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Thank You Sifu   1 comment

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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   2 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

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

Wudang Taijiquan Long Form   Leave a comment

Single Whip with Master Zhou

Here are the names for all the moves in the Wudang Style long form for your reference.

Wudang Taijiquan Long Form
Part One

1.    Preparatory Posture (Primordial Chaos; Wuji)
2.    Beginning (Birth of Yin and Yang)
3.    Step Backwards with a Snapping Force
4.    Grasp the Peacocks Tail
5.    Single Straight Whip
6.    Lift the Hands and Step Forward
7.    The White Crane Spreads its Wings
8.    Brush the Left Knee and Turn the Leg
9.    Hands Strum the Lute
10.    The White Crane Spreads its Wings
11.    Brush the Left Knee and Turn the Leg
12.    Brush the Right Knee and Turn the Leg
13.    Brush the Left Knee and Turn the Leg
14.    Hands Strum the Lute
15.    Step, Parry and Punch
16.    Closing Off
17.    Cross Hands
18.    Carry the Tiger Back to the Mountain

Part Two

19.    Step backward to drive away Monkey
20.    Double Palm Thrust
21.    Diagonal Palm Thrust
22.    Grasp the Bird’s Tail
23.    Diagonal Single Whip
24.    Under Elbow Punch
25.    Brush the Right knee, Bent Leg Step
26.    Step Back and Whirl the Arms
27.    Diagonal Flying
28.    Empty Step, Pushing Palm
29.    Lift Hands and Step Forward
30.    White Crane Spreads its Wings
31.    Brush the Left Knee, Bent Leg Step
32.    Needle at the Bottom of the Sea
33.    Dodge, Step, Parry and Punch
34.    Open the Window and Watch the Moon
35.    Grasp the Peacock’s Tail
36.    Single Straight Whip
37.    Cloud Hands
38.    Single Straight Whip
39.    Pat the Horse
40.    Lion Kick with the Right Heel
41.    Lion Kick with the Left Heel
42.    Turn the Body, Brush the Left Knee, Bent Leg Step
43.    Brush the Right Knee, Bent Leg Step
44.    Step Forward to Tame the Tiger with a Punch
45.    Dodge to Strike the Back
46.    Step, Parry and Punch
47.    Small Capturing Hold
48.    Right Leg Kick
49.    Beat the Tiger, Left Side
50.    Beat the Tiger, Right Side
51.    Right Leg Kick
52.    Thrust Both Palms Downward
53.    Strike the Ears with Both Fists
54.    Cross Hand
55.    Mount the Tiger
56.    Stand on One Leg
57.    Step, Parry and Punch
58.    Closing Off
59.    Cross Hands
60.    Carry the Tiger Back to the Mountain

Part Three

61.    Step backward to drive away Monkey
62.    Thrust Both Palms Downward
63.    Diagonal Palm Thrust
64.    Grasp the Peacock’s Tail
65.    Single Whip
66.    Part the Wild Horse’s Mane
67.    Grasp the Bird’s Tail
68.    Single Straight Whip
69.    The Fair Lady Works at the Shuttle
70.    Grasp the Peacock’s Tail
71.    Single Straight Whip
72.    Cloud Hands
73.    Single Straight Whip
74.    Push down on the Left with the Single Whip
75.    Push down on the Right with the Single Whip
76.    Single Punch to the Throat
77.    Step back and Whirl Arms on Both Sides
78.    Diagonal Flying
79.    Empty Step, Pushing Palm
80.    Lift Hands and Step Forward
81.    The White Crane Spreads its Wings
82.    Brush the Left Knee, Bent Leg Step
83.    Needle at the Bottom of the Sea
84.    Dodge to Strike the Back
85.    Straight Punch
86.    Step, Parry  and Punch
87.    Grasp the Peacock’s Tail
88.    Single Straight Whip
89.    Cloud Hands
90.    Pat the Horse
91.    Diagonal Palm Thrust
92.    Right Foot Diagonal Thrust
93.    Brush the Left Knee, Bent Leg Step
94.    Lion Kick with the Right Heel
95.    Brush the Right Knee, Bent Leg Step
96.    Left Cutting Palm
97.    Punch the Chest
98.    Grasp the Bird’s Tail
99.    Single Straight Whip
100.    Push Down with the Single Whip
101.    Seven Star Forward Step
102.    Step Backwards to Mount the Tiger
103.    Place the Lotus
104.    Flex the Bow to Shoot the Tiger
105.    Step, Parry and Punch
106.    Apparent Close-up
107.    Cross Hands
108.    Carry the Tiger Back to the Mountain

Posted May 12, 2011 by The Maui Taoist in Taijiquan, Wudang Arts

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