Our workshop was fantastic! Thanks to Gerri Nishida for making it all possible.
Our workshop was fantastic! Thanks to Gerri Nishida for making it all possible.
In the beginning:
The peacock spread his tail and pushed away the fairy crane, hands moving like clouds he strikes the tiger and parts the wild horses mane. Then the fair maiden saw the golden rooster bend his bow and shoot the tiger and carry the tiger back to the mountain.
Just a little Chinese poem to remember Dong Zeng Chen’s “Taiji Gong”
Peacock spreads his tail (Ward off)
Fairy crane (White crane spreads it wings)
Move hands like clouds
Strike the tiger
Parting the wild horses mane
Fair maiden works at the shuttles
Bend bow and shoot tiger
Carry tiger, return to mountain
This poem helps to remember the Taiji forms repeated in the Taiji Gong Qigong. These nine movments capture the spirit of Taiji; this can be enjoyed sitting or standing. Warm-up,,,,start with zhan zhaung training, wuji. Then repeat each move left and right three, five or seven times each.
Sifu’s father also had a “Taiji gong” we’ve been doing for many years. See “Tiger Mountain”
Copyright Cory Williams 2016
Sifu will be here February 9-12th 2017
Here is the registration form:
Take your body where your spirit wants to go!
Come and join us at the edge of the forest, upon a sacred mountain, for an amazing week of meditation, qigong, Taijiquan, and Kung Fu.
Taiji on Maui is offering a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the Taiji way of life with someone that loves you. Join us and reconnect to your true self, learn and practice Taoist methods to better yourself and your life. Relax at a deep level, rejuvenate your spirit. Take time for reflection, gain clarity on your life path, find meaning beyond material concerns, connect with nature, heal, contemplate, grow.
We will be at Giggle Hill (map) in Haiku from 7:30 AM until 5:30 PM for eight days, this is a beautiful park with lots of trees and wonderful grass. We take a relaxed pace with frequent breaks and enjoy ourselves. There is ample shade, tables and water available and there are great restaurants 5 minutes away in Haiku or Makawao.
Come for any or all of the camp. Anyone and everyone is welcome!
From Saturday March 29 through Saturday April 5, we will be going through my current curriculum. Many of you know some or all of these forms and especially if you do not (you need to start somewhere and beginners are welcome here!), we invite you to join us for eight days of practice and training. We know this is late notice, but change has a way of “changing” things… who knew. For whatever reason, at this time, Taiji on Maui decided to open up the inner workings of this lifestyle for all.
Born out of the many workshops and camps I have attended, sponsored, loved, and always yearn for still; I have created a lifestyle that is like a perpetual Taiji camp. The lesson I have learned here is, there is nothing like total immersion and focused practice for maximum results. Additionally, for eight days every year, I dedicate myself to practicing in this totally immersed way. The difference now is, instead of attending a camp, or doing my usual sequestered practice, I am inviting anyone that wishes to learn to join me.
And so, if you have a few days between these dates, and want to know what it’s like to live like a like Taoist monk…
Come and join us for:
Sixty four hours of practice and training,
Eight hours each day
Eight different standing qigong forms
Six different Taiji & Kung Fu forms
Two meditations each day
One awesome week
Zero requirement to pay.
Taiji & Kung Fu forms:
All sessions will be at Giggle Hill (Fourth Marine Div. Park) in Haiku on Maui. I know it rains sometimes, but that will not stop me. There are shelters and there is always practice to do. The following schedule is a rough outline of the curriculum, for example, all the qigong forms will be rotated as appropriate. There is aways randomness in Tao! Where there is a specific focus to a session, I have listed such below but there will be a continuos opportunity to explore anything we wish to at any time … So it is all very Taoist.
Meditations are the first and last thing each day; the time may vary or include other activities. Practice and training sessions start at 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM with a two hour break. Each session starts with related qigong, then we progress to Taiji and Kung Fu. There will be exploration and explanation of applications and plenty of time for “push hands” practice. Saturday night, April 5th we are having a pot luck dinner at the park. We hope to see you there!
The times for all sessions are:
Starting March 29
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…
We are also announcing a new Yang Style Sword class on Thursday mornings in Haiku.
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
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
All New! Every Sunday afternoon 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.