Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Class Schedule

For the upcoming holidays our class schedule is changing to the following:

  • Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
    • Tai Chi at Pine Grove Dojo 
    • 9:00am to 10:30am

  • Tuesday, Dec, 23, 2014
    • NYF Tai Chi 
      • 7:00am to 8:00am
    • Tai Chi at Pine Grove Dojo
      • 9:00am to 10:30am

  • Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014
    • NYF Tai Chi
      • Canceled due to Holiday
    • Tai Chi at Pine Grove Dojo
      • Canceled due to Holiday

  • Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
    • Tai Chi at Pine Grove Dojo
      • Canceled due to holiday

  • Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
    • NYF Tai Chi
      • Canceled due to instructor absence 

  • Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
    • NYF Tai Chi
      • Canceled due to holiday
    • Tai Chi at Pine Grove Dojo
      • Canceled due to holiday

  • Friday, Jan. 2, 2015
    • Tai Chi at Pine Grove Dojo
      • Canceled due to instructor absence

  • Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015
    • NYF Tai Chi
      • Canceled due to instructor absence

  • Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
    • NYF Tai Chi 
      • Canceled due to instructor absence 
    • Tai Chi at Pine Grove Dojo
      • Canceled due to instructor absence

  • Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
    • Tai Chi at Pine Grove Dojo
      • Canceled due to instructor absence

Classes will resume their normal schedule at both New York Fitness (NYF) and the Pine Grove Dojo beginning Jan. 13, 2015.  To see our regular class schedule please visit our Classes page.

We want to wish you all a very fun, happy, and safe holiday season and we look forward to seeing you all in class again in the new year!  Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Specific Dates Available for Private Lessons

Due to a heavy schedule, private lessons have been suspended indefinitely.  However, there are a few specific dates coming up on which private lessons may be scheduled.

The dates are as follows:


  • Sun, Dec. 21, 2014
  • Mon. Dec. 22, 2014
  • Tue. Dec. 23, 2014
  • Mon. Jan. 12, 2015
  • Tue. Jan. 13 2015
  • Wed. Jan. 14, 2015
  • Thu. Jan. 15, 2015
  • Fri. Jan. 16, 2015
  • Sat. Jan. 17, 2015
For more details about private lessons, please visit the "Classes" page.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holiday Class Schedule Announcement

There will be no class next week on Thursday (11/27/14) or Friday (11/28/14) do to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Classes will resume their usual schedule the following week.  We hope you all have an amazing holiday and we look forward to seeing you in class again after Thanksgiving.


To Your Health,
Shifu Andrew Plitt

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Congratulations to Our New Purple Sash!

On November 8, 2014 Kathy spent 5.5 hours testing for her first intermediate sash.  She worked so hard and earned every bit of her new rank.  Congratulations, Kathy!



Saturday, November 8, 2014

Two More Chen Tai Chi 27 Form Videos

Here are the two most recent Chen Tai Chi 27 Form instructional video uploads.  Enjoy!  :)



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Moves 17 through 20 of the Chen Tai Chi 27 Form

Here are the most recent videos in the Chen Tai Chi 27 Form instructional series.  Enjoy!








Sunday, September 28, 2014

15th and 16th moves of the Chen Tai Chi 27 Form (Videos)

Here are the instructional videos for the 15th and 16th moves of the Chen Tai Chi 27 Form.  Enjoy!  :)









And if you have missed any of the previous videos in this series you can view all of the currently released videos in the following playlist:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAzIKxB72CMAoHkaT3P8FL0_uYeUzvTXc


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Move 14 of the Chen Tai Chi 27 Form (Video)

Here is the 14th move of the Chen Tai Chi 27 Form.  We hope you find this video helpful in your training.  Enjoy!  :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

13th Move of the Chen Tai Chi 27 Form (Video)

Here's the most recent upload for the Chen Tai Chi 27 Form instructional video series.  We hope you all enjoy it!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Move 12 of the Chen Tai Chi 27 Form (video)

Today the instructional video for the 12th move of the Chen Tai Chi 27 form went live.  We've posted it below in case you missed it on our YouTube channel.  Enjoy!  :)


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tai Chi 27 Form Instructional Video Series

We have been working on editing another instructional video series for you.  It is for the Chen Style Tai Chi 27 Form.  So far we have the first 11 videos posted.  We will continue releasing a new video for this series every week, from this point on, until the entire series is released.  We hope you all enjoy this series and this form.

