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Still having classes

As of today, March 14, 2020, I will still be conducting Tai Chi classes at the Martial Science Center.

  • We will all need to be diligent about washing hands (before and after class) and keeping a healthy distance.
  • I will wipe door knobs/handles down with disinfectant wipes before classes.
  • If you are sick, please stay home.

If push comes to shove, and it’s best that we all stay home, I will see about Skyping classes, if anybody is interested. My son is a whiz at this sort of thing and will find it fun to help me.

Let’s hope this is all over quickly. Stay healthy and safe.

Holly

Upcoming No Class Schedule

There will be no tai chi classes Tuesday/Wednesday, December 24-25, 2019 nor Tuesday/Wednesday, December 31, 2019-January 1, 2020.

I will, also, be taking 5 days off at the end of January and beginning of February as I will be in Seattle attending the Yang Family Director and Instructor Seminar. I’m so excited! I will be leaving Thursday afternoon, Jan. 30, 2020, which means I’ll be able to teach Thursday morning. I will return the following Thursday morning, Feb. 6, 2020, with not enough time to teach that morning. To reiterate the cancelled classes: no classes from Feb. 1-6 (Saturday-Thursday), 2020. Classes will resume Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.

Thank you!

Holly

Additional Tai Chi Class/Hours Being Added

I’m happy to announce that I will be adding a Monday night class, from 6-7pm, starting April 1, 2019. In addition, I will be adding an extra 30 minutes to most of the classes for ‘intermediate’ students. I will be adding 30 minutes to the Tuesday (7-7:30), Wednesday (7:30-8pm), and Thursday/Saturday (11-11:30am) classes. No extra 30 minutes on the Monday night class. ‘Intermediate’ students will be defined as those who have finished the first section of the form.

The additional Monday night class is due to previous requests and an opening in my schedule. The extra 1/2 hour is due to the extra amount of time it takes to teach new/newer students. I want to make sure that I am giving my students, that have been with me for awhile, the proper amount of attention. This extra 1/2 hour is there if anyone wants it. If everyone feels they’ve absorbed what they could in their given hour, then awesome, there is no need to stay that extra 30 minutes. It’s just there if you like.

Happy Tai Chi’ing!

Holly

Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Seminars with Grandmaster Yang Jun

Master Yang Jun will be teaching a series of seminars this year for students of all levels. They will be held Saturday, August 31 through Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at The Jack & Patti Salter Community Center, 1545 East Lincoln, Royal Oak, MI. He will be teaching the following:

  • Traditional Hand Form: Sat/Sun, Aug 31-Sep 1
  • 67 Sword Form: Mon/Tue, Sep 2-3
  • Push Hands: Wed, Sep 4

In addition, there will be a “Dinner with Master Yang Jun”, Saturday, August 31 at 6pm at Sakura Restaurant, 3635 Rochester Rd, Rochester, MI 48083.

Grandmaster Yang Jun is the 5th generation lineage holder of Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. He has trained since the age of 5 with his grandfather, Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo, and is the great grandson of the famous Master Yang Chengfu. He is now the family successor and standard-bearer of the rich heritage of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. “This seminar offers everyone interested in the art of Tai Chi Chuan an opportunity to meet and learn from one of the world’s foremost authorities on Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan.”

For more information and fees visit www.michigantaichi.com
Click on Seminars/Events.


World Tai Chi Day 2019!

Hello all! I am announcing the annual World Tai Chi Day 2019. It is being held by the Michigan Tai Chi Center on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10am-12pm at Keller Elementary School, 1505 N. Campbell, Royal Oak, MI. At this event, you will see the following performed, plus or minus what Han wants to be included, or not. There will most definitely be the Yang Family Tai Chi 103 form, Yang Family sword, saber, push hands and the two-person form. There, also, may be fan, short staff, long staff, two-person staff, long pole, some Chen forms (empty and/or weapons) plus whatever Han deems fitting. Hopefully, she will perform this year!

And as usual, she always ends with an audience participation exercise.

I hope to see some of you there.

Holly

Self- Discipline and Responsibility

From the T’ai Chi Classics, “Followers of T’ai Chi believed that people should discipline themselves to be spiritual, healthy, kind, and intelligent; to be responsible for assisting others to reach the same levels of achievement; to enjoy the truth; to fight fearlessly against immorality and injustice; and to protect the needy and the weak. It was with these goals in mind that the martial art aspect of T’ai Chi came to be developed and emphasized.” Waysun Liao

When I read this, I just felt it had to be shared. We need this today. Before telling others what they need to do, take responsibility for your own actions.  Do not virtue signal, lead by example. Do as I do, not as I say.

World Tai Chi Day!

It is time for the annual World Tai Chi Day! It will be held April 28, 10-12pm at Keller Elementary, 1505 N. Campbell Rd., Royal Oak, MI…just south of 12 Mile Rd.  Hope to see you there!

For all of my students, there will be no class held on that day, since I will be celebrating this day with the rest of the Yang Family Tai Chi world.

Thank you so much,

Holly

Tai Chi and Millennials

I just read a great article regarding how Tai Chi is getting more popular with millennials.  It’s an awesome stress reliever and is especially helpful in the tech industry, where these adults find themselves hunched in front of a computer for hours at a time.

Check out the article.

Until later,

Holly

 

New Yang Family Essential Form

After an inspiring and educational 5-day Directors and Instructors Seminar near Seattle, I am almost ready to start sharing some of what I’ve learned. It will be done in small bite-sized proportions so the information is easier to digest. Still trying to play catch up in the household.
So, to start off, I would like to share the new Yang Family Essential Form that Grandmaster Yang Jun created. It is beautiful. I especially like how he took “Cloud Hands” from a straight line footwork to a circular crossing footwork. Awesome. Enjoy!

Holly