From October 14th to 18th, approximately 50 participants attended the second Lok Hup Week held during 2014 at the Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi™ International Centre in Orangeville.
For first-timers and seasoned participants alike, it was an exciting week of new discoveries which deepened our understanding of Taoist Tai Chi™ arts. The programme was led by John Huang, who shared the treasures that Master Moy imparted to him. The emphasis for the week was not “crushing” the structure of the moves and the importance of bringing a strong foundation from Tai Chi – don-yus, tor-yus, snakes and even the first jong – into our Lok Hup. John also presented us with a new unified translation of the Lok Hup Ba Fa move list that more accurately conveys the rich imagery of the original Chinese characters.
The many hours spent practicing Lok Hup and Tai Chi (as well as informal practice of other forms) worked up hearty appetites to enjoy the delicious meals prepared by the dedicated team in the kitchen.
Participants also had the opportunity to learn more about the operations at the International Centre and better appreciate the tremendous contributions made by the staff and volunteers who keep things running week after week while the rest of us come and go.
By working effectively and efficiently with our group members between class sessions, we accomplished routine and special tasks from dishwashing and veggie chopping to lavender field weeding and refilling the all-natural soap and cleaning products used at the centre. We learned the importance of the “eyes see, hands do” motto, teamwork and pitching in to help others to lighten the load.
On the morning of Saturday the 18th, Lok Hup Week participants merged with those arriving for Introduction to Lok Hup weekend so that we could all receive instruction on the first moves in the Lok Hup set together. The format of the week, which intertwined instruction on the second-half of the set during the day and first half during the evenings, proved that it really is possible to begin the learning of a set at any point in the endless flowing circle of moving meditation.
Friday, September 19th, 2014, was proclaimed as the Taoist Tai Chi Society Day. The Proclamation was presented and read by St. Petersburg, City Council member, Darden Rice. Barbara Duffy, a founding member of the St. Petersburg Branch in Florida took us down memory lane after a handoff from Pegoty Packman, President of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the United States of America.
Ms. Duffy recalled from memory the birth and development of the Society here in the Tampa Bay area. Stops along the way in St. Petersburg include Eckerd College, the original center on 4th Street North, to the rear of the present building, to the whole building. Master Moy Lin Shin was personally involved with the opening of the Shrine on 4th Street.
The Friday Anniversary was followed up with a two-day Lok Hup International Program in Dunedin, led by Dr. Karen Laughlin, President of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society. She humbly reminded us that we are all mere mortals so don’t try to memorize the set in one weekend.
A workshop highlight was the group picture at the Fenway Hotel, the new headquarters of the Taoist Tai Chi™ Center of the U.S. A. Over 150 participants attended the workshop. The Kitchen Crew was headed by Sean Dennison and other volunteers, and hosted by the St. Petersburg and Dunedin Branches.
Around thirty participants from various countries have joined us to advance in learning the thirty-one moves of the first half of the Lok Hup set. We have enjoyed practicing the moves, the Taoist Chanting in the morning and the great food we cook in our own centre.
For the first time, the Southern European Centre hosted a five-day International Lok Hup Workshop. The workshop was taught by Sean Dennison, a member of the board of Fung Loy Kok. Sean kept us expectant throughout the workshop, learning the movements of this ancient art and discovering how they are integrated in the knowledge of the Taoist Internal Arts of transformation of body and mind. These teachings are collected and made available to members by the Gei Pang Lok Hup Academy, founded by Master Moy Lin-shin in 1988. It was certainly a workshop for the history books of the Spanish and European associations, and it will remain in the memories of the more than 125 members who attended, representing 17 countries, including Canada and the United States. Participants to the workshop took home a wealth of things learned to implement and thus further deepen our understanding and further improve our health.
June 4 and 5, 2011 was a busy, fun-filled weekend at the Brandon branch of TTCS. Guests began arriving as early as Thursday, particularly Virginia Amos, our Lok Hup workshop leader, who graciously consented also to instruct the Thursday evening continuing class. Friday’s arrivals were greeted by welcoming smiles and the wafting scents of eight varieties of soup after their trips from various distant locales, from Miami to Alaska.
The real work (which in Tai Chi is spelled F-U-N) began Saturday at 9:30 a.m. “on the dot” as Virginia said with welcomes and a Tai Chi set, followed by the intense activity of learning the moves of Lok Hup. In a brand-new spacious community center, instructor and attendees started over again as beginners, employing those well-developed powers of observation that serve us in learning the Tai Chi set to absorb everything possible about this other lovely form. Some attended because Continue reading