Below are the videos we have posted so far:





















Monday, August 4, 2014

Looking for a Filming Location Near Jackson, CA

Hello All,

As you have probably noticed we have been posting a lot of new instructional videos lately.  Unfortunately, the location where we have been filming is on Hwy. 88 and the road noise hinders the amount of filming that can be done.  A five-minute video took nearly 30 minutes to shoot because we were so frequently interrupted by road noise and had to wait for the noise to die down before we could continue filming.

While I am thankful for the location I have used so far, I am currently looking for another, more secluded location where I can film with less disturbances.

Here is what I am hoping to find in a new filming location:

  • Close to Jackson
  • Wide, open space (indoor or outdoor)
  • Fairly level ground
  • Secluded with minimal chance of interruption
If any of you have such a place and wouldn't mind letting me use it to film more Tai Chi and Qigong videos, I would really appreciate it.  Please send me an email letting me know where it is and when it's available (andrewplitt@gmail.com).

Because I am posting my videos on YouTube for free I cannot offer any monetary compensation, but if you have a business, or anything else you would like to spread the word about, I would be happy to give you a "shout out" in my videos, to thank you for allowing me to use your location.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  Have a great day!


To Your Health,
Shifu Andrew Plitt

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Pine Grove Tai Chi Class Schedule Changing Soon

The schedule for the Tai Chi classes in Pine Grove is going to change soon.  Starting the week of Monday, August 25, 2014 the new schedule will be as follows:

Thursday mornings 9:00 - 10:30
Friday evenings 6:00 - 7:30

Classes will continue on their normal schedule until August 25.  Thank you all for your feedback on the time slots that would work best for you.  Have a great weekend and we'll see you in class on Monday!  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tai Chi Class Warm-Up Video

I have had some students request a video of the warm-up we do in class so they can use it at home to warm up before training.  It took me a little while to get around to it, but I've finally finished it and I hope you all find it very helpful.  Enjoy.


To Your Health,
Shifu Andrew Plitt




Pan Gen Qigong Video Series (23 videos)

After several weeks of working on this series it is finally finished and available for everyone to enjoy.


As with the other video series we have posted, the first several videos in this series walk you through each stationary and moving posture of Pan Gen Qigong.  The last 6 videos are follow-along videos that contain no instruction and are simply meant to make it easier for you to schedule a video into your day, to make practicing easy to time and accomplish. 

Pan Gen Qigong (roughly translated as "Turning Foundation" Qigong) is for developing internal power and a strong root for internal martial arts training (such as Tai Chi).  However, the benefits of developing internal power and a strong root extend beyond martial arts training into everyday life.  It is believed in traditional Chinese medicine that ailments are a direct result of imbalanced energy flow through the body.  Because this Qigong set places a great deal of importance on developing your internal energy and circulating it through your body, and the postures aid in directing the energy to break up blockages, this Qigong set can easily be used for health purposes, as well as martial purposes. 

For the internal martial artists, the stationary postures aid in developing your root while stationary and the moving postures help you maintain that root while walking in a particular pattern.


I hope you all find this series and this Qigong set useful and I hope you enjoy practicing it as much as I do.  Enjoy! 

To Your Health,
Shifu Andrew Plitt














































Wednesday, July 2, 2014

No Tai Chi Class on the 4th or 7th

This is just a quick heads up for those students who missed the announcement in class.  There will be no evening Tai Chi class on Friday July 4, 2014 nor on Monday July 7th, 2014.  Classes will resume as usual on Wednesday July 9th.  Have a great time on your 4th of July weekend and be safe!  We'll see you in class on Wednesday. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Foot & Ankle Strength, Stretch, and Balance Qigong Video

Here is a video of a short, simple exercise that helps strengthen and stretch the feet and ankles.  It's usually practiced after an extended standing Qigong session, but it is excellent for those who wish to improve their balance, loosen up first thing in the morning, or cool down after a run/standing workout.  We hope you all find it useful and enjoy it immensely as you practice.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Seated Meditation/Qigong Video Series

Good news!  We just posted another follow-along Qigong video series.  This time it is a seated Meditation/Qigong video series for those of you who want a break from the standing Qigong sets every now and then.  We hope you all enjoy this series and find it very useful and beneficial.  Enjoy!


























Monday, June 16, 2014

Chen Style Tai Chi 27 Postures Form Videos

Here is another set of videos showing the Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) 27 Form, from the front and rear views.  This one is up at the request of those students who are currently learning this form in the morning Tai Chi classes at New York Fitness in Jackson, CA.  We hope these videos are very helpful as you all practice in your spare time.  Enjoy!


This video is a demonstration of the Chen Tai Chi 27 Form, from the front.




