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Tai Chi Summer Schedule

Hello Great Bay Tai Chi Community!

The weather is indeed starting to turn and summer will soon be upon us. We have new offerings coming up and some changes taking effect over the next couple of months. Here is what’s coming up in the weeks ahead:

Changes to Martial Movement Programming, Beginning June 3: Free Friday Morning Public Class!

Sensei Michael Miller has agreed to reformat our morning Martial Movement offerings.
Mondays beginning June 3 the 8:00-8:45 Martial Movement class will focus on Katana. Many of you got to see the Katana Form Sensei Michael has been teaching us at World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. This is very different than the rest of our curriculum, and a great chance to work on something new. This fun form offers the chance to learn new skills and complement the rest of your practice. Opportunities to practice single and double stick techniques may also be offered.

Fridays beginning June 7 Sensei Michael will be focusing on Situational Self-defense. These classes will be offered for free to the public. We will be looking at ways to deal with common scenarios as well as how to avoid being targeted in the first place. Days when Sensei Michael is not available, Chris will be holding Applications Workshops taking techniques from Tai Chi, Bagua, and Xingyi and we will practice how to use these techniques in self-defense situations. In good weather, these classes will be held outdoors at Training Field Park in Amesbury. You may choose to wear street clothes for added realism in your training.

On Wednesdays that Sensei Michael is not available, Chris will be holding Chin Na in place of the Martial Movement class. June 12 and June 19 anyone who wants to practice the joint locking art that is part of all Chinese martial arts, including Tai Chi is welcome to attend. When Sensei Michael is available, Martial Movement is a great way to get some striking instruction and situational awareness practice. This class meets 6:00-7:00pm at Internal Arts New England.

New Monday Classes, Beginning June 3: Tai Chi Ball, Tai Chi Saber and Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan and Evening Forms Practice

Mondays beginning June 3 there will be a new class offered 9:00-10:00am. This class will focus on the practice of our Tai Chi Ball, Tai Chi Saber, and Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan forms. This class is a great opportunity to stay fresh on these forms, but also get an introduction to something you might not have tried yet. If you’re not interested in any particular form, there is no requirement to do them all.

We are also adjusting the Monday evening schedule. Beginning June 3 we will add a 30 minute class between Short Form and Long Form for extra forms practice. This is especially valuable for students interested in or new to Long Form and may not wish to participate in the Push Hands and Applications practices included in the regular Long Form classes. The regular Long Form class will be reduced from 90 minutes to one hour, so it will still end at 8:00pm.

Thursday Evenings, Beginning June 6: Matching Set

Chris is adding a 30 minute Matching Set class on Thursday evenings beginning June 6 after the regular Long Form class. 7:00-7:30pm will now be dedicated to practicing and getting instruction on the Yang Style Matching Set.

Fridays, Beginning June 7: Tai Chi in the Park

As noted above Fridays beginning June 7 our morning classes will move from Internal Arts New England to Training Field Park in Amesbury (57 Monroe Street). We are also swapping the Short Form and Long Form classes, so the schedule will be:
8:00-8:45 – Self-defense or Applications Workshops
9:00-10:00 – Long Form
10:00-11:00 – Short Form
Please note that there are no restroom facilities at Training Field Park, but there is a Cumberland Farms with a public restroom a short drive away. If the weather does not cooperate, these classes will be held at Internal Arts New England.

Sunday Seminars in June:

Please note that any Sunday that we have a 10:00am seminar, there is also Open Practice from 9:00-10:00am. Whether you are staying late from Push Hands, coming early for the seminar, or just want to get some extra practice, all Great Bay Tai Chi members are welcome to make use of the studio to practice during this time.

June 9: Primary and Secondary Energies of Tai Chi with Chris Himmel

Most of us are familiar with the four primary energies of Tai Chi – Peng, Lu, Ji, and An. We should also be familiar with the four secondary energies – Cai, Lieh, Zhou, and Kao. From 10:00am-12:00pm this seminar will focus on gaining an understanding of all eight of these energies, how they manifest in the form, and how they are applied against an opponent.
To register please Click Here!

Sunday, June 23: Yin Style Baguazhang with Michael D'Angelo.

Michael returns to Internal Arts New England to continue sharing his practice of Yin Style Baguazhang from 10:00am-12:00pm. These fun seminars offer a different flavor of Bagua than we practice in our Wudang Kung Fu class. Lots of great twisting and turning while adapting to another person’s movements. Definitely worth checking out!
To register please Click Here!

