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Grandmaster Wang’s Summer 2012 Workshop

Summer 2012 Grandmaster Wang Workshop 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, June 22 through Sunday, June 24. A full schedule is below.

To register online, please see instructions below.

Download the brochure and registration form here.

Download the lunch order form here.

Download the poster here.

Friday, June 22 (evening)
6:30 – 8:30pm Ch’i Kung Meditation $70
Saturday, June 23
10:00am – 12:00pm Hsing-I $70
Lunch Break at Cafe 88
2:30 – 5:00pm Hsing-I $75
5:30 – 8:00pm Pot Luck Dinner Free
BOTH WORKSHOPS $140
Sunday, June 24
10:00 – 11:30am 1 – 14 Steps $65
11:45am – 12:30pm 15 – 33 Steps $35
Lunch Break at Cafe 88
2:30 – 3:15pm 34 – 66 Steps $40
3:25 – 4:10pm 67 – 100 Steps $40
4:20 – 5:20pm Entire Form Free
FULL DAY $175
ALL WORKSHOPS $380

Online Payment for Workshop

You can register for Grandmaster Wang’s upcoming workshop using PayPal 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 “June 2012 Workshop” in the Apply To field.

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

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Warm-up and Ch’i Kung Workshop with Hiromi

Take advantage of this special chance to go more deeply into the warm-up and Ch’i Kung exercises!

Gentle stretching and warm-ups before practicing T’ai Chi help prevent unnecessary injuries. Hiromi will explain each movement, focusing on specific areas of the body, and show applications for the warm-ups. You will have fun, feel energized and relaxed.

The Ch’i Kung meditation will help ground us. Participants will learn standing and walking meditations. For those with physical limitations, both activities can be done in a chair. Both beginner and intermediate students are welcome!

Download the flyer here.

Date: Saturday, May 26
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Location: HTC Dojo
Cost: $60 pre-registration fee
($65 if paying the day of class)

World T’ai Chi Day 2012 Celebration – April 28

Come celebrate World T’ai Chi Day 2012 with Hiromi T’ai Chi!

World T’ai Chi Day has occurred every year on the last Saturday in April since 1999. Its mission is:

  • To educate the world of the profound health and healing benefits of T’ai Chi and Qigong for individuals, communities, and nations
  • To thank Chinese culture for creating and sharing these profoundly valuable gifts with the world
  • To bring together people across racial, economic, religious, and geo-political boundaries, to join together for the purpose of health and healing, providing an example to the world
  • To give a powerful example of how the power of the internet can be used to foster global health & healing

Hiromi T’ai Chi is happy to participate in the celebration with a T’ai Chi demonstration in Charlottesville’s Lee Park at 10:00am.

We will also be hosting a pot luck picnic in Crozet. For more information, please download the flyer here.

In the event of rain, the demonstration and the picnic will be held in the HTC dojo in the Michie building near the corner of 7th St NE and E. Market St.

Interview with Grandmaster

Grandmaster Wang Fu-Lai graciously offered to be videotaped answering several of the most common questions from students. You can see a translation of his answers below.

1. What kind of health benefits can a student expect from practicing the Cheng Ming system of internal arts in the short term and the long term?
Practicing Cheng Ming internal martial arts can help students feel stronger and healthier. Our martial arts system also helps the Ch’i circulation become smoother and deeper. It can also help the harmony for all internal organs. Continue reading

T’ai Chi for a Beat-Up Old Blind Guy

Leonard Tuchyner describes how he found t’ai chi and some of his favorite benefits studying with Hiromi Sensei.

My name is Leonard. I’m seventy-one years old. I’m a beginner, having studied with Hiromi for one-and-one-half years. There are a few facts that you should know about me. I’m legally blind, and have been so for many years. My condition, called Stargardt disease, is a very slow developing one which started in childhood. So I’ve had a lifetime to adapt to this condition.

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I started training in the martial arts at about thirty, cycling through several different styles, never having a teacher who I would consider a master, or having direct access to one. I hated kata (choreographed movements), and was only really interested in sparring. I was reasonably effective, relying on peripheral vision to block and strike. I also had a good sense of fighting distances with my opponent. Continue reading

Extremes and Their Opposites

John G., a second-year student at Hiromi T’ai Chi, explains some of the most meaningful changes that he has experienced studying T’ai Chi and Ch’i Kung.

I really want to write a story that is filled with good things from beginning to end, but that would not be completely accurate. Mine starts with great difficulty. My battles with chronic back pain and depression were overwhelming.

I was very lucky to “catch” the advice of someone near to me who suggested that I give T’ai Chi a try. So I began, and it was quite difficult at first. I felt self-conscious, worrying about what other people were thinking and I remember many times thinking, “I just can’t”.

Thankfully, I ignored these thoughts, and they slowly started to happen less frequently. Something strange started to happen. I started to step out of the pain I was in Continue reading