This video uses "line recognition" effects to help reduce distractions in the video and focus more on the movements only.  It is the same video as above, except for the added effects.




This video is a demonstration of the Chen Tai Chi 27 Form, from the rear.




This video uses "line recognition" effects to help reduce distractions in the video and focus more on the movements only.  It is the same video as above, except for the added effects.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Yang Tai Chi Traditional Saber Form Videos

We have been working hard this summer to put up a lot of instructional, follow-along, and demo videos for our students and fans.  We just posted another video set on you tube and this time it's a demo for the Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Saber Form, filmed from a front view and a rear view.  We hope you enjoy this little demo of one of the many fun forms Yang Style Tai Chi (Tajiquan) has to offer.  These videos were filmed in Pine Grove, CA at the KSW Karate dojo.  If you are interested in learning Tai Chi, please have a look at our class schedule to see which classes work for you.  Enjoy the videos!


This video is a front view demo of the form.




This video is a repeat of the above video in a "line recognition" format that helps remove some of the distractions of the room and draws attention more to the movements of the form.




This video is a rear view demo of the form.




This video is a repeat of the above video in a "line recognition" format that helps remove some of the distractions of the room and draws attention more to the movements of the form.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

8 Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin) Qigong Video Series

We just posted another Qigong video series on YouTube and this time it's for a Qigong set that is considered to be one of the most popular Qigong sets practiced around the world.  There are many versions and variations of the movements in this set, but they all work on the same principles and are considered very beneficial for health.  It is believed by many that this particular Qigong set was developed by the legendary Chinese General, Yue Fei, to keep his troops strong, healthy, and battle ready.  People all around the world now enjoy these exercises to stay fit, strong, and flexible.

In this video series the first video gives you an introduction and explains how the series works.  The next 8 videos each describe one of the 8 movements in this Qigong set.  The last two videos are follow-along videos that are silent, except for quiet chimes that alert you when it is time to change moves.  We hope you all find this series very helpful and useful in your daily exercise routine.  Enjoy!





















Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Zhan Zhuang Qigong Video Series

This is a very exciting update about the latest video series we posted on Youtube today.  This series in unlike any we have posted before because it is a follow-along Qigong set for daily practice.  The first video in this series is the instructional video that explains the movements, postures, breathing, and focus for "Standing Like a Post Qigong" (Zhan Zhuang Qigong), but the other videos include no instructions and are silent excpet for soft chimes that let you know when something is changing (This allows you to stay focused while meditating, without having to peek at the video to see if the posture has changed).  Each of the follow-along videos is set for a different time interval for holding the Zhan Zhuang posture (the first one starting at 1 minute and each subsequent video is a little longer).  This way, one may begin by practicing the 1 minute video daily, until it becomes easy, then they can progress to the next video, and so on.

For those of you who have not heard of Zhan Zhuang before, it is a standing Qigong practice that is considered one of the most important and most foundational Qigong practices for health and for the internal martial arts such as Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan), Xingyi quan, and Bagua Zhang.  It is believed to be one of the best energy cultivating Qigong exercises and is used to help people develop their root and therefore improve their balance.  Maintaining the Zhan Zhuang structure over a period of time helps develop awareness of your body that will cause you to recognize tension in your body of which you were previously unaware.  It will build a habit of holding a body structure that is not only more efficient in martial art movements, but more efficient in daily activities.  This structure is also said to open up the body's primary energy channels and break up any blockages in energy flow, which is one of the main sources of its health benefits.  The relaxation also calms the mind and the deep breathing massages the internal organs to help increase circulation to them, thereby nourishing and cleansing them more efficiently.

We are very excited about this video series and the opportunity to share a simple exercise that you can follow along with and enjoy on a daily basis.

















Thursday, May 29, 2014

Stepping Sets/ Line Drill Videos

Here is the latest video series we have put together.  It covers all of the Stepping Sets that our students are required to know for their 2nd level yellow sash.  These sets are also very popular exercises among students who are looking to improve their balance and coordination.  Enjoy! 

Video 1 of 11 "Intro"



Video 2 of 11 "Parting the Horse's Mane"



Video 3 of 11 "Wave Hands Like Clouds"



Video 4 of 11 "Diagonal Flying"



Video 5 of 11 "Brush Knee and Push"



Video 6 of 11 "Rooster Stands on One Leg"



Video 7 of 11 "Circle Fists and Twist Step"



Video 8 of 11 "Kick with Heels, Push with Palms"



Video 9 of 11 "Snake Creeps Down"



Video 10 of 11 "Repulse the Monkey"



Video 11 of 11 "Maiden Weaves with the Shuttle"



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Two Important Announcements

Announcement #1:
This Friday (5-23-14) there will be no evening Tai Chi class since Shifu Plitt will be out of town, but classes will resume as usual on Monday (5-26-14).

