October and November Events and Announcements

Hello Great Bay Tai Chi Community!

We had a great turnout and response to our Medical Qigong seminar with Lynne Deschenes on Sunday. In light of such positive feedback, we will try to have Lynne back for more very soon!

Great Bay Tai Chi Long Sleeve T-shirt and Beanie

We are excited to offer some new merchandise for the cooler weather. For the first time we have Great Bay Tai Chi Long Sleeve Shirts and Embroidered Beanies. These are now available for pre-order, so be sure to reserve yours now!

Here is what’s coming up in the weeks ahead:

October 28: A Morning of Insight Meditation

On Saturday, October 28, Ted Jones of North Shore Insight Meditation Center will lead A Morning of Insight Meditation at Internal Arts New England 10:30am-1:00pm. For details or to register please select the link below.

October 29: Long Form Refinements

Chris Himmel will offer a 2-hour seminar on refining the Long Form at Internal Arts New England. This seminar is intended for students who already know most or all of the sequence and are interested in deepening the practice and understanding. Some applications may be practiced. For details or to register please select the link below. 

October 31, November 2 & 3: Tournament Feedback Times

On Tuesday 10/31, Thursday 11/2, and Friday 11/3 our morning Long Form and subsequent classes will be bumped back by 30 minutes to allow for three opportunities to support our tournament competitors. Students are invited to watch the competitors demonstrate the forms they are preparing and offer feedback. This not only helps our competitors, but is valuable experience for everyone as we learn to watch with a critical eye and articulate what we see.

October 31: Halloween Class Cancellations

On 10/31 there will be no evening classes held.

November 2 - December 20: Tai Chi Saber Series

Beginning on Wednesday 11/2, Chris Himmel will offer an 8 week series on Yang Style Tai Chi Saber. Classes will meet each Wednesday morning 11/2-12/20 at 9:30am at Internal Arts New England. The cost is $150 for the series. Students also have the option to order a wooden saber. Those who wish to register should be proficient at the Tai Chi Ball form, have prior Saber experience, or have permission from Chris. If you are interested, please email Chris@greatbaytaichima.com.

Chinese Martial Arts Autumn Invitational

On Sunday 11/5, three students from Great Bay Tai Chi will compete in this tournament. We have competitors in Tai Chi Barehand Forms, Tai Chi Weapons Forms, Other Internal Barehand Forms, and Push Hands divisions. Please come show your support and get a glimpse of what competition looks like. The tournament will take place at Maynard High School in Maynard, MA 9:00am-4:00pm. Doors open at 8:30am. There is no cost to attend as a spectator.

Tai Chi for Beginners

Starting on Tuesday 11/7 and running for 7 weeks, 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. Classes will meet Tuesday evenings at 5:30pm 11/7-12/19. 

Embracing Impermanence

On Saturday 11/11, Sylwia Willcox of North Shore Insight Meditation Center will offer this workshop examining our intimate relationship with change and impermanence. We will learn to use mindfulness and insight to generate all-inclusive, liberating acceptance of change. This program will include silent meditation and guided reflection and discussion. For more information or to register please select the link below. 

Tai Chi Takedowns

On Sunday 11/12, Chris Himmel will offer this seminar on takedown applications of Tai Chi movements. All Tai Chi postures contain applications for striking, locking, throwing, and kicking. This seminar will focus on the throwing applications using the Tai Chi principles to unbalance an opponent and knock them to the ground.

IANE Anniversary Expo

On Saturday 11/18 Internal Arts New England will celebrate one year of being open with a reception and wellness expo 12:00pm-2:00pm. Refreshments will be served, and we will offer group Qigong practice. We have also invited local area health and wellness practitioners so you can learn about other local services that may interest you. We hope you will stop by and visit with us!

Thanksgiving Pop-Up Class

While Internal Arts New England is officially closed on Thanksgiving, Pam Jacobson is offering a free pop-up Tai Chi and Qigong practice session at 9:00am. All current students are invited to participate at no cost. Come and start your holiday off with a relaxing group practice!
That’s all your Tai Chi news for now. We look forward to seeing you in class or at any of the events listed above.
Happy Practicing!