Tuesday, December 28, 2021

MMTCA January Newsletter 2022


3rd Generation Master Yang Cheng-fu,
Turn and Chop with Fist

"Ask yourself in the morning, are you happy, strong, and healthy? Are you going for your dream? Are you learning how to make full usage of your mind so the spirit is able to grow and your soul is able to shine like the sun?"

-Wim Hof


Happy New Year! The above quote is my wish for you and yours for 2022. Health on all levels, strength of body, mind, and spirit, and happiness to balance out the slings and arrows life throws at all of us!

A big thank you to my substitute teachers who covered my classes during my December retreat in Colorado! Fred and Julie are amazing and I bow from the waist to them both!

Saturday, February 5th I plan on holding a Chinese New Year celebration. In-person and zoom demos, a banquet, and a modified altar ceremony will round out our celebration. I'll have final details sent out to you in a few weeks. All depends on a certain virus...

Beginning January 5th, I'll be teaching the 150 Posture Long Form on Zoom. One to three postures per week, with sectional reviews, and applications, will all be available. Simply email me and I'll put you on the invite list.

The schedule will remain the same, but with these additions. Tuesday nights will go from two hours to three hours, 6-9PM. Friday night will go from 90 minutes to two hours, 6-8PM. Any questions about curriculum and locations please message me or Julie.

Master Tian Sou-lin,
 teacher of Chen Yen-ling and Shi Da-miao

To answer some questions about private classes. I am able to do them, I just need two weeks lead to schedule them  and reserve a space. They are 75 dollars for an hour. Email or message me.

Book suggestion= Mating In Captivity by Esther Perel 

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27485.Mating_in_Captivity

Thank you Wanda for guiding me through the world of timer and gong phone apps!

Check out my three main pages, Patreon, YouTube, and my Blog. The muse was with me in Colorado and there are many posts, videos, blogs, and lessons on the way!

Here is a list and contact info for teachers teaching and accepting new students in Minnesota. I endorse them all.

Julie Cisler- juliecisler13@hotmail.com

John Stitely- johnstitely@gmail.com

Wanda Koehler- wandajk51@gmail.com

Martin Ebelhardt- mebelhardt@me.com

Mike and Kim Cain- mike.kim.cain@charter.net

John Feely-jpfeely1@gmail.com

Our own Paul Ittner spent time in Maputo, Mozambique, Africa. Here is the note he sent with accompanying photos, so beautiful! (And nice kick!)

"Hi Sifu. I am enjoying quality family time in Mozambique. Africa is truly getting into my heart. The contrast of the poverty and beauty is stark and I am trying to assimilate it all. Tai chi practice is the wonderful equalizer!!! I will be home on the 30th, hopefully, and look forward to seeing you, and class time. "




"Judge not the day (or year) by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow."

-Robert Louis Stevenson

Thank you for an awesome 2021! Pandemic aside, I'm extremely happy with the progress I've seen from so many. I'm looking forward to 2022, and the Tiger year, with hope, gratitude, and awe. Won't you join me?

-Ray

"Money talks, wealth whispers, and true wealth is silent. It's the same with power."

-Shaman Wendy Mandy


Contact info

my phone- 12183419894

 

email= skrayhayward@gmail.com

 

blog= rayhayward.com

 

website=  mindfulmotiontaichi.com

 

facebook= Mindful Motion Tai-Chi Academy

 

                Ray Hayward Enterprises

 

Youtube= Ray Hayward, the Inspired Teacher

 

                 Mindful Motion Tai-Chi Academy

 

my books at Lulu= lulu.com/spotlight/Ray_Hayward

 

my books on Amazon= amazon.com/author/rayhayward

 

my Patreon page= patreon.com/rayhayward

 

Instagram= Ray Hayward, or, ataoistsufitemplardruidviking

 

Business address,

P. O. Box 28295

Oakdale, MN 55128

And my residence,

1076 Mary St N

Maplewood, MN 55119





Friday, December 17, 2021

Tai-Chi practice and music

 



Studying with Master T.T. Liang, we did the 150 Posture Long Form to music. Actually trying to stay on the beat. We also practiced with a metronome, which is excellent for beginners who are trying to coordinate their whole body as one unit. 

One time my classmate Bob Klanderud, took an extra cassette player to Master Liang's house in St. Cloud, and asked him to count along with the music as Bob did the form. The rest is history! (Ask me for a copy and I'll email it you!)

When I practice now, I play background music to block outside, and inside, noises. I am working on updating the music for my Long Form, but that is the subject of another blog. For now, here are three links to music I listen to, enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6QTdvbu0uI&t=603s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvwEYJPODJI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAESZsLJdVw

Many Sundays I stayed at Wu Ming Valley House, and Deer Mountain Taoist Academy, learning and practicing with Master Paul Gallagher. We practiced Tai-Chi, pushing-hands, san-shou, weapons, Pa-Kua and many kinds of qi-gong and meditation. When we ended our practice, Paul would put on classical music, either a record, or the radio, and make breakfast. More like brunch!

My Sunday routine is to listen to classical music during warm-ups, standing, qi-gong, and single postures. I then do "one round to the music." I've been doing this for years, if not decades, to honor my teachers. Here is one soundtrack I listen too regularly, and watch the movie yearly. If you haven't seen Immortal Beloved, you are in for a treat!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHgr1qlNfiI&list=PL8z3Jro9NvJwusz6LQiu2I4Z-ViIbexVS




Friday, November 26, 2021

MMTCA December Newsletter 2021

 


“For me personally, practicing the Taoist life-arts, especially Taiji, has been an endless source of delight and inspiration, and a most practical way to learn Taoist philosophy.”

