Tai Chi in the park 6/4/2011

Tai Chi with David Walls-Kaufman:
We had a newcomer so David taught his 1st lesson for beginners, but it is always a great lesson no matter how long you have been learning Taijiquan and you should always feel something new every time coming full circle on this lesson.

1 hour class: first lesson is on Taiji standing as exercise, meditation, and martial art.

Standing meditation: wuji
1. Stand feet parallel
2. Raise head as if pulled from string from above- (pull from toward back
of head, down spine, feel heels.)
3. Feel skin merge with outside, focus on nothing outward.
4. Feel what is happening inside.
5. Hands at side and flat.

1. Physical exercise aspect: reductionistic in no movement.
2. Meditative: knowing, awareness , enlightenment.
3. Martial: understanding.

5 standing postures:
1. Wuji
Wu Ji
2. Left bow stance- ward off left.
ward off left
3. Right bow stance- ward off right.
ward off right
4. Left empty stance- lifted hands.
Lift hands
5. Right empty stance- play pipa.
Play pipa

Differentiation of solid and empty after #4 left leg comparing to right

3 important factors:
1. Relax
2. Sink
3. Dan tien.
Relax being most important.

1st 1/3 of form 3 times.
Push hands

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Coach Matt Stampe is a Database Administrator and I.T. professional. In the world of Bodywork, he has been a Certified Massage Therapist (CNT) licensed with the Virginia Board of Nursing, and has a “Master of Science in Acupuncture” (MSA) at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (VUIM.edu). He is a candidate with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He has taught hundreds of people Authentic Yang Tai Chi Kung Fu for over 25 years. He was President of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Martial arts club, Secretary and Treasurer of USA chapter of Yongnian Association under Sifu He Weiqi. Experience includes: Kung fu schools: Omei Shaolin (Sifu Lu Xiaoling) 3rd degree Black Sash, Chinese Martial Arts Institute (Sifu Clarence Burris), United States Wushu Academy (Coach Christopher Pei), and Qi Elements (Sifu Nancy Bloomfield), Former Head Coach: Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation centers(Adults Tai Chi), Hope Chinese school (kids classes), NOVA MMA gym in Arlington (kids classes), and VUOM Martial Arts Tai Chi club (Fairfax). He has positively impacted peoples lives whether for health, sport, strength, combat, and spirit. As a true combat athlete, he teaches methods so people can be confident to defend themselves.
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