“When you are a light to yourself you are a light to
Merry Hanaramayulekwanzmas! I love this dark time of
the year filled with so many celebrations of Light! Take time to look inward
and see your own incredible light.
Classes will continue as usual this month, including
the beginner class on Saturday, until Thursday, Dec 21, my last official class
of the year. We’ll be closed from Dec 22nd to Jan 5th. Classes resume
January 6th, 2024, and we’ll have a few changes to our curriculum
and schedule. One change is that I will continue the beginner class but will
move it to 10:30-11:30 AM.
Some of the forms and practices I’ve got planned for
next year are to continue Sanshou, advanced pushing hands drills and Willow #3,
teach Xingyi Sword and do a Xingyi weapons review, continue solo and two-person
Taiji Cane, continue Yin Fu 8 Palms, and maybe a visit from the Fast Form…
I scheduled one open practice for Thursday, Dec 28th
from 6-8PM. Bring your canes and weapons, and practice Sanshou to your heart’s
content! Margo will be there to open and close, and to practice!
I’m planning on a one-day, in house retreat, at St
Sahag, to get together, practice, discuss, and to grab some food. I’ll get a
date to you in the next newsletter.
Speaking of retreats, Twin Willows Tai Chi Studio is
planning a retreat in June of 2024 and I’m the instructor. I’ll have more
details next month. Consider driving with me and a few people from Minnesota
who are going!
Starting January 6th, 2024, I’ll be
offering a beginner Taiji class from 10:30-11:30 on Saturdays at St Sahag. If
you know people who are interested in starting Taiji, let them know. The cost
is 50 dollars a month.
Book suggestion- The Tai Chi Cane by Sifu Bob
Starting in January next year, I’ll be resuming the
monthly check-in on zoom. Like last year, we’ll meet, talk about our training,
ask questions, and discuss all things Taiji. Let me know if you are interested
and how you can sign up.
Speaking of monthly zoom, the monthly zoom pushing hands
class will be Monday, Dec 18th. We’ll continue with Wang’s Dalu, and
some new ideas for the Pull drill.
As of this writing, I’m at 976 subscribers to my
YouTube channel. At 1000, I get many more benefits including being paid by the
advertisers. As I grow my channel, I can also make private groups and classes
too. If you are a subscriber, thank you so much! If you are not, please subscribe,
it costs you nothing but a click! Spread the word and help me out!
FYI I’m looking at one of the last Saturdays in February
of 2024 to celebrate Chinese New Year, the Wood Dragon! I’ll have a date for
you next month.
Paul Brennan Translation- Answering Questions About
Taiji by Chen Weiming
Thank you so much for one of the best years of my
life! My practices, classes, filming, teaching, writing, and learning were all
at another level. I will write a year end blog and flesh out some of this, but
for now, thank you all! Bow from the waist, to the floor…
“Humans follow Earth,
Earth follows Heaven,
Heaven follows the Tao,
Tao follows Nature.”
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