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2014 Alan Kan TAI CHI Retreat

We are extending the Deadline to Friday, May 9, 2014 to sign up for the Alan Kan Tai Chi Retreat.
This is the 26th year of our Tai Chi Retreat. Unfortunately, registration is low this year. To assure this retreat will continue for years to come, we need people to sign up and attend the retreat. The Alan Kan Tai Chi Retreat has always been a very rewarding experience for all who have attended in the past. If this is your first time at the retreat, I’m sure you’ll have a great experience! Please Sign-up!
2014 ALAN KAN TAI CHI RETREAT INFORMATION 
Thursday evening – Sunday noon, June 5-8, 2014.    
La Casa de Maria, Montecito (South of Santa Barbara)
GREETINGS! Enclosed is information on the 2014 Alan Kan Tai Chi Retreat, Thursday evening through Sunday noon, June 5–8, 2014. The cost covers room and board (except Thursday dinner & Friday lunch), Saturday morning lesson with Master Zhao Yun, Retreat T-shirt and gratuities.  We will be staying at the San Ysidro House at La Casa de Maria in Montecito, Ca.  Car-pooling is encouraged.  Please make your own travel arrangements.
Registration:  
Please email your registration to Theresa Shibuya at:  dukeandgigi@yahoo.com
Please include your name, address, telephone number and email address, and indicate the the number of nights you will stay.
Costs:  
  1. Three Nights: Lodging for Thursday night through Sunday noon, and meals from Friday breakfast through Sunday lunch. (Thursday dinner & Friday lunch are not included.) The cost is $355.
  2. Two Nights: Lodging for Friday night through Sunday noon, and meals from Friday Barbeque through Sunday lunch.  The cost is $305.
  3. One Night: Lodging for Saturday night through Sunday noon, and meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch.  The cost is $252.
  4. Day Visitors: Saturday usage of La Casa’s grounds and facilities, and meals breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cost is $140.
Please mail your check, payable to Angela Seymour and include your name, address, telephone number and email address by May 9, 2014 to:

Angela Seymour

6690 Vista del Mar, Unit A
Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Tel. (310) 821-4115        Email: seynote@earthlink.net
Please read below for the Registration Policies:
LATE REGISTRATION:
If you wish to register after the deadline (May 9, 2014), a LATE FEE of $50.00 will be applied for overnight stays. A LATE FEE of $30.00 will be applied for late registration of Day Visitors. Late registration cannot be accepted after May 19, 2014.
CANCELLATION FEE:
If you need to cancel on or before May 19, 2014, a full refund minus the cost of the Retreat T-shirt (approx. $25) will be given.
If you need to cancel after May 19, 2014 and/or up to June 5, 2014, a full refund minus the cost of the Retreat T-shirt and meals will be given.
Once the retreat has started (June 5, 2014), a refund will not be available.
CHILDREN:
In order to maintain a tranquil retreat environment, La Casa de Maria does not allow children at retreat functions.
La Casa de Maria asks that parents of children arrange for child care at home while they are on retreat at La Casa.
 
ARRIVAL:
Thursday Evening: meet at San Ysidro House at LCDM, 5:30 p.m. and together we will go out for dinner nearby.
Friday Evening:  BBQ dinner in front of the house 6 p.m. until it gets dark.  If you plan to arrive Friday, please arrive as early as possible. Orientation meeting by La Casa (in lieu of registration) follows BBQ.
Expect dormitory bunk bed facility.  All bedding supplies and towels will be provided.  Ladies’ dorm and bath are upstairs; the men’s are downstairs. First come first served.  We generally do not go into town during the retreat.
  Bring:-  Small flashlight
–  Flip flop/robe for dorm-style bath
–  Earplugs (?), standard dorm equipment
–  Munchies/fruits/drinks to share for the weekend. (We’ll have a refrigerator.)
–  Comfortable shoes for walking/hiking and doing Tai Chi outdoors on basketball courts.
–  Jacket for cool evenings outdoors to look at a sky full of stars
  •  Camera and musical instrument if you are so inclined.
  •  Although bedding is provided, if you prefer you can bring your own sleeping bag.
Also available: Massage (separate cost), unheated swimming pool, tennis court, healthy and delicious meals, hiking trails, meditation room, chapel, fresh air, laughter and the magic of the La Casa grounds.
Programs are usually group activities drawn on our own talents. They tend to be spiritual, philosophical, psychological, creative or just plain silly and fun (ideas and requests welcome.)
Typical schedule from past experience:
Thursday:  Dinner out, informal program.
Friday- Tai Chi before meals. BBQ dinner, evening program.
Saturday-Tai Chi before meals. Tai Chi instruction; outdoor activities; evening program.
Sunday – Tai Chi before meals; Tai Chi instruction; outdoor activities before lunch.
Program ends after Sunday lunch.
We look forward to another weekend of great fun and fellowship.  If you have any question, please do not hesitate to email anyone of us; Theresa Shibuya at dukeandgigi@yahoo.comMark Hiraide at mhiraide@phlcorplaw.com, or Angela Seymour at seynote@earthlink.net.
For more information on La Casa de Maria go to:
See you at the retreat!  
Theresa, Mark & Seymour

