Wednesday, December 7, 2016

So proud of my students ...

Each semester I am amazed that of all the classes we offer in philosophy, my philosophical meditations class is the first to fill. It might be because it is only a one-credit course, and it does not require any papers or tests. But I think it's something other than that. The word is out! Breath meditation and taijiquan are good for you, fun, reduce your stress levels, and after fifteen weeks you can do a passable taijiquan short form that makes you proud of yourself. 
To say the least, it has been a stressful semester for everyone. My students tell me that their breathing and taiji has really helped them. Faculty staff and community too report the same thing. This semester I had 40 students all together in my three classes. In the great scheme of things its not much. But every little counts. Congratulations to all students! have a wonderful holiday season!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Another successful semester ...

This semester faculty and staff learned Grandmaster Jesse Tsao's routine "Mini Compact Taiji," based on Chen family style, as well as basic qigong and Zazen meditation. We had a wonderful semester, learned much together, and everyone moved their taiji to a new level. The last class was the first time we have been outside this semester.
In the fall semester we will begin new Tai Chi for Wellness class on Mondays at 4:30, Beginner's Class and continue on Wednesdays at 4:30 Intermediate Class. The intermediate students will begin the full Chen Old Frame first routine. All classes are held at SUNY Cortland, Old Main—outside in fine weather, inside when wet or cold.
The course for college credit PHI 170, continues on Tuesdays during semester at 11:40.
Congratulations students who worked and played well. Spread the word, practice daily, and I'll see you in August!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Congratulations Faculty, Staff and Community!

Ten faculty, staff and community members completed the fifteen week taiji bang course.

Most folk achieved accomplishment in part one of the bang routine, and two completed the whole routine. The second part of the bang routine is for martial arts and is especially difficult to learn in a short time.

Well done Wes and LaRayne!

Master Jesse Tsao laid a good foundation in his weekend with us in September, and all students continued with some diligence.

We are all looking forward to consolidating taiji and qigong practice in the spring semester. Class will be every Wednesday during classes, 4:30, in the Old Main Colloquium, SUNY Cortland.