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Sword, Moon and Mars   1 comment

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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

 

 

 

 

Thank You Sifu   2 comments

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With my teacher Grandmaster Dong Zeng Chen 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.

Taiji on Maui’s Taoist Taiji Kung Fu Day Camp 2014   3 comments

Take your body where your spirit wants to go!

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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.

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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.

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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 days,
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:

Qigong Forms:

Sitting Qigong:

  • From Dong Zeng Chen and Tung Hu Ling
  • Sheng Zhen “Kwan Yin” 
  • Wudang San Feng

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Schedule:
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:

  • 7:30 to 8:30 Meditation
  • 8:30 to 11:30 Practice and Training
  • 11:30 to 1:30 Break for lunch
  • 1:30 to 4:30 Practice and Training
  • 4:30 to 5:30 Meditation

Starting March 29

  • Saturday: Wudang Long Form Taiji \\\ Wudang Tai Yi Kung Fu
  • Sunday: Hao Style \\\ Dong (Yang) Style Long Form
  • Monday: Yang Style Sword \\\ Dong Family (fast) Set
  • Tuesday: Dong Long Form \\\ Dong Family Set
  • Wednesday: Wudang Long Form \\\ Wudang Tai Yi
  • Thursday: Sword \\\ Hao Style
  • Friday: Qigong only \\\ Dong Long Form
  • Saturday: All forms \\\ All forms \\\ Ending Dinner

Copyright Cory Williams 2014

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.

This is Taiji…   2 comments


The Dragon dwells in Heaven, roaming amongst the stars… drifting in and out of the clouds. Aloof from the world, he is always observant of it. Enigmatic and free, the Dragon soars effortlessly, adrift in time upon an endless sea of tranquility. He is clarity and calm, peace and emptiness. Like a mysterious cloud, the dragon caresses the Earth, always sensitive to the subtleties of the relationship between Heaven and Earth.  In heaven, he is yin as yin is within yang… and yet there is a yang spirit hidden within….

Gliding over the Earth, melding into the forests and mountain tops, the Dragon gathers Earth qi within, mixing Heaven and Earth, building and focusing his Heaven qi to interact with the Earth.

In an instant, the Tiger emerges, like a thunderbolt from Heaven. Heaven and Earth qi combine and the Tiger is born from the union. The Dragon’s energy transforms.  The Tiger pounces, Heaven and Earth are manifest. Entering the Earthly realm, the Tiger strikes and fulfills the needs of everything he encounters. He is action and strength, motion and power. Like a wildfire, the Tiger creates magic on Earth. On Earth, he is yang as yang is within yin, and yet, there is a yin spirit hidden within….

Sleeping by the lake, the gentle Tiger rests his yang…
Peacefully nurtured by the guidance of the Earth qi…
The Tiger’s spirit floats across the lake, rising in the fog…
His yin qi carried aloft bringing with it the resting yang energy, transforming, recombining, and emerging once again as the Dragon.

This is Taiji


Copyright: Cory Williams 2011