Why Tai Chi Classes in Southern California are the Best Exercise for Elderly

Whether we actually do it or not, we all know that exercise is a healthy part of every daily routine. There are many different ways that you can exercise by walking, bike riding, running, climbing mountains, or playing sports. Unfortunately, not all of us are young and fit enough to run a marathon each day. The good news is, you can still exercise! Tai Chi classes in Southern California are considered one of the best ways to exercise each day, without straining your limbs, joints, or muscles.

An ancient form of martial art, Tai Chi looks like a cross between a slow motion ballet and shadow boxing. It combines graceful movements and mental focus together, helping people to improve things such as strength, agility, and balance. Because Tai Chi is a slow moving form of martial art that places a minimal amount of strain on your body, it is considered the perfect exercise for the elderly who may not be able to move well as they once did.

Tai Chi Classes in Southern California hold many benefits including both spiritual and psychological advantages. And while many practitioners praise these benefits, the majority of researchers focus on the benefits that Tai Chi has for the body. According to researchers, Tai Chi is extremely beneficial to anyone, especially older adults who are relatively inactive. For the elderly, Tai Chi has been shown to help reduce falls and give frail individuals a way to exercise without straining their bodies.

There are many different styles of Tai Chi available, but if you are to train with the TCSociety, you will be learning the Yang Style of Tai Chi. This is one of the most popular forms of Tai Chi and begins with a series of controlled movements known as "forms". The best part about Tai Chi is that you can move at your own pace. When you practice Tai Chi, you are not under any pressure to learn quickly. Rather, you are encouraged to learn at your own speed.

Like any other exercise, the effects of Tai Chi classes in Southern California will not be seen overnight. Rather, it will take a few months of regular practice before you begin to see results. With that said, once the results do begin to set in, it will be the gateway to a completely new lifestyle. Tai Chi has been known to have many benefits to individuals of all ages, increasing self-esteem, improving balance, reducing stress, and opening up the avenue to a healthier lifestyle.

For older adults, Tai Chi is the ideal form of exercise. The health benefits associated with Tai Chi are many, and the forms are slow enough that they do not place an immense amount of strain on your muscles like many other martial arts do. If you are an older individual who is looking to become more active, Tai Chi may be exactly what you are looking for. Come out for Tai Chi classes in Southern California with the TCSociety and find out if Tai Chi is the right choice for you!

Getting the Most out of Tai Chi in Glendale, CA

Many people think that they can learn Tai Chi simply by visiting websites, reading books, or watching DVD’s. But this is simply not the case. There is only one way that you can truly learn the art of Tai Chi, and that is through regular practice with a certified instructor. Websites, books, and videos can help to deepen your knowledge of the art, but learning Tai Chi means practicing it regularly. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of Tai Chi in Glendale, CA.

Getting the Most out of Tai Chi in Glendale – Tip #1: Practice regularly

The best tip that can possibly be given in regards to Tai Chi is to practice regularly. While it is best to set aside time to practice Tai Chi each day, it is understood that this is not always possible. If you can’t commit to once a day, try to set aside time for at least two to three training session per week. The more you practice the art, the better you will become at it. And the better you become at it, the more benefits you will recieve from it.

Getting the Most out of Tai Chi in Glendale, CA – Tip #2: Supplement your lessons with regular workouts

When you can’t take the time to attend Tai Chi lessons, supplement them with an at-home workout. This workout can be in the form of Tai Chi practice, or in the form of any other exercise type. As a general recommendation, you should try to set aside at least 20 minutes for exercise any day that you don’t have time to attend class.

