Friday, October 26, 2012

8 Things You Don't Want in Your Food

In their article 8 Ingredients You Never Want to See on Nutrition Labels David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding give a list of 8 food additives that are commonly found in processed foods and a list of reasons why they should be avoided.  Some of these are not so surprising, but others might cause you to raise your eyebrows and mutter, "Hmmmmmm..."  It's a short, informative read worth taking a look at if you, like me, keep a careful watch on what goes into your body.

The entire article can be read by clicking on the following link:


To Your Health,
Shifu Andrew Plitt

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

2 Students Earned Their White Sash in Tai Chi Today

Today at 5:00pm two students began the test for their White Sash rank.  One student has been training with me for about 10 months and the other has been training with me for nearly two years.  Both have put an incredible amount of time and effort into their training and it was very obvious during the test. 

During the test they were required to show proficiency in the following:
  • Yang Tai Chi 24 form
  • 5 directional stepping
  • Zhan Zhuang Qi Gong
  • Tai Chi Qi Gong set
  • and more...
At about 6:30pm the test was complete and both students had passed.  Below are some pictures of them receiving their sashes.

Laura receiving her White Sash after the Test.

Laura receiving her certificate.

Rhonda receiving her White Sash.

Rhonda receiving her certificate.

Learning to tie their new sashes with a little help from someone who has done it before.

Laura showing the new certificate with me.

 Rhonda showing her new certificate with me.

Congratulations, ladies!  You did an excellent job earning this rank.  Keep up the good work!

To Your Health,
Shifu Andrew Plitt

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fundraiser for a Shaolin Master's School

While I was training in China there was a Shaolin master at the school who was unbelievably skillful and powerful. His passion for his training and his heart for his students were inspirational. He had the admiration and respect of every student, whether they were training under him or not. His dream is to start his own school and while I was in China he did, with the blessing of his headmaster. Recently, however, his business partner has left him in a lurch and he is about to lose his school. This school is the life dream he has poured his heart and soul into since he was a child training at the Shaolin Temple and it seems a great injustice that he should lose it because of another man's greed. Below is a link to a fundraising drive put together by his students who don't want to see their master lose his dream. Whether you are an avid martial artist or simply believe in people realizing their dreams any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

 A Picture of Shifu Shi Xing Long and four of his students in China.

To Your Health,
Shifu Andrew Plitt