Aloha, and Happy New Year.
Thank you all for coming to the huge celebration at the Maui Mall! It was the best ever, and I was honored to be the first person on stage (for the fourth time) again this year. I demonstrated four forms, starting with Zi Fa Gong (spontaneous qigong), then the Wudang Kung Fu Taiyi Wuxing Quan (Five element fist), Wudang 108 Long Form Taijiquan, and finally, Yang Style Sword. It was a blessing to have some friends take great photos and we thought we would share them with the universe…
Here is the first installment of three from February 1, 2014. Yang Style Sword. We are also announcing a new Yang Style Sword class on Thursday mornings in Haiku.
Click on the photos to see larger images, Thank you to Phil Sabado, Pam Kesler, and Wanda Russell for the photos.
Yang Style Sword
3. Circle the Moon with Three Rings
4. Big Dipper
5. Swallow Skims the Water
6. Block and Sweep, Right
7. Block and Sweep, Left
8. Little Dipper
9. Swallow Returns to its Nest
10. Agile Cat Seizes the Mouse
11. Phoenix Lifts its Head
12. Wasp Enters the Cave
13. Phoenix Opens its Right Wing
14. Little Dipper
15. Phoenix Opens its Left Wing
16. Casting the Fishing Rod
17. Poking the Grass to Seek the Snake, One
18. Poking the Grass to Seek the Snake, Two
19. Poking the Grass to Seek the Snake, Three
20. Embracing the Moon
21. Birds Lodging in the Forest
22. Black Dragon Swings its Tail
23. Dragon comes out of the Water
24. Lotus Swirls Around in the Wind
25. Lion Shakes its Head, Left
26. Lion Shakes its Head, Right
27. Tiger Covers its Head
28. Mustang Jumps the Ravine
29. Reining in the Stallion
31. Dusting in the Wind, One
32. Dusting in the Wind, Two
33. Dusting in the Wind, Three
34. Pushing the Canoe with the Current
35. Shooting Star Chases the Moon
36. Heavenly Steed Flies Over the Waterfall
37. Lifting up the Curtain
38. Left Cart Wheel
39. Right Cart Wheel
40. Swallow Carries Pieces of Earth in its Beak
41. Roc Extends its Wings
42. Fishing for the Moon at the Sea Bottom
43. Naza Explores the Sea Bottom
44. Rhinoceros Looks at the Moon
45. Shooting the Wild Goose
46. Green Dragon Shows its Claws
47. Phoenix Opens Both its Wings
48. Step Over and Block Up, Left
49. Step Over and Block Up, Right
50. Shooting the Wild Goose
51. White Ape Presents the Fruit
52. Falling Flowers, One
53. Falling Flowers, Two
54. Falling Flowers, Three
55. Falling Flowers, Four
56. Falling Flowers, Five
57. Fair Lady Works at Shuttles
58. White Tiger Swings its Tail
59. Tiger Covers its Head
60. Fish Jumps Over the Dragon Gate
61. Black Dragon Twists Around the Pole, Left
62. Black Dragon Twists Around the Pole, Right
63. Fairy Points the Way
64. An Incense for Heaven
65. Plum Flowers Being Swept by the Wind
66. Presenting the Tablet
67. Return the Sword to its Original Position
Copyright Cory Williams 2014
Expert Qigong instructor Cory Williams teaches the concepts of energy arts on the lawn at Kaunoa Senior Center.
The Valley Isle has some of the happiest seniors in Hawai‘i. Is it simply a Maui state of mind? Or is there more to it?
by Aimee Harris from Generations Magazine
The fact that each year people from all over the world move to Maui to retire must say something … or perhaps it says a lot.
During a recent trip to the Valley Isle, Generations Magazine found two qualities that make Maui County a magnet for the more mature crowd: Residents are very civic minded, and the county’s elected officials care for its seniors — both in word and in deed.
