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Reflections of a western physician on the Taoist Tai Chi™ internal arts of health

Central Region and Physiology Weekend, May 2 – 4, 2014

SONY DSCThe Central Region and Physiology Weekend was held May 2-4, 2014  at the International Centre with 130 participants in attendance. Participants mainly came from 20 Central Region Branches (we’re counting the 7 Toronto Branches in attendance as one), but we also had representation from Eastern Region, Pacific Region, and the US’ Northeast and Southeast Regions.

Special features of the weekend were the Central Region Annual General Meeting and the Mothers’ Day Banquet held at the Dim Sum King Seafood Restaurant in Toronto.  Every mother was presented with a red carnation as we feasted on all the tasty dishes, listened to fabulous music and to the politicians’ expressions of congratulations, enjoyed the “Latin” dancers, laughed and talked.  It was a wonderful evening and an opportunity to share and learn from students at other clubs.

We were privileged to have Marsha Eberhart and Andrew Hung teach and inspire us. Among the many teaching points covered, we really focussed on the drop into the front foot.  A student who shared his own understanding in our tea circle, once we were back home, put it well: “dropping, dropping, dropping, dropping, smiling, dropping, dropping….” Both experienced and new students were surprised to feel more weight in our feet.  Andrew encouraged us to describe the feeling in our bodies. (“Good” is not a complete response Andrew often reminded us.) What did we feel? Where was this feeling? How will we remember it?  What were we telling ourselves to get there? He reminded us that being able to clearly describe what is going on in our own bodies is an important part of our learning. There were many ah-ha moments. We also benefitted from the reflections of Jim Nicholson who helped us to gain more understanding of the connection between health and Taoism.

Another valuable learning experience was particularly felt by the participants of the three branches in Northern Ontario – North Bay, Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie – who were asked by the Central Region Management Committee to help coordinate this weekend. We all worked together to help the staff at the Centre register participants and prepare for this Central Region Program. We gained a better understanding of what it takes to put on all the amazing programs that are continually offered at the Centre. It was a real privilege to help and to learn.

One of the many important things we learned was that we should register as soon as possible for programs. If the staff and volunteers have the information ahead of time, it makes the job of assigning accommodations, planning meals and so on, so much easier and more relaxed. This especially applies to CIT week! If it’s your intention to attend a Program, please register early and help new students navigate the easy to use on-line registration form.

It was a fabulous weekend and the North Bay, Timmins and Sault Ste. Marie Branches are especially grateful for this opportunity to learn and help. There are many, many people to thank for our experience; Andrew, Marsha, Central Region Instruction Committee, Central Region Management Committee for their work on the Program and the Annual general meeting, the International Centre staff, the 3 Branches that organized the last Central Region Program and who generously passed on their information, and all the capable people from the northern branches who helped. Thank you to everyone who participated and made this such a wonderful event. See you at the Centre.


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Central Region Weekend, Physiology Workshop & Chinese New Year Banquet… What a weekend!

It was a weekend packed full of learning and fun for all involved!  140 Central Region Workshop participants and 20 Health Recovery Week participants joined together to learn more about Taoist Tai Chi and the fascia from Dr. Bruce McFarland with co-leaders Dr. Karen Laughlin and Marsha Eberhardt.  Add in the Chinese New Year’s Banquet at the Dim Sum King in Toronto’s Chinatown to celebrate the impending arrival of the year of the horse and you have more than a full weekend! View Banquet Pictures >

We joyfully did half step tor yu’s learning to get our hands up and out in an explosive fashion so all the connective tissue of our fascia were stretched and engaged.  Lessons learned in our practice were then applied to our tor yu’s and practiced.

The banquet was attended by 500 plus members and guests including politicians from all 3 levels of government and international representatives.  Entertainment was provided by some very talented members who sang and played.  All enjoyed dancing and clapping along to the Tai Chi Jazz Band and the Tai Chi Clezmer Ensemble.  Our special guest were impressed by the sense of community and the spirit of an organization that brings members from near and far together to celebrate and share a meal together as well as to practice the health giving arts that were left to us by Master Moy.

Sunday noon comes and for those attending the Central Region Workshop it was time to say goodbye and to take back to their individual clubs and their own personal practice the lessons learned and the community shared.  Those fortunate to be registered in Health Recovery Week stayed on to continue their learning journey.

We all look forward to gathering again at the International Centre to share in the celebrations of the Lantern Festival.

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NYC Tri-State Branch’s Outdoor Classes Featured on ABC News

A sunny day in Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens, was the setting for a news segment on free outdoor health and fitness classes offered during the summer around New York City. Members of the NYC Tri-State Branch of Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi were on site to demonstrate a class for the cameras. Regular classes are held every Sunday at 11 am in the sculpture garden. Click to watch the segment on the local news.

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Roundtable on Health Benefits in Hungary Attracts New Members

IMG_1408On March 2, the TTCS of Hungary organized a round-table discussion of the health benefits of Taoist Tai Chi™. We tried this new approach to increase the awareness of the public because the usual forms of advertising were becoming less effective; the number of people starting beginner classes had been declining in the past years.

The round-table discussion was held in Sopron. The city has a population of 60,000 and TTC started here in 2001. The participants were two people with health problems (Parkinson’s and MS), two medical doctors, a member of the board of directors and a moderator. All are active members of the Society. The discussion followed a script put together by the board. The topics related to the Society, Master Moy and the health benefits of our arts.

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In Costa Rica, the New Year Brings Television Coverage

6We are delighted to share news of National TV coverage as we start a New Year. We were invited to participate in a short program recorded before Christmas which allowed three members to participate and share some aspects of health improvements experienced through the diligent practice of these arts.

Melissa shared her experience of a trouble free pregnancy as well as the recovery of her husband from 10 hernias without surgical intervention by making danyus his friend. Alejandra, another young lady, with psychology training, was able to share a glimpse of the emotional and spiritual benefits she is experiencing through practice. And Peter covered a few of the benefits experienced by members with a wide range of conditions from structural spinal issues to chronic conditions such as  fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and arthritis.

On Friday, January 4, we have a half hour live program for seniors with five members participating in interviews and demonstrating Taoist Tai Chi. The other recorded program is due for screening on the January 11. These are a great start to the year with Open House all day on Saturday, January 12, prior to host of new classes on January 14.

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New Festival of Health and Longevity Banquet at Chicago Workshop

The Midwest Branch played host to three successful events in Chicago over the weekend of October 22–23, 2011: a national workshop, the Northeast Region’s Annual Meeting, and a new Festival of Health & Longevity banquet.

Almost 100 people made their way to the historic American Indian Center, where the Northeast Regional Instruction Committee led a two-day workshop. Special guests included Dave Draper, one of the Society’s international directors based in Toronto, as well as Jane Edwards and Sean Dennison, president and executive director, respectively, of the TTCS USA. It was only a short walk away from the practice space to the branch’s Chicago location on Montrose Avenue, where lunch was served.

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TTCS in the News: Relief from Peripheral Neuropathy on NBC Chicago

On a recent segment on NBC Chicago’s nightly news, Darcy Carter and John Hnilicka from the Midwest Branch explained the relief from the pain of peripheral neuropathy that the practice of Taoist Tai Chi affords.


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