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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

Sumo Wrestling Workshop

Come join us to learn about SUMO – the traditional art of Japanese wrestling! The workshop will be taught by Koji Watanabe with a cost of $20.

Sumo wrestling originated in Japan centuries ago and involves many martial arts principles (such as rooting and uprooting). The winner of a sumo bout either forces his opponent to step out of the ring or to touch the ground with any part of his body other than the bottom of his feet.
Sumo Workshop Flyer July 22 2016
To register online, please see instructions below.

Date: Friday, July 22, 2016
Place: Charlottesville Tai Chi Center Dojo
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: $20

Online Payment for Workshop

The cost of the workshop is $20. You can register using your PayPal account or a major credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover) by clicking the Pay Now button below.





Grandmaster Wang’s August 2016 Workshop

Grandmaster Wang Summer 2016 WorkshopCharlottesville 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, August 5 through Sunday, August 7. All sessions will be held at the CTCC dojo.

To register online, please see instructions below.

>> Download the brochure and registration form here

>> Download the lunch order form here

Friday, Aug 5 (evening)
6:30 – 8:30pm Push Hands (at CTCC dojo) $75
Saturday, Aug 6
10:00am – 12:30pm Hsing-I – Empty Hands (at CTCC dojo) $80
Lunch Break
2:30 – 5:30pm Hsing-I – Animals (at CTCC dojo) $85
Both Saturday Sessions $160
6:30 – 8:00pm Pot Luck Dinner (at CTCC dojo) Free
Sunday, Aug 7
10:00 – 11:30am 1 – 14 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $65
11:45am – 12:30pm 15 – 33 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $40
Lunch Break
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 – Registration Fee on or before July 22 $400
Full Workshop – Registration Fee after July 22 $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 enter “Aug 2016 Workshop” in the Apply To field.

Other Amount:
Apply To:

World Tai Chi Day 2016

2016_WTCDWorld 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! And from Monday, May 2 until Friday, May 13, anyone who has never taken a class at the CTCC Dojo can come to as many T’ai Chi classes as they like for free!

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

Hiromi’s Spring 2016 Workshops

Come join us for two workshops with Master Hiromi!

The first workshop will cover the Walking Ch’i Kung Meditation. These special movements will loosen all joints and improve your balance and coordination. As ch’i (life-force energy) starts to flow, circulation is improved and the begins to calm.

The second workshop will explore the 14-step T’ai Chi form with special attention to body alignment, acupressure points, and certain meridians that will help improve your form.

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

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Place: Charlottesville Tai Chi Center Dojo

Walking Ch’i Kung Meditation
Time: 8:30 – 10:30am
Cost: $65

14-step T’ai Chi Form
Time: 10:45am – 12:45pm
Cost: $65

Cost for both workshops: $120

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




Poem From Ferrell Mercer

The following is a poem written by Ferrell Mercer about the importance of in-person instruction in T’ai Chi. Thanks to Ferrell for sharing!

Body to Body
     Why t’ai chi cannot be taught
     by a video or a book.
          – for Grandmaster Wang Fu-Lai
          with gratitude

The Zen people say
“The finger
that points at the moon
is not the moon.”

A picture of a feast
does not make your belly full,

just as the map
of my valley
is not the beauty
of my valley.

To know precisely
in each particular body
the right posture and movement
in each moment
requires
a living teacher
who can over time
show the way.

Even the great Yang Lu Chan
who it is said
secretly watched the Chens
and learned enough t’ai chi
to be accepted as a student
when he was discovered
studied with a Chen master
to reach his own mastery.

We know
no other way
that works.
Would you be
the first patient
of a surgeon
who learned the craft
solely by watching video?

Would you
consider yourself a surgeon
if you had learned your art thus?

Grandmaster Wang’s December 2015 Workshop

Dec 2015 GMW FlyerThe 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, December 18 through Sunday, December 20. For directions to the different events, please click the locations in the table below.

To register online, please see instructions below.

Download the brochure and registration form here.

Download the lunch order form here.

Friday, December 18 (evening)
6:30 – 8:30pm Ch’i Kung Meditation (at CTCC dojo) $75
Saturday, December 19
10:00am – 12:30pm Hsing I – Empty Hands (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $80
Lunch Break at Westminster Church– download order form above
2:30 – 5:30pm Hsing I – Weapons (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $85
Both Saturday Sessions $160
6:15 – 8:00pm Demonstrations and Pot Luck Dinner (at CTCC dojo) Free
Sunday, December 20
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 CTCC — 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
Full Workshop Early Bird Discount – pay by December 4 $400

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 enter “December 2015 Workshop” in the Apply To field.

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

Other Amount:
Apply To:

T’ai Chi For Healing and Growth

Many thanks to Leonard Tuchyner for this wonderful article about his journey with T’ai Chi and Master Hiromi.

So there I was, seventy years old with no clue as to how I got to be a septuagenarian. What I did know was that my body must have been driven by a maniac. Miraculously, I was still standing and functioning, despite the fact that my medics wanted to replace my knees because I’d worn out all the cartilage.

I had survived life, but I didn’t do it without a lot of bumps in the road. I was legally blind, had a back that had been broken twice and a leg three times. I also earned a torn rotator cuff on the left side, a shoulder surgery on the other, and arthritis had found a welcoming home in my well-broken-in body.

Leonard_WarmupWhy am I going into this long laundry list of woe-is-meisms? It’s to show you how T’ai Chi has helped keep me healthy and fit despite this baggage of aches and complaints. It’s a highly adaptive physical and mental health resource that can work with and through almost any list of age-related groans that we have earned through the years. In fact, you can do variations of T’ai Chi on crutches or in a wheelchair.

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Raking Meditation at the Morven Japanese Garden

CTCC students once again have the wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Morven Japanese Garden, about a 25 minute drive from the dojo. Morven Japanese Garden is not open to the public. If you haven’t seen the garden, you may check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQjsfDBJ6l8.

The schedule and some of the details are below. If you are interested, please email mailto:hiromi@charlottesvilletaichi.org as soon as possible.

10:00 Meet at the guard house.
10:10 Walk to the garden.
10:20 Standing Meditation on the veranda
10:30 Raking Meditation
12:30 Lunch/Free time
1:30 100-step T’ai Chi around the pond
3:00 Leave the garden

The walk from the parking lot to the gate of the garden is the place we appreciate the nature and quiet our mind. When you step into the Japanese garden, you will leave everything behind and be present in the garden. It is advised that you keep silence or voice down.

What to bring: water bottle, lunch, gardening gloves, boots, and camera

Improv Choir Workshop – September 2015

“Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive”
~ Hafiz

Join us as we experience the joy of engaging the body and voice as ever-expanding vehicles for music making in this improvisational and contemplative group singing experience.

We will listen for what Music wants from us as we co-create compositions through exploration of rhythm, melody language, and harmony. We will invite the *music of the moment* into our bodies, hearts, breath and voices as we feel and hear our spontaneous compositions take shape.

This workshop is a chance for experienced singers to explore rhythmically driven improvisation within an Improv Choir setting. Instrumentalists who sing are welcome. If you are intrigued with the idea of experimenting with groove-driven vocal improv, please email gmt22@earthlink.net by September 9th to register. Ages 16-adult.

>>> Download the flyer

Place: CTCC Dojo (609 E. Market St, enter on 7th Street, across from SNL Financial)

Dates and Times: Sunday, September 13 from 2:30 – 4:00pm

Cost: Sliding Scale – $8.00-$15.00 for each session

Registration: To reserve a spot in the class, please email Lori at gmt22@earthlink.net by Wednesday, September 9th.