Sunday, January 7, 2024

MMTCA January Newsletter 2024


Tian Zhaolin, right, a major promoter and teacher of Taiji Sanshou, and Master Liang's Grandteacher.

Every now and then a man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”

-Oliver Wendall Holmes Sr


Happy New Year! I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2024!

Our Winter/Spring schedule remains the same, with a few minor tweaks to the times and the curriculum.

Tuesday 6-8PM at St Sahag, Solo Form, Willow #3, Sanshou, solo and two-person Taiji Cane, random weapons reviews, Bagua = 8 Yin Fu Palms and Sword.

Wednesday zoom 630-730PM Solo Form Review and Taiji Qigong

Thursday 6-8PM at St Sahag, Solo Form, Sanshou, solo and two-person Taiji Cane, Xingyi = Linking Form and Sword.

Saturday 900-1030AM at St Sahag, Solo Form, Advanced Pushing Hands Drills and Willow #3, solo and two-person Taiji Cane

Beginners class are Saturdays 1030-1130 AM at St Sahag.

Monday January 22nd, 630-730PM Monthly zoom Pushing Hands- Wang’s Dalu and Willow#3.

Monday January 29th, 630-730PM zoom Check In.


A little Willow #3 with the Professor!

Chinese New Year is on February 10th, and we will be celebrating on the actual day. I have a demo planned and am arranging a banquet, more like lunch than dinner. Full details next month.


I’m teaching a retreat and seminar with Twin Willows Tai-Chi Studio. Retreats like this are a chance to immerse yourself in Taiji and the Taiji community learning, practicing, and reviewing. There are a few people who are signed up from the Twin Cities, only two spaces left. Let me know if you want to go and I’ll fill you in on a few travel options. All the details are attached at the bottom.


Paul Brennan -


My YouTube channel has surpassed 1000 subscribers! 1.6K to be exact. And I have five trolls! Thank you to all who subscribed and promoted my channel. I have a full year planned for videos, posts, interviews, and lessons.


Original artwork by Eli Chaisson

My book on Pushing Hands is even closer now! With a photo shoot under my belt, and many hours of editing, I’m close to handing it off to be designed and laid out by Julie Cisler. Believe me, I’ll let you know when it’s available!


Upward Split and Push at White Cloud Temple! Some photoshop fun from the photo shoot, thanks DD!

All the best to you and yours for the coming year!

-Sifu Ray


“I am rooted, but I flow.”

-Virginia Woolf



Contact info

my phone- 1-218-341-9894








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Twin Willows T'ai Chi will be hosting a retreat in in June of 2024 at Pinebrook Retreat Center in East Stroudsburg, PA.  Lodging, meals, and instruction in a beautiful scenic area for just $500.  The retreat will be in the spirit of the Deer Mountain and Warm Springs retreats.  The agenda and additional information below and in the attachment.  Space is limited and there are only a few spots left.  Please contact me soon to reserve your spot.




T’ai Chi Retreat with Ray Hayward

June 20, 21, 22, and 23 – 2024


Thursday, June 20th 5:00PM On

Room Selection, Introductions, and Orientation

We will be lodging with 3 people in a room.  Pick your roommates and your room, and then gather in the Echo 3 Hall for Introductions and orientation.


Friday, June 21st 8:00AM-10:00AM

TCC Workout

Each morning will start with a complete workout.  We will do warm-ups, meditation, forms, and weapons.


Friday, June 21st 10:30AM-12:30PM

Praying Mantis Sticking Hands

Learn Praying Mantis two-person drills (similar to the Hsing-I two-person).  Learn to incorporate Sensitivity, Sticking, and Technique.


Friday, June 21st 2:30PM-4:30PM

Pa Kua Sword – Part I

Learn the straight sword form of the Pa Kua system performed on the circle.


Friday, June 21st 6:30PM On

T'ai Chi/Liang Lineage

Learn the origin of T’ai Chi and the Yang Family Lineage with specific emphasis on Master T.T. Liang’s teachers.  Learn from where and from whom all the forms we do come.


Saturday, June 22nd 8:00AM-10:00AM

TCC Workout

Warm-ups, meditation, forms, and weapons.


Saturday, June 22nd 10:30AM-12:30PM

Advance T’ai Chi Two-Person Drills and Training

Learn advanced Pushing Hands drills and practices beyond the basic 13 drills.


Saturday, June 22nd 2:30PM-4:30PM

Pa Kua Sword – Part II

Continue learning the straight sword form of the Pa Kua system performed on the circle.


Saturday, June 22nd 6:30PM On

Video Night

Watch video of Cheng Man-Ch’ing, T. T. Liang, Wai Lun Choi, Paul Gallagher, Ray Hayward and many others doing T’ai Chi, Pa Kua, Hsing-I, Liu Ho Pa Fa, Praying Mantis, and much more; with commentary by Ray and Bryan.


Sunday, June 23rd 8:00AM-10:00AM

TCC Workout

Warm-ups, meditation, forms, and weapons.


Sunday, June 23rd 10:30AM-12:30PM

Pa Kua Sword – Part III

Continue learning the straight sword form of the Pa Kua system performed on the circle.


Sunday, June 23rd 2:30AM-4:30PM


This session will be discussed at the retreat.  It is available if people want to stay and continue to study and practice.





$500 (includes Lodging, Meals, and Training) / $100 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit due immediately to reserve spot.  Limited availability.

Preferred payment method – Venmo (ID - @BryanDavis28) or PayPal (ID -

Cash or checks accepted, make checks payable to Bryan Davis.

Email to confirm your attendance.




5339 Pinebrook Road East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Pinebrook Bible Conference & Retreat in East Stroudsburg, PA


Pinebrook Bible Conference & Retreat in East Stroudsburg, PA

Pinebrook provides Christian and corporate groups with lodging, meeting space, and meals for events and retreats...







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