Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wake Up or Cool Down Qigong Exercise Video

Here is a short video (approx. 10 min.) of self-massage Qigong exercises that we use as a cool down after every Tai Chi Class.  These exercises are an excellent way to help you wake up in the morning and to make you feel energized as you start your day.  They are also excellent cool down exercises after any workout (running, martial arts, weight lifting, etc) to relax the body and increase circulation to the muscles and joints.  These types of self-massage techniques can help your body repair faster after workouts, which means less down time and a healthier body.  Most of these exercises are very silly looking, but once you feel the difference they make, you probably will not care about their silly appearance.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

No Qigong Class on July 28, 2013

There will not be a Qigong class at Sophia's Well of Wisdom in Sutter Creek this upcoming Sunday (July 28, 2013) because Shifu Plitt will be out of town. Qigong will resume on August 4, 2013 and continue every Sunday evening, as usual, after that. Have a great weekend, all.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Names of Postures in the Yang Tai Chi 24 Form.

I have been asked by several students to post the names of the movements for the Yang Tai Chi 24 Form so I am listing them here for those of you who have been wanting this list.  I have also posted this list, as well as the list of movements in the Yang Style Traditional Long Form on the "Chinese Terminology for Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Chinese Martial Arts" page of this site.  I hope you all find this helpful.

  1. Beginning
  2. Parting Wild Horse's Mane: 3x
  3. White Crane Spreads Its Wings
  4. Brush Knee and Push: 3x
  5. Playing the Lute
  6. Step Back and Repulse the Monkey
  7. Grasp Sparrow's Tail (Ward off, Rollback, Press, Push): Left
  8. Grasp Sparrow's Tail (Ward off, Rollback, Press, Push): Right
  9. Single Whip
  10. Wave Hands Like Clouds
  11. Single Whip
  12. High Pat on The Horse
  13. Right Heel Kick
  14. Twin Fists Strike Opponent's Ears
  15. Left Heel Kick
  16. Snake Creeps Down Left and Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg Right
  17. Snake Creeps Down Right and Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg Left
  18. Fair maiden Weaves with Shuttles: Left and Right
  19. Needle and Sea Bottom
  20. Fan Through the Back
  21. Turn Body, Parry, Punch
  22. Seal Tight (Apparent Close Up)
  23. Cross Hands
  24. Close Form

To Your Health,
Shifu Andrew Plitt

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Bear Qigong Workshop Update

We have moved the July 27, 2013 "Bear Qigong" workshop to Saturday, August 3, 2013.  When we initially set the date for this workshop we overlooked the fact that the Amador County Fair is happening on the weekend of the 27th.  We do not want to try to pull anyone away from the fair so we decided to move the date forward one week.  If you know anyone who is planning to go please pass this on.  Thanks!  :)  We are looking forward to seeing you all at the workshop and we hope you have a chance to enjoy the fair this year. 

August 3, 2013 (Sat.)
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Bear Qigong:
The Bear Qigong Set from the "Five Animal Exercises Qigong" is meant to be practiced during the late summer.  The internal organ that it is focused on strengthening and healing is the spleen, but because of the way these exercises effect the body, the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, stomach, and pancreas also benefit.  This is one of the easier Animal Qigong sets and a very useful one for maintaining health.  This is the only workshop we will be offering during the summer of 2013.
Please be sure to bring a plenty of water. After practicing this Qigong set it is important to rest and drink plenty of water. There will be an hour or so after the workshop where the participants are welcome to rest for a while before leaving.  I hope you're all ready for a really relaxing and refreshing experience! 
· Location: KSW Karate 20200 Hwy. 88, Pine Grove, CA
· This workshop will last from 8:00am to 11:00am with a lunch break
· Attendance is $50 per person
· Each person will receive a booklet with details about the exercises and photos of the movements to help everyone remember the exercises they learned.
Contact:  Shifu Andrew Plitt
(209) 753-7865 (voicemail)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

No Class on the 4th

This is just a reminder that there will be no morning Tai Chi class at New York Fitness on Thursday, July 4th 2013.  This class will proceed as usual starting Tuesday, July 9, 2013.  We will miss seeing you all in class and we hope you all have a safe, fun-filled 4th!

Happy 4th of July!