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New Beginnings on the Winter Solstice   3 comments

Copyright Danilo Pivato

Copyright Danilo Pivato

Aloha, it is time for new beginnings. To Taoists, the winter solstice signifies the culmination of Yin energy: a nurturing of our life force. It is also when the days start to get longer and we start a new solar year.

With each passing year I find more energy within, and you will too if you believe it is possible. Those of you that have joined me on the Way know what I’m saying. Those of you that are new to the Way can learn from the example set by so many that have persevered on their journey. Notice how your love for all things grows…how your acceptance of the way things are sustains your spirit…and the depth of your understanding becomes enlightening.

Those of you that know these things to be true will renew your dedication to studying the way. As always, I am here to help coach you on your way, think of me as your hiking guide, helping you to take your body, mind and spirits on an inward journey to find all the mysteries of life. I know in my heart that I am not overstating this, and you know in your heart that there is so much more to discover as we move through this life.

Keep training…practice, practice and practice some more! To help you, I have dedicated my life to the Way, and this year I will be offering more and more training. For 2013, in addition to my current 15 weekly classes, I will be bringing you many more opportunities to expand your understanding of the great mysteries that lie within each and everyone of us.

This year will be better than ever before!
January 17th and 18th I will be repeating the Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop with help from the other TCA instructors at Kaunoa.
February 9th I will be Demonstrating Taiji and Tai Yi at the Chinese New Years celebration at the Maui Mall at 9:00 AM.
Master Dong’s Camp is March 22nd to the 30th on the Big Island.
Master Dong will also be coming to Maui again in August.
Shifu Fong Ha will be here again in September.
I am hoping to get Master Liu De Ming the creator of the Five Elements Qigong that many of you love so much. That may happen in October.
I am planning on a new sitting Qigong & meditation class early this spring.
I am working on putting together one or two classes on the Eastside and Kula.
The Wudang Class is working on the third section of that form and I will be teaching a beautiful form called Tai Yi Wuxing Quan to them soon.
Also I will be bringing a new system of spiritual & medical qigong called Sheng Zhen Gong to selected classes.
I will also be expanding students knowledge of Chinese Medicine theory and how that can increase your understanding of the Way.
My two other web sites will be flowing with information on Qigong specific topics and Taoist stories and Philosophy.
AND… I am working on more things yet too soon to announce.

We all have within us, all that we need to bring ourselves to higher levels of understanding. The future is bright for followers of the Way. Come and join me, I promise you will never get bored!
Remember…

Your focus determines your destiny!

Copyright Cory Williams 2012

Posted December 21, 2012 by The Maui Taoist in News and Events

World Taiji and Qigong Day 2012   3 comments

This Saturday, April 28th, is World Taiji Day when we celebrate the birthday of Wudang Taoist monk Zhang Sanfeng.

I’ll be at Kamaole Beach #III at 9:30, look for me near the south end of the parking lot and we’ll find a shady place to do our thing.

Legend has it Zhang Sanfeng invented what is now known as Taiji and thereby achieved enlightenment. Every year practitioners the world over gather on this day and do qigong and Taiji at 10:0 am local time. The idea is, if we all do Taiji and qigong for an hour, then as the world turns, the next time zone will start as soon as we finish; creating a huge wave of Taiji around the planet!
Anyway, it should be fun, and a great excuse to get together and do Taiji.

Posted April 23, 2012 by The Maui Taoist in News and Events

Wudang Taiji & Qigong on Maui 2012 Workshop   1 comment

Master Zhou and Julie are coming back to Maui soon! Here is the flyer with the schedule. I will post again soon with more details, but this is a quick outline of events;

Sunday Morning we are going whale watching! I will let everyone know what boat/harbor and how many spaces we will have available as well as the price. This should be lots of fun hanging out being social and checking out whales.

Sunday Night  join us for a pot luck luau on the beach, location to be announced soon. This was a fantastic night last year!

Monday’s Class will focus on Qigong and will be semi private for my students at a small venue perhaps a private home in Kihei, the cost is $35.00

Tuesday Master Zhou will be at Kaunoa for a “just for seniors” qigong group lesson, the last I checked (Jan. 31) there was room for 6 more students. The cost and payment is at Kaunoa $17.00 call 270-7308 to book.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will be our exclusive Taiji Workshop. There will be two  2 & 1/2 hour classes each day focusing on Wudang Taiji principles and form.  Any Taiji student will gain a lot of personal time and instruction from Master Zhou regardless of what forms you know already or are learning or your level of experience. Wudang methods will help you take your Taiji to the next level. There will be plenty of time for questions and a lunch break between the two sessions each day. The Cost will be $35.00 per class or $70.00 per day and will also be at a private venue in Kihei.