Getting the Most out of Tai Chi in Glendale – Tip #3: Develop structure

When practicing your Tai Chi workouts at home, you will want to develop structure. You should begin with warm up exercises, follow up with form repetitions, and end with closing exercises. You can learn what each of these entail by attending regular classes with the TCSociety.

Getting the Most out of Tai Chi in Glendale, CA – Tip #4: Find a workout location

Unless you are able to attend Tai Chi lessons on a daily basis, you will need to set up a space in your home where you can practice. Always be sure that this is somewhere spacious, somewhere in which you feel comfortable, and somewhere that is peaceful where you will not be interrupted.

When it comes to your Tai Chi workout, you will want to do everything that you can to get the most out of it. Tai Chi lessons should be attended as often as possible, at least 2-3 times per week. When you cannot attend a lesson, you should set aside at least 20 minutes in which you can practice at home in a quiet location where you feel at peace. If you attend Tai Chi in Glendale, CA and follow the four steps above, you will soon see a huge improvement in both your Tai Chi technique and your health.

Tai Chi in Van Nuys, CA

When you think of the term "martial arts", what do you think of? If you are like most, you think of a body contact sport that involves kicking, punching, and fighting. And while there are many types of martial arts that do focus on these these things, Tai Chi is not one of them. When taking Tai Chi in Van Nuys, CA, more focus is placed on slow, rhythmic, and meditative body movements. Unlike most martial arts, these movements are not all about self defense. Rather, they are designed to promote relaxation, inner calmness, and peace. Let’s take a closer look at the art of Tai Chi, and the benefits that come along with practicing it.

The history of Tai Chi…

Before we discuss the health benefits of taking Tai Chi in Van Nuys, CA, let us first take a look at the origins of the art. Centuries old, Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that descends from an ancient Chinese discipline known as qigong. While there is no record of how old the practice of Tai Chi actually is, there are some records that suggest it is more than 2 500 years old! The movements in Tai Chi are designed to be smooth and subtle. At a high skill level, Tai Chi artists reflect the notion of "four ounces can deflect a thousand pounds" and believe that will a small amount of energy, a skilled Tai Chi artist can easily defend themselves a greater force acted out by an attacker.

The benefits of Tai Chi…

Aside from learning how to defend yourself, there are many health benefits that are associated with the practice of Tai Chi. According to the Chinese, Tai Chi can prolong your lifespan, increase your flexibility, and strengthen your muscles. It is also thought to aid in the treatment of such conditions as high blood pressure, skin diseases, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and many other illnesses and health conditions. Unfortunately, while many people swear by these beliefs, they have not yet been scientifically proven. With that said, there are many benefits of Tai Chi that have been proven. Here are a few proven benefits that come along with taking Tai Chi in Van Nuys, CA:

1) Improves Balance
2) Increases self confidence
3) Improves strength and endurance
4) Improves aerobic capacity
5) Improves the condition of those suffering from fibromyalgia
6) Decreases stress

Why take Tai Chi over other forms of martial art?

As said previously, Tai Chi combines self defense with relaxation methods. When combined together, these two factors can benefit you in all of the ways listed above. In addition, the risk of injury in Tai Chi is much less than it is in other forms of martial art because the movements are slow and gentle, placing a minimum amount of stress on your joints and muscles. Tai Chi is non-competitive, and is a form of martial art that you can take at your own pace. And most importantly, you will have a great time learning it!

So what are you waiting for? Try out Tai Chi in Van Nuys, CA today. If you like it, your body will reap the benefits! Contact TCSociety.com to learn how you can get started!

Tai Chi Principles and Chinese Language – 2013 Tai Chi Workshops in LA

TC will be conducting workshops in January/February on Tai Chi Principles and Chinese Language.

The workshops will be divided into four parts on weekends from 2-3:15pm at Yahoo Center.

  • January 19 – Session 1
  • January 20 – Session 1 repeated
  • January 25 – Session 2
  • January 26 – Session 2 repeated
  • February 2 – Session 3
  • February 3 – Session 3 repeated
  • February 9 & 10 No sessions (Chinese New Year)
  • February 16 – Session 4
  • February 17 – Session 4 repeated

NOTE: The repeated sessions will give everyone the choice of coming on Saturdays or Sundays.

Students will learn the meaning, pronunciation, and writing of:

  • 守 – (Shou)
  • 正 – (Zheng)
  • 勻 – (Yun)
  • 和 – (He)
  • 鬆 – (Song)

….and ways to use them in daily activities.

