Category Archives: T’ai Chi

Mildred W. Spicer Arts Award

Mildred W. Spicer Arts Award

The Mildred W. Spicer Arts Fund was created in 2013 in honor of Spicer’s retirement from Charlottesville’s Department of Parks and Recreation after 33 years as therapeutic recreation supervisor.

On November 5, 2018, Hiromi Johnson, Director of the Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center, was awarded the fifth annual Arts Award from the Mildred W. Spicer Arts fund for her efforts in promoting the art form of T’ai Chi.

“Hiromi represents the spirit of the Mildred W. Spicer Arts Award through her dedicated support of individuals with disabilities and seniors in a variety of settings and through her commitment to positive awareness of artistic expression, improving the lives of others, and fostering inner growth and creative development,” Spicer fund officials said in a prepared statement.

Additional details found in an article at the Daily Progress.

Hiromi’s Thoughts on the Award:

14 years ago, when T’ai Chi and Qi Gong were not well known, Mildred was interested in having classes at Carver Rec Center. I felt a sense of destiny coming full circle, starting a class with Mildred then, and receiving the Mildred Spicer Arts Fund Award on Monday at City Space as a representative of CTCC.

I am grateful for the recognition we have received for our work. However, I didn’t make this journey alone. I was accompanied by all the dedicated teachers and staff who believed in us and gave us inspiration to work with the community. Instructors and students at CTCC have supported my vision and passion, too.

Why am I so interested in sharing T’ai Chi with the community? It is because you can see each person has something special inside. We introduce T’ai Chi as a means of help people express themselves. In return, we receive beautiful smile, voice (which we couldn’t hear in the beginning of semester), and movement that make you smile back.

Serving the community has been a joy and privilege and we will continue working with them and keep improving our skills so more people will benefit from T’ai Chi and Qi Gong practice.

With Gratitude,
Hiromi

Two Workshops with Hiromi Johnson

Come join us for two workshops with Master Hiromi!

The first workshop will be a deep dive into Grasp the Peacock’s Tail – a fundamental movement in T’ai Chi. Come deepen your understanding of this movement.

The second workshop will focus on refinement of the T’ai Chi Sword form. Master Hiromi received updates to this form in Taiwan and will provide details and refinement during this workshop.

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

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Place: Charlottesville Tai Chi Center Dojo
206 East Water Street — Google Map
2-hour parking validation available for the Water Street Parking Garage next door

Mini T’ai Chi Grasp the Peacock’s Tail
Time: 10:15am – 12:15pm
Cost: $40

T’ai Chi Sword Refinement
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Cost: $80

Cost for both workshops: $100

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.


Seminar Options




2 Weeks Free Sept-Nov at CTCC

CTCC 2 Free WeeksNow is the time to begin!

Interested in trying T’ai Chi? With this special offer, new students can attend T’ai Chi classes free!

If you’ve never taken classes at CTCC before, you are eligible for up to two free consecutive weeks of unlimited T’ai Chi classes at CTCC between September 1 and November 30, 2018!

Please note that we validate for two hours of free parking at the Water Street garage.

  1. Check out the CTCC schedule to choose the classes you would like to attend. Our T’ai Chi classes are highlighted in green.
  2. Download, print and fill out the Registration Form below and bring it to your first class — or just fill out one at CTCC when you arrive.
  3. Review the “Dojo Code” below for further information (e.g. what to wear).
  4. Feel free to email any questions to registrar@charlottesvilletaichi.org or call (877) 880-2479.
  5. Check out the links on the right for more information about T’ai Chi and CTCC.

>> See the weekly Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center schedule here

>> Download the Registration Form here

>> Download the Dojo Code (information about what to wear and the Dojo guidelines) here

Grandmaster Wang’s August 2018 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, Hsing-I and Ba Gua seminars!

The workshop will be held from Friday, August 10 through Sunday, August 12. All events will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

>> Download the registration form here

To register online, please see instructions below.