Seminars with North Shore Insight Meditation Teachers

Saturday, May 25: The Timeless Art of Being with Things as They Are with Matthew Daniell

On a practical level, meeting life’s moments fully, without needing them to be any other way than they are, nourishes the heart. It gives us greater freedom just to be simple and clear and kind in how we relate to ourselves and others, whether we are in the midst of meditating or living our busy daily lives. From 10:30am-1:00pm this retreat will begin with a reflection on this topic, include periods of silent and guided meditation, and finish with discussion. It is suitable for new as well as experienced meditators.
For more information or to register please Click Here!

Saturday, June 8: Mindfulness in Stillness and Motion with Pam Jacobson and Effie Stavrulaki

Bringing more mindful moments to our daily lives enhances our physical and psychological well-being. We can strengthen our ability to be more mindful with both formal sitting meditation practice as well as with mindful movement, via a practice such as qigong. In this workshop we will practice silence with sitting and movement forms, using the theme of resting in awareness. There will be time for questions and debriefing at the end. No experience with meditation or qigong is needed – all are welcome! This seminar runs from 10:30am-12:30pm.
For more information or to register please Click Here!

Saturday, June 22: Cultivating a Spacious Heart with Matthew Daniell

Traditional mindfulness techniques like body and breath awareness can help us to open our hearts when they feel contracted. In this retreat we will start with these techniques, and then building on this foundation, we will expand our practice to embrace a wide-open approach to being present and heartful. This seminar runs from 10:30am-1:00pm.
For more information or to register please Click Here!

Woodstock, VT and Lebanon, NH joining GBTCMA

Many of you already know that Paul has left the Woodstock, VT area and is currently living in Santa Fe, NM. As he steps even further into retirement the classes currently being held in the Woodstock, VT and Lebanon, NH areas are being brought under the Great Bay Tai Chi MA umbrella. As part of this transition Chris has been teaching in Lebanon the first Wednesday of each month. On Wednesday, June 5 he will be teaching Short Form 9:00-10:00am, Long Form 10:00-11:00am, and Matching Set 11:00-11:30am. These classes are not included in any membership and are paid for on a drop-in basis only. $20 each for Short Form and Long Form and $10 for Matching Set. These classes are held at The Okinawan Karate Academy (351 Miracle Mile) in Lebanon, NH. We are also planning seminars and other offerings to be held there, and look forward to having students and teachers from the Woodstock and Lebanon areas visit us in Salisbury and Hamilton as well.

It will be a busy spring and summer with Great Bay Tai Chi, and we look forward to seeing you at our various offerings.

Happy Practicing!

May Announcements

Hello Great Bay Tai Chi Community!

 Many thanks to all those who came out and celebrated World Tai Chi and Qigong Day with us on Saturday. We had a great time and hope everyone enjoyed the classes and demonstrations. We have plenty more coming up in May so here is all the Tai Chi news you need to know.

May 7: Tai Chi for Beginners 8 -Week Series with Stacie Bowman

Tuesdays May 7-June 25, 5:30-6:30 pm.

Starting on Tuesday 5/7, Stacie Bowman will lead this series introducing the fundamentals of Tai Chi for new students. The focus will be on learning the basic principles of Tai Chi and the first section of the Yang Style Short Form.

May 11: A Morning of Insight Meditation –  with Ted Jones

Saturday, May 11, 10:30am-1:00pm
This morning retreat is designed as both and introduction to Insight meditation for newcomers and as a “beginner’s mind” refresher course for experienced meditators. It will include the silent practice of both sitting and walking meditation as well as time for questions and discussion.
 

May 19: Small Circulation and Primary Set with Chris Himmel

Sunday, May 19, 10:00am-12:00pm 

Our Sunday Seminar this month will focus on the Tai Chi Qigong practices of Small Circulation and the Primary Set. We will practice seated Small Circulation – an important practice in Daoist meditation, which also enhances our understanding of Tai Chi practice. The Yang Style Primary Set is generally practiced standing and is also important for Tai Chi practice. While we often practice pieces of the set at the end of class, in this seminar we will go through the entire set in greater detail.
 

May 25: The Timeless Art of Being with Things as They Are with Matthew Daniell

Saturday, May 25, 10:30am-1:00pm
On a practical level, meeting life’s moments fully, without needing them to be any other way than they are, nourishes the heart. It gives us greater freedom just to be simple and clear and kind in how we relate to ourselves and others, whether we are in the midst of meditating or living our busy daily lives. This retreat will begin with a reflection on this topic, include periods of silent and guided meditation, and finish with discussion. It is suitable for new as well as experienced meditators.
 

Mindfulness in Stillness and Motion with Pam Jacobson and Effie Stavrulaki

Saturday, June 8, 10:30am-12:30pm
Bringing more mindful moments to our daily lives enhances our physical and psychological well-being. We can strengthen our ability to be more mindful with both formal sitting meditation practice as well as with mindful movement, via a practice such as qigong. In this workshop we will practice silence with sitting and movement forms, using the theme of resting in awareness. There will be time for questions and debriefing at the end. No experience with meditation or qigong is needed – all are welcome!
We are looking forward to seeing you in class or at any of the seminars listed above.
 