Workshop Costs and Attendance

These workshops are being offered for free to TC Society members and persons who responded to a coupon offer in our surveys. Each person may also bring one guest for free. Anyone else wishing to attend will be charged $20.00 for the full four sessions.

Also, if you are attending and bringing a guest please let me know so TC can prepare a sufficient number of brushes etc. for the calligraphy.

Contact Info

If you have any questions regarding this workshop series please contact Eileen at taichi4u@verizon.net or call 310-397-4871.

March Workshop 2:Tai Chi Breathing and Qi Flow in Meridians Continued

Its not too late to join! TC is holding the second of a three part Tai Chi/Qi Gong Workshop tomorrow.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Workshop 2: Tai Chi Breathing and Qi Flow in Meridians

In this workshop you will continue to study Qi channels (meridians) in the human body and learn to nourish them with the correct breathing patterns. This practice can be applied to Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong or any daily activity. TC will be demonstrating this within the application of his custom San-Shou routine. TC will also lead you into Tai Chi Sound practice to enrich your Qi flow.

For addition information call Jinn-Sho 錦繡 at (214) 600-1636 or Julia Lee at (202) 270-1350.

March Workshop 1: Tai Chi Breathing and Qi Flow in Meridians

Its not too late to join! TC is holding the first of a three part Tai Chi/Qi Gong Workshop tomorrow.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Workshop 1: Tai Chi Breathing and Qi Flow in Meridians

In this workshop you will study Qi channels (meridians) in the human body and learn to nourish them with the correct breathing patterns. This practice can be applied to Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong or any daily activity. TC will be demonstrating this within the application of his custom San-Shou routine. TC will also lead you into Tai Chi Sound practice to enrich your Qi flow.

For addition information call Jinn-Sho 錦繡 at (214) 600-1636 or Julia Lee at (202) 270-1350.

Santa Monica Qi Kung Workshops In March

Tai Chi - Qi Gong - Santa Monica

This post is just a reminder that TC Hou will be repeating his notable, three part Qi Gong Workshop series on the last three Saturdays of March. If you missed this workshop series before, now is your chance to deepen your understanding of the internal power of Tai Chi.

This series is also great as a refresher course. It is a LOT of knowledge to internalize in a short period, so repetition can’t hurt 🙂

The schedule will be as follows:

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Workshop 1: Tai Chi Breathing and Qi Flow in Meridians

In this workshop you will study Qi channels (meridians) in the human body and learn to nourish them with the correct breathing patterns. This practice can be applied to Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong or any daily activity. TC will be demonstrating this within the application of his custom San-Shou routine.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Workshop 2: Qi Kung I

You will learn how to make Qi power your movements. You will also be learning how to circulate Qi through our body in when in motion. Additionally we will be exploring the connection of this to our coordination. Application and practice will be further facilitated by continuing through TC’s San-Shou routine.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Workshop 3: Qi Kung II

Workshop 3 will be a continuation of the principals in Workshop 2. This will also finish up the San-Shou routine. By the end you will have been through both the defense and offense of a complete San Shou routine!

Time:

The workshop will be on three consecutive Saturdays from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the afternoon.

Location:

They will take place in Santa Monica at the Yahoo! Center located at 2425 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Please read more about Qi Kung Workshops In Santa Monica and Los Angeles by clicking here.

Contact:

You can also call Julia Lee at (202) 270-1350 for more information on class times and fees.

We hope to see you there!

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These were the various interpretations mentioned today in class. Please see:

Six healing sounds- http://baharna.com/chant/six_healing.htm

© Copyright 2003 by Joseph F. Morales

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Workshop 3: Qi Kung III

This Sunday we will continue to work on the Qi flow in meridians and analyze the six sounds system. You will learn how to enhance your health with it, also how to apply it in Tai Chi practice.

los angeles qigong workshop

FYI
The Six Healing Sounds or Liu Zi Jue (六字訣) is one of the common forms of Chinese qigong, and involves the coordination of movement and breathing patterns with specific sounds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu_Zi_Jue

As I always emphasized, you must understand the logic of Tai Chi to make it alive in your mind. Then it will stay with you and last for your lifetime.

Topic: Breathing and Qi Flow in Meridians

Date: February 5, 2012, Sunday

Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Tuition: $70 (or $180 for all three sessions)

Location:
Yahoo Center (2425 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, Ca 90043)/ Entrance of underground parking is on Colorado Ave near Cloverfield)

Click here to see more information.

Best,

TC

Tai Chi does A Life Good