For information about getting a private lesson from Master Zhou, contact him directly at his web site:  Here or email him @ Info@DaoistGate.com

Please help us by supporting this fantastic “Second Annual” workshop with a living treasure from China. Those of you that have never met master Zhou are in for a real treat! Those of you that came last year already know Xuan Yun and Julie are more than emissaries from Wudang Mountain…they are personal friends.

The best way to reach me is to go here and leave a comment.

Copyright: Cory Williams 2012

Posted January 18, 2012 by The Maui Taoist in News and Events, Wudang Arts

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New “Tai Chi for Arthritis” Class at Kaunoa   1 comment

Dr. Lam with some of his students

Update January 2012:

I have just received my newest certification to teach the entire Tai Chi for Arthritis program fully sanctioned by the Arthritis Foundation of America

Millions of people have benefited from Taiji training and yet many have not been able or have not felt able to participate. Now almost anyone can participate in a Taiji program.  For years, I have done classes at retirement homes like Roselani Place and Kalama Heights and I had found a way to bring Taiji to those that have a limited range of movement by simplifying the form. Many of my students cannot stand or walk and yet it has been possible for me to share these life-changing arts with them in this way.

Recently Dr. Paul Lam has designed a system specifically for students in this situation and I have received training from one his trainers. I feel this is an excellent program as it allows everyone to learn some Taiji and is fully accredited by the Arthritis Foundation and backed up with medical evidence as to its efficacy. Having this accreditation is important for application to people with “special needs”.

I am pleased to announce that I will be offering this program at Kaunoa in Sprecklesville starting immediately every Wednesday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.  For many new students this will be a boon, finally giving them an opportunity to benefit from Taiji.  If you have been holding back because you have felt unable to join before, now is the time to check it out. In addition, for existing students, please tell your friends about this new program it is so simple they can even participate while sitting down.

This program uses a very simplified set of Qigong movements and Taiji form. Derived from the “Sun” (pronounced “soon”) Style it roughly follows the same structure as the Yang style and a beginner could easily learn this style and then segue into Yang Style later. Frankly, I enjoy doing this form as it is performed very slowly and with a minimal amount of stepping which gives it a feeling almost similar to zhan zhuang training.  Proponents of zhan zhuang like Fong Ha and those of you that attended my workshop with him will understand what I am saying.

This program is not intended to replace any of my other training options. I feel Yang Style is still the best for most people and I would not recommend you give up on that practice. Still, my heart goes out to those that up until now have not been able to do my regular classes, and so, at last I have a sanctioned option for those people to discover the wonders of Taiji.

For more information about this program click: Tai Chi for Arthritis

Fong Ha Workshop on Maui 2011   2 comments

Sifu Fong Ha comes from our lineage.... Starting his Taiji training from Master Dong's grandfather in 1953

Join Taiji on Maui and learn from Sifu Fong Ha at our exclusive Workshop this month.

On Sunday September 25th for four hours Master Ha will give detailed instruction in his methods of Qigong and Taiji principles. Starting at 10:00 AM until 12:00 and from 1:00 until 3:00 PM we will be training at a private residence in Maui Meadows.  This class is for students of all levels. We are very fortunate to get a semi private workshop limited to about twenty students for the very affordable price of $25.00.

Fong Ha will be on Maui for a whole week starting on Thursday morning the 22nd at Kamaole beach # III at 6:00AM to 9:00 and 5:15 to 6:30PM.

He has always let folks come and hang out with him and get in some free practice at the beach. I believe we should give back to him by attending the workshop and getting the full class and paying him for his instruction; all proceeds will go directly to him.

Please join us at the workshop and also at Kamaole beach # 3 for the whole week (except Saturday and Sunday) for practice of what you learn at the workshop.

Fong is a very generous and fun man that is a living legend; do not miss this opportunity to train with a genuine Taiji icon. Master Ha started his training in 1953 with Master Dong’s Grand father the great Tung Ying Chieh, he is world renown, and we are blessed to have him for this special workshop.

To Sign up E-mail me @
MauiTaoist@Gmail.com

Or Call 250-4663 or 344-2532

Master Dong Zeng Chen On Maui   2 comments

Master Dong will be here Aug 6, 7 and 8th.

Reminder….

For three days Master Dong will be at the Pukalani Community center.  As we have talked about in class, the best day for most of my students is Saturday morning form 9 to 12. This class will be the first and second sections of the long form.

Here are some Photos from last years workshop:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The deadline  is now to sign up.  I have already sent the following form to everyone but if you didn’t get the e-mail, here is another copy:

☯ Pukalani Community Center Taiji Workshop Registration ☯
August 5-7 , 2011
Name: _________________________________________
(Print Name: First, Last)
Phone numbers: Home: ________________________ Business/Cellular: _________________________
Email address: ______________________________ Mailing Address: ____________________________
Emergency contact name and phone number ___________________________________________________
Attending: ((( FINAL DEADLINE — JULY 26, 2011))))))
DATE FORMAT TIME AND FEE AMT PD
Friday – Aug 5 Weapons : 9a-11a – Sword ($45) ______
1p-3p – Knife ($45) ______
3:30p-5:30p – Short Form ($40) ______
Entire day ($130 includes lunch) ______
Saturday-Aug 6 Long Form: 9a-12n -Section 1 & 2 ($50) ______
(Lunch NOT provided) 3p-6p All Section (1,2 &3) ($50) ______
Entire day : $100 ______
Catered: Dinner $20 ______
Additional dinner guest(s): ($20 @) ______
Sunday: Aug 7 Advance Sets: 9a-12n Fast Set ( Fa Jin) ($55) ______
2p-5p Slow Set ( Kai He) ($55) ______
Entire day ($110 includes lunch)
DEADLINES (You attention and cooperation to this are appreciated):
• For the entire workshop, please pay $325 before July 4, 2011
• For payments received after July 4, 2010, the amount due is $340.00
• Dinner count and payments for Sat dinner by July 26, 2011
Total Enclosed: ________
Lunch is provided on Friday 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 3 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. There are restaurants or eateries within walking distance from Pukalani Community center such as
Serpico’s ( Pizza, Salads and Sandwiches), Pukalani Superette ( Bentos), Wei Wei (Chinese), Subways,
Foodland (Deli fare), Starbucks, Minute Stop ( Chicken, Sandwiches), Mc Donald’s & Pizza Hut ( take out
only) If you have a car – La Provence, Polli’s, Casanova’s, Rodeo General Store have wonderful lunches and
more.
Menu:
Friday – Lunch : Sandwiches ( Fish, Spinach Nut Burger or Turkey and Chips)
Saturday – Dinner Menu – to be advised
Sunday- Lunch: ( to be advised)
Please make checks payable to : Audrey Allencastre
Mail to : Dong Tai Chi Maui 286 Kolohala Drive Kula Hawaii 96790

OR e-mail me (corygw57@yahoo.com)  if you have to sign up late and I’ll try to get you in touch with Geri or Audrey

Posted July 28, 2011 by The Maui Taoist in News and Events

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Wudang Taoist Taiji & Qigong Workshop Training   4 comments

What an amazing week many of us just had! Personally I am still coming to grips with all that we did and all that I learned after living side by side with Master Zhou and his wife Julie for an entire week.


Thank you Master Zhou for your dignity and grace throughout the week sharing your life changing energy with all of us.

Thank you everyone that supported this adventure into the mysteries of Tao. From the philosophy, the story of a humble upbringing, the history, the spiritual practice and all the way to Qigong and Taijiquan practice it has been quite a week. We are so very blessed to have Xuan Yun as a teacher. We are working on getting another visit next year and this is entirely because of your love for these traditional arts.

If you want to continue (or start) working on Wudang Taoist qigong and Taijiquan, I’m meeting students for a new “Wudang Program” on Saturday mornings from 8:00 to 9:30 AM at Waipuilani park in north Kihei.  In addition, I will be showing some of the Qigong at my regular classes and at next months Kaiser classes.  I am also adding links to a new “Wudang Links” sidebar here on this site. Stay tuned here for future posts and information about “Wudang Taiji on Maui”

Thank you Julie for making it all possible!

The Cloud Traveller

 

Posted April 26, 2011 by The Maui Taoist in News and Events, Wudang Arts

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