Happy Practicing

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2024

We extend our gratitude to all of our students, friends, and community members who joined us to celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on the waterfront in Newburyport on Saturday, April 27th; especially those who came out to practice with us for the first time!

April Announcements

Hello Great Bay Tai Chi Community,

 Spring is upon us and we have some great seminars and events coming up. Check out all the things going on with Great Bay Tai Chi and Internal Arts New England!

In April our Thursday morning Qigong will be 4 Seasons Qigong – Spring, and our Monday evening Long Form class will be working on Chin Na (locking applications).

April 18: Qigong for Health with Sifu Paul Mahoney - Please note the schedule change!

Great Bay Tai Chi founder Paul Mahoney is planning a visit to Massachusetts on April 18th. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to work with him if at all possible.
On April 18th, Sifu Paul will lead a Qigong for Health class at 10:00am. This class is open to anyone, but space is limited and registration is required. The cost to attend is $20.
Therefore, our morning schedule on April 18 will be as follows:
8:30-9:00am – Open Practice
9:00-10:00am – Short Form
10:00-11:00am – Qigong for Health with Paul

April 9-30: Intro to Long Form Series with Pamela Jacobson

Tuesdays April 9-30
5:30-6:30pm
This 4-week series will be an introduction to Traditional Yang Style Taijiquan. This course is geared toward Short Form students who are interested in seeing what Long Form is like, or for new students looking to start with the Long Form. We will go over fundamentals of the practice, differences between Short Form and Long Form, and learn the first part of the Long Form.

April 20: Open Awareness Meditation Seminar with Matthew Daniell

 Saturday, April 20
10:30-1:00 

In this workshop, we will build a foundation of traditional mindfulness practices, and then move into a style of practice where open awareness itself becomes of primary importance. We explore how such an approach can expand the range of what we can hold wisely and kindly in our experience. Finally, we will explore the art of practicing in a way that best serves the quality of our present-moment awareness, whether it be more narrow or wide, in formal practice and in daily life. This workshop is appropriate for new and experienced meditators alike.

April 21: Applications from the Short Form with Chris Himmel

Sunday, April 21
10:00am-12:00pm 

The study of martial applications offers us a deeper understanding of Tai Chi movements. In this seminar we will look at movements found in the Yang Style Short Form and explore and practice the applications of those movements. Highly recommended for students who would like to understand and refine their form and body mechanics.

April 27: World Tai Chi and Qigong Day - Free! Open to the Public

Saturday, April 27,
10:00am-12:00pm

Our biggest public event of the year is back! We will be on the Newburyport Waterfront behind The Customs House Museum (25 Water Street). Please join us for free classes and demonstrations. Connect with your Tai Chi Community and share what we do with the public! We are looking forward to seeing you there! 

This event is completely free and open to the public!

May 7-June 25: Tai Chi for Beginners with Stacie Bowman

Tuesdays May 7-June 25
5:30-6:30pm 
Starting on Tuesday 5/7, Stacie Bowman will lead this series introducing the fundamentals of Tai Chi for new students. The focus will be on learning the basic principles of Tai Chi and the first section of the Yang Style Short Form.

Happy Practicing!

Latest News: Upcoming Seminars!

We have quite a few upcoming seminars and series for you. Please take a look at what’s coming in the next several weeks.

February 24: Relaxing into Mindfulness with Matthew Daniell

In this retreat, we will employ strategies that help us to open and receive experience from a place of interest, curiosity, and ease. This helps us to relax into a spacious clarity of mindfulness that we can bring into formal practice and our daily lives.

February 25: Long Form Refinements with Chris Himmel

This seminar is a continuation of our previous Long Form Refinements Seminar. We will focus on the second half of Part 2 as well as Part 3. Students do not need to have attended the previous seminar, but should be familiar with the entire Long Form sequence.

March 1 - 22: Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan Series with Chris Himmel

This 4-week series will be on the beginning of the Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan form created by Li Deyin, and taught to us by Sifu Gary LaChapelle. The series format will allow for more detailed instruction on the movements in the beginning of the form.

March 9: A Morning of Insight Meditation with Ted Jones 

This morning retreat is designed as both an introduction to Insight meditation for newcomers and as a “beginner’s mind” refresher course for experienced meditators.

March 10: Sunrise Tai Chi Form with Chris Himmel

The 8-movement Sunrise Tai Chi created by Master Ramel Rones is an effective Qigong practice and introduction to the traditional Yang Style Long Form. It can be practiced in a small space, and is done on both sides of the body.

