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CTCC’s Open House 2017

Place: CTCC Dojo (206 East Water St., next to the Water Street Parking Garage)
Date: Saturday, October 7
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: FREE

If you or someone you know is curious about T’ai Chi and its calming influences and positive effects on health, please join us on Saturday, October 7th between 10:30am – 12:30pm!

We will demonstrate some of the forms that we teach and discuss how T’ai Chi works to strengthen and integrate the mind and body. You will have the opportunity to try out some of the things we do and feel T’ai Chi’s effects for yourself.

Parking: We can validate parking tickets for the Water Street Parking Garage for two hours.

UVA Faculty and Student Discount

CTCC is happy to offer a special ongoing discounted price of $120 for 12 classes to University of Virginia faculty and students.

All classes are taught at our dojo at 206 East Water Street in Charlottesville near the downtown mall.

Please bring your ID to your first class so we can apply the discount when you register.

Students and faculty who have never taken classes at our dojo are also eligible for our one-time introductory 3 Classes for $30 offer.

Grandmaster Wang’s July 2017 Workshop

The Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center is very proud to once again host Grandmaster Wang Fu-Lai for a weekend of T’ai Chi and Hsing-I seminars!

The workshop will be held from Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23. All events will be held at the CTCC dojo, except for the Saturday sessions held at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

To register online, please see instructions below.

Thursday, July 20 (evening)
6:00 – 8:00pm Ch’i Kung (at CTCC dojo) $75
Friday, July 21 (evening)
6:00 – 9:00pm Ba Gua (note – there are prerequisites for this workshop) (at CTCC dojo) $90
Saturday, July 22
10:00am – 12:30pm Hsing I – Five Elements (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $80
Lunch Break at Westminster Church. The lunch order form is due at the dojo by Wed., July 19.
2:30 – 5:30pm Hsing I – Animals (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $80
Both Saturday Sessions $150
6:15 – 8:00pm Pot Luck Dinner (at CTCC dojo) Free
Sunday, July 23
10:00 – 11:30am 1 – 14 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $65
11:45am – 12:30pm 15 – 33 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $40
 Lunch Break at the Dojo. The lunch order form is due at the dojo by Wed., July 19.
2:30 – 3:30pm 34 – 65 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $40
3:45 – 4:45pm 66 – 100 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $40
5:00 – 6:00pm Entire Form (at CTCC dojo) Free
All Sunday Sessions $180
Full Workshop $495
Full Workshop Early Bird Discount – pay by July 14 $450

Online Payment for Workshop

You can register for Grandmaster Wang’s upcoming workshop using your PayPal account or a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover).

Please fill in the total amount for the sessions you wish to take and click the Pay Now button. You can either log into PayPal or click the “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” option.

Please bring a completed registration form to the first session you attend.

The lunch order form is due at the dojo by Wed., July 19.



2017 Online Auction

CTCC is holding an online auction in July! More details to come, but for now, if you would like to donate an item or know a commercial vendor who might, please read on…

We are looking for the work of local artists and artisans. As much as possible, we would like to draw on the talents of our own CTCC members. If you are an artist, please consider donating your work. If you have special skills such as massage, yoga, gardening, etc., please consider offering your work. We also ask that you reach out to those in our community who might be willing to offer gift certificates at restaurants or other local businesses.

>>> Download the auction donation form here

(The form includes a one-page description of CTCC and our electronic auction to assist in approaching a restaurant owner or a service provider.)

Please note that if you are donating something, you do not need to bring it to the dojo. You can keep it and when the auction closes and a bidder has won your item, we will put the bidder in contact with you.

CTCC is a 501(c)3 and you can deduct your donation for tax purposes. We will accept donation forms until June 30th.

Poem From Leonard Tuchyner

The following is a poem written by Leonard Tuchyner. Many thanks to Leonard for sharing such a personal message.

T’ai Chi, an Abiding Teacher
       by
Leonard Tuchyner

Friends now for seven years,
introduced at a Chang Ming school,
you an ancient, sage teacher,
I a new naïve student,
antique by human standards.

Your slow steady ways were strange,
showing strength through balance and grace,
balance through timeless patience,
patience through flowing motion,
power through quiet presence.

You were a demanding teacher,
requiring my dedication,
rewarding me with inspiration,
a sense of internal focus,
a bounty of satisfaction.

Affliction pushed us apart.
My aortic valve was closing,
too much for my struggling heart
to breach across the narrowed gap.
Surgeons split my breast asunder,
restrained my heart from beating,
removed the ailing valve
and replaced it with bovine tissue.

