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Taiji Class/Whale Watch Wednesdays and Fridays   2 comments

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Wednesday In Kihei at 8AM

This class has been ongoing for about 17 years. Last year I added a Friday class as well. On Wednesday it is an hour and a half and we work on all three sections of the Long Form. On Friday it is a one hour class and we usually focus more on the first and occasionally the second sections and is better for beginners.

It can be distracting with so may whales less that 200 yards off shore of the Maui Surfside’s north lawn! Many folks attend both days.

Posted March 4, 2020 by The Maui Taoist in Uncategorized

Lahaina Classes enter their twenty first year!   1 comment

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Lahaina 2020

This class started outdoors in early 2000 on the steps of the old Lahaina civic center. A couple of years later, they built us the West Maui Senior Center on Lahaina Luna Street. Now, each Monday I do three classes here. This is my 9 AM class, they know the first two sections of the Long Form. At 10AM I do a beginner Long Form class and at 11:30 there is a Qigong/neigong class.

Posted March 4, 2020 by The Maui Taoist in Dong Forms, Schedules, Uncategorized

2 New Classes at Hale Mahaolu Elua   Leave a comment

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15 new students Ready to learn!

These two new classes are for seniors only, at the County of Maui Senior retirement village in Kahului. Wednesdays at 1:30, Taiji long form and Qigong beginner class, followed by Yang style Taiji Sword at 2:30.  Hope to see you there!

Posted March 4, 2020 by The Maui Taoist in Dong Forms, News and Events

Happy New Year 2020   Leave a comment

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From Yang Style Taiji Sword

I now enter my 21st year teaching Taiji. I have had many wonderful experiences and met many amazing people in this time. The best part of it all has been You, my students. Words cannot express my admiration for You. Learning Taiji is one of the most difficult endeavors anyone can undertake, I have always been amazed at the strength of the human spirit. My students have moved me in their commitment to training. One recently told me that she has trained with me for over 14 years, she told me that she started on her 80th birthday! Cathy Hobson, nintey four years young, has come every week and she still does. Another student, Miki Gushi has been with me for 20 years and she too never misses classes and I was with her again today.

This is why I teach; These are just two of my many heros.

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From Wadang Taiyi Kung Fu Sword

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Move Hands Like Clouds from Dong Family Set

 

 

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Cat Chasing the Mouse from Wudang Taiyi Sword

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Insert Inscense into the Ground from Wudang Taiyi Sword

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Wudang Sword

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Meditation Before the Show

 

Posted February 4, 2020 by The Maui Taoist in Dong Forms, News and Events, Weapons, Wudang Arts

Sword, Moon and Mars   3 comments

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Cory Williams, Sword, Moon & Mars. Self portrait, Haiku, Hawaii, September 20, 2018

Practice, Practice, Practice…

This sword posture is called “Seven Stars” in reference to the Big Dipper. The Seven Stars point the way to Tao…

Practice, Practice, Practice…

 

 

Cory Williams ©2018

Posted September 20, 2018 by The Maui Taoist in Posture Gallery, Uncategorized, Weapons

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White Crane Goes Flying   Leave a comment

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The Mountain extends to Heaven,

Where the Wind flows like Water…

The Thunder sparks the Fire,

That fills the Valley and renews the Earth.

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Master Dong Zeng Chen teaching at his 50th annual workshop in Honolulu, February 2018

 

You may see my teacher, Master Dong, do this simple set of moves while at workshops, over and over again when he is alone. I have often wondered what is his meditation, what he is up to? Obviously he is meditating, the form is expressed so beautifully when you can softly walk through these simple meditative routines. I have been copying him and a had a break-through today in training.

The Book of Changes, “I Ching” follows the changes of Heaven and Earth through symbolism. Yin/Yang is expressed in folding, rolling patterns that, like the DNA molecule, make a double helix woven tapestry expressing the changes of life. The eight changes represent different energies.

Heaven and Earth, Water and Fire, Mountain and Valley, Wind and Thunder, are the changes of Tao.

If you have never read the I Ching, it is a classic Taoist source book I recommend reading.  Watching Sifu, this is what I see him doing, expressing the eight “bagua” of the I Ching like a monk counting rosary beads, it is a spiritual meditation. Every Taiji posture expresses one or more of these energies;

  1. Mountain, Keeping Still… Shoulder strike
  2. Heaven, the Creative… Warding off
  3. Wind, the Gentle… White Crane Spreads Wings
  4. Water, the Abysmal… Lifting Hands
  5. Thunder, the Arousing… Pull Down
  6. Fire, the Clinging… Push (down)
  7. Lake, Valley the Joyous… Rollback
  8. Earth, the Receptive… Gathering qi and repeat

You can do this simple routine over and over on both sides continuously.

At the top of the page, is just a little poem written to help me focus on Taiji moves, Shoulder strike (Mountain) is “Kao” energy merging into “Peng” (ward-off) energy= Heaven, White crane spreads wings, move like Wind.  Wind is “Lie” (splitting) energy, Lifting hands flows like Water and pull down, is  “Tasi” energy, Thunder, Fire fits here as “An” energy directed downwards as the pull down ends, into “Valley” or Lake (emptiness) and  “Lu” (rollback) which returns to Earth energy…

Never stop practicing, though many things can get in your Way.  Being part of the Way, to be a Wayfarer, is that we never stop practicing; we cannot stop, life is a river of change.

 

 

 

Cory Williams ©2018

 

 

 

 

Nei Gong Class   1 comment

Kaunoa, Thursday at 12:30 Pm

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Return to oneness, the most incredible journey you can take

Thank you all for making Nei Gong Class a success! The Tuesday class is no longer ongoing! We will keep Thursdays and Mondays open, so come join the journey!

Kaunoa has been great by allowing this advanced qigong and meditation practice to be born for our students.  This new class comes about so that more people can find the path to inner harmony and folks can now practice more often.

Sitting and forgetting meditation, and an adaptation of Dao yin, is an addictive practice! Finding true patience, and connecting with internal energy can lead you close to the Absolute, unity with the One.  Why only do that once a week!

Nei Gong classes are two times a week, Lahaina on Mondays at 11:30 and at Kaunoa on Thursdays at 12:30.  The response from students is heartwarming, compared with personal practice at home, the group classes are more meaningful and more effective.

Come and enjoy this Qigong/meditation class and explore the final frontier!

Practice, Practice, Practice…..

 

 

Cory Williams ©2018