“What makes Maui attractive is our philosophy of taking care of each other,” says Ruth Griffith, administrator of Kaunoa Senior Services, a division of the County of Maui’s Department of Housing and Human Concerns. “Maui County is made up of small communities. We look out for one another. Even our seniors who receive support services want to give back to the community, whether its by helping our children, volunteering for local nonprofits or assisting the sick and frail. Maui seniors play a vital role in maintaining our thriving communities.”
In government, elected officials support senior health and fund senior programs even during hard times, such as the most recent recession. “Maui County is amazing in terms of its commitment to seniors,” says Griffith.
Due to the Baby Boomer generation, the number of people turning 60 in Maui County will nearly double by 2020, according to the Maui County Office On Aging. In addition, there is an unreported number of seniors who move to Maui County to retire each year.
In response to Maui’s next big wave of seniors, the county is placing more focus and funds on health, well-being and prevention. “It’s our job to find ways to keep seniors healthy, engaged and giving back to the community because they are a gold mine of information, time and wisdom,” says Griffith.
Of the many services and organizations in Maui County, Kaunoa Senior Center in Pa‘ia and the West Maui Senior Center in Lahaina serve as central hubs of activity for senior programs and activities. The centers provide opportunities for seniors to learn and grow through five ongoing, countywide programs:
● Leisure/Wellness Programs
● Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
● Congregate Nutrition Program
● Assisted Transportation Program
● Meals On Wheels
● Adventures, Ambitions & Altruism
The article is about Kaunoa in general, and the only thing about qigong here is the photo. Thank you to everyone for helping to get this image as the center two page spread lead photo. Increasing awareness about the Taoist arts is very helpful and we are very grateful to Generations Magazine for using our class as an example of “the happiest seniors in Hawai‘i.”
Read the entire article here: Generations
Beautiful sunset view… Kula park is fantastic!
All New! Every Sunday afternoon at 4:00 at Kula Park. This class is learning the Dong (Yang) Style Long Form and meets for one and a half hours. As always, every class starts with wuji and qigong, but this class lasts a little longer and is very relaxed. Since we are starting out new, beginners are very welcome, yet with the extra time, experienced players will also enjoy this class.
The park is just past the Kula fire station; see the map here.
Master Dong’s workshop in Kula is one month away! Don’t miss another chance to train with my teacher! Grandmaster Dong is a living legend, come and support him and our lineage and receive the best Taiji training you can get.
It is time to make sure you have signed up and pay as soon as possible… Saturday is the day for most of my Students, as we will be working on the long form. Friday we do weapons and Sunday we do advanced forms like Hao style, the Dong Family set, and the Fast set. If you want to attend Sunday, talk to Cory (344-2532) firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the registration form for the workshop:
October 12, 2013
KULA COMMUNITY CENTER 9:00 a.m -11:30 a.m.
2:00p – 4:30 p.m.
For more information call Joy at 808 573-8384
Cost for Saturday’s sessions: Morning Session = $65 Afternoon session = $65
Full Day (2 sessions + lunch from Kula Bistro) = $125
☯Kula Community Center Taiji Workshop Registration October 11-13, 2013
Name: ___________________________________________Phone # ( home/cell) ___________________
Email address: ______________________________Emergency contact: __________________________
Attending: ((( FINAL DEADLINE – Oct 1, 2013))))))
Sunday - 13 Oct
Friday 11 Oct. TIME AND FEE
1:30p-3:00p Advance Sword Set ( $70)
3:15p-4:45p Advance Knife Set ( $70)
Both weapons classes $130
Saturday 12 Oct.
9:00a-11:30a Long Form ( $65) ________________
2:00p-4:30p Long Form ($65) ________________
Both classes : $125.00 includes lunch from Kula Bistro ________________
Catered: Dinner $20 ________________
Additional dinner guest(s): ($20 @) ________________
Sunday 13 Oct. Advanced forms. different schedule than Saturday
Lunch is provided on Saturday and Sunday for those participating in the entire workshop. Dinner will be catered on Saturday evening (Catered dinner -additional fee) We will provide water on all 3 days.
