Thursday, February 9, 2023

MMTCA February Newsletter 2023


Julie Cisler, "Embrace and Stab," from Taiji Saber

“Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.”

-William Blake


Can you feel it? It seems Winter is loosening its grip, at least I’m hoping so!


Our schedule will be the same for the rest of the Winter and into the Spring. I’ll have a schedule change when we go to our outside classes. For now, here is the schedule:

2nd and 4th Mondays, 630-730PM= zoom Pushing-Hands class

Tuesdays 6-8PM=in-person class at St Sahag

Wednesday 630-730PM= zoom solo form class

Thursdays 6-8PM=in-person class at St Sahag with zoom option

Saturdays 900-1030AM= in-person class at St Sahag


We had a great Chinese New Year Demo and Banquet. I’m encouraged and planning for next year. Julie helped considerably and took charge of many aspects of this year’s celebration. And she reminded me that she just had her 26th year anniversary studying Tai-Chi! Thank you to all the demonstrators, you did a great job with such short notice. Thank you for the red envelopes and for dinner! Check out the highlights reel on my Patreon page.


Book suggestion= Herald of Coming Good by G.I. Gurdjieff


T-shirts are now available, with hoodies and long sleeves coming next.


August 25_ 28th Summer Tai-Chi Retreat at Wild Rice Retreat Center in Bayfield WI.

The cost is 900.00 per person. That includes instruction and presentations,2 meals a day, room and lodging, use of the facilities and sauna, for three nights and two and a half days. We’ll do a long practice each day, have free time to hike and explore, and have sessions on:

-Solo Form Updates, Review, and Refinement.

-Applications for the 2nd Section.

-2 Advanced Pushing-Hands Drills: Willow #2, and Short Power.

-Two-Person Cane Form.

-Pa-Kua Dragon and Tiger Playing, two-person form.

I will also have programs and presentations for the evenings. I need a deposit (refundable) of 300 dollars by May 1st. The Center has a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 20. If we have enough people to make this a go, I’ll expect the balance by August 1st. I’ll be arranging rides for the out-of-town people and will coordinate carpools for the locals.


Paul Brennen has done an amazing job translating Chinese Martial Arts books into English. Each newsletter, I’m going to suggest a book either by one of Master Liang’s teachers, or Master Choi’s teachers, or authors in our direct lineage and martial arts family. This month is a book by Master Liang’s first Long Form teacher, Li Shou-chien, the inspiration for my new t-shirts. Master Li learned from Yang Shao-hou, and the monk Miao Lien.

Thank you so much for your support and appreciation. I am truly excited for the in-person classes and the outreach of the zoom classes and hybrid classes. The podcasts have been so well received and I’m really enjoying the interviews. I’m learning so much! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and consider enrolling on my Patreon page. If you have any questions, comments, critiques, or concerns, feel free to email, text, or call me.

Namaste, and a Bow from the Waist,

Sifu Ray


“Real eyes,


  Real Lies.”



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