Monday, October 28, 2019

MMTCA Novembar Newsletter 2019

"Civilization is organized kindness,”
-Bill Foege

Happy Halloween! I hope you get lots of treats!

Last month I traveled to Delaware to conduct a retreat at Rehoboth Beach. We covered 8 Brocades, Fast Form, Wu-Dang Wu-Li Sword, Pushing-Hands Etudes, Karambit, and lots of history. We are planning to do it again next year, I'll keep you posted.

We will have day classes Wednesday, Nov 27th, but no evening class on Thanksgiving Eve. Classes will resume Saturday, Nov 30th (St Andrew's Day!)

Beginning Saturday, Nov 2nd, the 900AM Pushing-Hands class will be open to men and women, beginner and advanced.

Book Suggestion: This month it's not a book, but a periodical. The Pa-Kua Chang Journal was the most informative newsletter I have ever read. It covered Pa-Kua and its history, techniques, lineages, and covered many aspects of Chinese culture and martial arts.

To find my books, go to both, and Amazon. If you have bought any of my books, please write a review. It doesn't have to be long!

Two financial items for you. One, if you take time off, or plan to miss a month, please consider a partial or full payment. The rent on the Academy is monthly based. Help me insure a big, beautiful place to take class! Also, consider direct deposit. You can make a direct deposit of your tuition into the Academy account. If you are interested, I can give you more information.

Grad News:

Solo Form-

Michael Newman
Jason MacGrath


Spencer Chandler
Jeannie Li
Robert Wozniak

Hsing-Yi 5 Element Linking Form-

Margo Bock
Julie Cisler
Wanda Koehler
Paul Ittner
Tony Lanners
Kieran Morris
John Feely

I have been so behind on publishing all your amazing progress and milestones. If I missed any grads please forgive me, it's not your fault!

I am planning to spend Thanksgiving with the #1 Big Brother, Master Paul Gallagher. I will bring your greetings and best wishes with me. Classes will run as usual in my absence.

I am truly grateful for all your enthusiasm, commitment, and hard work. may you reap every single benefit of these amazing arts and sciences. Namaste!


 “Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.”

Monday, September 30, 2019

MMTCA Newsletter October 2019

"I am not simply a human being. I am a human becoming."
-Samuel Avital

Fall is here and it feels good to be back at regular classes. Our schedule remains in place until next year.

I am off to Delaware the beginning of October for a four day seminar and retreat. I'll give you an update when I get back.

Lindsay Forsythe, the dancer and teacher who shares our space, has two Contemplative Movement classes, Tuesday and Thursdays 10-11AM.       Featuring meditation, contemplation, authentic movement, and sharing. This class would be a great addition to your Tai-Chi practice.

Book suggestions, two apprenticeships:
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Magician Apprenctice by Raymond Feist

Check out the intro movie made by David Brewster using students from our academy! It's on the home page of the Academy website.

Thank you for all you do,


"A catastrophe of Dragons.'
-Robin Hobb

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Monday, September 2, 2019

MMTCA September Newsletter 2019

"Tomorrow owes you the sum of your yesterdays."
-Robin Hobb

As the Summer ends, 2nd Summer looms, and Fall is whispering to us all, I'm grateful for all the outside practices and classes this year. I'm also feeling a gratitude attitude to my subs and helpers, for giving time to vacation and rest. Thank you Julie, Fred, Margo, and all the other helpers. Namaste.

Our Fall schedule starts Monday,September 16th. Also, the 14th will be our last outdoor classes for this year. Here is some of what you can expect from the upcoming schedule:

*Tai-Chi Classes will continue to teach the 72 Movement Solo Form, and we  will begin section 3 of the Fast Form. For Qi-Gong, I will be teaching Master Choi's 8 Brocades.( I'm planning on adding an applications class for the Winter. Thoughts?)

*Weapons class on Saturdays will start the Tai-Chi Sabre. I will also teach something I've never taught before, the matching empty hand Bridge-Hands that correspond to the postures and techniques in the Saber Form. Whether you have completed the solo form or not, you may join this class on the 21st.

*12 Animals and Hsing-Yi will be reviewing the Dragon, Lun, and Pang for Animals. We will continue to refine the 5 Elements Linking From, learn applications for the Two-Handed Saber, and review the basic Five Fists. You can join this class on the 17th.

*Pa-Kua will be refining the Swimming Dragon, learn the Deer Horn Knives, and continuing two person work.

*Pushing-Hands on Wednesday nights will be open to all: men, women, beginner, and advanced.

Please check the full schedule for all details about class times and days.

Book Suggestion-My five favorite Taoist books!

1. Taoism: Road to Immortality by John Blofeld
2. Taoist Mysteries and Magic by John Blofeld
3. The Importance of Living by Lin Yu-tang
4. Tai-Chi Ch'uan and Meditation by Da Liu
 5. Drawing Silk by Paul B. Gallagher

Thank you for a great Summer, I look forward to a Fall full of relaxation, calm, and peace.

"To my body I gave the power of my heart. Be, I said, love and create. Beat within. Be gentle. Radiate like sun."
From Awakening Osiris by
Normandy Ellis

contact info 612-404-7320
My Blog: The Inspired Teacher (
Facebook: Ray Hayward, Ray Hayward Enterprises, Mindful Motion Tai-Chi Academy
My books: