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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

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

 

 

 

 

Thank You Sifu   2 comments

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With my teacher Grandmaster Dong Zeng Chen and Keith at the Maui workshop 2017

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Maui Workshop 2017

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These are some pages from Masters new book unnamed

Our workshop was fantastic! Thanks to Gerri Nishida for making it all possible.

Yang Style Sword at Chinese New Year 2014   1 comment

 

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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.

Click on the photos to see larger images, Thank you to Phil Sabado, Pam Kesler, and Wanda Russell for the photos.

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Yang Style Sword
1. Prepare
2. Opening
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
30. Compass
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

New Tai Chi Class in Kula!   4 comments

Beautiful sunset view… Kula park is fantastic!

Beautiful sunset view… Kula park is fantastic!

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.