Monday, July 8, 2024

MMTCA July Newsletter 2024


“Every person has a legacy. You may not know what your impact is, and it may not be something that you can write on your tombstone, but every person has an impact on this world.”

- Dara Horn

A glorious, albeit wet, July for outdoor practice. As long as it’s not cold, or too hard, practice in the rain. Be careful of slippery surfaces, that’s where empty stepping comes in, and take the jumps out of the weapons. Try it! Practicing in a light rain is magical and something you won’t forget.

 Our schedule stays the same, we are at East River Flats and the Church for July. For next month, Xingyi students have to think about this, do you want to learn Xingyi Spear or Xingyi Kwando? You don’t have to have a spear or Kwando; you can use a six-foot staff for now.

This is becoming a summer of books! The BP Chan book, which I contributed to, is out. The 40th Anniversary book is shaping up. And my Pushing Hands book is getting edited and some parts re written to become my legacy book, and so much more.

We are having a one day and one night camping retreat on September7/8. You don’t have to camp overnight; you can join us for the day Sunday. We have the group site and can accommodate 25 people! There is no fee, just that we split the cost of the site. Here is the itinerary:

Saturday Night- A talk on the five major styles of Taiji.

A look at our current lineage chart. (see below)

Taiji stories around the campfire.

Sunday -Morning practice, long, luxurious, glorious!

Updates and refinements on the 150 Long Form.


St. Croix State Park 

30065 St Croix Park Road 

Hinckley, MN  55037 


The park is located 15 miles east of Hinckley on State Highway 48, then 5 miles south on County Road 22. 

Group Camp - Site GC8
Stay: Sat 09/07/2024 - Sun 09/08/2024 (1 night)


Additional Info : 

  • All vehicles entering a state park must properly display a valid Minnesota State Park vehicle permit. Permits may be purchased at the park. 
  • Modern restroom and shower facilities are not provided for this group camp, vault toilets and drinking water are available. 
  • Up to 25 people may occupy this group camp. 
  • Check-in is 4:00pm, but may be available earlier. Check-out is 4:00pm. 
  • Consumption of intoxicating beverages in state parks is prohibited. 

I would like an RSVP by August 15th. Whether you are coming and camping, or just attending Sunday. Thank you Mark and Margo for putting this together.

“If you remember your lineage, you will never feel lonely.”

-Philip Glass



Speaking of retreats, I taught at Twin Willows retreat last month, at the Pine Brook camp/retreat site in the Poconos mountains in Pennsylvania. We had three days and nights of classes, presentations, videos, and fellowship! The venue is reserved for next year and we’ll have another retreat at the same place. I’ll give you more details in December, mark it on your calendar!

I’m fussy and particular about martial arts magazines and publications. I want to read about subjects and history that directly affects my training and understanding. For me, the standard is the Pa Kua Chang Journals. There was not an issue where I didn’t get some useful training tip, or another piece in the history puzzle, or saw a photo of some long ago master. I’m now cautiously optimistic about a new publication by Bradford Tyrey, Journal of Traditional Chinese Boxing and Taiji, old masters and their methods. I’ve read the first two editions, and they look really good. Check them out!



Brennan Translation, possibly the first or oldest book on Taiji.


Thank you to all who contributed to the 40th Anniversary book. I’ve seen most of it and it looks amazing! I’m planning a release and signing party a soon as it’s ready, stay tuned.

-Sifu Ray


“Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.”

- W. Somerset Maugham

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