Category Archives: T’ai Chi

Master Hiromi’s Spring 2020 Workshops

Come join us for Master Hiromi’s Spring 2020 Workshops on Saturday, March 7th!

Spring 2020 WorkshopsBoth workshops will be held at the CTCC dojo at 206 East Water Street — Google Map.

T’ai Chi Warm-Ups
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $80

Brush Knee and Push
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Cost: $80

Both Workshops
Cost: $150

In the morning, Hiromi Sensei will be going deeply into our Warm-Up exercises, covering proper form and movement as well as some application aspects. In the afternoon she will cover some of the subtle details of the 10th step of the 14-Step form: Brush Knee and Push.

Online Payment for Workshop

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

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


Seminar Options




T’ai Chi in the Dentist Chair

Many thanks to Ferrell Mercer for this unique application of T’ai Chi principles.

Recently I have been undergoing a sequence of complex dental procedures. At one point I spent three hours in the dentist chair. As usual, I used my T’ai Chi training to consciously relax during the process and I am certain that doing so led to my having less discomfort both during the procedure and afterward.

The process of even simple dental work is pretty much designed to cause tension. There is the expectation of pain, even though modern dentistry has greatly reduced or eliminated the actual pain of most procedures. Then there is the fact that generally two people have their hands and a variety of tools in your mouth and around various parts of your face. There are also vibrations, strange noises and strange odors that all can make us tense.

T’ai Chi teaches us to become aware of tension in our body and to relax that tension. Over time we can achieve conscious control over our instinct to tense. I found T’ai Chi push hands particularly helpful in learning to relax with someone else in my ‘space’. Continue reading

CTCC at the Festy Music Festival

This year we are happy to announce that we have partnered with the Festy music festival! This will be the Festy’s 10th year, and to celebrate that they are moving to Downtown Charlottesville. The Festy will take place the weekend of October 11-13 at IX Art Park.

The Festy is an eco-friendly, kid-friendly music festival focused on Music and Mindfulness. Discover your favorite bands at this year’s Festy!

As a special offer to our students, the Festy is offering 15% off your ticket when you use our exclusive promo code FESTYBESTY at checkout. Find out more on the Festy website here!

CTCC Open Sessions and Workshops
Friday, October 11 at 1:30pm – CTCC Open Session
Saturday, October 12 at 1:00pm – The Art of T’ai Chi with Hiromi Sensei
Saturday, October 12 at 1:30pm – CTCC Open Session
Sunday, October 13 at 3:30pm – CTCC Open Session

We look forward to seeing you there!

Taiwan 2019 – Reflections by Josh Lowry

The problem with the task of writing a brief reflection on the CTCC trip to Taiwan is
deciding what experiences make the cut. There is a desire to include every detail.
How could we leave out encounters with robots in Korea? The Rainbow Village. The
stunts our cabbies were pulling flying down the highway over 90 mph with a death
wish and us in tow. The food mosh pit carnival light show sensory explosion
madness, that is the Taichung night market. The best damn breakfast buffet in the
East at the Evergreen Laurel hotel. Those memories and more won’t soon be
forgotten, but what will stay with me are the relationships formed and the chance to
really immerse myself in training for the first time. Continue reading

2 Weeks Free May – June at CTCC

Now 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 May 1 and June 30, 2019!

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

Taiwan 2019 – Monday

Grandmaster’s dojo is about 45 minutes outside of Taichung in a township called Caotun and on Monday we had the wonderful opportunity to train with him here. There are several training spaces, some indoor and one larger outdoor space connected to the building. The outdoor space is where we practiced after having tea together. The sides are open but it is covered by a metal awning which provides a very nice soundtrack when it rains, which it did several times while we were practicing. (Grandmaster said that this is his favorite training music.) Grandmaster seemed very happy to host us at his dojo and it was a special treat to get to see him in his element. Continue reading

Taiwan 2019 – Sunday

This morning we had the final awards ceremony and participants also had the opportunity to speak about their experiences during the weekend. The Cheng Ming family stretches across numerous continents and countries and Master Eric from Texas and Master Hiromi were both called upon to do a lot of translating. It was great to see the international reach of our organization. Master Huang gave the following speech about the tournament. Continue reading

Taiwan 2019 – Saturday

We were up early and on the racquetball courts again at 6 a.m. to go over our group demonstration forms, Tai Chi, Hsing I five elements and Hsing-I animals. We had a good run through and then all went up to the breakfast buffet.

We got on the bus and left at 8 once again for the competition location. Several Cheng Ming organization administrators and local politicians had arrived for today’s opening ceremony, and we all listened to several speeches. There was also a performance by a local high school symphony with Chinese instruments which was extremely impressive. There were both solo and orchestra selections. Continue reading