Category Archives: T’ai Chi

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:
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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




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

Hands and Feet Workshops

Come join us for two workshops with Master Hiromi!

T’ai Chi classics tell us that if there is a problem with our form, look to the legs. The first workshop will focus on correct footwork on the 14-step Cheng-Ming T’ai Chi form.

In the second workshop will explore the role of the hands in the 14-step T’ai Chi form. The hand postures reflect the applications, and there are many possibilities.

To register online, please see instructions below.

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Place: Charlottesville Tai Chi Center Dojo

T’ai Chi Footwork
Time: 8:30 – 10:30am
Cost: $60

T’ai Chi Hand Postures
Time: 10:45am – 12:45pm
Cost: $60

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.


Workshop Options




CTCC’s Open House 2015

Place: CTCC Dojo (609 E. Market St, enter on 7th Street, across from SNL Financial)
Date: Saturday, September 19
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 19th at 2pm! If you’ve never attended an CTCC 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.

Ed and Betsy Reflect on T’ai Chi

For the past seventeen months Ed and I have been students of Master Hiromi Johnson, Director of the Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center. We are learning the Cheng Ming form of T’ai Chi Chuan which we started in our late sixties. In the following article, Ed as a former physician of Internal Medicine focuses on the health benefits of T’ai Chi as well as other aspects of our shared learning experience. My focus, with a background in Recreation and Park Management, is on my personal experience and how I feel T’ai Chi is beneficial to growing older.

Ed and Betsy Doing Deflect Right and LeftEd:
At the beginning of each class we do a series of warmup exercises to loosen and stretch our muscles. This has improved our flexibility. Each member of the class sets their own limit on the extent of their warmup, so there should be no major pain or injuries. These exercises gently work the upper and lower back muscles, shoulders, hips, and thighs. This is followed by two sequences of specific T’ai Chi exercises which consist of movements that we perform throughout the formal 100-step T’ai Chi form. These exercises have more martial applications, but are mainly demonstrations for learning the proper form for positioning and moving our body when we start the formal T’ai Chi sequence.

Once we learned the gross movements and positions, we gradually started refining the details of each step. Only as we began the refinement process did we realize that a minimum error in our form would result in a major loss of strength and force. When we finish our warmups and the T’ai Chi Exercises, we do a T’ai Chi standing meditation. This helps to relax and calm our minds before we begin the 100-steps. The effects of this relaxing meditation persist for the rest of the day.

When we first see a new movement it is very confusing, and I think it will be impossible to remember, but by carefully observing our instructor as she moves gracefully through the process of each step, I learn the individual components of the movements.

The key to the enjoyment of T’ai Chi is to commit yourself to the process of concentrating on the information in class, taking it home, and practicing each day until your next class. At first we had only one movement to practice, so it didn’t take very long. As we learned a new movement, we would focus on it, and add it to the preceding one. The most important movements are the first fourteen because subsequent steps are built on these steps as you go further into the form. These fourteen movements improved my strength, especially in the legs and back. The increased strength and flexibility helped improve my balance.

Additional benefits we personally discovered as we progressed in T’ai Chi were weight loss, mental calming, better posture, increased flexibility and decreased pain from sites of prior injuries. Additional benefits suggested in The Harvard Medical School Guide to T’ai Chi written by Peter Wayne and Mark Fuerst include: fall prevention, lowered systolic and diastolic blood pressure, reduced back pain, reduced stress, improved psychological well-being, and improved breathing efficiency. There was also improvement in diabetes mellitus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, coronary artery disease, stroke and cholesterol levels in some patients. Most of the patients who benefited were enrolled in a twelve week program of beginning T’ai Chi. These patients with regular daily practice completed the first fourteen steps of the program by the end of the twelve weeks.

Betsy:
First of all T’ai Chi with its gentle movements is a wonderful way to exercise, especially at our stage of life. We both have had previous injuries from other forms of exercise and T’ai Chi enables us to exercise without injuring our bodies. Although I am not a natural student of Tai Chi, and I lack flexibility, Hiromi encourages me to progress within my capabilities and my limitations. Her encouraging words, “Inch by inch many things are possible” point me in a positive direction.

Initially I was drawn to T’ai Chi to help reduce my stress levels and to experience its many health benefits. Now I practice daily for many other reasons. To me practicing the Cheng Ming style with its various nuances and subtleties is like learning to solve a moving puzzle. My brain seems to want to try to fit the pieces together. This is a surprise to me because focusing is not a natural habit of mine. .

I am learning new forms, repeating some forms, learning variations of forms, and continually learning to place the forms in a sequence of moves. All of this challenges my ability to not only learn but to remember. My brain gets a good workout in addition to my body. I also appreciate that Tai Chi helps me to become more spatially aware of my body when I place my feet, knees, hands, elbows, shoulders, and hips in various positions. This is important for many reasons including learning how to keep a better sense of balance as I travel through my daily activities.

The principles of T’ai Chi such as alignment, harmony, awareness, intention, relaxation, centering, the integration of opposites, and living in the present moment all appeal to me. In addition to our forms, each of our warm up exercises has health benefits as well. My instruction in how to break down complicated tasks into manageable steps, how to persevere when I struggle with a form or forms (in my case this is often!), how to become more patient, and how to learn to just “Be with what is” (Hiromi’s sage advice) can carry over to my daily life. The wide variety of learning opportunities through classes, lessons and workshops is another motivating factor.

T’ai Chi has introduced me to many wonderful kind, positive, and encouraging people. Practicing T’ai Chi with my husband Ed has given me an opportunity to share something with him that we enjoy so much. Having three young grandchildren, and feeling I am doing something that will help me engage with them in an active way, is priceless. Finally, the joy of practicing T’ai Chi is very important to me. I cannot express it well in words, but there are times something opens inside me when I practice T’ai Chi creating a space for possibilities. At my age I am well aware of my limitations, and it is such a good feeling when I become aware of these possibilities.

Ed and I appreciate our opportunity to learn T’ai Chi from our teachers who have encouraged us each step of the way, and we especially want to express our deep gratitude to Master Hiromi Johnson and Grand Master Wang Fu-Lai.

Grandmaster Wang’s May 2015 Workshop

201505_GMW_FlyerCharlottesville 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, May 29 through Sunday, May 31. 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, May 29 (evening)
6:30 – 8:30pm Push Hands (at CTCC dojo) $75
Saturday, May 30
10:00am – 12:00pm Hsing-I – Empty Hands (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $80
Lunch Break at Westminster Presbyterian Church — download order form above
2:30 – 5:00pm Hsing-I – Animals (at Westminster Presbyterian Church) $85
Both Saturday Sessions $160
6:15 – 8:00pm Pot Luck Dinner (at CTCC dojo) Free
Sunday, May 31
10:00 – 11:30am 1 – 14 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $65
11:45am – 12:30pm 15 – 33 Steps (at CTCC dojo) $40
 
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 May 15 $400
Full Workshop – Registration Fee after May 15 $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 “May 2015 Workshop” in the Apply To field.

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

Other Amount:
Apply To: