Thursday, March 30, 2017

April MMTCA Newsletter 2017

April MMTCA Newsletter 2017

“Explore life, without fear. That is greatness.”
-Wim Hof

March showers bring April flowers! What an amazing March, in spite of those nasty bugs going around!

Our current and updated schedule is available. No new classes, just a few tweaks to some class times. I do have new classes planned for June and will keep you posted.

Our one day in house retreat was a wonderful day for an inward journey. 37 people gathered for breath work, gem studies, shoulder girdle and scapula analysis, lunch catered from Dragon City, and movies featuring Master Liang and others. We capped it off with a nice slow round of the solo form. Lovely!! My sincere thanks and gratitude to Mary Jo Feely for the class on the Chakra and corresponding gems and stones, Jane Shockley for her introduction to the function and anatomy of the shoulder and direct applications for the arm movements for standing and solo form, and Dan Polsfuss for taking us on a stroll back in time to see the “Old Man” himself!

Here is contact info for Mary Jo;

Grad News;

1st section-

Franklin Dongmo
Dave Kielkof
Jeannie Li

2nd section-

Di Goodwin
Sean Hehir
Ann Reilly
Idris Sallahudin

Prof Cheng's Short Form (Northfield)-

Lori Folland

Hsing-Yi 8 Styles/ Bat Sik Choi-

Anthony Van Wagner
Paul Verrette
Dave Kielkof
Steve Peterson
Paul Magee
Bruce Rubbelke
Bryan Steenerson
Matt Barrett
Jason Aanenson


Grandmaster Wai-lun Choi Weekend 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 (you must know these forms and practises to join)
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 (new students welcome!)
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. ( red envelopes and birthday presents appreciated!)

-Sunday 9-11 Pa-Kua (you must know these forms and practices to join)
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 (new students welcome!)
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!
Academy Members: 30 dollars a session, or all 4 for 100 dollars.
Non Members: 50 dollars a session, or all 4 for 175 dollars.
I have two hours of private time available. Talk to me if you are interested.

Book Suggestion: The Way of the Iceman by Wim Hof and Koen DeJong

World Tai-Chi and Qi-Gong Day is April 29th. We will suspend the 12:30 Tai-Chi class, and have a get together for practice of all things Tai-Chi related! All levels and styles are welcome to this acknowledgment of the world-wide presence and practice of our art!

It is truly a pleasure and honor to share Tai-Chi and related arts and sciences of nourishing life with you. I am excited to share my teacher with you later in the month!

Happy Spring,

“You can live a lifetime and, at the end of it, know more about other people than you do yourself.”

-Beryl Markham



My Blog: The Inspired Teacher (

Facebook: Ray Hayward, Ray Hayward Enterprises, Mindful Motion Tai-Chi Academy

Thursday, March 16, 2017

In house retreat Saturday March18th 9-2

Khalwat= solitude, retreat

Saturday is our one day in house retreat. Staring at 900AM, we will go over the schedule, then move into warm-ups and breath work. Our first session will be on Gems and the Chakra:

Stones and crystals, also known as gemstones, have been used for healing purposes for thousands of years. Their vibrational properties vary widely, and each plays a unique role in helping to clear and balance the human energy field. The energy of a specific crystal and your energetic needs, be they physical, emotional, mental or spiritual, are important aspects  to consider when choosing gemstones for healing.

Mary Jo Feely, a registered nurse, accredited and certified Healing Touch Practitioner, HTSM Healing Practitioner, and Usui Reiki Master/Teacher has been working in the Energy Healing field since 2003. She has studied and received extensive training in Healing Touch, Usui Reiki, Back Chakra Activation, Hara and Crystal Healing, Essential Oils and Raindrop Technique, and Christian and Buddhist meditation practices. Mary Jo uses pure essential oils, gemstones, prayer and music in her professional healing practice. She teaches Reiki and Energy Healing classes for adults and children, and also offers mentoring for Energy Healers.

Then we will have our second session on the shoulder girdle and how to be come aware, and use, this important part of or Tai-Chi structure.:

Shoulder Blades and Collarbones / The Shoulder Girdle

In this session, we will examine the anatomy of the shoulder girdle. Clarity of the

bones can increase mobility and enhance ease and relaxation.

Concepts covered:

 The design of the shoulder girdle

 Where movement happens

 Gentle solo and partnered forms

Bio: Jane Shockley holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Dance at Carleton College.  She has also been on faculty at St. Olaf College, Macalester College and Zenon Dance School. In 2005, she became a certified movement educator and in 2009 received a Sage Award for Outstanding Dance Educator.
Some of the highlights of her 30-year career include dancing with Zenon Dance Company, JazzDance, Doug Elkins Dance Company and New Dance Performance Lab. She has worked with a range of local and national artists including Bebe Miller, Douglas Dunn, Bill T. Jones, Stuart Pimsler, Linda Shapiro, David Dorfman, Shawn McConneloug, Morgan Thorson, Donna Uchizono Ralph Lemon and Chris Aiken.  Jane has performed with the Minnesota Opera in the productions of Macbeth and Transatlantic, well as, Beth Corning’s Glue Factory Project.  Jane is also the rehearsal director for Arena Dances of Minneapolis.

We will break for lunch, then Dan Polsfuss will treat us to some vintage Tai-Chi movies featuring Master T. T. Liang. A group solo form should round out our day. Any questions feel free to ask or e-mail.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March MMTCA Newsletter 2017

“There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.”

March is upon us! Where did February go?

A big, huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you for making Chinese New Year such a wonderful experience! THANK YOU to all the demonstrators, your performances were awesome! THANK YOU to Jane for cleaning, Fred for getting the chairs and set-up, Dan for filming, and countless others who helped in ways big and small. Also THANK YOU for all the generous gifts, red envelopes, scotch, and a set of Deer Horn Knives! The social time at U Garden was delightful. I am planning for next year right now!

Congratulations to my Northfield/Carleton Rec Center Short Form Graduates;

Char Bezlan
Liz Ciner
Marylewis Grow
Carol Hogan
Tim Hogan
Wendy Nordquist

Our One-day In House Retreat will be March 18th. Sign up and info is posted next to the white board. Qi-Gong, Form Work, group practice, and breakout sessions on Gems, the Shoulder Girdle, and historical Tai-Chi movies, plus lunch, will round out a day being inside, going inside, and exploring inside. All students are welcome, the only cost will be lunch. Regular classes will be suspended for that day.

Thank you to Spencer Chandler for the permanent loan of the beautiful Chinese cabinet, which will be the new home for our altar. A special thanks to Olivia, Spencer's daughter, for finding the key, how mystical!

Book Suggestion-The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohleben

Grandmaster Wai-lun Choi Weekend Seminar is scheduled for April 22 & 23 sign up at the Academy.

World Tai-Chi and Qi-Gong Day is April 29th. We will suspend the 1230 Tai-Chi class, and have a get together for practice of all things Tai-Chi related! All levels and styles are welcome to this acknowledgment of the world-wide presence and practice of our art!

Tai-Chi North Retreat in Duluth. The dates are July 29 and 30th. More details to follow!

Thank you all for the wonderful classes and your presence. I love sharing Tai-Chi and related arts and practices with you all!


“Preeminent scholars can obtain the Tao in the battlefield. Secondary scholars can obtain the Tao in urban areas. Lower scholars can obtain the Tao only in the mountains.”
-Pao Piao Tse

My Blog: The Inspired Teacher (
Facebook: Ray Hayward, Ray Hayward Enterprises, Mindful Motion Tai-Chi Academy