Monday, June 5, 2023

MMTCA June Newsletter 2023

Simu Diane Cannon, Squatting Single Whip, 2023.

“The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before.

-Francis Philip Wernig


June is here! Being outside practicing Taiji without worry or limit is my exquisite pleasure! Early morning fresh air, birdsong, the scent of flowers, and being warmed up without much effort, is this not glorious?


I’m adding a half hour to the Saturday class at East River Flats Park, so now class is 900-1100AM. Feel free to leave at 1030 like before or stay for an extra half hour of class.


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 Pushing-Hands = zoom

(St Sahag dance studio is our rainy-day or bad weather option.)


The Retreat is canceled for this year. There will be a retreat in Delaware next Summer. I’ll give you more information in the new year.


The monthly zoom Pushing-Hands class will be held at Michelle’s house on Monday, June 12th. We will have a group in the backyard and will zoom the class out to those who are out of state or can’t make it. I’ll give you the address with the invite.


There will be a celebration of life and Taiji for our late brother, Master Paul Gallagher, in Massachusetts on June 27th. If you are interested, please contact me for more information.


With the help of Margo, Dan D, Robbie, and Steve, I’ve put together a 15 Minute Pushing-Hands Basic workout. I’ll be sharing this with the class and will send out a worksheet and video. It’s a great way to cover the basics and be economical with time. Perfect for quick forays into feeling and sensibility…


Both book suggestion and Brennan translation deal with the classics and teachings of Yang Pan-hou.





Many people have bought Little Raven Studio’s wooden training weapons. I have a few myself! Here is the link, I highly recommend these as the highest quality wooden swords and sabers.


The answers to last month’s riddle about which characters were Paul Gallagher and me in his Taoist Stories. Paul is Peter Stuart. I am Master Hsu. Stuart was Paul’s mother’s maiden name. Many of Peter’s arts and practices just happen to be the same as Master Gao’s! Like smoking a pipe…  If you read about Master Hsu, it not only accurately describes my obsession with martial arts, but it prophetically describes many aspects of my training, career, and outlook.


I’m quickly approaching 800 subscribers to my YouTube Channel. Please help me get to 1000 by asking friends and family to simply subscribe. Have you subscribed? Thank you so much!


Tai-Chi Friends, the best of Friends! Let’s have an amazing Summer learning, practicing, studying, and enjoying our art, Tai-Chi Ch’uan!


-Sifu Ray


“Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self.”

-May Sarton


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my phone- 1-218-341-9894








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