Monday, April 10, 2023

MMTCA April Newsletter 2023


The Monkey King Himself! Paul B. Gallagher June 28th 1944- March 24th 2023, R.I.P.

“One of the benefits of Tai-Chi is the joy of the movement.”

-Master Paul B. Gallagher

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of my classmate, teacher, friend, and brother, Paul Gallagher, to the celestial realm on March 24th. I will write a blog highlighting Paul’s extraordinary life. I’m also editing a highlights reel of some of his various forms and practices. I’ll post a link for his obit when it is published.


Our schedule remains the same for April but with this exception. I will only hold one zoom pushing-hands class this month, Monday, April 17th, 6:30-7:30. We’ll review The Brush Knee etude. I have one zoom class weekly and will be expanding that in the Fall. Stay tuned!


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 two-person form, The Black Dragon Wags Its Tail.

The center is a short walk, on a wooded trail along Lake Superior, to downtown Bayfield. I will also have programs and presentations for the evenings. I need a deposit (refundable) of 300 dollars by May 1st. 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.


Book Suggestion= Drawing Silk by Paul B. Gallagher


I’ve been getting requests for beginner classes. Right now, I’m not offering any in my schedule. Julie Cisler offers a variety of times and venues for beginners. If you are up to the 2nd Needle at Sea Bottom at the time of this newsletter, you can contact me about joining my classes. There are many others teaching with my blessing, but for now, here is Julie’s schedule:

All of these classes are open to beginners, and all of the in-person classes are hybrid classes, with a Zoom option. Start anytime!


Mondays 11:30am-12:30pm this class is a virtual-only class on Zoom.

Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm at the Black Forest Inn Banquet building.
The Banquet building is on the east side of the Black Forest Inn's patio seating. Enter through the restaurant, or we can let you in through the door on 26th street.
Parking is available on the street and in the restaurant’s parking lot, which is just south of the restaurant on Nicollet Ave.

Wednesdays 12:00-1:30pm at Walker Community Church
3104 16th Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55407
We are renting their big beautiful sanctuary! If no one meets you at the door, text Julie to be let in.
Street parking is available.

Fridays 3:30-5:00pm at the Black Forest Inn Banquet building.
This is the same location as the Tuesday evening class.

Saturdays 12:00-1:30pm at Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Please text me at 612-876-7915 to be let into this building too. We will practice in their huge lower-level gymnasium.


Contact Julie if you have any additional questions. If you want to be invited to attend via Zoom, please contact her by email.

Julie Cisler



Paul Brennan translation=Methods of Applying Tai-Chi Chuan by Yang Cheng-fu. Most of our linneages come directly from Yang Cheng-fu, enjoy!


Zoom Pushing Hands is on April 17th. Email for an invite or join Patreon.


Happy Birthday this month, and last month, to all my numerous ARIES!

-Sifu Ray


“Live life as if it’s rigged in your favor.”



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