Announcement #2:
During the months of June and July we will be offering morning Tai Chi classes at the KSW karate dojo in Pine Grove.  Classes will be Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00am.  Please contact Shifu Plitt with any questions.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Thank You to all who Attended Amador County's WTCQD 2014

A very big thank you to Rodney Peoples, Marilyn Nutter, and Patsy Fine who all led such wonderful work shops for World Tai Chi and Qigong Day! I very big thank you to Pete Plitt as well for all the help with setting up, running, and cleaning up the Dojo for our celebration! And I very big thank you to all of the wonderful people who came and made the day so enjoyable! We always enjoy this event and we are glad you all enjoyed it today as well. We hope you all can join us for the world Tai Chi and Qigong Day celebration next year as well!

Unfortunately we did not take any pictures of this celebration, but we did get some video footage of some of the workshops. So stay tuned for that footage to be posted.

Monday, April 21, 2014

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Schedule Complete

We have finalized the schedule for Amador County's World Tai Chi and Qigong Day celebration.  The first workshop will start at 10:00am, so please try to arrive a little bit early if you plan on attending this workshop.  We are very excited to have workshops led by such wonderful guest instructors, who have volunteered their time to add a great diversity to the knowledge that will be presented at this event.  We look forward to seeing you all there!

Workshop Schedule:
10:00-10:30 - 10-Step Meditation by Sensei Rodeny Peoples
11:00-11:30 - Reiki Undo and Healing Meditation Tai Chi by Marilyn Nutter
11:30-12:30 Lunch Break
12:30-1:00 - An Overview of the 8 Pieces of Brocade (Ba Duan Jin) Qigong set by Shifu Andrew Plitt
1:30-2:00 -  "Self-Care Through Energy Work (Qigong)" by Rev. Dr. Patsy Fine
2:30-3:00 -  The Yang Style 8 Posture Tai Chi Form by Shifu Andrew Plitt

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amador County's World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Celebration 2014

This is just a reminder that World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is coming up at the end of April.  Everyone is welcome to join us for this fun event and we certainly hope to see you there!  :)

For more info about our World Tai Chi and Qigong Day celebration visit This Page

http://ancientwisdom-aplitt.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Only 2 Days Left

If you have been following our drawing for a jar of Pure Gardens Skin Cream on facebook, you are already aware that there are only 2 days left to enter for a chance to win.  For those who are not following this drawing, or missed our last post about it, we want to let you know that there are still 2 days left to enter.  You can enter by visiting our facebook page and following the directions in our post from March 3, 2014.  Or by using the following embedded facebook post.





Best of luck to you all!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday Evening Qigong Classes on Hold

As of today the Sunday evening Qigong classes in Sutter Creek are on hold until June 2014.  Scheduling conflicts that cannot be remedied until June have made it necessary to cancel this class until then.  We want to thank everyone who came to these classes and enjoyed the many wonderful benefits of Qigong with us and we would like to remind you all that Tai Chi and Qigong classes are held three days a week at the KSW Karate Dojo in Pine Grove and you are all always welcome to join us for these classes.  However, if we do not see you again until June, we wish you all the very best in your Qigong practice til then.

For a current class schedule please visit out Classes page.

Monday, March 17, 2014

No Class on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hello All,
I just want to let you all know that there will be no class on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 because I will be out of town.  Class will resume as usual on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 6:00pm.  Thank you for all of your hard work and perseverance in your training.  I hope you all enjoy your day off and I look forward to seeing you on Friday!


To Your Health,
Shifu Andrew Plitt

Monday, March 3, 2014

March Product Giveaway

During the month of march we have decided to run a product giveaway, via our facebook page, for a free jar of Pure Gardens Skin Serum.  This is an all-natural skin cream that your skin will fall in love with instantly.

To find out more about this giveaway and enter for your chance to win follow the link below.  We wish you the best of luck! :)



Saturday, March 1, 2014

A Good Video of Tai Chi Benefits

Here is a short video clip about some of the health benefits of practicing Tai Chi.  It's short, but fascinating.  Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cTlHy7D4uw&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Amador County's 2014 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Amador County's 2014 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day celebration is happening this spring on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Pine Grove, CA.  World Tai Chi and Qigong Day (WTCQD) is a worldwide celebration of the ancient Chinese arts of Tai Chi Chuan (a Chinese martial art that has become very popular around the world as a low impact form of exercise with many health benefits) and Qigong (Pronounced "Chi Gong;" an art of relaxation, meditation, and self-healing which has also become popular around the world for its many health benefits).  During the last Saturday of every April at 10:00 in the morning, people all around gather in parks, martial arts schools, and health clubs to learn about these arts and/or to share there knowledge about these arts with their communities free of charge.