Friday, August 10 (evening)
6:00 – 9:00pm Ba Gua (note – there are prerequisites for this workshop) (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $90
Saturday, August 11
10:00 – 11:30am 1 – 14 Steps (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $65
11:45am – 12:30pm 15 – 33 Steps (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $40
 Lunch Break at Westminster. Lunch orders are due at the dojo by Tuesday, August 7.
2:30 – 3:30pm 34 – 65 Steps (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $50
3:45 – 4:45pm 66 – 100 Steps (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $50
5:00 – 6:00pm Entire Form (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) Free
6:30 – 8:00pm Pot Luck Dinner (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) Free
All Saturday Sessions $200
Sunday, August 12
1:00 – 3:00pm Hsing I – Empty Hands (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $70
3:15 – 5:45pm Hsing I – Animals (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $80
All Sunday Sessions $145
Full Workshop $430
Saturday Buffet Lunch $15

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 is due at the dojo by Tuesday, August 7.



World Tai Chi Day 2018

World 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 28
Time: 9:45 a.m. – 11:00
Cost: FREE

Japanese Tea Ceremony Spring Fundraiser

Ceremony Master Noriko Takashima
We are very excited and honored to welcome ceremony master Noriko Takashima to our dojo on April 28.
Have you ever wanted to see a traditional Japanese tea ceremony? Much more than the making and drinking of tea, this ceremony is a traditional Japanese art. Join us for our Japanese Tea Ceremony and experience the meditative nature of two different ceremony styles, Furo-temae and Chabako-temae. As a part of our Spring Fundraiser, this art will be demonstrated at CTCC.

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Place: Charlottesville Tai Chi Center Dojo
206 East Water Street — Google Map
2-hour parking validation available for the Water Street Parking Garage next door
Time: 2:00 – 3:00pm
          3:00 – 4:00pm
Cost: $35 minimum donation for one session; $50 for both (Donations are non-refundable; Children ages 10-16 years may attend for free.) This event is a fund-raiser for CTCC – thank you for your support!

UPDATE: All seats for the Tea Ceremony are now full. Additional guests are welcome and invited to make a donation to the dojo and come watch the ceremony.

Online Payment for Fundraiser

Please type in the amount of your donation and enter “Tea Ceremony” in the Apply To field, and then click Pay Now. You will be given the option to log in to PayPal or pay with a credit card.

Other Amount:
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Hiromi’s Spring 2018 Workshop

Come join us for Hiromi Sensei’s Spring 2018 Workshop!

Hiromi Sensei will be teaching the 6-Step Beginner T’ai Chi form. This form has something to offer everyone — if you are brand new to T’ai Chi, it is a great introduction to the basic principles of moving more mindfully.

For intermediate students it provides a very helpful review and also offers opportunities to work on the balance needed for kicks beyond the 14-step.

Additionally, it can be a wonderfully convenient option for all students for their home practice when time is limited.

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Place: Charlottesville Tai Chi Center Dojo
206 East Water Street — Google Map
2-hour parking validation available for the Water Street Parking Garage next door
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $50

Online Payment for Workshop

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

Please click the Pay Now button. You will be given the option to log in to PayPal or pay with a credit card.


Workshop Options




New Ch’i Kung Class

Ch’i Kung (Qi Gong) is an ancient Chinese system of self-cultivation developed specifically for protecting health and promoting vitality, while heightening spiritual awareness and insight. It consists of a series of fluid movements coordinated with the breath to increase flow of energy throughout the body and the mind while standing, sitting or reclining.

We are excited to announce a new Ch’i Kung class at the CTCC Dojo on Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm taught by Hiromi Sensei!

Date: Tuesdays, beginning March 6
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Place: CTCC Dojo
Cost: Normal class fee structure (view more information)
More information: 877-880-2479 or registrar@charlottesvilletaichi.org