Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tai Chi Offers Better Quality of Life Than Many Popular Activities

According to an article published in "Supreme Chi Living," an online journal by The American Tai Chi and Qigong Association, Tai Chi practitioners report better quality of life than those active in other activities popular in our culture today.  We have included the article as well as a link back to the original website below for you to see it for yourself.  Enjoy!

"Tai Chi Participation Shows More Positive Impact on Quality of Life than Gym Exercise and Book Clubs
June 27, 2013 -
Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) is a traditional Chinese medicine practice and martial art with bio-psychosocial aspects. A study published by Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in its May 2013 issue aimed to examine the impact of participation in TCC on multiple domains of Quality of Life (QoL) and to assess the involvement of the psychological factors of self-efficacy, Locus of Control (LoC) and Hope in these effects.
A total of 68 participants from the general community (13 males and 55 females) aged between 18 and 68 (M=43.55 years) and not currently suffering from a mental or physical illness took part in the study.
It was found that TCC participants, as a group, scored significantly better than those in sedentary (book club) and active (gym exercise) control conditions on Psychological and Physical QoL, and that the Physical QoL benefits of TCC continue to accrue with years of practice. The three psychological factors were shown to variously mediate (self-efficacy) and moderate (internal LoC and Hope) this latter relationship.
Whilst the results bear limitations (in particular small sample sizes), it is hoped that these findings will encourage further research into TCC, and consideration of TCC as part of the range of treatment options available in community-based mental and physical health management." 

View Article on Original Website Here.

If you live in Amador County and are looking for a place to study Tai Chi Chuan, take a look at our Class Schedules and Locations page to find the best time and location for you.  We offer Tai Chi Chuan classes in Jackson, CA and Pine Grove, CA as well as a Qigong class in Sutter Creek, CA.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Free Shipping from "Amador County's Online Health Food Store"

We know times are tough for a lot of people and we are always trying to help those in our community save money on the products and services we offer.  For that reason, we are proud to present this offer.

There is a Free Shipping program available on "Amador County's Online Health Food Store" that is designed to help simplify your ordering process and save you money, at the same time. 

Here is how it works:
If you sign up for automatic shipments with at least 3 products, the shipping is free.  The really cool part is that you can have your products shipped to you once a month, once every two months, or once every three months.  For example, if you use one bottle of Daily Complete each month, you can set your auto-ship to send three bottles, once every three months.  That way you don't have to pay for the shipping and you still get one bottle of Daily Complete for each month. 

I hope you all find this program useful and I hope it makes your lives a little simpler.  If you have any questions please Contact Me

Friday, June 28, 2013

Summer Special

Do you know anyone who wants to learn Tai Chi?  For the months of July, August, and September of 2013 they can get 50% off the regular monthly tuition for these classes at the KSW Karate Dojo in Pine Grove.  If you know anyone who is interested in learning more, have them contact Shifu Andrew Plitt at (209) 753-7865 (voice mail) or

Monday, June 24, 2013

Congratualtions to Our Students!

Over the past few weeks we have had several students at the KSW Karate Dojo in Pine Grove, test for their next Sash Level in Tai Chi Chuan.  Due to their hard work and the time they have put into their training, they have passed each test with flying colors.  Here we would like to congratulate them on their accomplishment and show you all pictures of these students' promotions. We hope you will join us in congratulating them.

 Pete (Shifu Plitt's Dad) removing his old sash.

 Pete receiving his new Level 3 Orange Sash.

 Pete tying on his new sash.

 Pete Receiving his certificate.

 Pete showing off his new rank certificate with Shifu Plitt.

Kathy handing in her old sash.

 Kathy being presented with her Level 3 Orange Sash.

 Kathy being presented with her Level 3 Orange Sash certificate.

Kathy showing off her new rank certificate with Shifu Plitt.

 Samantha receiving her new Level 1 White Sash.

 Samantha receiving her White Sash rank certificate.

 Samantha Showing off her new rank certificate with Shifu Plitt.

 Elizabeth receiving her new Level 1 White Sash.

 Elizabeth receiving her White Sash certificate.
Elizabeth showing off her new rank certificate with Shifu Plitt

Congratulations to all of these students for their hard work, perseverance, and achievements!  We're proud to have them training with us!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Tiger Qigong Workshop Happening Next Saturday

June 22, 2013 (Sat.)
(Join event on Facebook)

Tiger Qigong Set from the "Five Animal Exercises Qigong" Workshop:
The "Five Animal Exercises Qigong Set" is one of the oldest known Qigong forms in China. Each of the five animals has an internal organ pair associated with it and a season in which it is best to practice. This set is used all around the world for health improvement and maintenance.

The Tiger set in meant to be practiced during the spring months and was designed to balance the liver and the spleen. Two organs that are very important in maintaining good health. The movements of the Tiger set are also excellent for stretching and strengthening the back, hips and legs.

To ensure that all those who attend get the most out of this workshop, each participant will receive a booklet with detailed instructions and pictures of each movement to help remind them of each movement and the correct way to do it after the workshop is over.
Location: KSW Karate Dojo, 20200 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove, CA 95665
Time: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (with a break for lunch)
Attendance: $50
To Sign-up contact: Shifu Andrew Plitt
(209) 753-7865 (voicemail)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Orange Sash Test

On June 5, 2013 two of my students, Pete and Kathy, tested for their Level 3 Orange Sashes in Tai Chi.  Their test included sticky hands training, the second part of the Yang style long form, coiling training, and much more.  I'm very proud of them for all the hard work they have put into their training and I would like to congratulate them on achieving their new rank of Orange Sash - Level 3!  Good job, you two!  Keep up the good work!

Below is a short video with clips of footage taken during the test.  Enjoy!

To Your Health,
Shifu Andrew Plitt

Monday, June 3, 2013

A Video of Amador County's World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Celebration 2013

Here is a short video collage of the World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Celebration we had on April 27, 2013 in Pine Grove, CA.  We had Tai Chi and Qigong workshops, free chair massages, free ice cream, and tasty smoothies for everyone who attended.  We hope you enjoy this peek into our celebration and  we hope you will all join us again next year for more workshops and fun, at our 2014 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day celebration.

A big thank you to everyone who attended and to all those who helped make it happen!