I longed for you in my exile.
You were never far from mind.
I tried to recall your touch,
the wisdom in your lessons,
fearing you might be lost to me.

When I dared to stir my arms again,
free of fear for a ripping sternum,
I returned to your abiding school
and found that you were still there for me.
The skills and lessons you taught remained,
residing in my deepest reaches.

Too many times life draws me away
from your sacred place of learning,
but T’ai chi now resides in me
and holds out a hand of welcome.
There is much work to be done.
My path is a road without end.
Every step is a refinement,
every juncture an extension.
Even when I’m beyond repair,
Our partnership will still be there.
This union is deeper than
my corporeal existence,
which is simply a tool for learning.

Hiromi’s Spring 2017 Workshops

Come join us for two workshops with Master Hiromi!

The first workshop will cover the T’ai Chi Warm-Up. T’ai Chi warm-up is a perfect exercise for everyone, from absolute beginners to advanced students. It engages the entire body by loosening and stretching muscles and joints. We will explore the Cheng Ming warm-up sequence with special attention to body alignment and angles.

The second workshop will explore the Warm-Up Applications. Each warm-up has a martial application. Have fun and deepen your form by learning the applications and practicing them in pairs. Body alignment and angles learned in the morning workshop will help make these applications effective.

To register online, please see instructions below.
>> View the flyer here

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Place: Charlottesville Tai Chi Center Dojo – New Address!
206 East Water Street — Google Map
2-hour parking validation available for the Water Street Parking Garage next door

T’ai Chi Warm-Up
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $80

Warm-Up Applications
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Cost: $80

Cost for both workshops: $150

Online Payment for Workshop

You can register using your PayPal account or a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover).

Please select your option and then click the Pay Now button.


Workshop Options




World Tai Chi Day 2017

2017 World Tai Chi DayWorld T’ai Chi Day is an annual free event where participants around the globe practice T’ai Chi at 10 a.m. (local time) on the last Saturday of April.

We will gather at IX Park in front of Brazos Tacos at 9:45 a.m. to warm up and then start the 100-Step T’ai Chi form at 10 a.m., followed by 10-15 minutes of Ch’i Kung.

Note: If it rains, we will meet at the CTCC Dojo.

If you are interested in trying T’ai Chi, please join us for this free chance to experience the relaxing flow of chi through your body!

World T’ai Chi Day
Place: IX Park
Date: Saturday, April 30
Time: 9:45 a.m. – 11:00
Cost: FREE

Grandmaster Wang’s February 2017 Workshop

The Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center is very proud to once again host Grandmaster Wang Fu-Lai for a weekend of T’ai Chi and Hsing-I seminars!

The workshop will be held from Friday, February 17 through Sunday, February 19. All events will be held at the CTCC dojo, except for the Saturday afternoon weapons session.

To register online, please see instructions below.

Download the brochure and registration form here.

Download the lunch order form here.


Friday, February 17 (evening)
6:30 – 8:30pm Ch’i Kung Meditation (at CTCC dojo) $75
Saturday, February 18
10:00am – 12:30pm Hsing I – Empty Hands (at CTCC dojo) $80
Lunch Break at Dojo – download order form above
2:30 – 5:30pm Hsing I – Weapons (at Johnson Elementary School) $85
Both Saturday Sessions $160
6:15 – 8:00pm Demonstrations and Pot Luck Dinner (at CTCC dojo) Free
Sunday, February 19
10:00 – 11:30am 1 – 14 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $65
11:45am – 12:30pm 15 – 33 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $40
 Lunch Break at Dojo — download order form above
2:30 – 3:30pm 34 – 65 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $40
3:45 – 4:45pm 66 – 100 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $40
5:00 – 6:00pm Entire Form (at CTCC dojo) Free
All Sunday Sessions $180
Full Workshop $415

Online Payment for Workshop

You can register for Grandmaster Wang’s upcoming workshop using your PayPal account or a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover).

Please fill in the total amount for the sessions you wish to take and click the Pay Now button. You can either log into PayPal or click the “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” option.

Please bring a completed registration form to the first session you attend.



Calligraphy and T’ai Chi Performance

Come join us to learn about the connection between the principles of Calligraphy and T’ai Chi!

Master Calligrapher Miyuki Kawane will demonstrate large scale calligraphy while T’ai Chi is performed by four members of Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center. Parallels and similar principles between the two arts will be drawn.

T'ai Chi and Calligraphy Workshop

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Place: IX Art Park – on the stage near the painted large building
Time: 10:30 – 11:00am
Cost: $10 suggested donation – no registration required