At our 2014 celebration you are welcome to enjoy
  • Free 5-10 minute chair massages by Massage Therapist Elena Lundgren (Massage therapist at Refresh in Sutter Creek)
  • A Qigong self-massage workshop by Rev. Dr. Patsy Fine (Massage therapist, minister and founding director of Sophia's Well of Wisdom in Sutter Creek)
  • A workshop on Tai Chi meditation for health and healing by Capacitar Tai Chi Instructor Marilyn Nutter (Tai Chi instructor at Sophia's Well of Wisdom in Sutter Creek)
  • Workshops on standing meditation Qigong and the 8 Postures Yang Tai Chi form by Shifu Andrew Plitt (Tai Chi Chuan, taijiquan, and Qigong instructor at the KSW Karate Dojo in Pine Grove, New York Fitness in Jackson, and Sophia's Well of Wisdom in Sutter Creek)
  • and more.
Everyone is welcome.  So if you are curious about these ancient arts that are astounding people across the nation, or if you know anyone who is, come join us.  The event is free and lots of fun.

We will be posting a complete schedule of the day's planned events as soon as it is finalized so be sure to check back for that.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Phone Issues

This is just to let you all know that our business phone (209-753-7865) has been on the blink since the first of the year.  The issues was just resolved this morning, so we can receive calls once again.  If you tried reaching us by phone between Jan. 1, 2014 and now we did not receive your call, so please try again.  We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your patience.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Some 2014 Pine Grove Class Updates

Here are a few things that are changing for 2014 (effective February 1, 2014).  Please Contact Shifu Plitt if you have any questions.  



Updates for Pine Grove Tai Chi class in 2014:


There are a few things that will be changing in 2014 and I wanted to keep you all up to date on those changes.  These changes are intended to help things run smoothly and to help ensure a more productive learning environment.  If you have any questions, please let me know.


1.     Uniform Requirements:  Regarding student uniforms, starting in 2014 students will not be required to wear uniforms unless they are planning to earn sash ranks.  If a student wishes to earn sashes, he or she will need to purchase a uniform (including proper training shoes) and wear it during his or her first sash test and during all following classes.  Students who are not interested in testing do not need to purchase a uniform.

2.     Uniform Purchase:  Students who wish to purchase a uniform and/or training shoes will need to order them from Shifu Andrew Plitt.

3.     Required Book for Testing Students:  Students wishing to earn sash ranks will need to purchase the book, “Tai Chi: The Perfect Exercise” by Arthur Rosenfeld, before their first test because there will be required reading from this book for each sash test.  This book may be purchased from any source the student desires, although Amazon.com seems to have pretty good prices on books and might be a good place to start looking.  I understand that people have busy lives and I am not trying to make life more hectic by assigning “homework,” which is why the required reading sections only need to be completed before sash tests.  There are usually several months that pass between tests, so the small amount of reading should be very easy to complete.  When I read this book I was very impressed with the way in which the author presented many of the foundational concepts of Tai Chi in very easy-to-understand terms.  He covers just about every basic concept you will need for your Tai Chi training and does so with respect to other styles and points of view.  I feel that this book will not only help clarify questions, but also act as an aid to your practice times away from class.  There will not be a written portion to the sash tests, so the information in the required reading section of the sash test is for your deeper understanding of Tai Chi.  The only proof of reading that I will require is that you bring your copy of the book to each sash test and that you verbally affirm that you have completed the reading required for that test.  On a final note, it should be remembered that this book is written by a practitioner of Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan, while the majority or our learning is in Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan.  This is important to note because some of the things in the book will not fit exactly with what we do, but the concepts contained in the book are beneficial regardless of style.  So you will come across things in your reading that are different, but I see this as a benefit because this will cause you to form questions that you might not have thought of otherwise, and it will give you a wider perspective of the world of Tai Chi beyond what we do in class.  That being said, this is a book that I would recommend to all of my students, whether they are planning to test or not.


4.     Insurance:  Starting February 1, 2014, each student will need to pay $25 per year to help cover the cost of insurance for the remainder of 2014.  For current students this amount will be due with the regular February tuition.  For new students, this amount will be due with your first tuition payment of the year and will cover you for one year (365 days).  This amount will be due each February 1, for all continuing students.