March 13 - 27: Bagua Circle Walking with Chris Himmel

Bagua Circle Walking has its origins in Daoist meditation practices. Bagua has become known as an excellent health exercise, as its coiling movements stretch the soft tissues of the body, and the method of walking exercises the lymphatic system.

March 23: The Art of Learning to Suffer Well with Matthew Daniell

In this retreat we will explore for ourselves how to approach suffering as a natural parts of the fullness of being alive. Buddhist awareness and compassion practices can help to accept, embrace, and transform suffering in our lives and in the world.

March 24: Advanced Tai Chi Ball with Chris Himmel

This seminar will review basic Tai Chi Ball patterns and the Tai Chi Ball form, and then go into more complex patterns and advanced level exercises and form refinements. 2 years of Tai Chi Ball practice is recommended. Proficiency with basic Tai Chi Ball patterns and the form is required.
As you can see, there is plenty coming up! We hope to see you in class, or at one of the seminars or series listed above.
 
Happy Practicing!

Lunar New Year Celebration

Don’t forget that we have our Lunar New Year celebration planned for Saturday, February 10. We will be offering refreshments and a chance to socialize with other members of our community starting at 4:00pm, followed by a screening of Enter the Dragon at 6:30pm. We hope you will join us!

January Reminders!

Hello Great Bay Tai Chi Community!

Just a reminder about all the events we have coming up in addition to our regular classes. Take a look and see what you are interested in!

Jan 9: Tai Chi Kung Fu for Kids with Stacie

Tai Chi Kung Fu for Kids with Stacie Bowman begins on January 9 at 4:00pm. First class is Free! Email Chris@greatbaytaichima.com for more information or to register! You may also click the below link to learn more.

Jan 9: Tai Chi for Beginners with Stacie

Tai Chi for Beginners with Stacie Bowman begins on January 9 at 5:30pm and runs for 8 weeks.

January 10: Tai Chi Ball Practice 8-Week Series with Chris and Pam

Chris Himmel and Pam Jacobson will offer an 8-week series on Tai Chi Ball practice. This series will allow for in-depth instruction in the basic Tai Chi Ball Qigong patterns and the Tai Chi Ball Form created by Paul Mahoney. Wooden ball practice is a great way to enhance your barehand form. Classes will be held Wednesday mornings at 9:30 at Internal Arts New England beginning January 10.

January 13: Mindfulness in Stillness and Motion with Effie and Pam

On Saturday, January 13, please join Pam Jacobson and Effie Stavrulaki of North Shore Insight Meditation Center as they continue to explore Mindfulness in Stillness and Motion. The focus of this workshop will be on Peace and Loving Kindness. This seminar will take place at 10:30am at Internal Arts New England.

January 14: New Tai Chi Push Hands Class with Chris

Beginning on Sunday, January 14, Chris will offer a new class on Tai Chi Push Hands. While Push Hands is taught as part of our Long Form curriculum, this class will be an opportunity for extra practice or for students not currently taking Long Form to learn these skills. This class is open to anyone regardless of experience. The focus will be on standard 2-person drills and centering. Opportunities for competition style Push Hands practice will also be available for anyone interested. Classes will meet every Sunday at 8:00am at Internal Arts New England, and are included in the regular Great Bay Tai Chi MA membership packages.

January 25: Tai Chi and Anatomy with Kevin Comeau

On Thursday, January 25, Kevin Comeau of Great Bay Tai Chi VT will hold a seminar on Tai Chi and Anatomy. We will meet at 11:15 at Internal Arts New England. This seminar will give us a better understanding of how our practices work on an anatomical level. 

January 27: Compassion and Wisdom with Matthew Daniell

On Saturday, January 27, Matthew Daniell of North Shore Insight Meditation Center returns to Internal Arts New England for a retreat focusing on Compassion and Wisdom. This workshop will take place at 10:30am.

January 28: Doyle Irish Stick Fighting with Jim Poulin

On January 28 at 10:00am Jim Poulin will offer a seminar on Doyle Style Irish Stick Fighting. This art uses a walking stick (Shillelagh) for self defense. Jim is the only instructor of this art in the area. Don’t miss this great opportunity to try this fun and effective self defense method! Just a few spots left!

February 4: Yin Baguazhang with Michael D'Angelo

Our Yin Style Bagua Seminar that was planned for January 7 has been rescheduled to February 4. Yin Style is a different flavor of the Baguazhang we teach in our Wudang Kung Fu class. Those who participated the last time Michael joined us all had great fun and had new ideas regarding the martial applications of the art.

February 10: Lunar New Year Celebration

We are also still working on plans for Lunar New Year on February 10. More information coming soon!

That’s all your Tai Chi news for now. We look forward to seeing you in class!

Happy Practicing!