Wednesday, May 29, 2024

MMTCA Newsletter, June 2024


Joanne Von Blon 1924-2024

'(Joanne) Von Blon approached her own aging with a similar wit. "They used to say that if you did tai chi you'd live forever," she'd often say. "What was I thinking?" '

It is with profound gratitude and appreciation, the loss hasn't settled in yet, that I inform you of the passing of Joanne Von Blon. Joanne was one of my first students when I moved to Minnesota. She studied privately and in group classes and learned the complete Yang Style Taiji system. Joanne was my first disciple and a staunch supporter of me and my art. She and her husband Phil converted our school to a non-profit organization and her foundation supported us for many years. I talked to her on her 100th birthday this past March and congratulated her on reaching the highest level of immortality! Julie Cisler kept in close contact with Joanne all these years and was instrumental in scheduling visits and keeping her in the loop with all things Taiji.


Classes are moving outside! Thursday night and Saturday morning will be at East River Flats Park. Tuesday will be at St Sahag. The church will be our rain and bad weather option. Wednesday zoom will continue through the Summer, and the monthly Pushing Hands and Check In will take a break for July, and August.


The zoom portion of the Thursday Hybrid class is now on break until Fall.


Because we are practicing next to the Mississippi River, I’d like to suggest a book, Siddartha by Herman Hesse.


Speaking of books, a book about my first Xingyi and Bagua teacher, Master BP Chan is out. I made a small contribution. Pre order here.


And another book suggestion= Learning Tai Ch Chuan by Tung Kai Ying


Mark your calendar, we have Sept 7th reserved for a Taiji camping retreat! We have the group site reserved and can accommodate 30 people! I’m planning some practices and events. You can camp Saturday night, or just come for the day Sunday. More info next month. This is part of my 40th anniversary celebration.

Speaking of 40th, the anniversary book could be out as soon as July! I’ll definitely let you know! And my pushing hands book by the end of Summer...

Check out this amazing photo of Professor Zheng Manqing and his pushing hands teacher, Master Zhang Qinlin! Zhang is front row, center, and Zheng is behind his left shoulder, no whiskers!


Paul Brennan translation-


Reminiscing about how much Joanne loved to teach and share Taiji, I’m humbled by her love and commitment to the ar,t and all of you. Rest in peace, Joanne, but do a round or two…

Sifu Ray


“It is impossible to recognize a wrong way without knowing the right way.”

-G.I. Gurdjieff


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1 comment:

  1. Condolences to family, friends, students and teachers of Joan, RIP