Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Tai Chi Year in Review (2013)

As this year comes to a close we wanted to take a moment to review some of the time we have spent together in 2013.  As you look through this post, we hope you are reminded of fun and memorable moments from classes, workshops, or even posts here on this site.  We look forward to the physical and mental development, personal growth, and enjoyable memories that we will all enjoy as we train together in the new year.   Happy New Year to you all!

January 2013
We were honored to host two Qigong workshops in Pine Grove, including a workshop on the "8 Pieces of Brocade Qigong Set."  This was also the month in which we posted a video of the 2nd part of the Yang Style Tai Chi Traditional Long Form as an aid to students practicing at home.

February 2013
Other than a Qigong workshop on a section of the "Five Animal Exercises Qigong Set," this was a fairly uneventful month, full of the consistent, dedicated training that produces the health benefits and skills that people seek in Tai Chi and Qigong training.  Bravo to the students who understand the rewards that only come from perseverance in training!

March 2013
More weekend Qigong workshops were held this month along with the regularly scheduled classes, but two events that set this month apart were the publishing of Shifu Plitt's first Qigong Workshop Manual and a post with information and helpful tips for students who wish to train in China.

April 2013
One of the most exciting month of the year, April is the month in which World Tai Chi and Qigong Day takes place.  We had a blast celebrating this day with our community!

May 2013
Another great month of steady training and overall improvement.  A big thank you to all of the dedicated students that never give up!

June 2013
This month was an exciting month for many of our students!  Two students earned their 3rd Level Orange Sashes and two students earned Their 1st Level White Sashes!  A very proud moment for all involved. 

July 2013
In July we posted the names of the postures in the Yang Tai Chi 24 Form and uploaded a video of Shifu Plitt going through the Qigong exercises we use as a cool down in class, which can be used as simple exercises at home for overall health.

August 2013
This month was mostly a regular training month, but we did post videos Shifu Plitt performing the Yang Tai Chi 24 Form and the 3rd part of the Yang Tai Chi Long Form to aid students practicing at home. 

September 2013
A month of diligent practice and Mind-body improvement.

October 2013
This Month we hosted our first "Open Tai Chi Night" in which anyone who wanted to attend was welcome to come enjoy Tai Chi with us, free of charge.  A big thank you to everyone who attended!  (stay tuned for future Open Tai Chi events)

November 2013
Another blissful month of Tai Chi and Qigong practice

December 2013
A wonderful month of practice with some time off for the holidays.  Along with the enjoyment of family, friends, and training, we posted a 6 video series of basic exercises to help beginning Tai Chi students develop a good root and sense of balance, as well as posting a video about Tai Chi vs. Arthritis.

Now we bring this year to a close with much gratitude to all of the wonderful people that train with us, shop at Amador County's Online Health Food Store, and seek self and community improvement through the practices of Tai Chi and Qigong.  Thank you for all that you do, thank you for all of your support, and we wish you the very best New Year!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Basic Tai Chi Videos for Balance and Rooting

I have good news for my students.  I have just finished uploading a video series to Youtube, that covers the basic balance and rooting exercises that are among the first things students learn in class.  If you need to work on your balance, the exercises in these videos will be invaluable to you.  I hope this will be a helpful resource while you are practicing at home.  Enjoy!

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To Your Health,
Shifu Andrew Plitt

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Thought for Today

This picture says "kung fu" which is commonly thought of as a fighting style, but in Chinese it actually refers to any skill that take hard work over a long period of time to master.  So you can think of Tai Chi as your kung fu. 

Patience and  mastery are always more important than learning the next move.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tai Chi vs. Arthritis Pain, a New Study

Here is an interesting video of a new study that is being conducted on the effectiveness of Tai Chi on arthritis pain.  Have a look.