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Tai Chi Awakening

Thanks to Leonard Tuchyner for this wonderful poem.

I stand in tai chi stillness –
alert – relaxed- ready.
Arms raise – chi awakens –
shivers through legs and spine –
Earth ascends to Heaven.

Tai chi dances with circles.
Quickened fingers explore.
Searching arms, like feathered wings,
softly stroke through trilling air –
chi probing feeling chi.

Water flowing, moving slowly –
gentle sliding gliding ripples.
Water always finds its way,
cannot be stopped nor long contained.
To master water learn to float.

Fire, air, earth and water –
allied in flawless balance.
World twirls, pulls, challenges –
plays together in our story.

I rest in sublime harmony.

Women’s Expressive Arts Retreat

In this women’s expressive arts retreat, we will use art-making, authentic movement, writing, poetry, and mindfulness practices to awaken to the depths of creativity, resourcefulness and body wisdom within us. Exploring metaphors of the autumn season, along with images in our artistic expressions, we will surrender to what is “falling away” in our lives while simultaneously “falling awake” to the present moment and to what longs for expression, nurturance and harvest within us.

This weekend is an invitation to dwell in the rich nourishment available to us when we take time to reflect, replenish, play, and be in creative community with women who are becoming artists of their lives. Whether you are new to the expressive arts or want to dive deeper into your explorations, this retreat offers an enlivening and supportive space to re-imagine your life while cultivating contemplative arts practices that will enrich your everyday life.

>>> Download the flyer and registration form

Place: HTC Dojo (609 E. Market St, enter on 7th Street, across from SNL Financial)
Dates and Times: Friday, November 7 from 6pm – 9pm
                              Saturday, November 8 from 10:30am – 6pm
Cost: $165 ($150 before Oct 10) – 10% discount for HTC students

Respect The Elderly Week

HTC Respect The Elderly 2014Once again HTC will observe this Japanese tradition to honor senior citizens by giving 30 – 45 minute T’ai Chi presentations for free during the week of September 15th.

Last year we visited eleven assisted living care centers and retirement communities in Charlottesville and Orange County.

Demonstrations can be scheduled Monday, September 15 – Saturday, September 20.

Demonstrations are 30-45 minutes long and can be set any time between 9:30 – 11:15 a.m. or 1:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Please contact Hiromi at for more information or to schedule a demonstration.

HTC’s 12th Annual Open House

HTC_OpenHouseFlyer2014Join us for our 12th Annual Open House!

Place: HTC Dojo (609 E. Market St, enter on 7th Street, across from SNL Financial)
Date: Saturday, September 27
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
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, September 27th at 2pm! If you’ve never attended an HTC class before, you’ll receive a coupon to try a class FREE.

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 from 2 to 3pm. You will have the opportunity to try several movements and feel T’ai Chi’s effects for yourself.

Afterwards, stick around for snacks and opportunities to ask questions of any of the current students.

Parking: You may park in the SNL Financial parking lot across from the entrance to the dojo on Seventh Street. You may also park in the parking deck next to the police station on East Market Street. Please bring your parking deck ticket to the dojo — we can validate it for two hours.

Energy for Life

T’ai chi as a tool for healthy aging

by Ferrell Mercer

FerrellBorn in 1952, I am at the tail end of the Baby Boom. However, I am old enough to remember “Never trust anyone over 30.” We could not imagine ever being thirty years old much less retirement age. For many of us the words of my late friend Jim Kellogg ring true. He said “If I had known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”

As I have gotten older it has become more and more important to me to be and stay healthy. The principle tool I have found to do that is the Chinese art of t’ai chi chuan. Below I will describe Continue reading

Women’s Self Defense Class

HTC_SelfDefense_201408Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 12:00 noon
Place: Hiromi T’ai Chi Dojo
Fee: $95

This workshop will focus on balanced and well-rounded skills based on practical martial arts techniques. The three-hour-session covers basics on psychology, tactical stances, safety zone principles and practical methods of release from grabs and holds.

Benefits include developing courage, confidence, discipline, and heightened safety awareness. Participants will learn effective skills in a respectful manner and build self-confidence in an energetic, fun, and safe environment.

To register, email You may pay by check, or below with a credit card or PayPal account (please type Women’s Self Defense in the “Apply To” field below).

Other Amount:
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BAMA Works Fund Supports HTC

A Big “THANK YOU” to the BAMA Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.

They gave Hiromi T’ai Chi a $4,500 grant for a collaborative project with the Charlottesville Boys & Girls Club. The project will start this fall.

We are very excited to share T’ai Chi with children in the community and are grateful for this support from the BAMA Works Fund!

Find out more about the grants here…

Support CTCC on Amazon

Amazon Smile CTCCAmazon will now make donations to CTCC each time you shop through their AmazonSmile program! If you shop on Amazon, you can support CTCC!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to the following link: and log in to your Amazon account. Amazon will ask you if you want to support CTCC.
  2. In the future when you shop on Amazon, go to the AmazonSmile page first, log in, and then start shopping from that page. If you have registered, “Supporting: Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center” will appear in the upper left corner.
  3. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to support CTCC – it’s that easy! (Note: CTCC only receives donations if you log in through the AmazonSmile page.)


Grandmaster Wang’s Summer 2014 Workshop

GMWjuly2014_flyerHiromi T’ai Chi is very excited 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, July 18 through Sunday, July 20. All events held at HTC dojo.

To register online, please see instructions below.

Download the brochure and registration form here.

Download the lunch order form here.

Friday, July 18 (evening)
6:30 – 8:30pm Ch’i Kung $70
Saturday, July 19
10:00am – 12:00pm Hsing-I – Five Elements $70
Lunch Break at Cafe 88 — download order form above
2:30 – 5:00pm Hsing-I – Linking Forms $80
Both Saturday Sessions $140
5:30 – 8:00pm Pot Luck Dinner Free
Sunday, July 20
10:00 – 11:30am 1 – 14 Steps $65
11:45am – 12:30pm 15 – 33 Steps $35
Lunch Break at Cafe 88 — download order form above
2:30 – 3:30pm 34 – 66 Steps $45
3:45 – 4:45pm 67 – 100 Steps $45
5:00 – 6:00pm Entire Form Free
All Sunday Sessions $180
Full Workshop $380

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 “July 2014 Workshop” in the Apply To field.

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

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World Tai Chi Day 2014

World Tai Chi Day 2014World 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 Pen Park 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 HTC Dojo.

Afterwards everyone is invited to meet at Taste of China in Albemarle Square for lunch at 11:30 a.m.

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: Pen Park
Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 (afterwards we will meet at Taste of China at 11:30 for lunch)
Cost: FREE