Tuesday, May 9, 2023

MMTCA May Newsletter 2023

Master Paul B. Gallagher 1944-2023 "Wild Gosse Leaves the Flock"

“How are we who spend so much time in the light to recover that inner dimness that dissolves the borders between bodies and that universal precondition for physical and spiritual rapture of any kind?”

-Clark Strand

May is here, the blooming and opening and warming echo my heart! I had my first outdoor practice, and it was glorious! Speaking of outside…

Beginning May 9th, we will be holding classes outside! Yes, I wrote that! We’ll still have St Sahag as our rainy-day option. Here is our schedule:


Tuesdays 6-8PM=St Sahag backyard

Wednesdays 630-730PM=zoom

Thursdays 6-8PM= East River Flats Park

Saturdays 900-1030AM= East River Flats Park

One Monday a month= zoom Pushing-Hands

If you have any questions, please contact me.


August 25_ 28th Summer Tai-Chi Retreat at Wild Rice Retreat Center in Bayfield WI.  (Deposits are due!)


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=Body Mechanics of Tai-Chi Chuan by Master William C.C. Chen


Zoom options for classes. We have a weekly zoom class on the solo form on Wednesdays. Thursday is a hybrid class where I teach in person and also zoom it live. Once a month for the Summer, I’ll zoom a pushing-hands class. If you want to join any of these, let me know.

We have HOODIES!!



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Thank you to everyone who contributed a red envelope for Master Choi’s birthday card. He is grateful for your attention, respect, and generosity.


I attended Master Paul Gallagher’s funeral in Asheville N.C. It was a beautiful spot with a lovely view of the mountains…


For those of you who have read Drawing Silk, here is some trivia and a puzzle. Paul Gallagher told me that most of his learning, practicing, and teaching are contained in his three Taoist stories, another reason to read or reread them! Here are two puzzles for you, Paul told me he is one of the characters in the stories. He also said I am one as well! So, can you figure out who we are? I’ll give the answers next month!


I look for to practicing and teaching outside! Join me!

-Sifu Ray

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumblebee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

-Ashley Smith


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