Kungfu has hit the New York Times! Philosophy professor Peimin Ni of Grand Valley State University has written a thought piece for the NYT Stone column. "Mistaking the language of Chinese philosophy for, in Richard Rorty’s phrase, a “mirror of nature” is like mistaking the menu for the food. The essence of kung fu — various arts and instructions about how to cultivate the person and conduct one’s life — is often hard to digest for those who are used to the flavor and texture of mainstream Western philosophy."
December 9, 2010
November 10, 2010
Mental focus, calm, self-image, self-control, stress management? Hmm, maybe tai chi can help teens with this.
October 1, 2010
Jane Brody, the New York Times' pre-eminent health columnist, points out in her article the many wonderful benefits of tai chi practice, and rightly says, "A Downside to Tai Chi? None That I See: The graceful, dancelike progression of meditative poses called tai chi originated in ancient China as a martial art, but the exercise is best known in modern times as a route to reduced stress and enhanced health. After reviewing existing scientific evidence for its potential health benefits, I’ve concluded that the proper question to ask yourself may not be why you should practice tai chi, but why not.
September 8, 2010
Read the complete New York Times article here.
April 20, 2010
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March 28, 2010
A British church has created a big flap by kicking out a tai chi group:
"Rachel Barrow, a Christian who teaches tai chi to heart patients in Sheffield's hospitals, said the church community has nothing to fear from the martial art because it has nothing to do with religion. Her call comes after a tai chi group was kicked out of All Saints Church in Totley after leaders decided the martial art was incompatible with their faith. Rev David Rhodes, said: "Our understanding is that the basis of tai chi is an Eastern religion, and from the church's point of view that isn't something that we want to be involved in." Click here to read the compleat article in the Star.
February 9, 2010
Have you ever received a query about classes like this one? Don't get excited, it is not a lucky break for your school. These people are scammers whose goal it is to pass bad checks and stolen credit cards. Beware!
I'll be in the country with my friends for a one month vacation.
During our stay, we would like to book for 3 weeks classes for 1Hr
each day,Monday to Saturday (morning or Evening hours) for 6 persons.
We are asking for 1Hr per day for the 3 weeks-which is a total of 18Hrs
We would be coming over for a short Vacation and as part of our plans to keep fit during the vac.,we need
Private group training in either Karate,Taekwando/Kungfu/Ju-Jitsu/Self defense training
Do you have a training Gym/facility where you conduct the classes?
What Forms of the listed activities above do you teach best?
COMMENCEMENT DATE: 3rd May 2010-22nd May 2010
I would love to get the total cost or a quote/estimate for everything.
What are your payment options for registration? Do you accept credit cards(Kindly indicate cards accepted)?
We'll be grateful if you'll be willing to do the work to teach quality classes to us and make our visit a memorable and fun-filled one.
Please send a confirmation to this email(AS PLAIN TEXT AND NOT AS AN ATTACHMENT) so that we can know what to do.
January 26, 2010
A great variety of tai chi and qigong events are coming up this spring and summer:
World Tai Chi Day Saturday, April 24th, 2010. This annual grassroots event is held in hundreds of locales. See their website for events in your area.
The annual Zhang Sanfeng Festival has split into two separate events:
• Tai Chi Fest April 29 - May 2, 2010, Hudson Valley Resort, New York. Presenters: Pedro Cepero Yee, Gene Ching, James Donnelly, Dale Dugas, Doug Gray, John Green, Jiang Jianye, Ken Lo, Yuzhi Lu, Marcus Callis, William Phillips, David Dorian Ross, Avi Schnier, Gary Torres, Wang Rengang, Ocean-of-Wisdom Sakya, Tina Chunna Zhang, and Zhou Xuanyun. Pre- and post-conference workshops also held.
• Tai Chi Gala June 4-6, 2010 in Albany, NewYork. Presenters: Shifu Bob Castaldo, Pedro Cepero-Yee, Dale Dugas, John Green, Jiang Jianye, Yuzhi Lu, John Painter, William Phillips, David Ritchie, Wang Ren-Gang, Sean Wang, and Loretta Wollering. Pre- and post-conference workshops also held.
National Qigong Association Annual Conference "Qi= mc2 | Qigong: Playing With Universal Energy" August 20-22, 2010 in Chaska, Minnesota (suburban Minneapolis). Pre- and post-conference workshops also held. Taijiquan Journal editor Barbara Davis will be one of the presenters.
January 24, 2010
Chen: Living Taijiquan in the Classical Style by Jan Silberstorff (Singing Dragon)
The Last Lama: The Secret Martial Art of Tibet, by Yogi Tchouzar Pa (Destiny)
Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence, by Sgt. Rory Miller (YMAA)
Attack Proof: The Ultimate Guide to Personal Protection, by John Perkins, Al Ridenhour, and Matt Kovsky (Human Kinetics)
Qigong for Multiple Sclerosis: Finding Your Feet Again, Nigel Mills (Singing Dragon)
The Year of the Tiger by Justin Roth (Immedium Publishing) features young Teddy the tiger who is the prince of the jungle. In his explorations, he meets the girl Su. But will living on different sides of the tracks endanger their friendship?