-Master Paul B. Gallagher

 

As December rolls in I wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season! The longest nights and shortest days are here, but that all begins to change with the Winter Solstice. Hang on!

Our schedule to finish out the year is as follows:

All Tuesday night classes are being held through December, no closures for holidays

Saturday classes will be held on the 4th, 11th, and the 18th. No classes on the 25th and Jan 1st.

Friday night classes will be held on the 3rd, 10th, and the 17th. No classes on the 24th and the 31st.

I’m planning on continuing the Wednesday Night Zoom classes throughout the month. I’m also going to expand the schedule in the new year.

I am still figuring out how to add private class times and will have more ideas for you in January. Thank you for your patience.

 

Book suggestion = The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-biology-of-belief-10th-anniversary-edition-bruce-h-lipton-phd/1122116052

 

I initiated the final group of three disciples on November 14th. Congratulations to the newest 7th Generation Lineage Holders:

Matthew Barrett

Paul Dahlberg

Paul Ittner

Margo and Mark hosted the ceremony at their house. A banquet afterwards at Little Szechuan made it a truly enjoyable and unique experience for all.

I’ll be in Colorado for the majority of December. Classes will continue as usual, and I’ll zoom classes from the Rockies. Any questions, concerns, or emergencies you can call or text me 218-341-9894, Julie 612-876-7915, Fred 651-210-5401, or Margo 651-338-1702

A Chinese New Year Demo and Celebration is in the works! The actual date is February 1st, 2022, and I’m looking to have a celebration on the 5th or 6th. I’ll give you more information in the January newsletter.

Thank you for all your support, interest, appreciation, and patience in another year under the shadow of CoViD19. May the upcoming 2022 be a year full of health, hope, laughter, joy, and relaxation for you and yours.

A bow from the waist,

-Ray

“I strongly believe in cause and effect. While we are living, we must live virtuously, try to enjoy our life, appreciate nature, and finally wait for our allotment so that we have not spent the best of our days vainly.”

-Master T.T. Liang



 

The year in review from Sifu Ray.

2021 was certainly a challenging year for Tai-Chi classes! And yet it seems to have been a pretty regular year when I look back and see all that was accomplished.

Throughout the year I blogged and filmed lessons, worked on my book, and was able to keep in contact with many of you.

February, we had a modified Chinese New Year demo on zoom. I did MC duty from Duluth, and many people joined in to watch and to demonstrate. We even had people from Delaware join us!

In May we began meeting for outdoor classes at both the East River Flats Park and Lauderdale Park. We were able to continue right up to October, when we went inside for classes held at two locations. We now have St Sahag in St Paul and Christ Lutheran in MPLS for our indoor classes.

It was a year of initiation and ceremony to bring in 7th Generation Disciples and Lineage-holders. I had the honor and pleasure of initiating the following in three full traditional rituals:

 

Rondi Atkin

Stephen Peterson

Robert Wozniak

 

Michelle Ashmun

Jennifer Graves

David Kielkof

 

Mathew Barrett

Paul Dahlberg

Paul Ittner

I also renewed the discipleship of James Postiglione and Bryan Davis with the full ceremony.

I witnessed Diane Cannon initiate two disciples into the 8th generation, Christopher Venaccio, and Will Allen VI. At the time of this writing there is another 8th generation disciple in the wings!

I corresponded with Grandmaster Wai-lun Choi and had weekly phone calls with Master Paul Gallagher. And I reconnected with two of my original karate training partners, Paul Annese and Paul Barrett. I continued my training in Modern Tactical Martial Arts with Master Rob Jones twice this year in Colorado.

My Patreon and YouTube pages are doing well and I’m able to connect in a much bigger circle of students and friends. I’ve posted many videos, both historical and educational, and am in the beginning of cataloging the Pushing-Hands curriculum to coincide with my upcoming book.

I spent the month of October in Delaware, teaching classes, seminars, private classes, and visiting with friends and family. I taught at Twin Willows Tai-Chi Studio and Ming Tao Tai-Chi Studio, and even got to spend time with my son Alex!

No matter the restrictions and difficulties, I feel very good about 2021 and all we’ve accomplished. I’m proud of your relaxed warrior spirits and all the roadblocks and obstacles you’ve overcome to continue your Tai-Chi Journey. I’m thankful for all your support and dedication during this past year. I look forward to more training, more lessons, more conversations, and more ways to share this art with you.

Thank you all for a great year. I mean that sincerely. No matter what life throws at us, Tai-Chi has a way of smoothing things out, giving energy to deal, and calm to recharge. I feel so lucky and blessed to have this art!

 

-Sifu Ray

 

Contact info

my phone- 12183419894

 

email= skrayhayward@gmail.com

 

blog= rayhayward.com

 

website=  mindfulmotiontaichi.com

 

facebook= Mindful Motion Tai-Chi Academy

 

                Ray Hayward Enterprises

 

Youtube= Ray Hayward, the Inspired Teacher

 

                 Mindful Motion Tai-Chi Academy

 

my books at Lulu= lulu.com/spotlight/Ray_Hayward

 

my books on Amazon= amazon.com/author/rayhayward

 

my Patreon page= patreon.com/rayhayward

 

Instagram= Ray Hayward, or, ataoistsufitemplardruidviking

 

Business address,

P. O. Box 28295

Oakdale, MN 55128

And my residence,

1076 Mary St N

Maplewood, MN 55119