A Private Class with Grandmaster Wai-lun Choi, Fall 2016

At the end of October last year, I traveled to Chicago and had the pleasure of taking another private class with my teacher, Grand-master Wai-lun Choi. I try to visit him every time I go to Chicago and his basement kwoon is now as familiar as his old school on West Irving. I can even find his house now!

We started off with Q & A . I always keep a notebook around when I practice or teach, that way when questions come up, I can jot them down for the next time I see Master Choi. I also write down questions from students and classmates. Sometimes I need to know, and at other times I need to confirm. Plus, some questions really get Master Choi going and he teaches a ton, and at other times my questions just piss him off!

We talked about the history of Liu Ho Pa Fa and the qi-gong and meditation methods in that system. Master Choi related many aspects of training and reminded me, " Many styles, but one body." He talked a lot about developing instinct and the need for correct learning and practicing. He said to be clear about your martial arts goal and that "there is no end to this art!"

After some in depth discussion, we went to work. Master Choi went over sensitivity with me and I got to practice hands with him. I have to say, he is even more soft, sensitive, and powerful than ever! He emphasized that that coiling chase hand can cover many angles and attacks. He showed that the push/pull aspects of combining the Dragon with the Tiger made a good combination. Together they make the toi-fong unbalancing technique used in Tai-Chi pushing hands and many other styles. He said the Dragon and Tiger don't fight each other, they work together.

We went over how to train the eyes with a simple ball hanging from a string. Of course, anything Master Choi does is useful, needed, and deep in theory and application. It turned out to be a lot more than a ball hang from the ceiling! We also went over heavy and light bags and different training and benefits of both. "Don't let the heavy bag hit you! Use it to test your structure." Plus a swimming noodle to practice solo chin-na was funny and frightening at the same time!

As it usually does, the two hours flew by and I had to go back to Minnesota. I did make tentative plans for Master Choi to visit this Spring, and will keep you posted. I'll leave you with a treasure from my notes. Many times I've heard from Master Choi, "Tension bothers your breathing." This time he said,

"Tension bothers your instincts."