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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!