A 2.5 hour break is scheduled on Saturday for participants to enjoy a drive down to the beach, sight see in the upcountry area ( lavender farm, winery, Haleakala), pick up Maui items to take home, enjoy a massage or just relax.
Saturday - lunch – we will email you your choices ( from Kula Bistro- salad or sandwiches) Saturday - Dinner Menu – to be advised ( catered)
I hope to see you there! Call Joy (808 573-8384) to get the address to mail in your checks.
Learn the fundamentals of Qigong
I will unlock the secrets of qigong for you; so you can see how (and why) you can move energy to any part of your body that you wish. With a full understanding of the basics of your internal energy system, you will have a solid foundation to understand Traditional Chinese Medicine, Taiji, Qigong, and Taoist meditation.
This class explains all about the art and science of Qigong. Once you know how your energy system works it all makes sense. For instance, we eat food and we breathe and we turn it into electricity that moves our muscles and our bones. This same system feeds energy to our brains, internal organs, bone marrow, skin and everything else, including our thoughts and our emotions. When the energy gets stuck or becomes stagnant, our health suffers, in Chinese medicine this is considered the cause of most health issues. In the western world, 75% of all doctors visits are for preventable illnesses. By combining scientific knowledge along with exercises and meditation, students can learn Taoist methods for ultimate health and longevity.
I will explain everything!… starting from the moment of conception…
how your qi system was formed in your body, and how you make qi, where and how you store it, and how to cultivate and conserve it.
I will show you many different Qigong techniques, for medical reasons, and spiritual practices as well as for strengthening your bodies. These exercises will bring your awareness to the sensations of actually feeling the qi move inside of you. Learning how to unlock stuck qi is an enlightening experience!
Some of the topics explored:
Wuji, skeletal alignment
Yiquan standing exercises
The three dantians
The eight extraordinary vessels
The twelve meridians
Tuning your breath
Five element theory
Nei gong internal qigong
Various breathing methods
There are many different types and styles of qigong exercises, both standing and sitting. I will explain the methods and applications, and be your coach.
I have never seen a class like this before on Maui and I thought it would be nice to pull away the veil that obscures some, if not all of the mysteries that lie “beyond the mysterious beyond.” With this knowledge students can train with anyone and know what is going on. Bring your knowledge up to the instructors level!
This class is on Thursdays at Kaunoa at 11:00 until 12:00
Call and sign up today 270-7308
At Giggle Hill
Welcome to Haiku, Thursday mornings at 8:00 until 9:30 AM. I will be cultivating my life forces at the Fourth Marine Division Park, AKA Giggle Hill. I come to this park often and really love the energy here; the sunrise over Haleakala…with the cool morning breeze awakening the trees! This is a perfect environment for Zhan Zhuang, Yiquan and Taiji.
Start Simple each day. Tune your breathing, find your center and open your mind and body to an adventure within.
I am currently teaching the Wudang Taijiquan Long Form as well as a very primordial Wudang Wuji Hun Yuan Qigong, this would be a great opportunity to learn the rare and beautiful Wudang style taiji. The qigong set will focus on the Three Dantians and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels.
For my entire Schedule click; HERE
I am always happy to help get you started on the Way.
Each day is a new beginning.
I believe many people today are arriving in the “New Millennia” finding out that everything has changed!
We are all fully realized in the material world. How else could you be reading this now?
It seems to me that we should want for nothing material anymore. The human race has definetly mastered materialism.
Today the world finds itself in many conflicts of culture and ideology, numerous countries are coming apart as well.
This time in human history we have more important things to resolve as we evolve as humans.
I believe spiritual and scientific paradoxes, if reasoned out, can be the breakthrough that transforms the human race.
Qigong, is spiritual and scientific, Taoist philosophy resolves and harmonizes all paradoxes.
Qigong can bring the human race to a new awakening like no other discipline in history.
Train each day,
Know that every breath is the spirit returning,
Reduce your desires and cravings…
Simplify your involvements in the world…
Calm your mind and let go your burdens.
Enter the enlightened age of peace and harmony through Taiji!
Copyright Cory Williams 2013